I would appreciate some of our members ambient music favorites... Music that is there, but not getting in the way of reading, talking etc etc ...I seem to remember Brian Eno delving in this back in the seventies, but am frankly clueless to it evolution since then. Thank you.
Boards of Canada "Music Has a Right to Children" & "Geogaddi" Aphex Twin "Selected Ambient Works 85-92" & "Selected Ambient Works Vol. II" Future Sound of London "Lifeform" Nicolas Jaar "Space is Only Noise"
I've always been an Eno fan, but in the past 2 years have really expanded my Ambient catalog. Some of my favorite artists:
Eno - he has a lot out - everything in his catalog is worth having and most is even better than "Music for Airports"
Harold Budd - like everything I have by him Frip and Eno - especially "Evening Star" Michael Brook John Foxx Robin Guthrie - not totally ambient - some is a little more lively. Klaus Schulze - more electronic, but ambient Tangerine Dream - really more electronic, less ambient
Also - some Jazz "ambient" I like a lot:
Tord Gustavsen Trio - all of their catalog Bobo Stenson Trio - Cantando, War Orphans Ralph Towner and Gay Burton - "Matchbook"
Check out the site "MixCloud". a TON of ambient there. See mixes by LowLight Mixes and also Chronaut. To add a little to Bdgregory's reply...give a listen to the "Mysterious Skin" movie soundtrack collaboration between Guthrie and Budd. Can be found on YouTube.
Others to try: Loscil, Helios, Jasper TX, & Tycho.
If you haven't heard them yet, you might enjoy STARS OF THE LID very much.
Brian Eno remains continues to be active in this area. Search him on YouTube and you are sure to find something more you will enjoy. Thursday Afternoon comes to mind.
Using the term "ambient" broadly and not narrowing it down to various sub-genres, here are some of my favorite ambient artists (in alphabetical order):
Antonymes A Winged Victory For The Sullen Olafur Arnalds Bersarin Quartett Black Swan Will Bolton Michael Brook Harold Budd bvdub Celer Dakota Suite Brian Eno Emanuele Errante Ex Confusion Nils Frahm Robin Guthrie Robert Haigh Greg Haines Chihei Hatakeyama Johann Johannsson Marsen Jules Keith Kenniff Leyland Kirby Saito Koji Clem Leek Loscil Marconi Union Brian McBride Alva Noto Dustin O'Halloran Olan Mill Yui Onodera Fabio Orsi M. Ostermeier Pjusk Ramses II Stars Of The Lid Strom Noir Nicholas Szczepanik Ryan Teague The Dead Texan
Fluid Radio - Channel 1 has a nice streaming selection of music in the Ambient/Electroacoustic/Experimental/Drone genres. Check it out.
How is it I don't see William Basinski on any of the lists? An excellent addition to any collection of ambient! Labradford comes to mind, too. Same label as Stars of the Lid if memory serves me correctly.
Not sure what counts as ambient and what doesn't, but here are some suggestions for "music that is there, but not getting in the way of reading, talking etc. ..."
Steve Roach, particularly his CD Structures from Silence (once you hear it, you'll know how perfect the name is) Music of Alan Hovhaness, especially the selections featuring harp Bill Laswell, Ambient Compendium
Just about any good solo acoustic guitar recording. Several of the guitar and lute recordings on MA Recordings are favorites of mine for this type of listening.
Although listeners may claim falling asleep, any Liquid Mind CD is about as landscape ambient as you can get. I also like
Amethystium Any Hearts of Space Cusco David Whaler "Antiquus" Deuter Fredrik Karlsson Giles Reaves "Sea of Glass" Jim Chappel Karl Maddison Karunesh Kitaro Ludovico Einuadi Mark Isham Michael Brant DeMaria Michael Dulin Michael Gettel Michael Whalen Any Narada artist Patrick O'Hearn Ryuichi Sakamoto Takashi Suzuki Thierry David Tron Syversen Vangelis Zeus Faber
OK - some may think all here NOT ambient but it's what I think. Just a sampling from my library. Keep listening!
The Glacial Movements label is putting out some of the best stuff these past few years. Bvdub, Rapoon, Lull, Oophoi, Loscil, Celer,Aidan Baker,Marsen Jules, etc.I haven't heard a bad note from anything on this label.
Patrick O'Hearn ("Trust") was the artist I listened to the first time I auditioned an excellent hi-end system and was floored. I'll never forget that day. It was magic and changed my life. I bought that cd the same day.