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    Quote Originally Posted by Elctronica Acoustic View Post
    Oh I must second your Autechre recommendation, wonderful stuff. But do you consider it ambient? Amber maybe...
    I at least am thinking of Amber. The line between ambient and electronica blurs, but generally when rhythm is used in a pop style I call it electronica.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Conservationist View Post
    I at least am thinking of Amber. The line between ambient and electronica blurs, but generally when rhythm is used in a pop style I call it electronica.
    I'd agree with that distinction.

    For something ethereal and sublime, I'll recommend Brian Eno's collaboration with Harold Budd, Ambient 2: The Plateaux of Mirror. It's very conducive to mental imagery.

    For something less terrestrial and more cosmic, this forum should give Maeror Tri's monumental Sensuum Mendacia a try. This work is easily one of the best pieces of music I've ever heard; I love how none of it recalls the mundane trivialities of modern, everyday life in the soundscape it creates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elctronica Acoustic View Post
    Also Boards of Canada have done some lovely ambient, mostly short little snippets but TCH ends with 2 nice ambient peices.
    Boards of Canada annoys me - they have such an unique atmosphere. Usually electronic music sounds too plastic but BoC have such a warm sound. However, their music is so overtly minimalistic and repetitive that it gets on your nerves.

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    Listen to La Monte Young's entire Well Tuned Piano.
    That's some amazing ambient music. I think he was one of the forerunners before Eno and Fripp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cmaj7 View Post
    However, their music is so overtly minimalistic and repetitive that it gets on your nerves.
    Agreed. The word "directionless" comes to mind.

    Eternal favorites:
    Eno/Budd
    Eno/Fripp
    Biosphere
    Tangerine Dream

    And from the Synthpop category:

    Kraftwerk
    Lord Wind
    Wolfsheim
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    I've heard some "dark ambient" music and actually thought it was pretty cool.
    "Music is not philosophy." --Akira Ifukube

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tapkaara View Post
    I've heard some "dark ambient" music and actually thought it was pretty cool.
    What did you have in mind?

    I also wanted to add Justin Broadrick's "Final" and Jaaportit - Uumenissa to the list.
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    Ever heard of Skaven's music? Some of his music is Ambient.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Conservationist View Post
    What did you have in mind?

    I also wanted to add Justin Broadrick's "Final" and Jaaportit - Uumenissa to the list.
    I assume we are talking about the genre "ambient music," and not just music we like to have going in the background. Dark ambienbt is a sub-genre of ambient. It's kinda cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tapkaara View Post
    IDark ambienbt is a sub-genre of ambient. It's kinda cool.
    Yep, was asking for artists, really, since it's a wide genre.

    Does Ontario Blue qualify? Dark Sanctuary? Trying to think of some others.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Conservationist View Post
    Yep, was asking for artists, really, since it's a wide genre.

    Does Ontario Blue qualify? Dark Sanctuary? Trying to think of some others.
    I don't know who the artists were.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tapkaara View Post
    I've heard some "dark ambient" music and actually thought it was pretty cool.
    Lustmord and Robert Rich both qualify, especially the former. They did a collaboration together based on the Tarkovsky film, Stalker -- which, to be honest, I haven't seen and am not terribly interested in seeing -- using the same name as the movie for the album. Quite good space/dark hybrid.

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    Although it's cheesy, I always kind of liked Dark Sanctuary.
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    Hope nobody minds that I'm bumping this very old thread because I'm a huge fan of Ambient music and the opening post mentions two of my favourite albums. For me, there are few things better in the small AM hours than a good set of headphones and Selected Ambient Works Vol. II by Aphex Twin. Brian Eno's Ambient 4: On Land has been mentioned too, which is also brilliant.

    Far too often these days are people unfortunately hijacking the term 'dark ambient' to churn out simple, reverb-soaked field recordings that require little to no real compositional thought. This really is a shame and does an injustice to albums such as the two aforementioned and others like Oval's '94 Diskont', a handful of Stars of the Lid albums and, to an extent, Supersilent's '10'. These are real quality examples of sparse, nocturnal, bleak and sometimes disturbing music that have the ability to put you in a serene, trance-like state.

    I like ambient to be claustrophobic and focussed, anybody have any examples similar to what I've mentioned? I'd love to hear more.

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    If you want disturbing music Akira Yamaoka is the master.






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