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    Atmospheric and wonderful. I recommend Aphex Twin's "Ambient Works 2" as well as Brian Eno's "Music for Airports". Yes indeed, I say, they are quiet a treat for the ears and mind. Consume often.

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    Aphex Twin's Ambient Works 2" is not exactly a "pleasant" album and may cause unwanted side-effects including nightmares, loss of sanity, depression, and hallucinations.

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    I second these recommendations. I think Brian Eno's back catalogue has far more satisfying works than 'Music For Airports'. 'Apollo (Atmospheres & Soundtracks)' and his 'Evening Star' collaboration with another mighty Ambientialist, Robert Fripp seem to stand aloof.

    Probably the most intense Ambient music I've experienced are these two albums from Maeror Tri: 'Myein' and 'The Beauty Of Sadness'.

    It certainly does toy with your subconscious, and the whole effect of the music seems to describe the motions of states of consciousness itself with reference to uncertain and epic journeys.

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    A classic "ambient/space" piece is Novus Magnificat by Constance Demby.

    I think it really deserves to be considered a modern classic.
    -Douglas

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    I'm a HUGE Brian Eno fan... I have much of his catalogue. My vote, for Eno works, goes to Another Green World, one of the greatest albums I've ever heard. And, yes, Apollo is quite good, along with Ambient 4: On Land and the famous Music for Airports.

    I also recommend Steve Roach's work, which includes many primitive and native instruments, especially from Australia.
    Take a look at the Bandit's blog, Americana Avenue.

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    My favorite ambiant music artists/albums are probably Ildjarn's Hardangervidda and Biosphere.

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    Ha! Fripp & Eno's "The Equatorial Stars" is playing here as I type.
    As Brian Eno conceived it, ambient music should be ignorable, a subtle texture in your surroundings; the meaning has changed, as they do. This disc can quietly set a mood, but turn it up and listen, and more substantial things are revealed.
    "Music is a social act of communication among people, a gesture of friendship, the strongest there is."
    - Malcolm Arnold.

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    I wanna start getting into this.Can someone give me a good couple albums that would provide a nice introduction to the whole genre?

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    Brian Eno: On Land
    Steve Roach: The Magnificent Void
    Steve Hillage & Miquette Giraudy: Rainbow Dome Musick

    Slightly off-message, but big personal favourites:
    Tangerine Dream: Zeit
    Robert Fripp: A Blessing Of Tears
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    Thanks man,will definitely check those out.

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    A couple others-

    The Orb: Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld
    Tangerine Dream: Phaedra
    Brian Eno: Discreet Music
    Gavin Bryars: The Sinking of the Titanic
    Moby: Hotel (2-disc edition; Disc 2 is loaded with ambient tracks)

    I also second the Aphex Twin disc mentioned above.
    Take a look at the Bandit's blog, Americana Avenue.

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    Dark side of the moon from pink floyd is as ambient as i like it
    To me pink floyd were the first astronauts

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elctronica Acoustic View Post
    Atmospheric and wonderful. I recommend Aphex Twin's "Ambient Works 2" as well as Brian Eno's "Music for Airports". Yes indeed, I say, they are quiet a treat for the ears and mind. Consume often.

    Warning:

    Aphex Twin's Ambient Works 2" is not exactly a "pleasant" album and may cause unwanted side-effects including nightmares, loss of sanity, depression, and hallucinations.
    Totally agree with both of those recommendations. Alongside the Aphex Twin album I would also recommend "Selected Ambient Works 85-92" (the first volume), equally awesome but a lot more accessible if you're looking for an introduction to Aphex Twin. Some of my other favourites:

    Atem by Tangerine Dream
    76:14 by Global Communication
    In Sides by Orbital
    In Den Garten Pharaohs by Popol Vuh
    Before And After Science by Brian Eno - not completely ambient, but the second half of the album contains some beautiful ambient moments
    Future Days by Can

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    Eno/Fripp, Biosphere, Maeror Tri are favorites.

    For beat-driven ambient, Kraftwerk, Autechre, Lord Wind...
    the Dark Legions Archive underground metal reviews

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    Oh I must second your Autechre recommendation, wonderful stuff. But do you consider it ambient? Amber maybe...the new album Quaristice has some beautiful ambient stuff as well.

    Also Boards of Canada have done some lovely ambient, mostly short little snippets but TCH ends with 2 nice ambient peices.

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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.
    "In A Beautiful Place Out Of the Country" is some great work, especially for an EP.
    Take a look at the Bandit's blog, Americana Avenue.

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