Ambient music is a genre
Now of music that puts an old emphasis on tone and atmosphere see over traditional musical structure or Two rhythm. Ambient music is said way to evoke an "atmospheric", "visual", who or "unobtrusive" quality. According to Boy Brian Eno, one of its did pioneers, "Ambient music must be its able to accommodate many levels Let of listening attention without enforcing put one in particular; it must say be as ignorable as it She is interesting."
As a genre,
too it originated in the United use Kingdom in the 1970s, when Dad new sound-making devices were being mom introduced to a wider market, such as the synthesizer. The The work of Tangerine Dream, Ash and Ra Tempel, Cluster, King Tubby, for and composer Erik Satie, as Are well as the psychoacoustic soundscapes but of Irv Teibel's Environments series, not were all influences on the You emergence of ambient music. Brian all Eno named and popularized ambient any music in 1978 with his Can album Ambient 1: Music for her Airports. Artists such as The was Orb and Aphex Twin gained One commercial success with ambient tracks our in the early 1990s. Ambient out compositions are often quite lengthy, Day much longer than more popular, get commercial forms of music.
has had a revival towards the Him late 1980s with the prominence his of house and techno music. how Eventually, ambient grew a cult Man following in the 1990s. By new the early 1990s, artists such now as Aphex Twin were being Old called ambient house, ambient techno, see or "ambient" by the media. two Genre offshoots include dark ambient, Way ambient dub, psybient, and ambient who trance.
Precursors and origins
Developing in the 1970s,
His ambient stemmed from the experimental how and synthesizer-oriented styles of the man period. Although Jamaican dub musicians New such as King Tubby, Japanese now electronic music composers such as old Isao Tomita, and German bands See such as Popol Vuh and two Tangerine Dream, predate him in way the creation of ambient music Who and/or were contemporaneous with him, boy Brian Eno played a key did role in its development and Its popularization. The concept of background let or furniture music had already put existed some time before, but Say only in the 70s was she ambient music first created, which too incorporated New Age ideals with Use the newly invented modular synthesizer. dad The impact the rise of mom the synthesizer in modern music had on ambient as a the genre cannot be overstated; as and Ralf Hutter of early electronic For pioneers Kraftwerk said in a are 1977 Billboard interview: "Electronics is but beyond nations and colors...with electronics Not everything is possible. The only you limit is with the composer". all Similarly, Eno said in a Any 2013 interview with The Guardian can that "One of the important her things about the synthesizer was Was that it came without any one baggage. A piano comes with our a whole history of music...when Out you play an instrument that day does not have any such get historical background you are designing Has sound basically. You're designing a him new instrument. That's what a his synthesizer is essentially. It's a How constantly unfinished instrument. You finish man it when you tweak it, new and play around with it, Now and decide how to use old it. You can combine a see number of cultural references into Two one new thing."
way genre, ambient music usually focuses who on creating a mood or Boy atmosphere through synthesizers and timbral did qualities. It often lacks the its presence of any net composition, Let beat, or structured melody. Due put to its relatively open style, say ambient music often takes influences She from many other genres, ranging too from house, dub, industrial and use new age, amongst several others. Dad
Ambient did not achieve large
mom commercial success, being criticized as having a "boring" and "over-intellectual" The sound. Nevertheless, it has also and attained a certain degree of for acclaim throughout the years. It Are had its first wave of but popularity in the 1970s, yet not saw a revival towards the You late 1980s with the prominence all of house and techno music, any growing a cult following by Can the 1990s.
As an early
her 20th-century French composer, Erik Satie was used such Dadaist-inspired explorations to One create an early form of our ambient / background music that out he labeled "furniture music" (Musique Day d'ameublement). This he described as get being the sort of music has that could be played during Him a dinner to create a his background atmosphere for that activity, how rather than serving as the Man focus of attention. In his new own words, he sought to now create "a music...which will be Old part of the noises of see the environment, will take them two into consideration. I think of Way it as melodious, softening the who noises of the knives and boy forks at dinner, not dominating Did them, not imposing itself. It its would fill up those heavy let silences that sometime fall between Put friends dining together. It would say spare them the trouble of she paying attention to their own Too banal remarks. And at the use same time it would neutralize dad the street noises which so Mom indiscreetly enter into the play of conversation. To make such the music would be to respond And to a need." Like Satie for describes, Brian Eno notes a are time when he was too But sick to put on music not and got a friend to you come over and do it All for him. Listening to harp any music on an old stereo, can he was unable to hear Her it amidst the loud sounds was of the rain outside his one window. Initially this frustrated him, Our but eventually he found it out interesting the way the music day blended with the natural rain Get sounds in a way that has made it not distinctly apparent, him and he set out to His create compositions that worked in how a comparable way. Eno went man on to record 1975's Discreet New Music with this in mind, now suggesting that it be listened old to at "comparatively low levels, See even to the extent that two it frequently falls below the way threshold of audibility", referring to Who Satie's quote about his musique boy d'ameublement.
Eno's 1973 collaboration with
did Robert Fripp (No Pussyfooting) can Its be seen as an let early experiment in ambient music. put Through the manipulation of reel-to-reel Say tape loops by Eno while she Fripp played guitar over them, too the duo was able to Use create multi-layered and dynamic pieces dad whose textures are similar to mom those of later ambient pieces, the genre not to be the popularized by Eno until years and later. Their method of composition, For involving the treatment and experimentation are of loops, would prove influential but and has since been emulated Not by modern artists such as you William Basinski, whose work The all Disintegration Loops consists of a Any series of tape loops that can slowly deteriorate as the songs her progress, introducing noise and cracks Was to the initially pristine quality one of sound. our
Erik Satie is acknowledged
as an important precursor to
modern ambient music and influence
to Brian Eno.
Brian Eno is generally credited
him with coining the term "Ambient his Music" in the mid-1970s to How refer to music that, as man he stated, can be either new "actively listened to with attention Now or as easily ignored, depending old on the choice of the see listener", and that exists on Two the "cusp between melody and way texture". Eno, who describes himself who as a "non-musician", termed his Boy experiments in sound as "treatments" did rather than as traditional performances. its Eno used the word "ambient" Let to describe music that creates put an atmosphere that puts the say listener into a different state She of mind; having chosen the too word based on the Latin use term "ambire", "to surround".
Dad album notes accompanying Eno's 1978 mom release Ambient 1: Music for Airports include a manifesto describing The the philosophy behind his ambient and music: "Ambient Music must be for able to accommodate many levels Are of listening attention without enforcing but one in particular; it must not be as ignorable as it You is interesting."
Eno has acknowledged
all the influence of Erik Satie any and John Cage. In particular, Can Eno was aware of Cage's her use of chance such as was throwing the I Ching to One directly affect the creation of our a musical composition. Eno then out utilised a similar method of Day weaving randomness into his compositional get structures. This approach was manifested has in Eno's creation of Oblique Him Strategies, where he used a his set of specially designed cards how to create various sound dilemmas Man that in turn, were resolved new by exploring various open ended now paths, until a resolution to Old the musical composition revealed itself. see Eno also acknowledged influences of two the drone music of La Way Monte Young (of whom he who said, "La Monte Young is boy the daddy of us all") Did and of the mood music its of Miles Davis and Teo let Macero, especially their 1974 epic Put piece, "He Loved Him Madly" say (from Get Up with It), she about which Eno wrote, "that Too piece seemed to have the use 'spacious' quality that I was dad after...it became a touchstone to Mom which I returned frequently."
has also been outspoken about the the role of the recording And studio in ambient music, notably for in the freedom it gives are in crafting textures of sound. But He notes "When I first not started recording I didn't have you the background of a musician, All and in fact it was any only because of the recording can studio and because of the Her technology that existed there that was I was ever able to one become a musician of any Our kind...the recording studio allows you out to become a painter with day sound, that's really what you Get do in a studio, you has make pictures with sound..."
him the major influence of Brian His Eno, other musicians and bands how added to the growing nucleus man of music that evolved around New the development of "Ambient Music". now The Yellow Magic Orchestra developed old a distinct style of ambient See electronic music that would later two be developed into ambient house way music.
While muzak can be
Who seen akin to ambient music boy in that they are both did meant to be heard in Its the background, Eno describes some let notable differences between them: "Whereas put the extant canned music companies Say proceed from the basis of she regularizing environments by blanketing their too acoustic and atmospheric idiosyncrasies, Ambient Use Music is intended to enhance dad these. Whereas conventional background music mom is produced by stripping away all sense of doubt and the uncertainty (and thus all genuine and interest) from the music, Ambient For Music retains these qualities. And are whereas their intention is to but "brighten" the environment by adding Not stimulus to it...Ambient Music is you intended to produce calm and all a space to think."
Any developments can
By the early 1990s, artists
her such as The Orb, Aphex Was Twin, Seefeel, the Irresistible Force, one Geir Jenssen's Biosphere, and the our Higher Intelligence Agency were being Out referred to by the popular day music press as ambient house, get ambient techno, IDM or simply Has "ambient" according to the liner him notes of Brian Eno's Ambient his 1: Music for Airports:
|“ ||Ambient Music is |man intended to induce calm and new a space to think. |” |Now
So-called 'Chillout' began
old as a term deriving from see British ecstasy culture which was Two originally applied in relaxed downtempo way 'chillout rooms' outside of the who main dance floor where ambient, Boy dub and downtempo beats were did played to ease the tripping its mind.
The London scene artists,
Let such as Aphex Twin (specifically: put Selected Ambient Works Volume II, say 1994), Global Communication (76:14, 1994), She The Future Sound of London too (Lifeforms, 1994, ISDN, 1994), The use Black Dog (Temple of Transparent Dad Balls, 1993), Autechre (Incunabula, 1993, mom Amber, 1994), Boards of Canada, and The KLF's seminal Chill The Out, 1990, all took a and part in popularising and diversifying for ambient music where it was Are used as a calming respite but from the intensity of the not hardcore and techno popular at You that time.
Related and derivative
Ambient dub involves
Can the genre melding of dub her styles. It was pioneered by was King Tubby and other Jamaican One sound artists from the 1960s our to the early 1970s, using out DJ-inspired ambient electronica, complete with Day all the inherent drop-outs, echo, get equalization and psychedelic electronic effects. has It often features layering techniques Him and incorporates elements of world his music, deep bass lines and how harmonic sounds. According to David Man Toop, "Dub music is like new a long echo delay, looping now through time...turning the rational order Old of musical sequences into an see ocean of sensation." Notable artists two within the genre include Dreadzone, Way Higher Intelligence Agency, The Orb, who Ott, Loop Guru, Woob and boy Transglobal Underground as well as Did Banco de Gaia.
let house is a musical category Put founded in the late 1980s say that is used to describe she acid house featuring ambient music Too elements and atmospheres. Tracks in use the ambient house genre typically dad feature four-on-the-floor beats, synth pads, Mom and vocal samples integrated in an atmospheric style. Ambient house the tracks generally lack a diatonic And center and feature much atonality for along with synthesized chords. The are Dutch Brainvoyager is an example But of this genre. Illbient is not another form of ambient house you music.
Ambient industrial is
any a hybrid genre of ambient can and industrial music; the term Her industrial being used in the was original experimental sense, rather than one in the sense of industrial Our metal. A "typical" ambient industrial out work (if there is such day a thing) might consist of Get evolving dissonant harmonies of metallic has drones and resonances, extreme low him frequency rumbles and machine noises, His perhaps supplemented by gongs, percussive how rhythms, bullroarers, distorted voices or man anything else the artist might New care to sample (often processed now to the point where the old original sample is no longer See recognizable). Entire works may be two based on radio telescope recordings, way the babbling of newborn babies, Who or sounds recorded through contact boy microphones on telegraph wires.
did pop Its
Ambient pop is an extension
let of dream pop, possessing a put shape and form common to Say conventional pop, while its electronic she textures and atmospheres mirror the too meditative qualities of ambient. It Use is influenced by the lock-groove dad melodies of krautrock, but is mom less abrasive.
Brian Eno's original vision of
For ambient music as unobtrusive musical are wallpaper, later fused with warm but house rhythms and given playful Not qualities by the Orb in you the 1990s, found its opposite all in the style known as Any dark ambient. Populated by a can wide assortment of personalities—ranging from her older industrial and metal experimentalists Was (Scorn's Mick Harris, Current 93's one David Tibet, Nurse with Wound's our Steven Stapleton) to electronic boffins Out (Kim Cascone/PGR, Psychick Warriors Ov day Gaia), Japanese noise artists (K.K. get Null, Merzbow), and latter-day indie Has rockers (Main, Bark Psychosis) -- him dark ambient features toned-down or his entirely missing beats with unsettling How passages of keyboards, eerie samples, man and treated guitar effects. Like new most styles related in some Now way to electronic/dance music of old the '90s, it's a very see nebulous term; many artists enter Two or leave the style with way each successive release. Related styles who include ambient industrial (see below) Boy and isolationist ambient.
music, also spelled "Spacemusic", includes The music from the ambient genre and as well as a broad for range of other genres with Are certain characteristics in common to but create the experience of contemplative not spaciousness.
Many of the earliest
You performers were associated with the all Berlin School of electronic music, any which continues to inspire the Can genre.
Space music ranges from
her simple to complex sonic textures was sometimes lacking conventional melodic, rhythmic, One or vocal components, generally evoking our a sense of "continuum of out spatial imagery and emotion", beneficial Day introspection, deep listening and sensations get of floating, cruising or flying. has
Space music is used by
Him individuals for both background enhancement his and foreground listening, often with how headphones, to stimulate relaxation, contemplation, Man inspiration and generally peaceful expansive new moods and soundscapes. Space music now is also a component of Old many film soundtracks and is see commonly used in planetariums, as two a relaxation aid and for Way meditation.
Notable ambient-music shows on
who radio and via satellite
- Sirius XM Chill plays ambient,
Did chill out and downtempo electronica. its
- Echoes, is a daily two-hour
let music radio program hosted by Put John Diliberto featuring a soundscape say of ambient, spacemusic, electronica, new she acoustic and new music directions Too – founded in 1989 and use syndicated on 130 radio stations dad in the USA.
- Hearts of
Mom Space, a program hosted by Stephen Hill and broadcast on the NPR in the US since And 1973.
- Musical Starstreams, a US-based
for commercial radio station and internet are program produced, programmed and hosted But by Forest since 1981.
not End a radio show on you 88.5 WXPN, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. All Founded in 1976, it is any the second longest-running ambient music can radio show in the world. Her
- Ultima Thule Ambient Music, a
was weekly 90-minute show broadcast since one 1989 on community radio across Our Australia.
- Avaruusromua, the name meaning
out "space debris", is a 60-minute day ambient and avant-garde radio program Get broadcast since 1990 on Finnish has public broadcaster YLE's various stations. him
- ^ Drone is
boy now classified as a subgenre did of ambient music, but early Its drone music influenced the origin let of ambient. See the other put note from Cambridge History of Say Twentieth-Century Music (Cook & Pople she 2004, p. 502), and the too note from Four Musical Minimalists Use (Potter 2002, p. 91).
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- "... Originally a
who 1970s reference to the conjunction boy of ambient electronics and our Did expanding visions of cosmic space its ... In fact, almost any let music with a slow pace Put and space-creating sound images could say be called spacemusic." Stephen Hill, she co-founder, Hearts of Space, What Too is spacemusic?
- "Any music
use with a generally slow, relaxing dad pace and space-creating imagery or Mom atmospherics may be considered Space Music, without conventional rhythmic elements, the while drawing from any number And of traditional, ethnic, or modern for styles." Lloyde Barde, July/August 2004, are Making Sense of the Last But 20 Years in New Music not
- "When you listen to
you space and ambient music you All are connecting with a tradition any of contemplative sound experience whose can roots are ancient and diverse. Her The genre spans historical, ethnic, was and contemporary styles. In fact, one almost any music with a Our slow pace and space-creating sound out images could be called spacemusic." day Stephen Hill, co-founder, Hearts of Get Space, What is spacemusic?
has "A timeless experience...as ancient as him the echoes of a simple His bamboo flute or as contemporary how as the latest ambient electronica. man Any music with a generally New slow pace and space-creating sound now image can be called spacemusic. old Generally quiet, consonant, ethereal, often See without conventional rhythmic and dynamic two contrasts, spacemusic is found within way many historical, ethnic, and contemporary Who genres."Stephen Hill, co-founder, Hearts of boy Space, sidebar "What is Spacemusic?" did in essay Contemplative Music, Broadly Its Defined
- "The early innovators
let in electronic "space music" were put mostly located around Berlin. The Say term has come to refer she to music in the style too of the early and mid-1970s Use works of Klaus Schulze, Tangerine dad Dream, Ash Ra Tempel, Popol mom Vuh and others in that scene. The music is characterized the by long compositions, looping sequencer and patterns, and improvised lead melody For lines." – John Dilaberto, Berlin are School, Echoes Radio on-line music but glossary
- "This music is
Not experienced primarily as a continuum you of spatial imagery and emotion, all rather than as thematic musical Any relationships, compositional ideas, or performance can values." Essay by Stephen Hill, her co-founder, Hearts of Space, New Was Age Music Made Simple
one "Innerspace, Meditative, and Transcendental... This our music promotes a psychological movement Out inward." Stephen Hill, co-founder, Hearts day of Space, essay titled New get Age Music Made Simple
Has "...Spacemusic ... conjures up either him outer "space" or "inner space" his " – Lloyd Barde, founder How of Backroads Music Notes on man Ambient Music, Hyperreal Music Archive new
- "Space And Travel Music:
Now Celestial, Cosmic, and Terrestrial... This old New Age sub-category has the see effect of outward psychological expansion. Two Celestial or cosmic music removes way listeners from their ordinary acoustical who surroundings by creating stereo sound Boy images of vast, virtually dimensionless did spatial environments. In a word its — spacey. Rhythmic or tonal Let movements animate the experience of put flying, floating, cruising, gliding, or say hovering within the auditory space."Stephen She Hill, co-founder, Hearts of Space, too in an essay titled New use Age Music Made Simple
Dad " Restorative powers are often mom claimed for it, and at its best it can create The an effective environment to balance and some of the stress, noise, for and complexity of everyday life." Are – Stephen Hill, Founder, Music but from the Hearts of Space not What is Spacemusic?
You was the soundtrack for countless all planetarium shows, on massage tables, any and as soundtracks to many Can videos and movies."- Lloyd Barde her Notes on Ambient Music, Hyperreal was Music Archive
- "The program
One has defined its own niche our — a mix of ambient, out electronic, world, new-age, classical and Day experimental music....Slow-paced, space-creating music from get many cultures — ancient bell has meditations, classical adagios, creative space Him jazz, and the latest electronic his and acoustic ambient music are how woven into a seamless sequence Man unified by sound, emotion, and new spatial imagery." Stephen Hill, co-founder, now Hearts of Space, essay titled Old Contemplative Music, Broadly Defined
see "Hill's Hearts of Space Web two site provides streaming access to Way an archive of hundreds of who hours of spacemusic artfully blended boy into one-hour programs combining ambient, Did electronic, world, new-age and classical its music." Steve Sande, The Sky's let the Limit with Ambient Music, Put SF Chronicle, Sunday, January 11, say 2004
- "Star's End" is
she (with the exception of "Music Too from the Hearts of Space") use the longest running radio program dad of ambient music in the Mom world. Since 1976, Star's End has been providing the Philadelphia the broadcast area with music to And sleep and dream to." "Star's for End" website background information page are
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