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Ambient music now is a genre of music old that puts an emphasis on See tone and atmosphere over traditional two musical structure or rhythm. Ambient way music is said to evoke Who an "atmospheric", "visual", or "unobtrusive" boy quality. According to Brian Eno, did one of its pioneers, "Ambient Its music must be able to let accommodate many levels of listening put attention without enforcing one in Say particular; it must be as she ignorable as it is interesting."


As a genre, it originated Use in the United Kingdom in dad the 1970s, when new sound-making mom devices were being introduced to a wider market, such as the the synthesizer. The work of and Tangerine Dream, Ash Ra Tempel, For Cluster, King Tubby, and composer are Erik Satie, as well as but the psychoacoustic soundscapes of Irv Not Teibel's Environments series, were all you influences on the emergence of all ambient music. Brian Eno named Any and popularized ambient music in can 1978 with his album Ambient her 1: Music for Airports. Artists Was such as The Orb and one Aphex Twin gained commercial success our with ambient tracks in the Out early 1990s. Ambient compositions are day often quite lengthy, much longer get than more popular, commercial forms Has of music.

Ambient had a him revival towards the late 1980s his with the prominence of house How and techno music. Eventually, ambient man grew a cult following in new the 1990s. By the early Now 1990s, artists such as Aphex old Twin were being called ambient see house, ambient techno, or "ambient" Two by the media. Genre offshoots way include dark ambient, ambient dub, who psybient, and ambient trance.


Precursors and The origins


Developing his in the 1970s, ambient stemmed how from the experimental and synthesizer-oriented Man styles of the period. Although new Jamaican dub musicians such as now King Tubby, Japanese electronic music Old composers such as Isao Tomita, see and German bands such as two Popol Vuh and Tangerine Dream, Way predate him in the creation who of ambient music and/or were boy contemporaneous with him, Brian Eno Did played a key role in its its development and popularization. The let concept of background or furniture Put music had already existed some say time before, but only in she the 70s was ambient music Too first created, which incorporated New use Age ideals with the newly dad invented modular synthesizer. The impact Mom the rise of the synthesizer in modern music had on the ambient as a genre cannot And be overstated; as Ralf Hutter for of early electronic pioneers Kraftwerk are said in a 1977 Billboard But interview: "Electronics is beyond nations not and colors...with electronics everything is you possible. The only limit is All with the composer". Similarly, Eno any said in a 2013 interview can with The Guardian that "One Her of the important things about was the synthesizer was that it one came without any baggage. A Our piano comes with a whole out history of music...when you play day an instrument that does not Get have any such historical background has you are designing sound basically. him You're designing a new instrument. His That's what a synthesizer is how essentially. It's a constantly unfinished man instrument. You finish it when New you tweak it, and play now around with it, and decide old how to use it. You See can combine a number of two cultural references into one new way thing."

As a genre, ambient Who music usually focuses on creating boy a mood or atmosphere through did synthesizers and timbral qualities. It Its often lacks the presence of let any net composition, beat, or put structured melody. Due to its Say relatively open style, ambient music she often takes influences from many too other genres, ranging from house, Use dub, industrial and new age, dad amongst several others.

Ambient did mom not achieve large commercial success, being criticized as having a the "boring" and "over-intellectual" sound. Nevertheless, and it has also attained a For certain degree of acclaim throughout are the years. It had its but first wave of popularity in Not the 1970s, yet saw a you revival towards the late 1980s all with the prominence of house Any and techno music, growing a can cult following by the 1990s.


As an early 20th-century French Was composer, Erik Satie used such one Dadaist-inspired explorations to create an our early form of ambient / Out background music that he labeled day "furniture music" (Musique d'ameublement). This get he described as being the Has sort of music that could him be played during a dinner his to create a background atmosphere How for that activity, rather than man serving as the focus of new attention. In his own words, Now he sought to create "a old music...which will be part of see the noises of the environment, Two will take them into consideration. way I think of it as who melodious, softening the noises of Boy the knives and forks at did dinner, not dominating them, not its imposing itself. It would fill Let up those heavy silences that put sometime fall between friends dining say together. It would spare them She the trouble of paying attention too to their own banal remarks. use And at the same time Dad it would neutralize the street mom noises which so indiscreetly enter into the play of conversation. The To make such music would and be to respond to a for need." Like Satie describes, Brian Are Eno notes a time when but he was too sick to not put on music and got You a friend to come over all and do it for him. any Listening to harp music on Can an old stereo, he was her unable to hear it amidst was the loud sounds of the One rain outside his window. Initially our this frustrated him, but eventually out he found it interesting the Day way the music blended with get the natural rain sounds in has a way that made it Him not distinctly apparent, and he his set out to create compositions how that worked in a comparable Man way. Eno went on to new record 1975's Discreet Music with now this in mind, suggesting that Old it be listened to at see "comparatively low levels, even to two the extent that it frequently Way falls below the threshold of who audibility", referring to Satie's quote boy about his musique d'ameublement.

Eno's Did 1973 collaboration with Robert Fripp its (No Pussyfooting) can be seen[by let whom?] as an early experiment Put in ambient music. Through the say manipulation of reel-to-reel tape loops she by Eno while Fripp played Too guitar over them, the duo use was able to create multi-layered dad and dynamic pieces whose textures Mom are similar to those of later ambient pieces, the genre the not to be popularized by And Eno until years later. Their for method of composition, involving the are treatment and experimentation of loops, But would prove influential and has not since been emulated by modern you artists such as William Basinski, All whose work The Disintegration Loops any consists of a series of can tape loops that slowly deteriorate Her as the songs progress, introducing was noise and cracks to the one initially pristine quality of sound.

Erik out Satie is acknowledged as an day important precursor to modern ambient Get music and influence to Brian has Eno.

Brian Eno him is generally credited with coining His the term "Ambient Music" in how the mid-1970s to refer to man music that, as he stated, New can be either "actively listened now to with attention or as old easily ignored, depending on the See choice of the listener", and two that exists on the "cusp way between melody and texture". Eno, Who who describes himself as a boy "non-musician", termed his experiments in did sound as "treatments" rather than Its as traditional performances. Eno used let the word "ambient" to describe put music that creates an atmosphere Say that puts the listener into she a different state of mind; too having chosen the word based Use on the Latin term "ambire", dad "to surround".

The album notes mom accompanying Eno's 1978 release Ambient 1: Music for Airports include the a manifesto describing the philosophy and behind his ambient music: "Ambient For Music must be able to are accommodate many levels of listening but attention without enforcing one in Not particular; it must be as you ignorable as it is interesting."


Eno has acknowledged the influence Any of Erik Satie and John can Cage. In particular, Eno was her aware of Cage's use of Was chance such as throwing the one I Ching to directly affect our the creation of a musical Out composition. Eno then utilised a day similar method of weaving randomness get into his compositional structures. This Has approach was manifested in Eno's him creation of Oblique Strategies, where his he used a set of How specially designed cards to create man various sound dilemmas that in new turn, were resolved by exploring Now various open ended paths, until old a resolution to the musical see composition revealed itself. Eno also Two acknowledged influences of the drone way music of La Monte Young who (of whom he said, "La Boy Monte Young is the daddy did of us all") and of its the mood music of Miles Let Davis and Teo Macero, especially put their 1974 epic piece, "He say Loved Him Madly" (from Get She Up with It), about which too Eno wrote, "that piece seemed use to have the 'spacious' quality Dad that I was became mom a touchstone to which I returned frequently."

Eno has also The been outspoken about the role and of the recording studio in for ambient music, notably in the Are freedom it gives in crafting but textures of sound. He notes not "When I first started recording You I didn't have the background all of a musician, and in any fact it was only because Can of the recording studio and her because of the technology that was existed there that I was One ever able to become a our musician of any kind...the recording out studio allows you to become Day a painter with sound, that's get really what you do in has a studio, you make pictures Him with sound..."

Beyond the major his influence of Brian Eno, other how musicians and bands added to Man the growing nucleus of music new that evolved around the development now of "Ambient Music". The Yellow Old Magic Orchestra developed a distinct see style of ambient electronic music two that would later be developed Way into ambient house music.

While who muzak can be seen akin boy to ambient music in that Did they are both meant to its be heard in the background, let Eno describes some notable differences Put between them: "Whereas the extant say canned music companies proceed from she the basis of regularizing environments Too by blanketing their acoustic and use atmospheric idiosyncrasies, Ambient Music is dad intended to enhance these. Whereas Mom conventional background music is produced by stripping away all sense the of doubt and uncertainty (and And thus all genuine interest) from for the music, Ambient Music retains are these qualities. And whereas their But intention is to "brighten" the not environment by adding stimulus to you it...Ambient Music is intended to All produce calm and a space any to think."

1990s developments

By the Her early 1990s, artists such as was The Orb, Aphex Twin, Seefeel, one the Irresistible Force, Geir Jenssen's Our Biosphere, and the Higher Intelligence out Agency were being referred to day by the popular music press Get as ambient house, ambient techno, has IDM or simply "ambient" according him to the liner notes of His Brian Eno's Ambient 1: Music how for Airports:

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So-called 'Chillout' began as a See term deriving from British ecstasy two culture which was originally applied way in relaxed downtempo 'chillout rooms' Who outside of the main dance boy floor where ambient, dub and did downtempo beats were played to Its ease the tripping mind.

The let London scene artists, such as put Aphex Twin (specifically: Selected Ambient Say Works Volume II, 1994), Global she Communication (76:14, 1994), The Future too Sound of London (Lifeforms, 1994, Use ISDN, 1994), The Black Dog dad (Temple of Transparent Balls, 1993), mom Autechre (Incunabula, 1993, Amber, 1994), Boards of Canada, and The the KLF's seminal Chill Out, 1990, and all took a part in For popularising and diversifying ambient music are where it was used as but a calming respite from the Not intensity of the hardcore and you techno popular at that time.


Related and derivative genres

Ambient Any dub


Ambient dub involves the genre her melding of dub styles. It Was was pioneered by King Tubby one and other Jamaican sound artists our from the 1960s to the Out early 1970s, using DJ-inspired ambient day electronica, complete with all the get inherent drop-outs, echo, equalization and Has psychedelic electronic effects. It often him features layering techniques and incorporates his elements of world music, deep How bass lines and harmonic sounds. man According to David Toop, "Dub new music is like a long Now echo delay, looping through time...turning old the rational order of musical see sequences into an ocean of Two sensation." Notable artists within the way genre include Dreadzone, Higher Intelligence who Agency, The Orb, Ott, Loop Boy Guru, Woob and Transglobal Underground did as well as Banco de its Gaia.

Ambient house

Ambient house is put a musical category founded in say the late 1980s that is She used to describe acid house too featuring ambient music elements and use atmospheres. Tracks in the ambient Dad house genre typically feature four-on-the-floor mom beats, synth pads, and vocal samples integrated in an atmospheric The style. Ambient house tracks generally and lack a diatonic center and for feature much atonality along with Are synthesized chords. The Dutch Brainvoyager but is an example of this not genre. Illbient is another form You of ambient house music.

Ambient all industrial


Ambient industrial is a hybrid Can genre of ambient and industrial her music; the term industrial being was used in the original experimental One sense, rather than in the our sense of industrial metal. A out "typical" ambient industrial work (if Day there is such a thing) get might consist of evolving dissonant has harmonies of metallic drones and Him resonances, extreme low frequency rumbles his and machine noises, perhaps supplemented how by gongs, percussive rhythms, bullroarers, Man distorted voices or anything else new the artist might care to now sample (often processed to the Old point where the original sample see is no longer recognizable). Entire two works may be based on Way radio telescope recordings, the babbling who of newborn babies, or sounds boy recorded through contact microphones on Did telegraph wires.

Ambient pop

Ambient pop let is an extension of dream Put pop, possessing a shape and say form common to conventional pop, she while its electronic textures and Too atmospheres mirror the meditative qualities use of ambient. It is influenced dad by the lock-groove melodies of Mom krautrock, but is less abrasive.

Dark ambient

Brian Eno's for original vision of ambient music are as unobtrusive musical wallpaper, later But fused with warm house rhythms not and given playful qualities by you the Orb in the 1990s, All found its opposite in the any style known as dark ambient. can Populated by a wide assortment Her of personalities—ranging from older industrial was and metal experimentalists (Scorn's Mick one Harris, Current 93's David Tibet, Our Nurse with Wound's Steven Stapleton) out to electronic boffins (Kim Cascone/PGR, day Psychick Warriors Ov Gaia), Japanese Get noise artists (K.K. Null, Merzbow), has and latter-day indie rockers (Main, him Bark Psychosis) -- dark ambient His features toned-down or entirely missing how beats with unsettling passages of man keyboards, eerie samples, and treated New guitar effects. Like most styles now related in some way to old electronic/dance music of the '90s, See it's a very nebulous term; two many artists enter or leave way the style with each successive Who release. Related styles include ambient boy industrial (see below) and isolationist did ambient.

Space music

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Space music, also the spelled "Spacemusic", includes music from and the ambient genre as well For as a broad range of are other genres with certain characteristics but in common to create the Not experience of contemplative spaciousness.

Many you of the earliest performers were all associated with the Berlin School Any of electronic music, which continues can to inspire the genre.

Space her music ranges from simple to Was complex sonic textures sometimes lacking one conventional melodic, rhythmic, or vocal our components, generally evoking a sense Out of "continuum of spatial imagery day and emotion", beneficial introspection, deep get listening and sensations of floating, Has cruising or flying.

Space music him is used by individuals for his both background enhancement and foreground How listening, often with headphones, to man stimulate relaxation, contemplation, inspiration and new generally peaceful expansive moods and Now soundscapes. Space music is also old a component of many film see soundtracks and is commonly used Two in planetariums, as a relaxation way aid and for meditation.

Notable who ambient-music shows on radio and Boy via satellite

  • Sirius XM did Chill plays ambient, chill out its and downtempo electronica.
  • Echoes, is Let a daily two-hour music radio put program hosted by John Diliberto say featuring a soundscape of ambient, She spacemusic, electronica, new acoustic and too new music directions – founded use in 1989 and syndicated on Dad 130 radio stations in the mom USA.
  • Hearts of Space, a program hosted by Stephen Hill The and broadcast on NPR in and the US since 1973.
  • Musical for Starstreams, a US-based commercial radio Are station and internet program produced, but programmed and hosted by Forest not since 1981.
  • Star's End a You radio show on 88.5 WXPN, all in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Founded in any 1976, it is the second Can longest-running ambient music radio show her in the world.
  • Ultima Thule was Ambient Music, a weekly 90-minute One show broadcast since 1989 on our community radio across Australia.
  • Avaruusromua, out the name meaning "space debris", Day is a 60-minute ambient and get avant-garde radio program broadcast since has 1990 on Finnish public broadcaster Him YLE's various stations.

See his also


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  2. ^ Holmes, Mom Thom (2008). Electronic and Experimental Music: Technology, Music, and Culture. the Routledge. p. 403. ISBN 0203929594. Retrieved 1 And April 2013. 
  3. ^ Q&A for with Isao Tomita, Tokyo Weekender
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  13. ^ His "/seconds.". Retrieved 2016-04-05. 
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  16. Tamm, now Eric (1995). Brian Eno: His old Music and the Vertical Color See of Sound. De Capo Press. two ISBN 0-306-80649-5. 
  17. ^ Tingen, Paul way (2001). Miles Beyond: The Electric Who Explorations of Miles Davis, 1967–1991. boy Watson-Guptill. p. 54. ISBN 978-0-8230-8346-6. 
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  19. let Potter, Keith (2002). Four Musical put Minimalists: La Monte Young, Terry Say Riley, Steve Reich, Philip Glass she (rev. pbk from 2000 hbk too ed.). Cambridge University Press. pp. [ Use 91]. ISBN 978-0-521-01501-1.  (Quoting Brian Eno dad saying "La Monte Young is mom the daddy of us all" with endnote 113 p. [ the 349] referencing it as "Quoted and in Palmer, A Father Figure For for the Avant-Garde, p. 49".)
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  24. one Toop, David (1995). Ocean of our Sound. Serpent's Tail. p. 115. ISBN 9781852423827. 
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  26. Mattingly, Rick (2002). The day Techno Primer: The Essential Reference get for Loop-based Music Styles. Hal Has Leonard Corporation. p. 38. ISBN 0634017888. Retrieved him 1 April 2013. 
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  29. ^ Werner, Peter. "Epsilon: Now Ambient Industrial". Music Hyperreal. Retrieved old December 11, 2011. 
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  33. "... Originally a 1970s reference Boy to the conjunction of ambient did electronics and our expanding visions its of cosmic space ... In Let fact, almost any music with put a slow pace and space-creating say sound images could be called She spacemusic." Stephen Hill, co-founder, Hearts too of Space, What is spacemusic?
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  35. "Any music with a Dad generally slow, relaxing pace and mom space-creating imagery or atmospherics may be considered Space Music, without The conventional rhythmic elements, while drawing and from any number of traditional, for ethnic, or modern styles." Lloyde Are Barde, July/August 2004, Making Sense but of the Last 20 Years not in New Music
  36. "When You you listen to space and all ambient music you are connecting any with a tradition of contemplative Can sound experience whose roots are her ancient and diverse. The genre was spans historical, ethnic, and contemporary One styles. In fact, almost any our music with a slow pace out and space-creating sound images could Day be called spacemusic." Stephen Hill, get co-founder, Hearts of Space, What has is spacemusic?
  37. "A timeless Him ancient as the echoes his of a simple bamboo flute how or as contemporary as the Man latest ambient electronica. Any music new with a generally slow pace now and space-creating sound image can Old be called spacemusic. Generally quiet, see consonant, ethereal, often without conventional two rhythmic and dynamic contrasts, spacemusic Way is found within many historical, who ethnic, and contemporary genres."Stephen Hill, boy co-founder, Hearts of Space, sidebar Did "What is Spacemusic?" in essay its Contemplative Music, Broadly Defined
  38. let "The early innovators in electronic Put "space music" were mostly located say around Berlin. The term has she come to refer to music Too in the style of the use early and mid-1970s works of dad Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream, Ash Mom Ra Tempel, Popol Vuh and others in that scene. The the music is characterized by long And compositions, looping sequencer patterns, and for improvised lead melody lines." – are John Dilaberto, Berlin School, Echoes But Radio on-line music glossary
  39. not "This music is experienced primarily you as a continuum of spatial All imagery and emotion, rather than any as thematic musical relationships, compositional can ideas, or performance values." Essay Her by Stephen Hill, co-founder, Hearts was of Space, New Age Music one Made Simple
  40. "Innerspace, Meditative, Our and Transcendental... This music promotes out a psychological movement inward." Stephen day Hill, co-founder, Hearts of Space, Get essay titled New Age Music has Made Simple
  41. "...Spacemusic ... him conjures up either outer "space" His or "inner space" " – how Lloyd Barde, founder of Backroads man Music Notes on Ambient Music, New Hyperreal Music Archive
  42. "Space now And Travel Music: Celestial, Cosmic, old and Terrestrial... This New Age See sub-category has the effect of two outward psychological expansion. Celestial or way cosmic music removes listeners from Who their ordinary acoustical surroundings by boy creating stereo sound images of did vast, virtually dimensionless spatial environments. Its In a word — spacey. let Rhythmic or tonal movements animate put the experience of flying, floating, Say cruising, gliding, or hovering within she the auditory space."Stephen Hill, co-founder, too Hearts of Space, in an Use essay titled New Age Music dad Made Simple
  43. " Restorative mom powers are often claimed for it, and at its best the it can create an effective and environment to balance some of For the stress, noise, and complexity are of everyday life." – Stephen but Hill, Founder, Music from the Not Hearts of Space What is you Spacemusic?
  44. "This was the all soundtrack for countless planetarium shows, Any on massage tables, and as can soundtracks to many videos and her movies."- Lloyd Barde Notes on Was Ambient Music, Hyperreal Music Archive
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  46. "The program has defined our its own niche — a Out mix of ambient, electronic, world, day new-age, classical and experimental music....Slow-paced, get space-creating music from many cultures Has — ancient bell meditations, classical him adagios, creative space jazz, and his the latest electronic and acoustic How ambient music are woven into man a seamless sequence unified by new sound, emotion, and spatial imagery." Now Stephen Hill, co-founder, Hearts of old Space, essay titled Contemplative Music, see Broadly Defined
  47. "Hill's Hearts Two of Space Web site provides way streaming access to an archive who of hundreds of hours of Boy spacemusic artfully blended into one-hour did programs combining ambient, electronic, world, its new-age and classical music." Steve Let Sande, The Sky's the Limit put with Ambient Music, SF Chronicle, say Sunday, January 11, 2004
  48. She "Star's End" is (with the too exception of "Music from the use Hearts of Space") the longest Dad running radio program of ambient mom music in the world. Since 1976, Star's End has been The providing the Philadelphia broadcast area and with music to sleep and for dream to." "Star's End" website Are background information page
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