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Ambient man music is a genre of new music that puts an emphasis Now on tone and atmosphere over old traditional musical structure or rhythm. see Ambient music is said to Two evoke an "atmospheric", "visual", or way "unobtrusive" quality. According to Brian who Eno, one of its pioneers, Boy "Ambient music must be able did to accommodate many levels of its listening attention without enforcing one Let in particular; it must be put as ignorable as it is say interesting."

As a genre, it She originated in the United Kingdom too in the 1970s, when new use sound-making devices were being introduced Dad to a wider market, such mom as the synthesizer. The work of Tangerine Dream, Ash Ra The Tempel, Cluster, King Tubby, and and composer Erik Satie, as well for as the psychoacoustic soundscapes of Are Irv Teibel's Environments series, were but all influences on the emergence not of ambient music. Brian Eno You named and popularized ambient music all in 1978 with his album any Ambient 1: Music for Airports. Can Artists such as The Orb her and Aphex Twin gained commercial was success with ambient tracks in One the early 1990s. Ambient compositions our are often quite lengthy, much out longer than more popular, commercial Day forms of music.

Ambient had get a revival towards the late has 1980s with the prominence of Him house and techno music. Eventually, his ambient grew a cult following how in the 1990s. By the Man early 1990s, artists such as new Aphex Twin were being called now ambient house, ambient techno, or Old "ambient" by the media. Genre see offshoots include dark ambient and two ambient dub.


Precursors and origins

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

As a Two genre, ambient music usually focuses way on creating a mood or who atmosphere through synthesizers and timbral Boy qualities. It often lacks the did presence of any net composition, its beat, or structured melody. Due Let to its relatively open style, put ambient music often takes influences say from many other genres, ranging She from house, dub, industrial and too new age, amongst several others.


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

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

Eno's 1973 collaboration with boy Robert Fripp (No Pussyfooting) can did be seen[by whom?] as an Its early experiment in ambient music. let Through the manipulation of reel-to-reel put tape loops by Eno while Say Fripp played guitar over them, she the duo was able to too create multi-layered and dynamic pieces Use whose textures are similar to dad those of later ambient pieces, mom the genre not to be popularized by Eno until years the later. Their method of composition, and involving the treatment and experimentation For of loops, would prove influential are and has since been emulated but by modern artists such as Not William Basinski, whose work The you Disintegration Loops consists of a all series of tape loops that Any slowly deteriorate as the songs can progress, introducing noise and cracks her to the initially pristine quality Was of sound.

Erik Satie is acknowledged our as an important precursor to Out modern ambient music and influence day to Brian Eno.

Brian Eno is generally credited Has with coining the term "Ambient him Music" in the mid-1970s to his refer to music that, as How he stated, can be either man "actively listened to with attention new or as easily ignored, depending Now on the choice of the old listener", and that exists on see the "cusp between melody and Two texture". Eno, who describes himself way as a "non-musician", termed his who experiments in sound as "treatments" Boy rather than as traditional performances. did Eno used the word "ambient" its to describe music that creates Let an atmosphere that puts the put listener into a different state say of mind; having chosen the She word based on the Latin too term "ambire", "to surround".

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

Eno has acknowledged You the influence of Erik Satie all and John Cage. In particular, any Eno was aware of Cage's Can use of chance such as her throwing the I Ching to was directly affect the creation of One a musical composition. Eno then our utilised a similar method of out weaving randomness into his compositional Day structures. This approach was manifested get in Eno's creation of Oblique has Strategies, where he used a Him set of specially designed cards his to create various sound dilemmas how that in turn, were resolved Man by exploring various open ended new paths, until a resolution to now the musical composition revealed itself. Old Eno also acknowledged influences of see the drone music of La two Monte Young (of whom he Way said, "La Monte Young is who the daddy of us all") boy and of the mood music Did of Miles Davis and Teo its Macero, especially their 1974 epic let piece, "He Loved Him Madly" Put (from Get Up with It), say about which Eno wrote, "that she piece seemed to have the Too 'spacious' quality that I was use became a touchstone to dad which I returned frequently."

Eno Mom has also been outspoken about the role of the recording the studio in ambient music, notably And in the freedom it gives for in crafting textures of sound. are He notes "When I first But started recording I didn't have not the background of a musician, you and in fact it was All only because of the recording any studio and because of the can technology that existed there that Her I was ever able to was become a musician of any one kind...the recording studio allows you Our to become a painter with out sound, that's really what you day do in a studio, you Get make pictures with sound..."

Beyond has the major influence of Brian him Eno, other musicians and bands His added to the growing nucleus how of music that evolved around man the development of "Ambient Music". New The Yellow Magic Orchestra developed now a distinct style of ambient old electronic music that would later See be developed into ambient house two music.

While muzak can be way seen akin to ambient music Who in that they are both boy meant to be heard in did the background, Eno describes some Its notable differences between them: "Whereas let the extant canned music companies put proceed from the basis of Say regularizing environments by blanketing their she acoustic and atmospheric idiosyncrasies, Ambient too Music is intended to enhance Use these. Whereas conventional background music dad is produced by stripping away mom all sense of doubt and uncertainty (and thus all genuine the interest) from the music, Ambient and Music retains these qualities. And For whereas their intention is to are "brighten" the environment by adding but stimulus to it...Ambient Music is Not intended to produce calm and you a space to think."

1990s all developments


By the early 1990s, artists can such as The Orb, Aphex her Twin, Seefeel, the Irresistible Force, Was Geir Jenssen's Biosphere, and the one Higher Intelligence Agency were being our referred to by the popular Out music press as ambient house, day ambient techno, IDM or simply get "ambient" according to the liner Has notes of Brian Eno's Ambient him 1: Music for Airports:

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

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

Related and derivative You genres

Ambient dub

Ambient dub involves any the genre melding of dub Can styles. It was pioneered by her King Tubby and other Jamaican was sound artists from the 1960s One to the early 1970s, using our DJ-inspired ambient electronica, complete with out all the inherent drop-outs, echo, Day equalization and psychedelic electronic effects. get It often features layering techniques has and incorporates elements of world Him music, deep bass lines and his harmonic sounds. According to David how Toop, "Dub music is like Man a long echo delay, looping new through time...turning the rational order now of musical sequences into an Old ocean of sensation." Notable artists see within the genre include Dreadzone, two Higher Intelligence Agency, The Orb, Way Ott, Loop Guru, Woob and who Transglobal Underground as well as boy Banco de Gaia.

Ambient house


Ambient its house is a musical category let founded in the late 1980s Put that is used to describe say acid house featuring ambient music she elements and atmospheres. Tracks in Too the ambient house genre typically use feature four-on-the-floor beats, synth pads, dad and vocal samples integrated in Mom an atmospheric style. Ambient house tracks generally lack a diatonic the center and feature much atonality And along with synthesized chords. The for Dutch Brainvoyager is an example are of this genre. Illbient is But another form of ambient house not music.

Ambient industrial

Ambient industrial is All a hybrid genre of ambient any and industrial music; the term can industrial being used in the Her original experimental sense, rather than was in the sense of industrial one metal. A "typical" ambient industrial Our work (if there is such out a thing) might consist of day evolving dissonant harmonies of metallic Get drones and resonances, extreme low has frequency rumbles and machine noises, him perhaps supplemented by gongs, percussive His rhythms, bullroarers, distorted voices or how anything else the artist might man care to sample (often processed New to the point where the now original sample is no longer old recognizable). Entire works may be See based on radio telescope recordings, two the babbling of newborn babies, way or sounds recorded through contact Who microphones on telegraph wires.

Ambient boy pop


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

Dark ambient


Brian Eno's original vision of and ambient music as unobtrusive musical For wallpaper, later fused with warm are house rhythms and given playful but qualities by the Orb in Not the 1990s, found its opposite you in the style known as all dark ambient. Populated by a Any wide assortment of personalities—ranging from can older industrial and metal experimentalists her (Scorn's Mick Harris, Current 93's Was David Tibet, Nurse with Wound's one Steven Stapleton) to electronic boffins our (Kim Cascone/PGR, Psychick Warriors Ov Out Gaia), Japanese noise artists (K.K. day Null, Merzbow), and latter-day indie get rockers (Main, Bark Psychosis) -- Has dark ambient features toned-down or him entirely missing beats with unsettling his passages of keyboards, eerie samples, How and treated guitar effects. Like man most styles related in some new way to electronic/dance music of Now the '90s, it's a very old nebulous term; many artists enter see or leave the style with Two each successive release. Related styles way include ambient industrial (see below) who and isolationist ambient.

Space music

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Space music, also spelled "Spacemusic", includes music from the The ambient genre as well as and a broad range of other for genres with certain characteristics in Are common to create the experience but of contemplative spaciousness.

Many of not the earliest performers were associated You with the Berlin School of all electronic music, which continues to any inspire the genre.

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

Space music is has used by individuals for both Him background enhancement and foreground listening, his often with headphones, to stimulate how relaxation, contemplation, inspiration and generally Man peaceful expansive moods and soundscapes. new Space music is also a now component of many film soundtracks Old and is commonly used in see planetariums, as a relaxation aid two and for meditation.

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

  • Sirius XM Chill boy plays ambient, chill out and Did downtempo electronica.
  • Echoes, is a its daily two-hour music radio program let hosted by John Diliberto featuring Put a soundscape of ambient, spacemusic, say electronica, new acoustic and new she music directions – founded in Too 1989 and syndicated on 130 use radio stations in the USA.
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  • Hearts of Space, a program Mom hosted by Stephen Hill and broadcast on NPR in the the US since 1973.
  • Musical Starstreams, And a US-based commercial radio station for and internet program produced, programmed are and hosted by Forest since But 1981.
  • Star's End a radio not show on 88.5 WXPN, in you Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1976, All it is the second longest-running any ambient music radio show in can the world.
  • Ultima Thule Ambient Her Music, a weekly 90-minute show was broadcast since 1989 on community one radio across Australia.
  • Avaruusromua, the Our name meaning "space debris", is out a 60-minute ambient and avant-garde day radio program broadcast since 1990 Get on Finnish public broadcaster YLE's has various stations.

See also

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  1. ^ Who Drone is now classified as boy a subgenre of ambient music, did but early drone music influenced Its the origin of ambient. See let the other note from Cambridge put History of Twentieth-Century Music (Cook Say & Pople 2004, p. 502), she and the note from Four too Musical Minimalists (Potter 2002, p. Use 91).
  2. ^ Holmes, Thom dad (2008). Electronic and Experimental Music: mom Technology, Music, and Culture. Routledge. p. 403. ISBN 0203929594. Retrieved 1 April the 2013. 
  3. ^ Q&A with and Isao Tomita, Tokyo Weekender
  4. ^ For Isao Tomita, an Early are Major Japanese Electronic Composer, Is but Dead, Vice
  5. Prendergast, M. Not The Ambient Century. 2001. Bloomsbury, you USA
  6. "Ambient - Definition all of ambient by Merriam-Webster". 
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  8. Eno, Brian. "Music for can Airports". Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
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  10. ^ "Music Genres - Was AllMusic". AllMusic. 
  11. ^ " one - A history of ambient". our Retrieved 2016-04-05. 
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  13. ^ Jarrett, Michael day (1998). Sound Tracks: A Musical get ABC, Volumes 1–3. Temple University Has Press. p. 1973. ISBN 978-1-56639-641-7. 
  14. ^ him "/seconds". Retrieved 2016-04-05. 
  15. his "Epsilon: Ambient Music, Beginnings and How Implications, by Chris Melchior". man Retrieved 2016-04-05. 
  16. Tamm, Eric new (1995). Brian Eno: His Music Now and the Vertical Color of old Sound. De Capo Press. ISBN 0-306-80649-5. 
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  18. ^ Tingen, Paul (2001). Two Miles Beyond: The Electric Explorations way of Miles Davis, 1967–1991. Watson-Guptill. who p. 54. ISBN 978-0-8230-8346-6. 
  19. Brian Eno, Boy [ Music for Airports liner did notes], September 1978
  20. Potter, its Keith (2002). Four Musical Minimalists: Let La Monte Young, Terry Riley, put Steve Reich, Philip Glass (rev. say pbk from 2000 hbk ed.). She Cambridge University Press. pp. [ 91]. too ISBN 978-0-521-01501-1.  (Quoting Brian Eno saying use "La Monte Young is the Dad daddy of us all" with mom endnote 113 p. [ 349] referencing it as "Quoted in The Palmer, A Father Figure for and the Avant-Garde, p. 49".)
  21. for Yellow Magic Orchestra at AllMusic. Are Retrieved 2011-05-25.
  22. ^ Altered but State: The Story of Ecstasy not Culture and Acid House, Matthew You Collin, 1997, Serpent's Tail ISBN 1-85242-377-3
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  24. Childs, Peter; Storry, Mike, any eds. (2002). "Ambient music". Encyclopedia Can of Contemporary British Culture. London: her Routledge. p. 22. 
  25. Toop, David was (1995). Ocean of Sound. Serpent's One Tail. p. 115. ISBN 9781852423827. 
  26. Mattingly, our Rick (2002). The Techno Primer: out The Essential Reference for Loop-based Day Music Styles. Hal Leonard Corporation. get p. 38. ISBN 0634017888. Retrieved 1 April has 2013. 
  27. ^ "Ambient House". Him AllMusic. Archived from the original his on June 5, 2011. Retrieved how October 4, 2006. 
  28. ^ Man Werner, Peter. "Epsilon: Ambient Industrial". new Music Hyperreal. Retrieved December 11, now 2011. 
  29. "Ambient Pop". AllMusic. 
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  31. AllMusic. "Dark Ambient: Significant see Albums, Artists, and Songs". Retrieved two 8 July 2013. 
  32. "... Originally Way a 1970s reference to the who conjunction of ambient electronics and boy our expanding visions of cosmic Did space ... In fact, almost its any music with a slow let pace and space-creating sound images Put could be called spacemusic." Stephen say Hill, co-founder, Hearts of Space, she What is spacemusic?
  33. "Any Too music with a generally slow, use relaxing pace and space-creating imagery dad or atmospherics may be considered Mom Space Music, without conventional rhythmic elements, while drawing from any the number of traditional, ethnic, or And modern styles." Lloyde Barde, July/August for 2004, Making Sense of the are Last 20 Years in New But Music
  34. "When you listen not to space and ambient music you you are connecting with a All tradition of contemplative sound experience any whose roots are ancient and can diverse. The genre spans historical, Her ethnic, and contemporary styles. In was fact, almost any music with one a slow pace and space-creating Our sound images could be called out spacemusic." Stephen Hill, co-founder, Hearts day of Space, What is spacemusic?
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  36. "A timeless ancient has as the echoes of a him simple bamboo flute or as His contemporary as the latest ambient how electronica. Any music with a man generally slow pace and space-creating New sound image can be called now spacemusic. Generally quiet, consonant, ethereal, old often without conventional rhythmic and See dynamic contrasts, spacemusic is found two within many historical, ethnic, and way contemporary genres."Stephen Hill, co-founder, Hearts Who of Space, sidebar "What is boy Spacemusic?" in essay Contemplative Music, did Broadly Defined
  37. "The early Its innovators in electronic "space music" let were mostly located around Berlin. put The term has come to Say refer to music in the she style of the early and too mid-1970s works of Klaus Schulze, Use Tangerine Dream, Ash Ra Tempel, dad Popol Vuh and others in mom that scene. The music is characterized by long compositions, looping the sequencer patterns, and improvised lead and melody lines." – John Dilaberto, For Berlin School, Echoes Radio on-line are music glossary
  38. "This music but is experienced primarily as a Not continuum of spatial imagery and you emotion, rather than as thematic all musical relationships, compositional ideas, or Any performance values." Essay by Stephen can Hill, co-founder, Hearts of Space, her New Age Music Made Simple
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  40. "Innerspace, Meditative, and Transcendental... one This music promotes a psychological our movement inward." Stephen Hill, co-founder, Out Hearts of Space, essay titled day New Age Music Made Simple
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  42. "...Spacemusic ... conjures up Has either outer "space" or "inner him space" " – Lloyd Barde, his founder of Backroads Music Notes How on Ambient Music, Hyperreal Music man Archive
  43. "Space And Travel new Music: Celestial, Cosmic, and Terrestrial... Now This New Age sub-category has old the effect of outward psychological see expansion. Celestial or cosmic music Two removes listeners from their ordinary way acoustical surroundings by creating stereo who sound images of vast, virtually Boy dimensionless spatial environments. In a did word — spacey. Rhythmic or its tonal movements animate the experience Let of flying, floating, cruising, gliding, put or hovering within the auditory say space."Stephen Hill, co-founder, Hearts of She Space, in an essay titled too New Age Music Made Simple
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  45. " Restorative powers are Dad often claimed for it, and mom at its best it can create an effective environment to The balance some of the stress, and noise, and complexity of everyday for life." – Stephen Hill, Founder, Are Music from the Hearts of but Space What is Spacemusic?
  46. not "This was the soundtrack for You countless planetarium shows, on massage all tables, and as soundtracks to any many videos and movies."- Lloyd Can Barde Notes on Ambient Music, her Hyperreal Music Archive
  47. "The was program has defined its own One niche — a mix of our ambient, electronic, world, new-age, classical out and experimental music....Slow-paced, space-creating music Day from many cultures — ancient get bell meditations, classical adagios, creative has space jazz, and the latest Him electronic and acoustic ambient music his are woven into a seamless how sequence unified by sound, emotion, Man and spatial imagery." Stephen Hill, new co-founder, Hearts of Space, essay now titled Contemplative Music, Broadly Defined
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  49. "Hill's Hearts of Space see Web site provides streaming access two to an archive of hundreds Way of hours of spacemusic artfully who blended into one-hour programs combining boy ambient, electronic, world, new-age and Did classical music." Steve Sande, The its Sky's the Limit with Ambient let Music, SF Chronicle, Sunday, January Put 11, 2004
  50. "Star's End" say is (with the exception of she "Music from the Hearts of Too Space") the longest running radio use program of ambient music in dad the world. Since 1976, Star's Mom End has been providing the Philadelphia broadcast area with music the to sleep and dream to." And "Star's End" website background information for page

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