For the discussion of ambient, drone, etc.
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'sup guys? How's your day going? I've been listening to Sleep Research Facility's Deep_Freeze as it's been a dark grey morning so far. Probably listen to Color For Autumn later though as it's bonfire night here in the UK.
Another point for discussion, why do you think Tim Hecker is so popular? I like a lot of his stuff that I've listened to, but he seems unexplainably popular as far as ambient goes.
The new Bersarin Quartett is coming out tomorrow. I'm hyped!
I only just realised how great the Kranky label is. I was aware of them because of Stars of the Lid but I wasn't aware they were also responsible for Loscil, Steve Hauschildt, Tim Hecker, GY!BE, Benoit Pioulard, and others.
Are there any other labels other than 12K that have such a great roster of ambient, etc artists?
There was a showing of the excellent 1924 'Epic of Everest' on BBC4 the other night, with a new soundtrack by Simon Fisher Turner.
I would recommend it to anyone who loves ambient music and old footage of mountain exploration. It's a beautiful combination.
>The restoration by the BFI National Archive has transformed the quality of the surviving elements of the film and reintroduced the original coloured tints and tones. Revealed by the restoration, few images in cinema are as epic – or moving – as the final shots of a blood red sunset over the Himalayas.
>A newly commissioned score composed, orchestrated and conducted by Simon Fisher Turner (The Great White Silence) features a haunting combination of electronic music, found sounds, western and Nepalese instruments and vocals.
can anyone rec where to go next with Birchville Cat Motel after Beautiful Speck Triumph? he has like a billion albums
question for all the ambient producers - what is your work flow and process when putting a piece of ambient music together like?
I tried making some a while ago but was honestly pretty lazy and just covered slowed down piano samples in reverb
I think Tim Hecker just has a strong vision. Each of his albums sound very different, each has a special feel and theme to it. His production is tight, his ambient isn't just waves of monolithic sound but its very detailed and eventful and compositionally interesting (I mean, Virgins...). At times its melodic, at times noisy and imperfect, at times forceful, at times tender and quite "human" for electronic music. Personally I also like that he uses a lot of real instruments in his work like organs, pianos and guitars, and I get his fascination with analog and digital garbage and things like that, which is his central theme.
The thing with ambient like SotL or Celer etc., the long drawn out waves of sound type of ambient, is that their formula or sound palette just isn't that different over the albums. Hecker's music is quite colourful and non-same-y in comparison (even his most same-y release Haunt Me... is more sonically interesting). Its ambient made to be listened to actively, because at any point in time its full of little things that you would miss otherwise. I know this comment sounds like an ode at this point but most ambient artists I know (I don't know them all, but I know a lot) just aren't that deep. Their music just isn't that deep, even if its double LP, its all surface level sound that you enjoy for a few listens and never go back. You can get lost in Heckers albums because, even though they tend to be shorter, they feel full and not empty as other ambient albums do.
I think if you had to decide whether a track was Celer or Chihei Hatakeyama based on listening alone it would be quite uncertain
But Tim Hecker is very idiosyncratic and I think (and hope) that we'll get more followers of his ambient aesthetic
I myself am a FAX +49-69/450464 guy
Lots of variety, even with not so many artists
Cool album art too
Does Pomegranates qualify as ambient or is it too strange for that?
There's a guide on RYM: https://rateyourmusic.com/list/RPExecutor/checking_in_to_the_birchville_cat_motel__an_annotated_guide_to_bcm_/
I've only heard three so far but I like Came a Great Stallion Whose First Leap Sparked the Celestial Star a lot.
I haven't heard it but since it's by Eno and Budd I expect it's upbeat and new age-y?
I don't think I've listened to an album more in a week than I have with Lustmord's and Robert Rich's album, Stalker. Is there more like this, /mu/?
This album has really gotten me into ambient.
When this place isn't being spammed with ebin memes, the music discussions can be pretty good, btw.
more on the drone/progressive electronic side of things, but does anyone have any thoughts on pic related? one of my all time favorites desu
i think we should add this to next thread opener
best sources to find new ambient music :
a stationary travels
a strangley isolated place
anymore guys ?
Very fennesz. I normally play in a prog rock band so it's still a little songy for ambient.
>he's super overrated and his ambient work has aged pretty badly
His ambient works has all aged pretty badly and is overrated, except for Ambient 4. But, his art rock stuff and his production works are amazing.
Some dark ambient on woodwinds and brasses. Idk.
Also, if we get this general going how about an /AMB/IENT compilation?
Apollo aged really well, and so did Discreet Music.
what do you guys think of Rafael Anton Irisarri - A Fragile Geograph ??
Fuck yeah ambient General! Just uploaded a new song
I maintain this is possibly the best dark ambient album ever made.
If anyone can prove me wrong, I welcome it, because I fucking love me some dark ambient.
It's really good, but the tracks are much too short; 1-2 minutes really aren't enough for ambient. It's perfect in the game though.
I wish Akira Yamaoka would make a stand-alone ambient album.
>I wish Akira Yamaoka would make a stand-alone ambient album
couldn't agree more
I also wish darren korb would make a standalone trip-hop album
Not at all. Melancholic and mellow, kind of evokes a sense of longing and despair. It really should be ranked amongst some of Eno's greatest work.
Still not the greatest collaboration between these two though, that goes to Ambient 2: The Plateaux of Mirror.
The Pearl is fantastic. Harold Budd has lots of hidden gems.
I make long-form, deep ambient music. This album became one of the bestsellers of may 2014 on bandcamp
It helps to have a vision of what you want to hear. For me it's a very long process that I try to divide into separate parts, such as field recording, putting contact mikes in weird places, recording instruments, experimenting with textures and digital treatments that eventually make their way into finished pieces. I don't like much pitching or stretching, the sound loses fidelity and feels like a lazy way to produce. Lots of stuff is recorded but never used, until something stands out. if one idea gains momentum it gets easier to build on that and refine
heres my first attempt at making ambient music - its not very musical so i guess its more of a 'soundscape' its also unintentionally glitchy listening back to it so i'll have to figure out what went wrong there
Bunch of stuff, zoom and sontronics mikes, self built contact ones, guitars, flutes, various outboard gear by mackie, alesis, roland, korg and some other stuff. computer and ableton of course. Lots of great drones to be found in free VSTs, HG Fortunes old experimental stuff like alio noctis is a good example, I use it religiously