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Old 28-06-2009, 01:46 AM   #41
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Solar Fields - Leaving Home
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Alva Noto - Xerrox vol 1 and 2
Tim Hecker - An Imaginary Country
Elegi - Sistereis
Fennesz - Black Sea
Steve Roach - Structures From Silence
Eluvium - Life Through Bombardment
Brian Eno - Apollo
Murcof - Remembranze (maybe not purely ambient here, but very cinematic)
Biosphere - Substrata (at least poa alpina and antennaria)
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One of the all time great albums, regardless of genre.
Got to agree, I love all Enos work (even the non ambient stuff) but Apollo: atmospheres & soundtracks is pure genius.

Does Jean michelle Jarre count as ambient? If not what is it?

If so then Ill go for

Brian Eno - Apollo: A&ST, ambient 4
Jean Michelle Jarre - Oxygene, Zoolook
Bioshpere - Substrata
Vangelis - Albedo 0.39

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Irresistible force - Global Chillage
Wendy Carlos - sonic seasons
Vangelis - blade runner soundtrack
The ORB - live 93
and
Isao Tomita - planets
especially this track
I once had all of Tomita's albums. Well not all probably!LOL
But the ones I had I listened to.
They were hard to get in downtown detroit. The Planets did inspire the interplanetary sequence from mt "The Other Gods:The Rapture" on my DVD.In those days I only had an ARP Odyssey and an Axxe.

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Does Jean michelle Jarre count as ambient? If not what is it?
Jean Michel Jarre's work can be very varied from either cheesy electronic pop to neo classical although many tracks do get very ambientesque like Oxygene 1, Equinoxe 3, Ethnicolor (1st half) his defining 'ambient’ masterpiece is Waiting for Cousteau.

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Old 30-06-2009, 06:09 PM   #46
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I have that purple 'Silk' album on vinyl

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Haven't got that one, been meaning to pick up some more from the label though... when funds allow!
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One of the all time great albums, regardless of genre.
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Old 05-07-2009, 01:42 PM   #49
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Haven't got that one, been meaning to pick up some more from the label though... when funds allow!
honestly I think I bought it for £2 punt in Abbey Discs bargain bin back then :p

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honestly I think I bought it for £2 punt in Abbey Discs bargain bin back then :p
Ah good old Abbey Discs, still makes me sad passing there and seeing a barber shop now. Granted, music had gone to the dogs for years now but I had a huge soft spot for that shop given that some of my first electronic purchases were from Billy - was only listening again today to Surfing On Sine Waves (which I haven't listened to for a long time) which I bought there in 1993.
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Old 06-07-2009, 01:33 PM   #51
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yeh it saddens me too, but tbh it had stopped pushing the forms of electronic music I liked a long time ago, hardcore never really had a proper foothold in this country, and very quickly there was a lot of that 'chicken-dance' type shit on sale that people loved here for some reason.

Yeh im talking about the Abbey Mall shop btw, it was such a mad place at the start, an abandoned mall with pretty much only one shop in it eheh, blaring out music as loud as it could. Apparently (before my time), loads of goths and bikers used to hangout in the café that was in the middle of it.
Yeh Billy Murray was sound, one phrase would always stick in my mind 'should have them in next week' hehe .
I bough all my 12"s there, I got some eventually in that place in the laneway to the Ha'penny Bridge, and maybe Tag, but the VAST majority came from Abbey Discs eheh

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KLF-Chill Out number 1 for me.
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Old 07-07-2009, 09:52 PM   #53
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yeh it saddens me too, but tbh it had stopped pushing the forms of electronic music I liked a long time ago, hardcore never really had a proper foothold in this country, and very quickly there was a lot of that 'chicken-dance' type shit on sale that people loved here for some reason.

Yeh im talking about the Abbey Mall shop btw, it was such a mad place at the start, an abandoned mall with pretty much only one shop in it eheh, blaring out music as loud as it could. Apparently (before my time), loads of goths and bikers used to hangout in the café that was in the middle of it.
Yeh Billy Murray was sound, one phrase would always stick in my mind 'should have them in next week' hehe .
I bough all my 12"s there, I got some eventually in that place in the laneway to the Ha'penny Bridge, and maybe Tag, but the VAST majority came from Abbey Discs eheh
I would have even bought from him over in Liffey St after the Mall went, he drove me nuts though with his false promises though as you say 'should have them in next week, bud!' - many a tune I chased him for that I never got! Although in fairness I was into techno which he wouldn't have been great for.... I did buy a lot in the likes of Tag too in later years but again most of my hard earned cash went to Billy.

The other shop I always remember from the Mall was the one a couple of doors down from Abbey where they sold DJ Mix tapes, Hugh Scully who I think may still DJ worked there at the time... mixes were labeled 'Danz Saunz Distributors present In The Mix' and whoever the DJ was - bought some great mixes there back then, they would have been mainly international DJs at the time such as Billy Nasty, Andy Weatheral etc.

My first visit actually to Abbey in the Mall was after being in the Temple of Sound on a previous Saturday night and not knowing much about the music at the time, asked in Abbey if they had 'music like what they play in the Temple of Sound'

Oh the good old days...
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Old 07-07-2009, 10:29 PM   #54
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I would say,

Brian Eno - Another Green World
Benn Jordan - Pale Blue Dot
Max The Wardener - Where I Am Today
Tim Hecker - Harmony In Ultraviolet
Boards of Canada - Trans Canada Highway

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I would have even bought from him over in Liffey St after the Mall went, he drove me nuts though with his false promises though as you say 'should have them in next week, bud!' - many a tune I chased him for that I never got! Although in fairness I was into techno which he wouldn't have been great for.... I did buy a lot in the likes of Tag too in later years but again most of my hard earned cash went to Billy.

The other shop I always remember from the Mall was the one a couple of doors down from Abbey where they sold DJ Mix tapes, Hugh Scully who I think may still DJ worked there at the time... mixes were labeled 'Danz Saunz Distributors present In The Mix' and whoever the DJ was - bought some great mixes there back then, they would have been mainly international DJs at the time such as Billy Nasty, Andy Weatheral etc.

My first visit actually to Abbey in the Mall was after being in the Temple of Sound on a previous Saturday night and not knowing much about the music at the time, asked in Abbey if they had 'music like what they play in the Temple of Sound'

Oh the good old days...
yeh I remember that place with the mixtapes too

yeh I used to go to the Temple on a Friday mainly, I remember standing by those big weird cones things at the end of the platform (to your right as you went in (i.e. facing the toilets)), and hearing things like Acperience 1, and then most of the Dave Clarke red series blaring into my ears, Id say I did some serious damage to my ears haha, I still have a bundle of the old flyers for there somewhere eheh, also Johnny Moy had some proper hard version of that '1,000 miles an hour in a jetplane' song he used to play, Ive searched for a decent mix of it nowadays, and theyre all pretty mild compared to whatever version he played back then...

Another memory is one night when they played Smokebelch II as the 'end of night, lights on' song, it was just amazing...

PS - Sorry for veering MILES away from ambient :s

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yeh I remember that place with the mixtapes too

yeh I used to go to the Temple on a Friday mainly, I remember standing by those big weird cones things at the end of the platform (to your right as you went in (i.e. facing the toilets)), and hearing things like Acperience 1, and then most of the Dave Clarke red series blaring into my ears, Id say I did some serious damage to my ears haha, I still have a bundle of the old flyers for there somewhere eheh, also Johnny Moy had some proper hard version of that '1,000 miles an hour in a jetplane' song he used to play, Ive searched for a decent mix of it nowadays, and theyre all pretty mild compared to whatever version he played back then...

Another memory is one night when they played Smokebelch II as the 'end of night, lights on' song, it was just amazing...

PS - Sorry for veering MILES away from ambient :s
Yeah its kinda off track to the thread alright!

However, yeah I would have stood/danced/rocked near the toilets too, were the cone things on that ledge area that you could stand up on? - If so that was a favourite of mine too, we could well have passed a bottle of volvic or vicks inhaler so

That 1000 Miles track, I haven't heard or thought about that since then... defo remember it though, checked youtube but not up so will do some digging.

Yeah Smokebelch II was I'd say played on a couple of occasions as the closing track, and what a track to end the night on - what I loved about the likes of Moy was that he'd play the full version, nothing worse than hearing that track cut short before all the manic sounding end of percussion and whistles etc.

Another great tune that I always associate since with there and kinda like a call to the dance-floor early in the night was 'IBO' by Rejuvination, super track and always brought a massive smile to my face when it started and dragged us straight down to the dance-floor.

Have you ever come across any mixes from there actually? I've tried numerous times and never found any... You would think there would have to be some given the place existed for about 4 years or so.
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Ishq - Orchid
Steve Roach - Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces
Colourform - Visions of Surya
Biosphere - Substrata
Boards of Canada - Music Has the Right to Children
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Here are my picks:

Selected Ambient Works Vol.2 - Aphex Twin
Brian Eno and Harold Budd - Ambient 2
Steve Roach - Structures from Silence
Harmony in Ultraviolet - Tim Hecker
Depths - Windy & Carl

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Here's my list:

1. Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works Vol. 2:
Really hypnotic album also make sure you listen to Stone in Focus, the track that only appears in the vinyl version.

2. Boards of Canada - In a Beautiful Place out in the Country
It's an EP but the 4 tracks are very good stuff.

3. Gas - Pop

4. Yagya - Rigning
If you like the sound of the rain you must check this out.

5. Future Sound of London - Lifeforms

Also Autechre - Amber but i'm not sure if it fits as an ambient album.

I'm noticing Brian Eno's albums on most lists, I probably should relisten to them.
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This is my top 5 expanted to top 10

1. Brian Eno - Ambient 4
2. Biosphere - Substrata
3. Steve Roach - Structure of Silence
4. Aphex Twin - Selected Amibient Works II
5. Pete Namlook - Silence V

6. Solar Quest - Orgship
7. Donnacha Costello - Together Is New Alone
8. Vladislav Delay - Anima
9. Grasshoppers - Living Room Science
10. Atom Heart/Tetsu Inoue/Bill Laswell - Second Nature

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