I need to explain myself. I'm wondering if you can label artists or tracks (more likely individual tracks) that have a primarily emotional component to them, before the design of the sound, such as Aphex Twin's Lichen.
I'm not a big fan of ambient music that is more about the bigness or uniqueness of the sound, than the composition behind it. I mean, these tracks can be cool to listen to, but there's really no reason to listen to it much after you've listened to it once. It's definitely plus when that's the case BEHIND a track that really touches me, but if that's the primary focus, which seems to be most ambient music I'm exposed to, then I'm usually left unimpressed. I've honestly had a hard time finding tracks like this. That said I haven't delved into Ambient music quite as much as I'd like, and honestly what I'm asking seems really hit and miss with every single artist, which is why I'm also suggesting posting individual tracks.
edit:I have just thought of another question. Do you guys consider noise music to ever be "emotional"? I don't, but I'm wondering if any of you do.
I want it to be subjective. There are different reasons people like tracks, but I'm just asking as a kind of filter, what's the most emotional ambient music for you, regardless of anything else really. Think tracks like:
Aphex Twin- #3
BoC-Beware the Friendly Stranger
Tim Heckler's album Virgins.
I do prefer it to not drone so much. As long as it evolves, it's all good.
some tracks of Inade are really emotional (look for "Inade - Aion Telios." on youtube, I dont have enough posts to post links yet ^^) And even if those are even more drone-ish, I can also recommend you Troum (youtube: "Troum - Sigqan Part 2") and esp. the album "Tamanoshima" by Mathias Grassow, which literally moved me to tears (not on youtube, though).
Was gonna post some Hammock but it's definitely more on the acoustic side imho. :3
acoustic? Well they do incorporate string instruments like the cello, violin etc here and there, but they mainly use their electric guitars and effects I think. Even in the more texture-based tracks like "Mono No Aware".
Yeah you guys are posting the kind of ambient I've been looking for.
Dang Boretron, that scone track is the tits, and the Melorman track reminds me of Kettle.
Orchidaceae, the Slow Dancing Society track is really cool. The frequencies are all enveloping, which is always cool. I've also heard of Hammock before and I have enjoyed their stuff, though I find that many of their tracks have that straightforward ambient sound that I'm not a big fan of, but sometimes it can work.
glideros, I haven't really listen to many older ambient tracks. definitely need to listen to that whole album when I get the chance.
There's also a lot of talent on these boards, so it's good to know I have people I could (at least) potentially learn from.