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Enigma

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Ambient

Sadness Part 1

A1 Sadness Part 1 (Extended Trance Mix) (5:04)
A2 Sadness Part 1 (Radio Edit) (4:17)
B1 Sadness Part 1 (Violent US Remix) (5:03)
B2 Sadness Part 1 (Meditation Mix) (3:01)

Virgin

Cat No: DINST 101
Released: 1990

£5.50

Medwyn Goodall

Format: CD Album
Genre: Ambient

Music For Perfect Sleep

1 Evening Slumbers (22:34)
2 The Healing Waters (23:31)

New Beginnings

Cat No: ASC 407 CD
Released: 2001

£3.50

Clannad

Format: CD Album
Genre: Ambient

Legend

1 Robin (The Hooded Man) (2:48)
2 Now Is Here (3:32)
3 Herne (5:08)
4 Together We (3:28)
5 Darkmere (1:59)
6 Strange Land (3:10)
7 Scarlet Inside (5:08)
8 Lady Marian (3:20)
9 Battles (1:01)
10 Ancient Forest (2:59)

RCA

Cat No: PD70188
Released: 1984

£4.50

Band Of Pain

Format: CD Album
Genre: Ambient

A Clockwork Orange - A Musical Tribute To The Anthony Burgess Classic Tale

1 Droogs (3:57)
2 A Young Pretty Bit Of Sharp (4:35)
3 Joy Joy Joy Joy (8:11)
4 6655321 (13:57)
5 Glorious Ninth (10:10)
6 Cured (O My Brothers) (5:28)

Dressed To Kill

Cat No: METRO278
Released: 1999

£5.50

Deise Mikhail

Format: CD Album
Genre: Ambient

Ambient Space

1 Space Discovery Part 1 (1:53)
2 Space Discovery Part 2 (3:05)
3 Ambient Space Part 1 (3:46)
4 Ambient Space Part 2 (2:29)
5 Lady Moon Part 1 (1:38)
6 Lady Moon Part 2 (3:36)
7 Out Of Space Part 1 (1:26)
8 Out Of Space Part 2 (3:03)
9 Space Wanderer Part 1 (1:20)
10 Space Wanderer Part 2 (3:13)
11 Light 'N' Speed Part 1 (1:57)
12 Light 'N' Speed Part 2 (2:07)
13 Light Years Part 1 (2:53)
14 Light Years Part 2 (3:51)
15 Prepare For Take Off Part 1 (1:58)
16 Prepare For Take Off Part 2 (2:51)
17 Celestial Journey Part 1 (2:03)
18 Celestial Journey Part 2 (2:37)
19 Celestial Journey Part 3 (4:40)
20 Planet Cycle (4:25)
21 Space FM Part 1 (1:17)
22 Space FM Part 2 (2:43)

Koka Media

Cat No: KOK2229

£5.50

Various

Format: CD Double Album
Genre: Ambient

Into The Blue - 36 Atmospheric Tracks

1-1 Youssou N'Dour & Neneh Cherry Seven Seconds (4:05)
1-2 Björk & David Arnold Play Dead (3:39)
1-3 Everything But The Girl Missing (Todd Terry Club Mix) (3:55)
1-4 Dubstar (2) Stars (4:09)
1-5 Smoke City Underwater Love (3:58)
1-6 Kylie Minogue Confide In Me (4:27)
1-7 Bomb The Bass Winter In July (4:29)
1-8 Garbage & Tricky Milk (Wicked Mix) (4:01)
1-9 Saint Etienne Only Love Can Break Your Heart (4:31)
1-10 Leftfield & Toni Halliday Original (4:09)
1-11 Primal Scream Higher Than The Sun (3:37)
1-12 The Beloved The Sun Rising (4:57)
1-13 Moby Into The Blue (5:34)
1-14 Cocteau Twins Blue Bell Knoll (3:23)
1-15 Robert Miles Children (4:05)
1-16 Salt Tank Eugina (4:15)
1-17 Orbital The Box (4:19)
1-18 The Orb Blue Room (3:52)
2-1 Bernard Butler Stay (5:17)
2-2 Perry Blake Genevieve (The Pilot Of Your Thighs) (4:03)
2-3 The Velvet Underground Sunday Morning (2:49)
2-4 Prefab Sprout When Love Breaks Down (4:05)
2-5 Kate Bush The Sensual World (3:55)
2-6 Terence Trent D'Arby & Des'Ree Delicate (4:17)
2-7 Eurythmics Here Comes The Rain Again (5:00)
2-8 All About Eve Martha's Harbour (3:05)
2-9 Clannad & Bono In A Lifetime (3:05)
2-10 Julee Cruise Falling (Edit) (4:01)
2-11 The Art Of Noise Moments In Love (6:56)
2-12 Japan Nightporter (3:35)
2-13 Boy George The Crying Game (3:22)
2-14 Suzanne Vega Small Blue Thing (3:55)
2-15 Lou Reed Pefect Day (3:43)
2-16 Duran Duran Save A Prayer (4:08)
2-17 Tasmin Archer Sleeping Satellite (4:42)
2-18 Bryan Ferry I Put A Spell On You (3:54)

PolyGram TV

Cat No: 555 665-2
Released: 1998

£5.50

Various

Format: CD Album
Genre: Ambient

Ambient Extractions - Volume 1

1 Astralasia Genesis-The Spark Of Life (6:58)
2 Seefeel Minky Starshine (10:38)
3 Young American Primitive Sunrise (8:02)
4 Hydra Zooplankton (5:33)
5 Meat Beat Manifesto Euthanasia (4:29)
6 David Sylvian Ancient Evening (5:10)
7 Porcupine Tree Always Never (7:05)
8 Bark Psychosis Big Shot (5:11)
9 Brian Eno In Dark Trees (2:25)
10 John Blackford Ending Of The Beginning A Fragment (2:17)

C & S Records

Cat No: CS 8521-2
Released: 1995

£10.00

Various

Format: CD Double Album
Genre: Ambient

Essential Chillout - (CD 3&4 ONLY)

3-01 Nitin Sawhney Homelands
3-02 Kruder & Dorfmeister Deep Shit (Part 1 & 2)
3-03 As One Meridian
3-04 Philippe Vass Free Spirit
3-05 Destiny (2) Blu
3-06 Ultramarine On The Brink
3-07 Tai Fun Space Food
3-08 Blizznizz Stage Of Rising
3-09 J.P. (5) Night Waiting
3-10 Discordia Trumpets Of Dawn
4-01 Masters At Work Brilliant Beat (Funky Lowlives Mix)
4-02 Underworld Jumbo (Jedis Electro Dub Mix)
4-03 Purple Nine Moodswing
4-04 G.S.M. Calm Storm
4-05 Son Of Man Evolution
4-06 Freezone Rock It
4-07 Bliss Out Yesterday
4-08 Headspace (4) Bliss
4-09 Doppelganger (2) Junk
4-10 Freeflow Big Pun

Beechwood Music

Cat No: EBXCD11
Released: 2001

£5.50

Zoë

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Ambient

Sunshine On A Rainy Day

A Sunshine On A Rainy Day (12" Extended Mix) (5:39)
B1 Sunshine On A Rainy Day (7" Radio Mix) (4:01)
B2 Moonsister (Lunar Dub 1) (7:39)

M & G Records

Cat No: MAGX 14
Released: 1991

£5.50

Material

Format: Vinyl Album
Genre: Ambient

Seven Souls

A1 Ineffect
A2 Seven Souls
A3 Soul Killer
B1 The Western Lands
B2 Deliver
B3 Equation
B4 The End Of Words

Virgin

Cat No: V2596
Released: 1989
Out Of Stock

Various

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Ambient

Blunt Trax Vol. 1

A The Infinite Wheel Head Space
AA Knew Family Carried Away

Tomato Records

Cat No: Tomato 6
Released: 1992

£5.00

Pinkie Maclure

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Ambient

Hedonistic

A Hedonistic (Berlin 1929)
B Hedonistic (Paris 1931)

Placebo

Cat No: PINK 1
Released: 1995

£5.00

Jean-Michel Jarre

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Ambient

Rendez-Vous IV

A Rendez-Vous IV (Special Remix) (6:08)
B1 Rendez-Vouz IV (Original Mix) (3:45)
B2 Moon Machine (Unreleased Title) (3:00)

Disques Dreyfus

Cat No: D12-4010
Released: 1986
Out Of Stock

Blue 101

Format: Vinyl Album
Genre: Ambient

Frozen Land

A1 Frozen Land
A2 The Angry Man
A3 Sun Shadow
B1 Meerofenfushi
B2 Texture
B3 Acoustic Jam
B4 Pipes Of Portament
B5 Symmetry

Out Of Romford Records

Cat No: OOR 019 LP
Released: 1997

£10.00

Ohm Guru

Format: Vinyl Album
Genre: Ambient

The Groove Improver (Part One)

A1 Meditations
A2 Tokio Station
A3 Hot Spot
B1 Jazz Brake
B2 Secret
B3 Montagne

Irma CasaDiPrimordine

Cat No: ICP 055
Released: 1995
Out Of Stock
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Information on the Ambient genre

It can be reasonably argued that ambient music has roots that go back to the earliest years of the 20th century. In particular, the period just before and after the first world war gave rise to two significant Art Movements that encouraged experimentation with various musical (and non musical) forms, while rejecting more conventional, tradition-bound styles of expression. These art movements were called Futurism and Dadaism. Aside from being known for their painters and writers, these movements also attracted experimental and 'anti-music' musicians such as Francesco Balilla Pratella of the pre-war Futurism movement and Kurt Schwitters and Erwin Schulhoff of the post-war Dadaist movement. The latter movement played an influential role in the musical development of Erik Satie.

As an early 20th century French composer, Erik Satie utilised such Dadaist-inspired explorations to create an early form of ambient / background music that he labeled "furniture music" (Musique d'ameublement). This he described as being the sort of music that could be played during a dinner to create a background atmosphere for that activity, rather than serving as the focus of attention. From this greater historical perspective, Satie is the link between these early Art movements and the work of Brian Eno, who as an Art School trained musician, had an appreciation of both the music and art worlds.

Alongside these early developments, more conventional forms of music began to take note of such experimentation and in turn gave rise to future influence of ambient in the work of modernists composers such as John Cage and Morton Feldman as well as minimalist composers such as La Monte Young, Terry Riley, Philip Glass, and Steve Reich.

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

The album notes accompanying Eno's 1978 release Ambient 1: Music for Airports include a manifesto describing the philosophy behind his Ambient music:

"Ambient Music must be able to accommodate many levels of listening attention without enforcing one in particular; it must be as ignorable as it is interesting." Brian Eno, Music for Airports liner notes, September 1978

Eno has acknowledged the influence of Erik Satie and John Cage. In particular, Eno was aware Cage's use of chance such as throwing the I Ching to directly affect the creation of a musical composition. Eno then utilised a similar method of weaving randomness into his compositional structures. This approach was manifested in Eno's creation of Oblique Strategies, where he used a set of specially designed cards to create various sound dilemmas that in turn, were resolved by exploring various open ended paths, until a resolution to the musical composition revealed itself. Eno also acknowledged influences of the drone music of La Monte Young (of whom he said, "La Monte Young is the daddy of us all") and of the mood music of Miles Davis and Teo Macero, especially their 1974 epic piece, "He Loved Him Madly", about which Eno wrote, "that piece seemed to have the 'spacious' quality that I was after...it became a touchstone to which I returned frequently."

Beyond the major influence of Brian Eno, other musicians and bands added to the growing nucleus of music that evolved around the development of "Ambient Music". While not an exhaustive list, one cannot ignore the parallel influences of Wendy Carlos, who produced the original music piece called "Timesteps" which was then used as the filmscore to Clockwork Orange, as well as her later work Sonic Seasonings. Other significant artists such as Mike Oldfield, Jean Michel Jarre and Vangelis have all added to or directly influenced the evolution of Ambient music. Adding to these individual artists, works by groups such as Pink Floyd, through their albums Ummagumma : Meddle and Obscured by Clouds. Other groups including Yes with their album "Tales from Topographic Oceans" , the Hafler Trio and Kraftwerk have all added distinctive aspects to the growing and diversified genre of Ambient Music.
[edit] 1990s: Ambient to Electroacoustic
Main article: ambient house

By the early 1990s artists such as the The Orb, Aphex Twin, Slowdive, the Irresistible Force, Geir Jenssen's Biosphere, and the Higher Intelligence Agency were being referred to by the popular music press as ambient house, ambient techno, IDM or simply "ambient" according to Brian Eno's 1978 definition:

"Ambient Music is intended to induce calm and a space to think."Music for Airports Liner Notes

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

The London scene artists, such as Aphex Twin (specifically: Selected Ambient Works Volume II, 1994), Global Communication (76:14,1994), FSOL The Future Sound of London (Lifeforms, ISDN), The Black Dog (Temple of Transparent Balls,1993), Autechre, (Incunabula,1993, Amber), Boards of Canada, and The KLF's seminal Chill Out, 1990, all took a part in popularising and diversifying ambient music where it was used as a calming respite from the intensity of the hardcore and techno popular at that time.

Later in the period much experimental electronica, (particularly sound artists such as Pole, Mika Vainio, Ryoji Ikeda, Christian Fennesz, Aphex Twin (drukQs, 2000) and Autechre) expanded the themes of 'ambient' along the lines of earlier 1970s ambient music & dub but with increasingly abstracted sample-based textures and digital electronics that ultimately began to converge with minimalist compositions and music concrete.

Digital era electronic 'electroacoustic' artists, including the recent work of Eno himself, are notable in their attempts to create 'sonic sculptures' which interact with the physical architecture of the listening space using advanced electronic installations.

Literally 'ambient' field recordings are a specialism of the Touch Music label. The electroacoustic influence can be heard in the contemporary work of Polish artist Jacaszek.

Glitch music is a major subset of this work produced by (usually German-speaking) labels such Mille Plateaux (Clicks & Cuts Series, 2000).

Some dubstep producers, notably Burial,2006, have nostalgically referenced the sonic 'post-rave' ambience of the nineties era.