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Synergy

Format: Coloured Vinyl Album
Genre: Ambient

Cords

A1 On Presuming To Be Modern I (3:06)
Phobos And Deimos Go To Mars (7:14)
A3 Sketches Of Mythical Beasts (3:32)
A4 Disruption In World Communications (4:18)
A5 On Presuming To Be Modern II (2:58)
B1 A Small Collection Of Chords (1:25)
B2 Full Moon Flyer (7:43)
B3 Terra Incognita (3:50)
B4 Trellis (3:38)
B5 On Presuming To Be Modern III (3:25)

Passport Records

Cat No: PB 6000
Released: 1978

£5.00

Air

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Ambient

Casanova 70

A1 Casanova 70
A2 Les Professionnels
B1 Casanova 70 (The Secret Of Cool)
B2 Casanova 70 (Moodswings)

Source Lab

Cat No: 7243 8 93657 6 4
Released: 1996

£16.00

Dalham

Format: Coloured Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Ambient

Fünf

A Atlas
B Aether

Castles in Space

Cat No: CIS077
Released: 2021

£13.00

Andreas Vollenweider

Format: Vinyl Album
Genre: Ambient

Down To The Moon

The Near Side
A1 Down To The Moon (2:27)
A2 Moon Dance (4:10)
A3 Steam Forest (4:58)
A4 Water Moon (2:14)
A5 Night Fire Dance (4:58)
The Far Side
B1 Quiet Observer (2:44)
B2 Silver Wheel (3:58)
B3 Drown In Pale Light (2:13)
B4 The Secret, The Candle, And Love (3:43)
B5 Hush - Patience At Bamboo Forest (0:16)
B6 Three Silver Ladies Dance (2:38)
B7 La Lune Et L'Enfant (2:03)

CBS

Cat No: CBS 57001
Released: 1986

£5.00

AIR

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Ambient

Sexy Boy

A1 Sexy Boy (Radio Edit) (3:51)
A2 Sexy Boy (Etienne De Crécy Et Les Flower Pistols Remix) (4:57)
A3 Jeanne (4:24)
B Sexy Boy (Cassius Remix) (10:20)

Source

Cat No: 7243 8 94802 6 9
Released: 1998

£6.00

Infinite Body

Format: Vinyl Album
Genre: Ambient

CMBCMEINAPTD

A1 Last Living Thought
A2 And Everything Stayed The Same
A3 Their Hearts In Flood
B1 Gardens Grew Backwards
B2 CMBCME

Teenage Teardrops

Cat No: TD014
Released: 2009

£15.00

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
Out Of Stock

BBG

Format: Vinyl 12 Inch
Genre: Ambient

Snappiness (Remix)

A Snappiness (Sweet Inspiration)
B1 Snappiness (Evolution)
B2 Snappiness (7" Edit)

Urban

Cat No: URBXR 54
Released: 1990

£5.00

Tomita

Format: Vinyl Album
Genre: Ambient

Space Walk - Impressions Of An Astronaut

A1 Opening The Hatch (5:05)
A2 Leaving The Ship (3:15)
A3 Floating Free (3:55)
A4 Somersaults In Space (2:10)
A5 The Orb Of Beauty (2:28)
A6 Get To Work (1:25)
A7 No Sound In Space (6:18)
B1 The Orderly Beauty Of Space (4:20)
B2 Coordinated Activity (0:56)
B3 Fantasies Of Science Fiction (6:39)
B4 Thoughts Of Home (1:50)
B5 Survival Through Technology (2:50)
B6 Unsettling Peace (2:00)
B7 The Unanswered Question (6:22)

RCA

Cat No: PL85037
Released: 1984

£7.50

Neuronium

Format: Vinyl Album
Genre: Ambient

Heritage

A1 Secret Audience (18:30)
A2 Reprisal (2:35)
B1 Torquemada (5:54)
B2 Lethal Dose (14:16)

Jive Electro

Cat No: HIP 19
Released: 1984

£6.50

Vangelis

Format: Vinyl Album
Genre: Ambient

China

A1 Chung Kuo
A2 The Long March
A3 The Dragon
A4 The Plum Blossom
A5 The Tao Of Love
A6 The Little Fete
B1 Yin & Yang
B2 Himalaya
B3 Summit

Polydor

Cat No: POLD 5018
Released: 1979
Out Of Stock

Various

Format: Vinyl 4 x Double Album
Genre: Ambient

Chill Out Or Die II

A1 Bedouin Ascent Ancient Ocean
A2 Friends, Lovers & Family Turning The Screws
B1 New London School Of Electronics The Deepest Cut
B2 James Bernard Ponder
C1 Syzygy I Am The Sky
C2 Rising High Collective Liquid
D1 Shark Trax Shark (Oral-X Mix)
D2 MLO Ghost (Inner Dawn Mix)
E1 Air Liquide Die Reise Im Teekessel
E2 Paul Hazel Gene Pool
F Deep Space Network Ten Waves (Live At XS)
G1 The Irresistible Force San Francisco
G2 Influx Dreamscape
H1 Born Under A Rhyming Planet Crossover
H2 Wagon Christ Mahadelic

Rising High Records

Cat No: RSN LP 17
Released: 1994
Out Of Stock

Various

Format: Vinyl Double Album
Genre: Ambient

Chill Out Or Die III

A1 M-Age Mindwarp
A2 Tanzmuzik Merge
B1 Syzygy Morphic Resonance
B2 MLO Wimborne (Wagon Christ Remix)
C1 Transform Transformation (Irresistible Force Chill Mix)
C2 James Bernard Mars Rain
C3 New London School Of Electronics Garden
D1 Neutron 9000 Empire
D2 Bedouin Ascent Mammon

Rising High Records

Cat No: RSN LP 25
Released: 1994

£30.00

Pete Namlook

Format: Vinyl Double Album
Genre: Ambient

The Definitive Ambient Collection

A1 Sextant Live At XS 1 (15:33)
A2 Air (2) Je Suis Triste Et Seul Ici (8:27)
B1 4Voice The Mystery (5:24)
B2 Crypt Corp. Greenpoint (6:57)
B3 Sequential Lost In The Sea (6:07)
C1 Sequential Die Sonne (5:18)
C2 Limelight Sorti Destinatus (5:54)
C3 Silence Santur (9:49)
D1 Syn TAT 93 (6:20)
D2 Minimalistic Source Minimalistic Overchill (5:10)
D3 Hearts Of Space Drawn (4:12)

Rising High Records

Cat No: RSN LP 11
Released: 1993
Out Of Stock

Pete Namlook

Format: Vinyl Double Album
Genre: Ambient

The Definitive Ambient Collection (Volume 2)

A1 Escape Trip To Polaris (8:04)
A2 Sequential Duane Sky (5:42)
B1 Silence Garden Of Dreams (22:24)
C1 Escape Trip To Mars (5:46)
C2 Sequential Saturn Cruises (15:29)
C3 Hearts Of Space 70's Beauty (2:28)
D1 Air (2) 1st Impression (4:31)
D2 Minimalistic Source Vibe (4:35)
D3 Dreamfish Fishology (Remix) (12:31)

Rising High Records

Cat No: RSN LP13
Released: 1994
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.