The Ambient Eclipse, produced by Stephen Bacchus is subtitled "sonic navigations through dark, subterranean soundscapes and iridescent, ethereal realms." It is a compilation that includes tracks by Steve Roach, Hiroki Okano, Mychael Danna & Tim Clement, Stephen Bacchus, Robert Scott Thompson, Jeff Pearce, Frank Quasar, David Knight, Peter Ball, and Paul Tedischini. The album is a tour de force, with at least half of the artists being from Canada's Oasis/ Mirage label. The Ambient Eclipse is an exciting and thoughtful look at some of ambient's top working artists today, doing darker, more transcendental pieces. Each of the artists' individual voices comes together creating a uniquely perfect whole…
Ambient Systems II includes the more isolationist bent of Instinct electronica, featuring Seti, Tetsu Inoue, Terre Thaemlitz, Sub Dub, Futique, Human Mesh Dance and Omicron. These artists have pushed the envelope of the ambient genre, they’ve used techniques both new and old to expand the definition and context of music in the ambient genre. Whether they are recording sounds from the streets of Asia or holed up in their studios working at terminals, the artists featured on Ambient Systems II represent the present and future of America’s electronic music scene.
The Ambient Visitor (Brin Coleman) is a prolific ambient, shoegaze musician and producer from Manchester, UK. A slow, drifting but epic generative ambient drone.
Steve Kilbey, the writer of magical hit Under The Milky Way (The Church) joins forces with Martin Kennedy of atmospheric ambient stalwarts All India Radio: "Sumptuous meeting of Australian soundscaper and the head Churchman… Apart from having a voice of characterful cool poise and an imaginative lyrical lexicon, Kilbey can make a strong melodic song out of simple elements."
Instrumental versions from the recording sessions of "White Magic".
The second volume in Virgin's priceless Ambient series is a bit of a retread from the first, alternating classics from Virgin's rich back catalog with the new school of ambient electronica (of which, the label's store is much harder to come by). The result is an Orb remix (of the Grid) instead of a normal Orb track; the only other contemporary acts are the Future Sound of London project Amorphous Androgynous, William Orbit's Bass-O-Matic, Tony Thorpe's Voyager, and such intriguing but obviously label-centric acts as Verve and U2's The Edge. As far as classic ambient tracks go, Virgin is tops – Eno, Sakamoto, Robert Fripp, David Sylvian, Phil Manzanera, Klaus Schulze – though the lack of more up-to-date acts can be frustrating.
Although it seemed to arrive out of nowhere in the early '90s, ambient music actually has a long and varied history, leading back to Brian Eno and Kraftwerk's electronic experiments in the 1970s, right up to Aphex Twin's textural techno soundscapes. As an introduction and history lesson, the two-disc A Brief History of Ambient Music can't be beat; it shows that the ambient-techno trend has roots that most fans wouldn't even realize existed.
The Ambient Visitor (Brin Coleman) is a prolific ambient, shoegaze musician and producer from Manchester, UK. This is a peaceful ambient soundscape with lots of space and room to breath.