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.
"God Bless the Chilled" is an amazing compilation, and it's beautifully mixed from start to finish. This Album pays homage to almost the entire history of electronic music, from Harry Hosano and Conrad Schnizler to contemporary artists such as Rei Harakami and Simon Posford's Shpongle.
Like so much of Moby's earliest work, this isn't so much an album as a compilation via his original label, Instinct. Ambient influences in techno were all the rage in 1993 in terms of press and coverage (though jungle would swiftly eclipse both it and the progressive house genre), so it's no surprise Instinct wanted some of that action, right down to the says-it-all title. Motivations aside, Ambient is an enjoyable collection of experiments; if Aphex Twin's monumental Selected Ambient Works releases eclipse it in terms of both quality and sheer inventiveness, Moby's own efforts in the field are often quite pleasing. Those familiar with such later efforts as "God Moving Over the Face of the Waters" and "The Rain Falls and rhe Sky Shudders" can find their partial roots here, though the compositions are generally more formal and less-immediately noteworthy than what came next.
Taphephobia is a dark ambient project by Ketil Søraker from Norway. The music is mostly based on manipulated guitars. Taphephobia tries to get out the feelings he has at the moment when he compose the music. The idea is to create a atmosphere that is sometimes scary, yet sometimes beautiful. The main goal is to make the listener able to dream away with the music.
After leaving one of the genre's most revered acts, Northaunt, three years ago and after two widely applauded CDs, Ketil Søraker set up his own project to sail into uncharted territory…
Translucence/Drift Music is a double studio album by American ambient musician Harold Budd and English musician and graphic artist John Foxx, which was released in August 2003. Budd and Foxx had long been engaged by the other's work, eventually working together in 1996. These two discs are a record of those sessions.