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.
All tracks on CD1 written & produced by Jake Stephenson (his aliases: Alien Mutation, Shamanic Tribes on Acid, Dr. Psychedelic and more) except track 8 with Matt Hillier. All tracks on CD2 written & produced by Dave Hendry (his aliases: O-Head, Transequence, Voyage of the Future Race and more). All tracks on CD4 written & produced by Alan McDermott, Matt Embleton.
Notes on disc 3: "Tribute To Gaia and Morning Song (Part 2) taken from the forthcoming album My Contribution To The World Confusion on Organic Records. All tracks copyright Organic Records." The DJ mix discs use a 'soft-fade' technique.
To speak about this extensive set of music allegorically, "Space 'n' Bass" is like an aquarium full of beautiful and varied tropical fish, each interesting in it's own way, whether breathtakingly colorful, exotically compelling or curiously fascinating. And by the very nature of the mediums, both the fish in the imaginary aquarium and the music in these CDs achieve relaxing and beautiful movement via endless repetition and effectively enjoyed for limited time periods only. This is not to say that "Space 'n' Bass" is boring; it boasts an impressive array of ambient electronica offering ample doses of acid jazz, jungle, world-beat and beat-box percussive underpinnings, a nice balance of analog, digital and sampled textures, a smattering of other instruments, infectious bass patterns and surprising aural constructions…
Discovery Records, just before its demise, did a great and wondrous thing by putting out four, count them, four Art of Noise CDs in one fell swoop. Art of Noise began in the mid-'80s and is now a touchstone to which all electronic music should be compared. While compiling their own collections, Discovery Records was able to take advantage of a excellent compendium ready for reissue. Ambient Collection had long been a jewel in many vinyl collections. These Art of Noise catalog remixes by Youth, bassist for Killing Joke, remain a classic of compositional ambient electronica. One of the themes to this ambient opus is explicitly stated in "Robinson Crusoe" and hinted at elsewhere. Art of Noise's Anne Dudley had mentioned just before the original 1990 release on a GLR Radio U.K. program that French composer Robert Mellin's main theme for "Robinson Crusoe" recalled here was one of her Top Ten favorite pop songs.
Virgin's fourth Ambient volume is the first of all-new material from contemporary artists, and it provides the most highlights of any in the series. Tracks from a score of crucial new-ambient producers, including Aphex Twin, Seefeel, O'Rang, EAR, Main, Final, Lull, Labradford, Techno Animal, Scorn and Paul Schütze. Seeing as each track is available only on this collection, it became the hardest-to-find of the entire series soon after its release.