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.
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.
Software, Peter Seiler, Mind Over Matter, Wahnfried (Klaus Schulze) and others…
This album is highly recommended, if you are into the dreamy, ambient side of electronic music. Sometimes you can imagine yourself floating in deep space, sometimes you are lying in a meadow, as it where, and looking at clouds passing above. Just let your imagination fly, and this album will guide you. All Ambient Nation albums feature individual tracks from compelling artists and give you a nice overview of the current Belgian electronic music artists.
Ambient Systems is a compilation of Instinct's most talked about discoveries, an Underground Ambient epic of sorts exhibiting the talents of NY pioneer Terre Thaemlitz, the nationally acclaimed and officially supported SETI project, the brilliantly provocative Human Mesh Dance, and European ambient master Dominic Woosey as Mysteries of Science. Ambient Systems also features works from the captivating and ingenious Omicron, as well as the red-hot Sub Dub, Evolve Now, Adam Shaikh and Deep Space Network. Ambient Systems is pleased to introduce Facil, a collaboration between Tension Record's Abe Duque and P909's Dietrich Schoeneman. All artists are represented with compilation-only, exclusive tracks not to be found on their full-length releases.