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07.13.11 My Top 10 Favourite Ambient Albums

My Top 10 Favourite Ambient Albums

Hey guys,rFor my first list, I figured I'd do my top 10 favourite ambient albums, in no particular order.rEnjoy
Myam James - Part 2

I love all of Kettel's music, but this album was the one that I first heard. I immediately fell in love with the beautiful hybrid of contemporary classical and ambient electronica. Gorgeous.
2Aphex Twin
Selected Ambient Works 85-92

This album is my all-time favourite release by Richard D. James. Xtal is probably my favourite album opener and maybe even my favourite song, ever. I love the whole ambient-techno genre throughout, and I can safely say that I haven't heard anything even close to competing with this album since.
3Fuck Buttons
Street Horrrsing

I've often thought of Tarot Sport as my favourite Fuck Buttons album, but this is probably because I found it refreshingly accessible when it first came out in comparison to their d?but since at the time, I wasn't a fan of noise. However, now that my taste has developed further I appreciate the noisy ambience of Street Horrrsing an awful lot. There's something strangely euphoric about the harsh synths clashing against the scratchy vocals.
4 Gang Gang Dance
God's Money

I haven't been too fussed about most of Gang Gang Dance's music, yet I find something very special in their often least critically acclaimed 2005 album. I especially love Egowar - that has got to be one of the most chilling songs I have ever heard.
5Aphex Twin
Selected Ambient Works, Vol. II

Another one of my favourite Aphex albums. Although I'm not quite as keen on the darker sounds, the softness of 'Rhubarb', 'Lichen', 'Stone in Focus' and the many other similar drones just relax me to the core. 'Rhubarb' has got to be one of my most played songs of all time. I went through a period of listening to the 7 minutes and 44 seconds of heaven at least once every day after school, really wound me down.
6 Oneohtrix Point Never
Memory Vague

Oneohtrix's released confuse me - I never know which releases are LPs, compilations, remixes or what. Either way, 'Memory Vague' was my first exposure to the man who is now one of my biggest musical influences. The second I heard the layered drones of Zones Without People I knew I was in love with this man. I think it's impossible not to make quality ambient music with a Juno-6 in your synth arsenal.
7 Moby
Go ? The Very Best of Moby

I have adored Moby's music spanning his entire career, but I have felt that every album has contained gems scattered with other not so good (but still amazing) tunes. The recent Greatest Hits album seems to contain all of my favourites, so that's my favourite release by him. Certain tunes such as 'Porcelain' and 'Natural Blues' send me back to my childhood when my Dad would play his albums on repeat in the summer with the french doors open and a barbeque sizzling...
8Stars of The Lid
and Their Refinement of the decline

I'd never heard drone with orchestral instruments until this album, and it made me appreciate the genre so much more, making me realize that any timbre can be used in drone and still make beautiful sounds. Althought I cannot put a name to any of the songs as they all merge into one big drone to me, this will always be one of the most relaxing albums for me.
9Isao Tomita
Snowflakes are Dancing

I heard about Isao Tomita when I was researching Richard D. James a bit more - the Japanese synthesist's name was mentioned when asked what his influences were. Wondering what could be so wonderful to inspire James' masterpieces, I immediately listened to 'Arabesque No. 1'. That song remains to stick out so much to me - I used to fall asleep to the Debussy tribute album every night, and I would wait in anticipation for that fifth track to come on. I never would manage to hear that sixth song...
Kid A

Radiohead are another band I grew up with, their music being forced upon me by my dad's brainwashing technique to make me have an educated music taste. This is another album that is incredibly nostalgic to me. I love all of their work, both their early rock tunes and their more recent experimental work. But Kid A found the perfect balance. This one is another album to fall asleep to.
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