Friday, October 05, 2012

Favorite ambient artists

There is a new release from Loscil called "Sketches from New Brighton."  And of course it's excellent, everything from Loscil is excellent.  As I listened to it I figured that Loscil would have to be one of my favorite ambient artists of all time.

That got me thinking...what are my top ten ambient artists of all time?  The artists on the list are ones I come back to again and again.  And also ones that have a decent sized body of work.  Scott Solter did one of my favorite ambient albums of all time, "One River."  But that was pretty much it from him.  So to make the list it was important to have a fair number of releases.

Well, here's the list, in no particular order:

  1. Stars of the Lid
  2. Brian Eno
  3. Steve Roach
  4. Loscil
  5. Harold Budd
  6. Maps & Diagrams
  7. Alio Die
  8. Sonmi451
  9. William Basinski
  10. Kyle Bobby Dunn

This mix is a collection of tracks from each of those artists.  The cuts used in the mix are not necessarily my favorite track from that artist, just tunes that worked well within the mix.  I did want to use something new from Loscil but something old from Eno & Harold Budd.

Honorable mentions might be:

  • Marconi Union
  • Robert Rich
  • Taylor Deupree
  • Saul Stokes
  • Gas
  • Hammock
  • Aglaia
  • Marsen Jules
  • Spheruleus
  • Windy & Carl
  • David Tagg
  • A Produce
  • 36

If any listeners would like to leave their lists in the comments that would be very cool.

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T R A C K L I S T :

  • 00:00    Loscil - Prairie Trains
  • 07:15    Steve Roach - Tranquility Base
  • 13:55    Stars of the Lid - The Atomium, part 2
  • 21:00    Harold Budd - Balthus Bemused by Color
  • 25:25    Brian Eno - Slow Water
  • 28:00    Maps & Diagrams - Secrets of the Shore
  • 30:45    Kyle Bobby Dunn - The Tributary(for voices lost)
  • 38:03    Alio Die - Ultima Latet
  • 50:40    William Basinski - 92982.3
  • 55:30    Sonmi451 - Ruis
  • 1:03:33    end


Tonepoet said...

Stars of the Lid, Brian Eno, Steve Roach, Harold Budd, William Basinski, Steve Roach, and Wendy & Carl are some of my favorites of yours mentioned. I guess my top 10 would be (in no order):

1. Paul Avgerinos
2. Stars Of The Lid
3. Harold Budd (w/John Foxx)
4. Jonn Serrie
5. Steve Roach
6. Robert Rich
7. Michael Stearns
8. David Helping
9. Between Interval
10. Brian Eno

Honorable Mentions:

1. Biosphere
2. The Inventors Of Aircraft
3. Global Communication
4. Conelrad
5. Koda
6. Windy & Carl

I've downloaded the mix and I'm listening to it now. I went into my 'Low Light Mixes' folder to be cherished. I'm really digging it, it's hitting the spot!

Tonepoet said...

Oops, forgot to put William Basinski in that top 10 somehow!

Duck said...

Excellent list (you too, Thomas!), and I look forward (as always) to hearing the mix. Here's my list as of 11 AM today:

Alio Die
Chihei Hatakeyama
Brian Eno
Robert Rich
Tetsu Inoue
Thomas Köner
Jon Hassell
Steve Roach
Robert Davies
Off the Sky

There are 11 names there, yes, but that's only to avoid double-posting like Thomas did. Here are some more names:

Jeff Greinke
Fabio Orsi
David Tagg
Stars of the Lid
Windy & Carl

Naturally I could continue ...

Low Light Mixes said...

Excellent lists guys! I'll have to spin up some of the artists that made your lists but not mine.

jim said...

I've always been puzzled as to why you never included Aphex Twin in any of your mixes...

Low Light Mixes said...


You're right, I don't use much Aphex Twin. As far as I can tell I've only used one Aphex cut, Rhubard, on the Retroact 1.0 mix.

I'm listening to Aphex twin #19 as I write this & it makes me think that I definitely need to dig into my Aphex Twin music & use some in an upcoming mix.

Thanks for the reminder1