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  • Originally posted by iceworm View Post
    Selected Ambient Works vol. II about ten years ago in my late teens.

    Though as a young lad I used to enjoy sitting around listening to the vacuum cleaner to such an extent that it concerned my parents. Maybe that counts.
    SAW II could be the album that really consolidated my ambient listening, made me realise just how much I enjoyed (maybe guilty of sidelining it a touch in favour of more 'prominent' music).

    And vacuums definitely count though I prefer fans. Particularly ones with metal guards, can't beat them for strange harmonics.
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    • Ah yeah, yelling into fans was a favorite pasttime as a kid.

      Originally posted by Scott Snee View Post
      I was influenced heavily by washers and dryers.
      I always preferred dryers. Washers were great, but so complex with all the different cycles. Prog-appliance.

      I did a track years ago where the percussion was a pair of sneakers bouncing around in a dryer.
      Last edited by aoVI; 03-22-2016, 06:28 PM.

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      • Originally posted by aoVI View Post
        Prog-appliance.
        Haha. Well, I'm glad to see I'm not alone.

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        • Here are few bits of info on who influenced me and who's music and work i still listen to :

          Klaus Schulze - Cyborg
          Popol Vuh - In den Gärten Pharaos

          Terry Riley - A Rainbow in Curved Air

          John Cage /Erik Satie

          Brian Eno& Robert Fripp No Pussyfooting

          Brian Eno& Robert Fripp Evening Star

          Tangerine Dream Zeit

          Eno, Discrete Music and anything on Obscure Records

          Especially “The Pavilion of Dreams” Harold Budd

          Steve Reich Music for 18 Musicians

          Can Tago Mago

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          • To me, its been in the 90s.

            I have often been in the Disco XS @ Frankfurt on Thursday, where I saw Dr. Atmo and Mixmaster Morris playing
            stuff from Pete Namlook, Fax Records etc.

            Guess these Tracks got me:



            https://youtu.be/3AvcerpAIFA
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            • Originally posted by aoVI View Post
              Ah yeah, yelling into fans was a favorite pasttime as a kid.

              Originally posted by Scott Snee View Post
              I was influenced heavily by washers and dryers.
              I always preferred dryers. Washers were great, but so complex with all the different cycles. Prog-appliance.

              I did a track years ago where the percussion was a pair of sneakers bouncing around in a dryer.
              Sounds ace, for me it was dripping water. Did you know you can accurately predict when the next drip occurs to a point, but when the flow increases beyond that point, it's impossible to predict the next drop. Chaos mathematics, the formula feeds back into itself etc. Something like that, so I was always amazed at the semi randomness of it all. :biggrin:

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              • I also love the mutable rhythms of natural things. I spend hours on by balcony listening to the sounds of the bugs, birds, and occasional fish. The drone of wind.

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                • I don't even remember... maybe i was 15 years old when i discover Brian Eno's Ambient records. At first i was very confuced and i remember how i think what is this?
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                  • How did I discover ambient music - hm...

                    It was rather a gradual process than one special occasion. I think I already loved the introspective, quiet and slow moments in other music long before I was "formerly introduced" to "regular" ambient music.

                    Then again, one of my very early conscious musical encounters was the atmospheric first part of Pink Floyd's "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" which I loved ever since. Other early examples for slow, quiet electronica included the corresponding tracks of Kitaro's "Silk Road Suite" and J.M. Jarre's "Oxygene" and "Equinoxe". Followed soon by albums by Klaus Schulze ("Mirage" etc.), Tangerine Dream ("Zeit", "Rubycon" etc.) or Edgar Froese ("Aqua"). Maybe rather obvious candidates, given my childhood was in the 70ies.
                    A little later came solo albums by Robert Fripp ("Gates of Paradise" etc.). In the early 90ies then I was introduced to Steve Roach's "Dreamtime Return" and a little later to Brian Eno ("On Land", "The Shutov Assembly") and more contemporary artists like Future Sound of London ("Lifeforms") or The Orb.
                    AND to the music (and writings) of German composer Peter Michael Hamel ("Organum", "Bardo", "Narada" etc.)
                    From there, it branched out in all directions...

                    Curiously, I discovered some amazing (and well known) ambient artists only rather recently (OK - it's been a few years by now, but still late in my "listener's history") - for example Robert Rich, or Mathias Grassow.

                    I'd like to point out though that ambient - or electronica in general - is only a part of the music I listen to; my taste actually is rather all-encompassing, from early and Rennaissance music to contemporary experimental electronica or avantgarde compositions and (almost) everything in between - as long as it has that special element that makes me enjoy it (whatever that is...)

                    ;)

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                    • I'm trying to remember how did I discover ambient... I think it was just me browsing around 4chan and finding this one day
                      http://i.imgur.com/bUoJq8E.jpg

                      And I started looking some of them up. I remember when I listened to my first noise track and was like "Well, that's what I'd call a music equvalent of modern art"
                      And then Dark Ambient came. I don't know exactly which song was my first, but one I remember the most and still go back to from time to time is District Delta from Cisfinitum.


                      After that I started to listen to "normal" ambient as well and even found that one of my friends from a different forums was a music producer really into ambient/chillout.
                      And then, I started to mess around with that as well. And here I am now :D

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                      • I first discovered Ambient music in the club scene. Late night adventures ending up in a Chill Lounge as we leveled off in lounge chairs and soothing yet full of motion music played by the DJ's. I was introduced to 4AD music label where too many artists to list (or remember - those were some foggy days) were enjoyed.
                        I then bought my first keyboard an Ensoniq VFX-SD. I opened up some oddly named sound, pressed a note and fell in love with the one note entire music piece unfolding before me.

                        To this day I try to achieve that incredible sound I heard that first day with the keyboard.

                        As I've grown gray of hair and old in years I gravitate more and more to the soothing, stress releasing sounds of Ambient music and find I can relax and enjoy more and more the creation of music is this genre.
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                        That was mind boggling

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                        • While I will credit Eno for solidifying my trip into recording and composition, I have been making cassettes (and small reel-to-reel) of strange noises since I was a kid, mostly just to make strange recordings.

                          I inherited many records from my aunt when she married in 1970. Mostly popular records from the era. A few were really remarkable and somewhat obscure.

                          One I remembered listening to late at night from the age of 7 to about 12 or so (no idea what happened to the LP) was an album that had a blue background with reddish orange dots converging in a sun-like pattern; op-art style. I have searched the net several times, mistakenly recalling the name across the top as "Computer Music". Never could find it.

                          For whatever reason it occurred to me tonight the name was actually "Electronic Music". I found it.

                          This is probably why I began recording strange noises as a kid, later discovering other forms and artists. So strange how familiar all these pieces are even given the abstract nature of the recordings and the years that have passed.




                          The cover actually looked like this:




                          A couple more pieces from the album:





                          Last edited by aoVI; 02-06-2017, 09:24 PM.

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                          • "This is probably why I began recording strange noises as a kid..."

                            Yep, that would do it :eek:

                            Thanks for sharing this recording!
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                            • "This video is not available" Damn :(
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                              • Eno is undoubtably my biggest influence in all things ambient, but I think that interest developed through the works of Gong/Daevid Allen/Steve Hillage/Tim Blake, Tangerine Dream, Pink Floyd and Vangelis, who all led me gently in an ambient direction.
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