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  • Ambient Youtube Channels

    Not sure if we've done this before but thought a list of worthy YT channels could be interesting. I'm thinking unique, 'personal' channels, not necessarily those mix or playlist dominated collections of other peoples music ("Ambient Relaxation Music" etc etc etc...) Feel free to suggest any channels of interest to members here, music or tech discussion. If it grows I'll sticky it.

    To start with some obvious ones:

    Chords of Orion - https://www.youtube.com/user/chordsoforion - mainly ambient guitar focussed. Music, techniques and gear reviews.
    Hainbach - https://www.youtube.com/user/Hainbach101 - experimental music techniques, test equipment and tape manipulation especially
    Amulets - https://www.youtube.com/user/amuletsmusic - music and techniques, tape loops mainly.
    Andy Othling - https://www.youtube.com/user/tubescreamer - Mainly music with gear demos too.

    And a recently discovered one: Sarah E Howson - https://www.youtube.com/user/phoebeashmore - Music and gear demos (pedals)


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    Great idea Gary!
    To the above I will add:

    S1gnsOfL1fe does frequent Twitch streams and the videos are available on You Tube
    https://m.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXk-0yrx7l8rRfy8jD8ADqbTjvaF59wfi

    Antoine Michaud does very good ambient guitar videos

    https://m.youtube.com/user/MonochromeSeasons

    Ambient Online member ablaut Has a continuing series of VCV Rack tutorials that are mostly ambient in nature
    https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCasNEY1hsKKvj2_pXzcfPoA

    Another Ambient Online member Ambient Alchemy has several tutorial videos
    https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCZnre...yuzVgng/videos

    Martin Sturtzer has ambient/synth videos on his You Tube channel. Also, while there check out the excellent series of PHOBOS concert videos!

    https://m.youtube.com/user/Pheliopolis/playlists


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    • #3
      Oops, I forgot!

      AO member Iohannes has a great series of ambient guitar videos
      https://www.ambientonline.org/forum/...ar-soundscapes

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      • #4
        thanks windspace for mentioning my youtube channel! it is also accessible as https://www.youtube.com/c/ablaut
        i do weekly livestreams building a patch from scratch in vcv rack, streamed simultaneously to youtube and twitch.

        i can also recommend these channels:

        lightbath: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNc..._nxBYwtgD4iA7w
        state azure: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClK...GzHtXhBDS_I0pg
        ann annie: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCf_...2RtvoVf0R1-lHg
        r beny: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5h...lxIn4ELd5ZP1Bw
        comparative irrelevance: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQB...78Ic_FkTexeE8g
        matthew tyas: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSu...Kk9dX-ARZCnoFQ
        cryo chamber label: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVH...yYx-ZEaya1XqCQ
        touch music 33 label: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-k...QOFheQdrSycKDQ
        celer: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvf...IH8FY4mCEb5oCg
        false mirror: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdm...VPwZIuOmKm-Pyg
        machinefabriek: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK3...5yv34DW468ayFw
        https://ablaut.bandcamp.com/ | https://soundcloud.com/ablaut

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        • #5
          Inverted Popes https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbJ...MWeSg/featured
          I may not post anything useful, but at least I do it often

          Latest release - Anomaly available on Bandcamp


          Bandcamp // SoundCloud // YouTube

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          • #6
            Perry Frank
            "I'm interested in playing my music as dreamy as possible" PERRY FRANK is a one man band project of Ambient, Psychedelic and Acoustic Music. On this channel ...
            Ambient Guitar Soundscapes

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            • #7
              I'm confused with this sticky.
              We are in the 'Recommended Listening' catagory with 'Ambient Youtube Channels' as a sticky sub.
              I see some considered as tutorials. Some are hobby artists showing gear as they self promote themselves. A few demonstrate techniques with unobtainable tape machines or with modified machines that they don't say how they modified them.
              I didn't open most of these links, but I just want to say that I am confused on exactly the purpose for this sticky.
              I can see it being organized, but for the moment what's going on in here?
              "If you believe in things you don't understand, you might be a republican."annodeMy Music

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              • #8
                Originally posted by annode View Post
                I didn't open most of these links, but I just want to say that I am confused on exactly the purpose for this sticky.
                I can see it being organized, but for the moment what's going on in here?
                If you search for "ambient music" on youtube, you'll get a lot of playlists or album uploads but this sticky is focused on sharing "personal" youtube channels that are ambient focused. To that end, it could involve live sessions, tutorials, original music, etc. As the description for the Recommended Listening forum says "Post links to others' tracks, albums, videos, and sites".

                I think it's a great idea to sticky because we can promote content creators on youtube who are doing something original or engaging with the online ambient community (rather than simply re-uploading other people's ambient music).
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                • #9
                  I can support making a collection of an unsearchable specialty. I can understand it being all video as a criteria. I could see it being consolidated and organized better.
                  At the moment it appears overwhelming to me and thus has no direct appeal. Maybe it can be improved and maintained as I do mine. But I have no power over any of this I know. I can just suggest these things.
                  Believe me, I dig gadgets as much as the next bloke, but I won't just dive into a virtual sea of who knows what. I can be using my musical appreciation time in much more efficient ways.
                  "If you believe in things you don't understand, you might be a republican."annodeMy Music

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by annode View Post
                    I can support making a collection of an unsearchable specialty. I can understand it being all video as a criteria. I could see it being consolidated and organized better.
                    At the moment it appears overwhelming to me and thus has no direct appeal. Maybe it can be improved and maintained as I do mine. But I have no power over any of this I know. I can just suggest these things.
                    Believe me, I dig gadgets as much as the next bloke, but I won't just dive into a virtual sea of who knows what. I can be using my musical appreciation time in much more efficient ways.
                    To that end, I would encourage people to briefly describe each channel they are linking. Perhaps GaryG can update the original post with all the links. I would almost suggest we try to sort them into different categories (gear, music, live) but many channels can be a mixture of these, making categorization difficult.

                    I'll add a few of my favorite channels as well
                    • Braulio Lam - extremely underrated, less than 100 subscribers and his videos tend to have only a hundred or so views. But he films some live ambient sessions with very high production quality and very interesting techniques. Here's a good example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7xZQDADyew
                    • Jeff Pearce - you've probably heard of Jeff Pearce... he occasionally uploads some live performance videos of his own music and some ambient covers. Worth checking out.
                    • RemixSample - The channel name is a bit of misnomer, a lot of the music here is live and original, though he does some covers of music from video games, movies, etc. Great production quality. Likes to use a Mother 32 and Omnisphere.
                    • User 173 - Gear focused channel but with plenty of original music. Good tutorials on tape machines and looping (I've followed a few of them myself)
                    • Cliffdiver - AO member cliffdiver uploads some wonderful ambient guitar and drone music in his ambient "wall" series. Some nice long form pieces here (30 min +)
                    • spacedrifter1961 - Awesome synthesist that does a lot of Berlin School stuff. Does some live videos, cool studio. I've corresponded with him a bit through youtube, very nice guy!
                    • Fingers in the Noise - Lots of good content here. Helpful tutorials for drone/experimental music techniques. Original music and live sessions; most of it is melodic ambient, as well as some dub techno and experimental styles as well
                    • Alastair Wilson - ambient videos using setup of 2 Mother 32s and a small Eurorack case. Also has a few innovative tutorials for the M32. Great channel if you enjoy listening to complex patches.
                    Last edited by dreamware; 08-05-2019, 11:18 AM.
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                    • #11
                      I think you're over thinking it a tad annode... This sticky is exactly what it says at the top, "channels of interest to members here, music or tech discussion". Nothing more. I had an idea of what I wanted to see and can't say I'd have posted all the links others have but this isn't some tight topic that only has what I shall allow. If anyone else wants to create and curate a topic more focussed on some aspect then feel free and I'll consider sticky-ing it. I personally don't have the time to vet / gatekeep everyone's posts here, it's not meant to be that kind of thread. If you can't get anything from it due to it's freeflow nature then that's a shame.

                      >> A few demonstrate techniques with unobtainable tape machines

                      So we shouldn't watch them and get inspired by what others have done and maybe apply it to the resources we do have? I'm unlikely to ever go and buy a pedal board full of Strymon pedals, doesn't mean I'm not going to watch Chords of Orion (or most other ambient guitarists...) for inspiration.
                      Latest release: never to be repeated

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                      • #12
                        I'd like to add my channel to the mix - i'm trying to make integrated A/V works rather than just visuals to my music. It's a little random as it is experimental but maybe it's of interest.https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_w..._as=subscriber

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