What is Ambient Music?
Ambient music is a genre of music that emphasizes tone and atmosphere over traditional musical structure or rhythm. A form of instrumental music, it may lack net composition, beat, or structured melody. It uses textural layers of sound which can reward both passive and active listening and encourage a sense of calm or contemplation. The genre is said to evoke an “atmospheric”, “visual”, or “unobtrusive” quality. Nature soundscapes may be included, and the sounds of acoustic instruments such as the piano, strings and flute may be emulated through a synthesizer.
The genre originated in the 1960s and 1970s, when new musical instruments were being introduced to a wider market, such as the synthesizer. It was presaged by Erik Satie‘s furniture music and styles such as Jamaican dub music and German electronic music, but was prominently named and popularized by British musician Brian Eno in 1978 with his album Ambient 1: Music for Airports; Eno opined that ambient music “must be as ignorable as it is interesting.” It saw a revival towards the late 1980s with the prominence of house and techno music, growing a cult following by the 1990s. Ambient music may have elements of new-age music and drone music, as some works may use sustained or repeated notes.
Ambient music did not achieve large commercial success, being criticized as having a “boring” and “over-intellectual” sound. Nevertheless, it has attained a certain degree of acclaim throughout the years, especially in the Internet age. Due to its relatively open style, ambient music often takes influences from many other genres, ranging from classical, avant-garde music, folk, jazz, and world music, amongst others.
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3 May. 2020
The Ultimate Ambient Music Collection (Video)
From Brian Eno, the master of Ambient Music, this is one playlist that you must bookmark! Ambient music can set the most amazing moods. Play it anywhere to give yourself that “inside the movies feel” for one or juts make life seem bigger than it is. We all need that from time to time! Feel free to bookmark this page and come back to listen to this awesome Ambient Music Collection anytime you play, work or code your next billion-dollar idea! Enjoy!
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