The 25 Most Influential Ambient Albums Of All Time


22 Mar 2010, 21:16

The 25 Most Influential Ambient Albums Of All Time (русск. 25 самых влиятельных эмбиент альбомов всех времён)

В 2002 году музыкальный продюсер Джэф Тоун (Jeff Towne) и журналист Питер Манци (Peter Manzi) из журнала «New Age Voice Magazine» составили рейтинг главных альбомов в стиле эмбиент, созданных за всё время. Для отбора претендентов на попадание в рейтинг были приглашены судьи, среди которых были музыканты Стив Роуч, Роберт Рич, основатель звукозаписывающей компании Hearts of Space Стефен Хилл (Stephen Hill) и др. В итоге эксперты выбрали «25 самых влиятельных эмбиент альбомов всех времён» (The 25 Most Influential Ambient Albums Of All Time).

В этот рейтинг попали как классические работы Брайана Ино и Стива Роуча, так и альбомы, обычно классифицируемые как прогрессивный рок (Tangerine Dream), электронная музыка (Aphex Twin, The Orb) и даже джаз (Miles Davis). Таким образом, само определение эмбиент было существенно расширено.

Полный состав экспертов, участвовавших в составлении рейтинга:
Stephen Hill, основатель студии звукозаписи Hearts of Space
John Diliberto, продюсер и ведущий радиостанции Echoes syndicated radio
Barbara Taylor, основательница и главный редактор журнала New Age Voice Magazine
Steve Davis, продюсер Hearts of Space
Howard Givens, основатель и президент Spotted Peccary Records
Lloyd Barde, основатель и президент Backroads Music
PJ Birosik, основатель и президент Musik International
Bryan Reesman, музыкальный журналист и автор New Age Voice Magazine
Forrest, основатель Waveform Records
Chuck van Zyl, ведущий радиостанции Star's End Radio
Steve Roach, эмбиент композитор
Robert Rich, эмбиент композитор
Jeff Pearce, эмбиент композитор
Dave Maier; Ph. D., Columbia University Computer Music Center
Jeff Towne, продюсер Echoes syndicated radio
Peter Manzi, управляющий редактор New Age Voice Magazine

The 25 Most Influential Ambient Albums Of All Time
1. Brian EnoAmbient 1: Music for Airports
2. Steve RoachDreamtime Return
Dreamtime Return (disc 1)
Dreamtime Return (disc 2)
3. Wendy Carlos — Sonic Seasonings
Sonic Seasonings (disc 1)
Sonic Seasonings (disc 2)
4. Steve RoachStructures From Silence
5. Michael StearnsPlanetary Unfolding
6. Brian EnoAmbient 4: On Land
7. Jonn SerrieAnd the Stars Go With You
8. Terry RileyA Rainbow in Curved Air
9. Harold Budd/Brian EnoThe Pearl
10. Steve HillageRainbow Dome Musick
11. Paul Horn — Inside the Taj Mahal
Inside The Taj Mahal & Inside II
12. Tangerine DreamRubycon
13. Harold Budd/Brian EnoAmbient 2: The Plateaux of Mirror
14. Klaus SchulzeMirage
15. Aphex Twin — Selected Ambient Works Volume 2
Selected Ambient Works Volume II (CD1)
Selected Ambient Works Volume II (CD2)
16. Klaus SchulzeTimewind
17. Tangerine DreamPhaedra
18. Steve ReichMusic for 18 Musicians
19. Mike OldfieldTubular Bells
20. Miles DavisIn A Silent Way
21. AshraNew Age Of Earth
22. Global Communication76:14
23. The OrbAdventures Beyond The Ultraworld
24. Constance DembyNovus Magnificat (Through the Stargate)
25. Peter GabrielPassion

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  • GougeAway84

    Nice list. But a few are missing, how about 'Lifeforms' by Future Sound of London, 'Substrata' by Biosphere and 'Oxygene' by Jean Michel Jarre?

    24 Mar 2010, 17:04
  • chintsu

    It's not my rating. Original article on Beyond Echoes. Oxygen is first ambient album which I listened. After that Ambient is my favorite genre!

    24 Mar 2010, 18:50
  • Eudaimonia_

    I can't read what you wrote, but i really like your list, although i must say that it's all about ambient, avant-garde and experimental music, so it really can't be "THE 25 most influential ambient albums of all time" :P

    18 Abr 2010, 13:07
  • Quaasar

    What about Ulrich Schnauss? Good list though!

    9 Nov 2010, 12:24
  • cosmonaut61

    I have read the post at [beyond echoes] and understand that this list was surveyed by a group of 'experts' in 2002 . . . still, there seems to be so much missing; Henry Wolff & Nancy Hennings' 'Tibetan Bells [original album mix]' : Pete Namlook's 'Air (1)' : Robert Fripp & Brian Eno's 'Evening Star' : Roger Winfield's 'Windsongs (The Sound Of Aeolian Harps)' : The KLF's 'Chill Out' : The Art Of Noise's 'Ambient Collection' : Jeff Pearce's 'The Light Beyond' : Tetsu Inoue's 'Ambiant Otaku' . . . Although a fine list, by no means is it a complete list. So many new albums and artists have emerged since the time of this surveyed list, it can in no way be considered the final word. So many other artists, such as Stars Of The Lid, Popul Vuh, Tom Heasley and O Yuki Conjugate have produced grand ambient works that also should be explored. Additionally, the works of artists Tomita, Stephan Micus, Lee Ellen Shoemaker and Marjorie de Muynck stand just as tall in creating atmospheric soundscapes as any of the '25-Most' listed above . . . so much music, so little time; go explore for yourself . . .

    28 Nov 2010, 7:18
  • LittleRabbitToo

    Must correct these omissions...the albums listed are in my opinion must-hear exceptional meta-cosmic listening experiences) -David Sylvian (esp: Alchemy: An Index of Possibilities, Words with the Shaman, Gone to Earth - sides 3/4 of 2-LP album, Plight/Premonition & Flux+Mutability both with Holger Czukay) Kevin Braheny (Western Spaces with Roach, Burmer) Richard Burmer David Torn Mark Isham - (Vapor Drawings; Castalia) Dieter Vangelis Tim Clark Kitaro Tim Story Michael Danna Constance Demby Popol Vuh Enigma OPUS III also: don't forget to avail yourself of Music from the Hearts of Space

    9 May 2012, 3:18
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