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Episode #2236

Ambient Music

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Sunday, October 30, 2005

Trying to explain “ambient music” might be pretty tricky, but here goes: “ambient” can suggest music of little or no rhythm, with background sounds and effects as foreground music, as in the spacey and beautiful works by Brian Eno. However, with the advent of “chill-out” rooms which co-evolved with pounding techno raves, ambient music grew into a larger all-encompassing genre that might have a rhythmic or trancey escapist groove, might have electronic keyboards and/or spacemusic melodies or themes, or might be the background-as-foreground idea, or possibly all of these at once. On this edition of New Sounds, hear works of the atmospheric variety by Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto, which use simple piano chords and layered themes. There’s also the sound fragmentation of Christopher Willits, who folds fractured guitar lines on top of one another. Plus, music by Brian Eno and more.

PROGRAM #2236, Ambient Music (First aired 1-13-04)





Brian Eno

On Land

The Lost Day [9:00]

Editions EG#20***

Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto


Uoon II [9:30]
Duoon [5:30]




Outsert [5:00]


Various artists: Sebastian Roux


Toasa [6:00]


Various artists: Christopher Willits

Champagne And Soda [3:30]

Brian Eno

Shutov Assembly

Lanzarote [5:00]

Opal/Warner Bros #2-45010. Available for purchase at*

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