The Angling Loser – Author of the Twilight (2013)

Author of the Twilight (image source: Bandcamp)

Author of the Twilight, the Angling Loser‘s album from 2013, was a happy and coincidental find: for the release of their follow-up album Arena of Apprehension in 2016, …txt recordings sent out a promotional email with some free-download codes for Author of the Twilight, and that’s how I ended up with both albums (and in case you’re wondering, I think “Author…” is better than “Arena…”).

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Flying Rhino – Wabi (2001)

Wabi Cover (source:

In my series about my personal “Best of Ambient” selection, this one’s an outlier: “Wabi” is a compilation (all the others so far are artist albums). But, despite the fact that there’s nine different artists contributing tracks to the compilation, the disc has a surprisingly coherent sound.

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Robert Rich/Alio Die – Fissures (1997)

Alio Die/Robert Rich - Fissures Front Cover

Alio Die (Stefano Musso) and Robert Rich are both insanely prolific musicians with an impressive catalog of releases. I can’t really tell you how I first heard of Alio Die (Italian for “another day”, btw.) and why I ended up picking “Fissures” as one of the first albums that I bought, but it quickly grew on me and definitely deserves a place in my series about essential ambient.

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Stevie Be Zet – Archaic Modulation (1993)

Stevie Be Zet - Archaic Modulation (1993) - Front Cover

Stevie Be Zet’s “Archaic Modulation” is definitely on the lighter side of ambient, veering into the “New Age” genre probably. It features the at-that-time quite typical, relatively “clean” synthesizer sound that I associate with the Trance genre releases from the German Eye-Q label during its heyday (famous for Sven Väth, Ralf Hildenbeutel, and many others).

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Jet Chamber (1993)

Jet Chamber cover

The previous two posts covered what I consider pretty much “classic ambient” – mostly beatless, ethereal and/or droning pieces of music. In the third post of my “essential ambient” series, I’m looking at an album that is certainly different. Is it “modern ambient”, is it ambient at all? It probably raises the question what “ambient” actually is.

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Brian Eno – Ambient 4 / On Land (1982)

Ambient 4 / On Land front cover

My “first contact” with Brian Eno was through the 1997 “Space Night 3” compilation. Space Night was a late-night/early (early!) morning TV show on “BR” (Bayrischer Rundfunk, Bavarian Broadcasting) – photos/film sequences from/of Space were combined with Ambient and Chill-Out music. It was my personal “chill out hour” during the weekends after Saturday nights that turned into Sunday mornings while clubbing. The track on that compilation was “Mountain of Needles” (YouTube) from his collab album with Talking Heads’ David Byrne*, “My Life in the Bush of Ghosts“.

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