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Deep South Ambient

Ambient music can have an unfinished quality, because it leaves so much space open. “Three Aimless Clouds” by Michael Ash Sharbaugh is less aimless than much such music, though, thanks to several qualities, key among them a rising, siren-like tone that marks the opening of the track, and a melodic insistence that…

Beats & Tones

Another fine track that sounds like ambient music but travels at several times the speed generally associated with the often reserved form of music, “Tout ce qui pousse (vraiment)” by Arbeemonkey mixes a droning effervescence with a pulsing momentum. Bleepy synthesized tones shuffle beneath extended notes that seem to…

Past and Future Ambient

Ambient music has never been much improved upon by veering too far from Brian Eno’s initial conception of it — that is, of a music that serves equally well as both foreground and background. But there are more vectors to ambient than merely its relative prominence in the listening experience. Even as ambient music has…

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