Music style : Ambient

Characteristics

Ambient is an electronic music which can be defined by the desire to create an environment which is characterized by a lack of technically beat and uses the layers (sounds produced by synthesizers and wave instruments called synthetic strings), which give an impression of sound interference.

The many ambient substyles merge sometimes to the point that uses the generic term “downtempo”. However, we can distinguish for example: industrial tempo (“Biosphere”), techno tempo (“Aphex Twin”), etc.

History

The pioneer of that style is Brian Eno (UK), who from the 1970s, composed background music (Music for Airports) which are said “hovering” (characteristic of early ambient, even if the classical minimalist also comes close – cf Erik Satie).

Examples

Brian Eno, Biosphere, Aphex Twin, Robert Scott-Thompson

(On the photo you can see Geir Jenssen from “Biosphere”)

Ambient - Geir Jenssen

Post written and published by Françoise Delsaux (Arpege Music Software Development)

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