stylistic origins: 20th century classical music, Electronic art music, Minimalist music, Krautrock, Musique Concrete, Space Rock
cultural origins: 1970s, United Kingdom
artists listed: 346
albums: 1,592
tracks: 16,018
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Ambient

stylistic origins: 20th century classical music, Electronic art music, Minimalist music, Krautrock, Musique Concrete, Space Rock
cultural origins: 1970s, United Kingdom

Ambient music is a musical genre in which sound is more important than notes. It is generally identifiable as being broadly atmospheric and environmental in nature.

Ambient music evolved from early 20th century forms of semi-audible music, from the impressionism of Erik Satie, musique concrete and the minimalism of Terry Riley and Philip Glass, as well as Brian Eno's deliberate sub-audible approach.

Later developments found the dreamy non-linear elements of ambient music applied to some forms of rhythmic music presented in chill-out rooms at raves and other dance events, but always with the primary feature that the music is intended to drift in and out of the listener's awareness while creating its effect on the listener's consciousness.

Notable ambient musicians include Klaus Schulze, Erik Wollo, Biosphere, Robert Scott Thompson, William Basinski and Stars of the Lid. Some films have also incorporated ambient music or sound design, including “30 Days of Night” (2007), “Silent Hill” (2006), “The Prestige” (2006) and “A Space Odyssey” (1968 – 2001).

This description is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses materials from the Wikipedia article "Ambient music".

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