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Ambient Decades: 1970s

Ambient Decades: 1970s

Chart positions

This show was 1st in the global ambient chart, 1st in the global chill chart, 1st in the global chillout chart, 1st in the global retro chart and 2nd in the global electronic chart.

This is the first in a series of mixes featuring ambient music from each of the past 4 1/2 decades.

Ambient music came to full expression during the 1970s with Eno's Discreet Music & Music for Airports. This mix explores those albums and other electronic gems.

00:00 Michael Hoenig - Voices of Where(1978)
04:20 Harmonia - By the Riverside(1976)
07:15 Klaus Schulze - Wahnfried 1883(1975)
12:50 Wendy Carlos - Fall(1972)
18:00 Gavin Bryars - The Sinking of the Titanic(1975)
23:25 Tangerine Dream - Sequent C(1974)
25:00 Brian Eno - Discreet Music(1975)
33:33 Kraftwerk - Heimatklänge(1973)
36:45 Tonto's Expanding Head Band - Tama(1971)
41:37 Cluster - In Ewigkeit(1976)
48:30 Ashra - Deep Distance(1976)
53:30 Steve Hillage - Garden of Paradise(1979)
62:25 Tangerine Dream - Rubycon(1975)
65:50 Klaus Schulze - Some Velvet Phasing(1974)
71:50 Brian Eno - Two Rapid Formations(1978)
74:36 Brian Eno - Music for Airports 1/1(1978)



I found this show to be particularly emotionally evocative for me as I first discovered ambient music in the late 70s and early 80s so hearing these pieces altogether really sent me back to the day! It's left me in kind of a nostalgic space back when I was a teen and music like this was pretty rare and unusual. As mentioned, some of the other notable artists during that time were Tomita (first discovered him and Vangelis on the Cosmos soundtrack), Mike Oldfield, Jarre (most of all!--Oxygene was absolutely stunning and I still think it holds up well 40 years later!), were all of that time. The other thing was listening to instrumental sections of rock songs--Pink Floyd, Elton John's Funeral for a Friend, Moody Blues, the opening to "Sweet Emotion" by Aerosmith, ELO (especially "Fire on High" from Face the Music), to name a few that stand out. Good times! Thanks for the nostalgic trip down memory lane!

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My listening history mirrors yours exactly. I would latch on to anything electronic in nature. I had Tomita's Bermuda Triangle album, Vangelis Heaven & Hell, Kraftwerk, etc. Even if some of the electronic stuff from Tomita or Kitaro wasn't particularly good, it was electronic so I dove right in. And I totally get the attraction of tracks like Funeral for a Friend(I still like that tune a lot) or Pink Floyd - Shine On You Crazy Diamond or Supertramp - Fool's Overture. Mike Oldfield lead me to Tangerine Dream because that's who William Friedkin used in his next film after The Exorcist. Then TD led me to Kraftwerk and Jean Michel Jarre. Similarly, Bowie lead me to Eno who lead me to Robert Fripp who lead me King Crimson. Now after all this nostalgic talk I know I'll be going on a 70s kick for a while. I'm glad you enjoyed the mix. Cheers!

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One other quick post - I just watched a youtube clip of Mike Oldfield performing Tubular Bells on BBC. Very cool.

Duggan Phillips

great mixes of the 70s/80s. hopefully others forthcoming? They're great ways to capture the ceaseless evolution of experimental ambient music

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So glad you liked the mix! There will definitely be more Decade mixes on the way.

The Golden Glow

Damn I love this

J Mansfield

I'm a little late to this - but excellent. Knew quite a few tracks already, fabulous to discover new ones though. Certainly helping me get through my accounts this afternoon. Sunny regards from Liverpool !

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Thanks so much for listening & thanks for taking the time to comment, I really appreciate it. Cheers to you in Liverpool from the shores of Lake Michigan!

Aleksandar Sarkic (DJ Sarke)

Great journey into the history of ambient music, 70s were fantastic decade, really enjoyed this set

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So glad you enjoyed the mix! I've been on a 70s kick lately and I think I'll have to do a 70s berlin school mix soon just to keep the vibe going. Cheers!