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Favorite Ambient Artists

Favorite Ambient Artists

There is a new release from Loscil called "Sketches from New Brighton." And of course it's excellent. As I listened to it I figured that Loscil would have to be one of my favorite ambient artists of all time.

That got me thinking...what are my top ten ambient artists of all time? The artists on the list are ones I come back to again and again. And also ones that have a decent sized body of work.

This mix is a collection of tracks from each of those artists. The cuts used in the mix are not necessarily my favorite track from that artist, just tunes that worked well within the mix.

00:00 Loscil - Prairie Trains
07:15 Steve Roach - Tranquility Base
13:55 Stars of the Lid - The Atomium pt 2
21:00 Harold Budd - Balthus Bemused by Color
25:25 Brian Eno - Slow Water
28:00 Maps & Diagrams - Secrets of the Shore
30:45 Kyle Bobby Dunn - The Tributary
38:03 Alio Die - Ultima Latet
50:40 William Basinski - 92982.3
55:30 Sonmi451 - Ruis



Here's my list of favorite ambient artists, in chronological order of when I first started listening to them. I listed a dozen. These are artists where I have most/nearly every recording they've put out and that have withstood the test of time (vs. those I'm excited about for a little while and then my interest lessens or their music doesn't age as well). I've also defined "ambient" more broadly to include any contemporary artists who do primarily instrumental music.

-Jean-Michel Jarre
-George Winston
-William Ackerman
-Harold Budd
-Brian Eno
-Mike Oldfield
-Tim Story
-David Darling
-A Winged Victory for the Sullen

Here are my honorable mentions:
-Roger Eno
-Philip Glass
-Ruben Garcia
-Arvo Part
-Stuart Dempster
-Jim Cole
-Brian McBride
-Max Richter


It's very soothing - I listen at work...


Dude I’ve been loving your ambient work every night late night for the last few months, excellent atmospheric work that transports me to my ‘Zen city’ every time impressive & consistently so, keep doing what you do 👌🏾🙏🏾🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶🎶

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Thanks for your very kind words. It really means a lot to me that folks enjoy listening to these as much I do. Cheers!


this mix is incredibly solid. I can't believe I'm just now finding it! thank-you

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And I can't believe I didn't see your comment until now. Thanks for listening!


Great compilation!--ML

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I used the Eno speaker setup with a rear center speaker connected to the left and right positive terminals for a few years, certainly worked for ambient. Of course, now I have much better gear but it was a great concept.

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I didn't see your comment until just now. I did the same thing with speakers when I was in college but ha to take it down because my roommate was convinced I was going to destroy his system. :-o Thanks for listening!


i would suggest one more: Paul Randall (aka Microvolt). i would go far as to suggest one set just with his music alone.... he's that good.

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Thanks for the suggestion, I'm listening to some of his stuff right now and I'll definitely have to take a deeper dive into his music. Cheers!


Nice set. Check out my 'Soundscapes' mix. I'm sure you will enjoy it. 😀

Booger Benson

I'm all over this. Great mix.

Thijs Koerselman

Thanks for this selection! Starts off with my favorite artist in the genre :)