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Favorite Ambient Tracks Of All Time

Favorite Ambient Tracks Of All Time

Ambient music is definitely not a song based genre. I like to remember works as a whole or an artist's work as a whole. There are artists that I absolutely love but can't name more than a handful of specific tunes. So it sort of goes against form to make a list of fav ambient tracks. That being said, when I sat down to make a list there were a few cuts that I immediately knew I wanted in the mix, like Structures From Silence.

I've already done a "Favorite Ambient Albums" mix and a "Favorite Ambient Artists" mix so it makes sense that there would eventually be a "Favorite Ambient Tracks" mix. And here it is.

This is a looong mix, clocking in at 2 hours and 9 minutes. But I think it's worth it. I wanted to let some of the longer tracks breathe, even if I couldn't play the entire 28 minutes of Structures.

The full mix can be downloaded here...



Inspired by your mix, and in a similar vein, a baker’s dozen of some of my all-time favorite ambient selections would include (loosely in the chronological order I first discovered them—the particular selection, not necessarily the artist):

-Jean-Michel Jarre “Oxygene 1” from Oxygene (mind truly blown the first time I heard it and it has held up for 40 years!)
-Harold Budd/Brian Eno “First Light” from The Plateau of Mirror (one of the very first Budd tunes I ever heard and it is still one of the more powerful introductions to his music)
-Vangelis “Creation du Monde” from Apocalypse Des Animaux
-Brian Eno “An Ascent” from Apollo
-Tim Story “Lydia” from The Perfect Flaw
-Laurie Anderson “Tightrope” from Bright Red Tightrope
-Aphex Twin “#20” from Selected Ambient Works, Vol. II
-Will Ackerman “Sound of Wind Driven Rain” title track
-George Winston-“Remembrance” title track (I discovered George Winston and his Windham Hill peers in college and really came to love them.)
-David Darling “Children” from Cello Blue (I think the whole album is amazing)
-Deuter “Warm the New Dawn Sun” from Spiritual Healing (yes, I know this is solidly new age music, but I find much of his music quite deep and evocative and it has held up really well over the years)
-Ruben Garcia “Eleven Moons” from Room Full of Easels (Another amazing album)
-A Winged Victory for the Sullen “We Played Some Open Chords and Rejoiced for the Earth Had Circled the Sun Yet Another Year” from their self-named album (The whole album is incredibly, heart breakingly beautiful)

This is more a list of some of my favorite artists and a single selection of theirs that I’m particularly fond of.

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Thanks for this excellent list! I think I have each of the albums except Will Ackerman & Tim Story. Listening to these tracks now I realized a few things - I love Tightrope But I tend to forget about it because Laurie has so much music out it's easy to get lost in it all. "Room Full of Easels" is an underrated gem. I will never get tired of JMJ Oxygene. Cello Blue led me to Darling's album Darkwood, specifically the first track which I have loved for years.
Thanks again for commenting and for your excellent list. Cheers!


I appreciated the Peter Gabriel selection. I’m a huge fan of his and just wanted to note, for those unaware, that while primarily known for his vocal work, he has done some instrumental music on the side over the years including several movie soundtracks.


Stuart Dempster is someone I’m quite familiar with. I believe I first heard him on a local weekly radio show here in Portland, OR called “A Different Nature” on KBOO, a local community radio station. It was a long running show—more than twenty years, I think, created and originally hosted by Richard Francis. Francis died about 6 years ago or so, but a local group of friends/supporters/fellow DJs have kept his program alive and going ever since. That show featured lots of edgy, mainly instrumental, often Avant Garde music, but on the edges would drift on occasion into truly beautiful ambient music. It’s also where I learned about Musique Concrete—which is also an ancestor, if you will, to ambient music. I wanted to mention all of this just to note an important predecessor to online shows like yours back before there was an internet. Likewise, I wanted to acknowledge some of the predecessors and influencers of the music you often play.

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I remember learning about Musique Concrete during an electronic music class in college. I was excited to take the class because I thought we'd get to play with a bunch of synths(limited as they were in 1981). I was completely wrong. We never touched a synth. The class was all Musique Concrete and tape manipulation. After the initial disappointment wore off I loved the class and learned a ton. I also remember driving my roommates crazy with my DIY musique concrete experiments - plucking rubber bands stretched across the legs of an upside-down coffee table, generating feedback by lowering a mic into glasses of water, tape loops running around the living room and creating echo chambers with a reel-to-reel deck and a $50 casio keyboard. Good times.

Byron Allen Black

Cool stuff pouring into ears in Arizona. Like it and hope to hear more.

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T R A C K L I S T :
00:00 krill.minima - Submarine Poetry
07:25 Brian Eno - Lantern Marsh
11:50 Stuart Dempster & Panaiotis & Pauline Oliveros - Lear
20:15 Steve Roach - Structures from Silence
28:40 Peter Gabriel - The Nest That Sailed The Sky
33:00 Brian Eno - Drift
35:25 A Produce - A Smooth Surface(deep meditation version)
46:15 Paul Vnuk - Silence Speaks in Shadows
53:30 Eluder - The Most Beautiful Blue
58:15 Kyle Bobby Dunn - Diamond Cove
01:01:20 Harold Budd - Olancha Farewell
03:20 Marsen Jules - Oeillet Sauvage
09:00 Brian Eno - Music for Airports 1/1
19:00 Mark Rownd - Painting Twilight
24:30 Aphex Twin - Rhubarb
31:00 Budd & Eno - An Echo of Night
33:05 Disturbed Earth - Butterfly
45:30 Thom Brennan - The Path Not Taken
02:01:30 Fripp & Eno - Evening Star
02:08:54 end

Virginia Lobotomy

excellent ... high calibre... peter gabriel ( i never knew, sledge hammer had ruined him ...i was mistaken...

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You're right about that Gabriel tune, it's excellent! Thanks for listening!

Virginia Lobotomy

spent a whole morning working to your mixes... thank you

Lily O Chops

Thankyou so much for such a surreal, serene, superb listening experience.

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Thanks for stopping by and checking this out. I really appreciate your comment. Cheers!


What a great collection.


I absolutely love this, you have made my day so Beautiful..........🌜✨⭐️✨🌛

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Thanks so much for your very kind comment. I'm glad the music helped make your beautiful day. Cheers!