Instrumental ambient music

An album of astronomer William Herschel

Medieval astronomers told that something is making divine music sounds within the realms of turning celestial spheres. Other well-known explorers of cosmos, such as Uranus discoverer William Herschel, have formed their own classical music.
Due to technology revolution the diversity of contemporary music popped out. The first sound recordings totally changed the prevailing musical tradition at the beginning of the twentieth century. Recorded music was spreading widely and at tremendous speed. Radio broadcast transformed this process to be on a world scale: it is easy to hear music of a totally different culture and traditions anywhere you are, despite of visited region or land.

Technical advances have affected the music creation also. Electric and electronic instruments, various recording methods emerged, and finally electronic music, wholly controlled by technology, has developed.

Information spread led to very frequent style change (compared to previous times). In addition, a number of styles have become global; music reflects dramatic processes of ongoing cultural globalization. From the beginning of Astronautics era, some composers tried to convey extraordinary new experiences, discoveries, threads and their visions for the future with the help of musical language.
However, it is not easy to separate the currents of electronic music, because the same composers often experiment with different kinds of music.

Oxygene by Jean Michel Jarre

In addition, almost everyone can attempt to create music with computer now. Traditional literature generally separates following streams of electronic music (not talking here about the contemporary pop dance music):
-Traditional electronics. German school with the most significant creators: Klaus Schulze and Tangerine Dream. It has also a British school.
-Ambient music (Brian Eno, Allio Die, etc.).
-New Age (Yanni, Enya, Dennis Quin, Anugama, etc.). New Age-style music is very heterogeneous and has many streams, often interlaced with ambient music.
-Cosmic (Space) Music (Jonn Serrie, Jean Michael Jarre, Space, Mike Oldfield, Vangelis, etc.).
-Other streams: Academic (experimental), world music, IDM (intelligence dance music).

One of the world’s most popular electronic music trends – instrumental ambient music. This type of electronic popular music without text and traditional musical structure, it only repeats short and simple tunes (motives).

The most notable author of this music is the composer Brian Eno (b. 1948), who created a lot of electronic music, both serious and entertaining. “Ambient music has to capture many levels of listening, without forcing to listen to something specifically: it shall be both unacceptable and interesting”, – says the composer. Ambient music uses the same principles as the minimalistic music, that originated in the 7 th decade in the United States of America. However ambient music focuses on the aural space – three-dimensional effect (Surround Stereo), surrounding the listener from all sides is habitually in use. Changes in the music go on very slowly and are barely noticeable, so it seems that time has slowed up its speed or even stopped. Mostly delicate timbres and intoxicating melodies have been typical to this stream. Ambient music is often linked to visual projections – predominantly quiet and mysterious, often images of the Universe. Montage is very slow and smooth.

One track of "Dune" was contributed by Brian Eno

Ambient house music is not so much for dancing, more for recreation. It mixes nature sounds, soft noises, music for treatment and fragments of rock classic. Ambient house music sounds sweet, slow, dreamy and minor.  More kinds of ambient music: ambient jazz, ambient jungle style, ambient rap and ambient techno.

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