I've been thinking about other "ambient" type tracks not composed by people not normally associated with this genre, such as Brian Eno. Ones that come to mind are:
"Answered Prayers" by Bill and David Sylvian, and "On Camber Sands" and "Under This Blue Sky" by Gordon Giltrap. I sometimes play "Under This Blue Sky", "Answered Prayers", "On Camber Sands" and "By The Wall" by Tomas Dvorak in that sequence, as I think those tunes all go pretty well together!
I also enjoy listening to Matthew Halsall (more jazz) and Travis and Fripp when I'm in a more reflective mood.
Nice music recommendations and discussion, Roger. Thanks.
I’m familiar with all Sylvian and all Eno probably, but I’ll check out the Tomas Dvorak, Gordon Giltrap and in that combination you mentioned as well as Matthew Halsall, Travis and Fripp.
Seems like everything released maybe after 1975 and definitely after 1978, that’s in an ambient category is in some way even unconsciously influenced by Eno.
John Foxx’s ‘London Overgrown’ (2015) I’ve been listening to for relaxing and for sleep as well. ‘Cathedral Oceans’ (2016) and ‘My Lost City’ (2009) also from John Foxx will get you relaxing, dreaming and imagining. Also check out the Ghost Harmonic release called ‘Codex’ (2015). ‘Tiny Colour Movies’ (2006) is something to drift away to. Wadcorp’s said on here at DV that ‘Tiny Colour Movies’ is his favourite JF. All his material’s on Bandcamp.
Listening (and ignoring in the Erik Satie sense of ignoring) ‘Flux’ (1981) by Robert Turman. He’s got many interesting releases and they’re on Bandcamp.
Any Erik Satie without a doubt is possibly the king of ambient music or ‘furniture music.’ Same with Claude Debussy.
Anything from the former members of Japan are very atmospheric and ambient and wonderful listening. Always unique the music that those people release.
Anything and everything from Roedelius and Moebius solo or as Cluster ... or in Harmonia with Michael Rother do the trick as do all the Michael Rother records.
Anything by Ennio Morricone I love to listen to, but I’m particularly caught by his ‘60s through ‘70s soundtracks, especially the Spaghetti Westerns. I know he wishes people would listen to his other music as well.
Piero Piccione is another Italian movie composer who has amazing stuff available to listen to.
Stelvio Cipriani’s soundtrack called ‘Tentacles’ (1977) is a favourite.
All the music that Bill Evans released in his life are great listening. I think of him rightly or wrongly as the Erik Satie of jazz. There’s just something in his piano playing that’s indescribable.
Alec I almost think that this is ambient music before it's time, taking me to where I want to be. Apache is my other favourite Shadows track. They did so much in those early days. Off to bed now.
Wonderful Land ('60s Video In New Stereo) ...
Excellent one, Roger. I can hear the influence of Hank's tone and playing on Bill's in this track. 😎
I just find it amazing what Hank did in those days - heavy gauge strings with so little scope for bending, playing in pefect tune without modern tuning devices etc etc.
My favourite Shadows track is "Wonderful Land" - for me Hank at his best.
I'm finding that playing the guitar is a great way of getting away from our current troubles - I'm playing my Cort X2 (cheap, but nicely set up) and Hooker Explorer through my Microcube GX. Nice and simple - my brain isn't in gear enough to think about Zoom patches etc.
Regards from windy and cold Southsea (Portsmouth),
Appreciate your reply and I will play the interview.
As a comment on Youtube says BM is a really reasonable guy. A few years ago I contacted his website about the illness of a mutual friend and was pleasantly surprised to get a personal reply from him. I also like his scientific approach to guitar playing - his home made guitar with all of it's p/u options, the use of AC30s and delays etc. If you look at my other post about him he chats about the gear he is using for these recording. The amp is a small Vox which looks similar to a Roland Microcube GX, but has drum backing capability too. I'm looking forward to more of the same :)
Be well and stay safe,
Nice story and information, Roger.
He's a reasonable guy and a sensitive guy.
Neat that little bit he said about The Shadows and Hank Marvin.
Thanks, Roger. I've now subscribed to his channel.
Interesting to hear his guitar tone on that melody line.
Nice camera angle for seeing his playing.
Laptop view of laptop, too.
Thumbs up. Hope for more.
You might find this conversation with Steve Jones of interest ...