Ambient Music: Top 3 Ambient Music Albums of All Times

As any ambient music lover would know, the genre was invented by Brian Eno in 1975 with his album Discreet Music. However, his definition of the genre has been broadened. Now, the definition encompasses the tracks you can dance to the harsh noise that fills the room. For people who like the ambient cloud of sound, from soothing to sad and from haunting to ominous, here are three best ambient albums of all times.


Ambient 1: Music for Airports by Brian Eno (1998)

After three years of inventing ambient music, Brian Eno released Ambient 1: Music for Airports. Eno wanted to fill the airports with the music in order to create a special atmosphere, and not any atmosphere but a tasteful one. At that time, orchestral arrangements of pop hits and environmental music like elevator music and easy listening were the popular ones.

Selected Ambient Works Volume II by Aphex Twin (1994)

Richard D. James’ Selected Ambient Works 85-92 gave rise to ambient techno as a solid concept. Soon, James switched to soundscapes woven from abstract textures. There were no track titles, and all tracks were represented by weathered stone and lichen textures. According to James, the project was tailored by his inspirations of lucid dreaming, where you walk-through in a dream as a character, and the music does feel like being in a dream.

The Disintegration Loops I-IV by William Basinski (2002)

This Disintegration Loops has a little story of disintegration. In 2001, when Basinski was looking to convert his old tapes to digital ones, he found that the old tape began to flake, like peeling wall paint. As the tapes disintegrated, the forlorn brass instruments degraded into a pale imitation. From here, Basinski got the idea of The Disintegration Loops. It sounds like the pieces falling apart; Basinski compared it to the life and death of a melody.