Ambient Music: From Eno to Boards of Canada

August 11, 2009 by  
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Do you know Brian Eno, Boards of Canada, Robert Rich, Aphex Twins? Outside of its creators and fans, “ambient music” is often thought of as mere background music (for example, meditation or yoga).  In a worst case scenario, some people may bring to mind elevator Muzak when considering the meaning of ambient music.  Nothing could be farther from the truth. Ambient music is in the now but of course, it’s all a matter of tastes.

So, what is ambient music?

Ambient Music: More than Background Music

Ambient Music: Not Background Music (image from lepiaf.geo on Flickr)

The term ambient, connotes more than a background or backdrop.  It literally means “to surround,” from the Latin word, “ambire.”  Read more