Friday, January 29, 2021

VA - Ambient, Short to Long, Spacey to Pastoral and Anything in Between (A Butterboy Compilation) CD1+CD2+CD3



VA  -  Ambient, Short to Long, Spacey to Pastoral and Anything in Between (A Butterboy Compilation) CD1+CD2+CD3

Ambient music is a genre of music that emphasizes tone and atmosphere over traditional musical structure or rhythm. A form of instrumental music, it may lack net composition, beat, or structured melody. It generally uses textural layers of sound which can reward both passive and active listening and encourage a sense of calm or contemplation. The genre is said to evoke an "atmospheric", "visual", or "unobtrusive" quality. Nature soundscapes may be included, and the sounds of acoustic instruments such as the piano, strings and flute may be emulated through a synthesizer.

The genre originated in the 1960's and 1970's, when new musical instruments were being introduced to a wider market, such as the synthesizer. It was presaged by Erik Satie's furniture music and styles such as Jamaican dub music and German electronic music, but was prominently named and popularized by British musician Brian Eno in 1978 with his album Ambient 1: Music for Airports; Eno opined that ambient music "must be as ignorable as it is interesting." It saw a revival towards the late 1980's with the prominence of house and techno music, growing a cult following by the 1990's. Ambient music may have elements of new-age music and drone music, as some works may use sustained or repeated notes. 

Ambient music did not achieve large commercial success, being criticized as having a "boring" and "over-intellectual" sound. Nevertheless, it has attained a certain degree of acclaim throughout the years, especially in the Internet age. Due to its relatively open style, ambient music often takes influences from many other genres, ranging from classical, avant-garde music, folk, jazz, and world music, amongst others.

Here are 60 selections which vary from short to long, spacey to pastoral and anything in between. Enjoy!


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Track lists


01 Popol Vuh In Den Garten Pharaos 17:38

02 Edgar Froese Epsilon in Malaysian Pale 16:27

03 Virginia Astley From Gardens Where We Feel Secure 3:59

04 Brian Eno Always Returning I 4:37

05 Brian Eno Always Returning Ii 3:09

06 Kraftwerk Heimatklange 3:44

07 Jogging House Fingers 4:32

08 Air Land Me 8:10

09 Klaus Schulze Some Velvet Phasing 8:20

10 Global Communication 4 14 4:13

11 Forrest Fang A River in Retrograde 11:37

12 Hammock I Can Almost See You (Raising Your Voice... Trying to Stop an Echo) 4:13

13 Laraaji Meditation Ii 2:47

14 Stars of the Lid Requiem for Dying Mothers Part 2 7:37

15 Michael Hedges Aerial Boundaries 4:44

16 Will Ackerman Shella's Pictures 5:21

17 Steve Roach Reflections in Suspension 16:46

18 Paul Kelly Queen Stone (Ambient Mix) 4:22

19 Eluvium Prelude for Time Feelers 5:50

20 Vangelis Papathanassiou Blade Runner Blues 10:18


21 Steve Kilbey Summer Asteroid 3:19

22 Susumu Yokota Saku 5:45

23 Virginia Astley A Summer Long Since Passed 4:37

24 Aphix Twins #3 7:44

25 Vangelis Creation Du Monde 10:01

26 Philip Aaberg O, Shenandoah 3:58

27 Harold Budd The Gunfighter 3:12

28 Michael Brook Distant Village 4:03

29 Stars of the Lid Even If You're Never Awake 9:20

30 Boards of Canada Olson 1:31

31 Eluvium Seeing You Off the Edges 5:03

32 Tycho Melanine 2:54

33 Ulf Lohmann Java 3:52

34 Roger Eno Voices 2:25

35 Jon Hopkins Immunity 9:56

36 Harold Budd & Brian Eno Wind in Lonely Fences 3:58

37 Tangerine Dream Phaedra 16:47

38 Miles Davis Solea 12:17

39 Grouper Moon is Sharp 6:49

40 Sean Harkness Coming Home 5:16


41 This Mortal Coil Song to the Siren 3:30

42 Eluvium Ostinatio 6:10

43 Edgar Froese Panorphelia 9:41

44 Pan American Shining Book 4:02

45 Steve Kilbey Hypnogogue 3:30

46 Penguin Cafe Orchestra Prelude and Yodel 3:53

47 Steve Hillage Four Ever Rainbow 20:31

48 Trancendental Anarchists Sixth Sense 7:39

49 Tangerine Dream Zeit 4:35

50 Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois & Roger Eno An Ending (Ascent) 4:26

51 Brian Eno 1,1 16:36

52 Robert Fripp 1988 6:33

53 Cluster Dem Wanderer 3:51

54 Future Sound of London Domain 2:48

55 James Blackshaw The Elk With Jade Eyes 18:15

56 Klangwart Immer Weiter (Excerpt) 10:56

57 Gigi Masin Call Me 4:25

58 Porcupine Tree Moonloop (Improvisation 16:18

59 Lewis Romance for Two 4:44

60 Led Zeppelin London Philharmonic Orchestra Kulu Valley (Ambient) 7:41




  1. Great Selections thank you any mellotron bb comps in the future i just thought about that when i saw edgar froese Epsilon in Malaysian Pale. thanks frazz

    1. Thanks Frazz,
      Its an easy to listen to comp.
      No plans for a specific mellotron compilation.
      You may also enjoy this compilation.


  2. Wonderful tracklists, lots of classics of the genre and quite a few new to me. Last December, Harold Budd passed away at the age of 84. You may have noticed. Thank you so much,B'boy. --HenkP

    1. Hi HenkP,
      Thanks for your kind comments.
      I was aware that Harol Budd passed pre christmas, another Covid-19 victim. RIP


  3. any chance of up-loading these in another platform - I can't get zippyshare files!! Looks fab tho'!

    1. Hi Peanut,
      You will need to Use a VPN when downloading. Try the Opera Browser which has its own VPN built in. That seems to work for others.


  4. Really enjoyed these comps, thank you.

    1. Hi backfromthebeach.
      Thanks for commenting. i am glad you liked them.

      Funny, I got your message as I just returned from the beach. Go figure... life is full of coincidences.


  5. Ha, yes a bit of weird synchronicity there. Although it might be a while before many on the west side of Oz get back to the beach after today's lockdown news.
    Cheers, bftb.

    1. Hi bftb.
      Yeah!. 5 days probably means 25 days or more. We have become a little complacent so it will be a new challenge for many.
      Stay safe.

    2. Thanks, you too. Fully agree with your comments on the lock down duration and levels of complacency.
      Take care

  6. I'm in the UK where zippyshare is deemed a big no no. But Butterboy is right Opera will allow you access due to it's free VPN. And It's not a bad browser either.

    1. Thanks for clearing that up for all, Bob.
      Stay safe.

  7. I just happened to check to see if you were back and lo and behold, you are. what a great surprise! Excellent way to start up 2021.Thank you for this compilation. Looks great. So happy that you are back at it.

    1. Hi Mr. Baez,
      Glad to return.
      I have already posted 27 items, Some already at TZ.
      Take care, stay safe and enjoy Life.


  8. You could get lost in this for hours. Once you take off, you may not land. Thanks for ALL your hard work. I know this took time and all I have to do is sit back and appreciate. But I recognize your effort. Thank you really.

    1. Hi Buzzcut9,
      I am glad you are enjoying this compilation. Its full of great tracks and its one I often listen too.
      I appreciate your thanks.


  9. Hi Butterboy.....I have just discovered your wonderful blog and was just wondering if you could re up your compilation - VA - Ambient (Short to Long, Spacey to Pastoral and Anything in Between .....many thanks dear sir...... Stu

    1. Hi Stu,
      I have just checked the links and all are working fine.
      Please click on the icons 1, 2 and 3. They are Zippyshare links. If you still have problems please try another browser and or a VPN.


    2. Hi Butterboy.....many thanks for your reply but when I click on the icons it just says "
      403 Forbidden ".... it might just be me, but many thanks for trying wishes Stu

    3. Stu,
      I don't know what is happening at your end, but I don't see that message.
      Anyhow I have also added new links (Krakenfiles). Good luck and lets see what happens now.


  10. Butterboy you are a Diamond !....many thanks for posting the other links which work for me,it is very much appreciated my friend for going the extra mile.....Love & Peace Stu

    1. Been listening to this all afternoon ...Absolutely stunning compilation ....thank you again...Love & Peace Stu

    2. Glad you are enjoying this BB compilation.
      I also re-listened to it yesterday. Very happy with the choices.