Ambient Music

“Ambient music must be able to accommodate many levels of listening attention without enforcing one in particular; it must be as ignorable as it is interesting.” — Brian Eno.

Reissue alert: Gerald Donald reissues Arpanet tracks on “Hydrostatic Equilibrium”

Ranging from ambient to electro, two tracks from James Stinson's Drexciya collaborator are reissued on single-sided vinyl and digital by 30D ExoPlanets.
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Two guys & a room of analog gear: The Analog Session return on Seven...

The new album from the Alexander Robotnick and Ludus Pinsky side project.
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Posthuman’s Requiem For A Rave is more than nostalgia for your misspent youth

The Posthuman album Requiem for a Rave could be your life, and if you're reading this it probably was.
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More Ghost Than Man: The Worlds We Made There

Terry Grant didn't break up with club music - they're just taking a break. Inside the More Ghost Than Man project and the new album The Worlds We Made There.
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Lisa Bella Donna’s Mourning Light is an ambient masterpiece

Recorded live, Mourning Light captures that feeling of every human as a chrysalis emerging from hibernation after COVID-19 lockdowns.
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ChilledCow on notice: Steve Roach launches 24/7 ambient YouTube channel

Following in the footsteps of the independent YouTube streamers putting up "beats to relax/study to," ambient artist Steve Roach has created a 24/7 ambient streaming channel.
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Space Oddity: the weird history of the Soviet ANS synthesizer

The sound of Tarkovsky's Solaris, The Mirror and Stalker was generated by a strange machine that created sounds with drawings.
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Shawn Rudiman’s “Flow State” is one of the best electronic albums of the last...

Higher state: 21 tracks make for a flawless journey on Shawn Rudiman's new album Flow State, out now from Pittsburgh Tracks.
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Getting “Lost In The Wires” with LoFi Freq on Detroit Underground

LoFi Freq's Lost In The Wires is an instant classic 18 track album from Detroit Underground.
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Tides is a Masterpiece of Dark Ambient from Joachim Spieth

Joachim Spieth's second album Tides is a masterpiece of dark ambient music, immersive on a level that operates closer to metaphysics than acoustics.

#StayHomeDisco – DJs Under Lockdown

5 Mag is launching a new project to help hold our community together and feed our souls with good music. DJ sets every day, several times per day.

The Week Ghostly International Takes Over Chicago

Pop up shops, interviews and talks and two distinct but related shows at Metro and Smartbar to celebrate 20 years of Ghostly International.

Unplugged: The Magical Sounds of Pato Y Pato

Detroit duo Mark Maynard and John Duffy are capturing the aesthetic of 1970s proto-electronic on the psychedelic analog dream music of Pato Y Pato.
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For All Mankind: Electronic Music on the Moon

Brian Eno, Jeff Mills and Michael Kandel offer radically different interpretations of the relationship between humans, the Moon and the Earth.
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#ListenUp Hear the Opening Track from Andrew Emil’s New Change Request Album

Desolate Diligence leads off the 10 track RiteOnRed from Change Request aka Andrew Emil, out on Dufflebag Recordings July 19.

Wild Hypno-Ambient Breakbeats on Dretraxx’s “Fears To Be Slain”

Amphibian breakbeat? Hypno-Egyptian drum'n'bass? Beats me what you call it, but this music amazes more than it stupefies. But it does stupefy. That is, I am cautiously optimistic, the point, or at least part of it.

Plaster: Transition

Plaster's TRANSITION represents the distillation of some 50 years of European electronic music history.

Kaoru Inoue’s Em Paz Is a Mystical Delight from the Master of Japanese Electronica

Groovement Organic Series hails an ambient masterpiece in Em Paz, a new album from Kaoru Inoue, the master of Japanese electronic music.
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More Ghost Than Man’s The Courage To Lie To A Dying Man

More Ghost Than Man's first single from his black music box of peculiar delights.

Earth Trax & Newborn Jr: Maze EP

From aggressive acid to delicate ambient with Polish production duo Earth Trax and Newborn Jr on the Maze EP from Dopeness Galore.

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Searching: Inside 5 Mag Issue 204

With Detroit's Reggie Dokes, Aterral Records, Carlo, Maggie Tra, Demuir, Cyphon Records and more inside 5 Mag Issue 204, out now.
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Glenn Davis – RISE vol 2

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Cee ElAssaad: Evolve