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Pitchfork's the 50 Best Ambient Albums of All Time

"As ignorable as it is interesting." That's the classic definition of ambient music, stated by Brian Eno in 1978 on the sleeve notes to his album Ambient 1: Music for Airports. And he should know, since he basically invented the genre three years earlier with his album Discreet Music.
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Brian Eno - Ambient 1: Music for Airsports
Brian Eno - Ambient 1: Music for Airsports
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Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works Volume Ii
Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works Volume Ii
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William Basinski - The Disintegration Loops I-IV
William Basinski - The Disintegration Loops I-IV
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Terry Riley: A Rainbow in Curved Air (1969)
Terry Riley: A Rainbow in Curved Air (1969)
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The Klf - Chill Out
The Klf - Chill Out
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The Tired Sounds of the Stars of the Lid
The Tired Sounds of the Stars of the Lid
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Oval - 94 Diskont
Oval - 94 Diskont
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Pauline Oliveros, Stuart Dempster, Panaiotis Deep Listening (New Albion, 1989)
Pauline Oliveros, Stuart Dempster, Panaiotis Deep Listening (New Albion, 1989)
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Tim Hecker - Harmony in Ultraviolet
Tim Hecker - Harmony in Ultraviolet
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Fripp & Eno - Evening Star (1975)
Fripp & Eno - Evening Star (1975)
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Gas - Pop
Gas - Pop
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Laurie Spiegel - The Expanding Universe
Laurie Spiegel - The Expanding Universe
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Brian Eno • Apollo
Brian Eno • Apollo
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The Caretaker - An Empty Bliss Beyond This World (2011)
The Caretaker - An Empty Bliss Beyond This World (2011)
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Robert Ashley - Automatic Writing
Robert Ashley - Automatic Writing
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Terry Riley - Persian Surgery Dervishes
Terry Riley - Persian Surgery Dervishes
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Alice Coltrane - Turiya Sings
Alice Coltrane - Turiya Sings
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Stars of the Lid - And Their Refinement of the Decline
Stars of the Lid - And Their Refinement of the Decline
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The Orb - Orbus Terrarum
The Orb - Orbus Terrarum
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Oneohtrix Point Never - Replica (2011)
Oneohtrix Point Never - Replica (2011)
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Grouper - A I A: Alien Observer (2011)
Grouper - A I A: Alien Observer (2011)
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Fennesz - Endless Summer
Fennesz - Endless Summer
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Keith Fullerton Whitman - Playthroughs
Keith Fullerton Whitman - Playthroughs
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Brian Eno – Ambient 4: On Land
Brian Eno – Ambient 4: On Land
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Folke Rabe - What?? (1997) [Compilation]
Folke Rabe - What?? (1997) [Compilation]
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Iasos ‎– Inter-Dimensional Music (1975)
Iasos ‎– Inter-Dimensional Music (1975)
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Oneohtrix Point Never - Rifts
Oneohtrix Point Never - Rifts
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Pauline Oliveros - Accordion and Voice
Pauline Oliveros - Accordion and Voice
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David Behrman - On the Other Ocean
David Behrman - On the Other Ocean
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Julianna Barwick - The Magic Place
Julianna Barwick - The Magic Place
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Ashra New Age of Earth
Ashra New Age of Earth
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La Monte Young / Marian Zazeela - The Tamburas of Pandit Pran Nath (An Homage)
La Monte Young / Marian Zazeela - The Tamburas of Pandit Pran Nath (An Homage)
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Steve Roach - Structures From the Silence
Steve Roach - Structures From the Silence
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Charlemagne Palestine - Four Manifestations on Six Elements (1973)
Charlemagne Palestine - Four Manifestations on Six Elements (1973)
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(1980) Laraaji - Ambient 3: Day of Radiance
(1980) Laraaji - Ambient 3: Day of Radiance
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Windy & Carl - Depths
Windy & Carl - Depths
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Tim Hecker - Virgins
Tim Hecker - Virgins
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Biosphere - Substrata
Biosphere - Substrata
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Suzanne Ciani - Buchla Concerts 1975
Suzanne Ciani - Buchla Concerts 1975
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Max Richter - Sleep
Max Richter - Sleep
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