Extraordinary Trance/Ambient Music

Taking a break from my techie writing (and the endless yet unanswered temptations to wax political) I’ve decided to talk about music – one of my favorite things. On any other day, I could be talking about my classic rock collection on vinyl, Pink Floyd lyrics or Led Zeppelin guitar riffs. Today I’m talking about another genre I love, Ambient Trance.

Here are some of my favorite songs – none contain lyrics, because they are good enough to convey emotion without needing them. While some of these songs are pretty different, I can’t help but feel they are more than the sum of their parts. I hope to make this a constantly updated list as I remember and find more!

Boards of Canada – Pete Standing Alone

Not just because my name is in the title, but this song has a simple, subtle melody to it. It has parts that uplift and parts that make you introspective.

Boards of Canada – Everything You Do Is A Balloon

Another Boards of Canada song – I love these guys. It takes a while to get started, but lay back on your couch and close your eyes while listening to this song – I bet you’ll have some amazing memories come back to this wonderful soundtrack.

Richard Devine – Randale

I have to admit, I’ve not really fallen in love with much of his other stuff. But this song is … an amazing journey. It reminds me of my first heartbreak on one hand, and a long weekend as a child playing at a beach-front campground on the other.

Chicane – Offshore

I could include almost everything ever done by Nick Bracegirdle! This song has been listened to for almost twenty years of life and it still holds the same amazing feeling that it did in 1997.

Moby – Everloving

Moby has a special place in my heart. He’s such a good musician, truly understanding the human connection with the art. This song tears at my heart like flying away from a loved one for the last time, and warms it at the same time like a sunset on the ocean.

Carbon Based Lifeforms – MOS 6581

I dare you to listen to this song and not question everything you know about life.

Symbion Project – Our Breath Shall Intermix

First, I’ll openly admit this isn’t like the others. It takes forever to really start, it’s very slow paced and is almost three different movements in one song. But I’ll be damned if it doesn’t feel like I’m being ripped out of my chair and shown something amazing.

Royksopp – Royksopp Forever

Royksopp does some really, really cool stuff. This song blows their normal work out of the water. An epic summary of just about every gratifying or painful life event I’ve experienced.

H.U.V.A. Network – Cobalt

I discovered this song thanks to Pandora on a long nighttime drive about 6 months ago. Significantly more clubby than my other selections, this song definitely imparts a very cool, calm and mellow energy on you when listening.