I don’t listen to music that demands my attention while I work. I don’t like listening to music with a driving beat that makes me feel like dancing or catchy lyrics that make me want to sing along. I select music that’s restful and relaxing. While I work online I listen to ambient music but I don’t find any of the definitions are really a fit for the music I like to listen to.
The term “ambient music” was coined by Brian Eno after an accident that rendered him bedridden in 1975. His works, especially the release of his album called “Ambient 1: Music for Airports” in 1978, further helped promote ambient music. — Ambient Music
The term “ambient” means fitting with the surroundings and from a musical perspective, ambient implies that it is slow and minimalistic, with as much attention to the atmosphere as possible.
At the start of the third millennium music to chill-out to makes perfect sense. As the Western world becomes faster, more complex, more rife with nervous energy, the joy of listening to instrumental music that expresses both our external environment (both man-made and natural) and our inner spaces (both emotional and mental) is now more popular than at any other time in the history of recorded sound. — History of Ambient
Below are examples of ambient music I like to listen to.
Musical Rapture – A Sacred Gift of Celestial Music
Cool Relaxing/Ambient Songs
List of artists/songs:
Blizzard Entertainment – Azuremyst Isle (from WoW)
Mohicans – World Inside My Heart
Dreams Of Dying Stars – Beauty Of A Dying Star
Devin Townsend – Cosmic Surf
Devin Townsend – Untitled 13 (Devlab album)
Enya – A Day Without Rain
Anugama – The Flow Of Let Go
Aphex Twin – Stone In Focus
Deuter – Healing Circle
Enya – Aniron (from Lord of the Rings)
What kind of music do you like to listen to when you are working online? Do you like to listen to ambient or chillout or relaxation music?
- Brian Eno’s new iPad app ‘Scape’ lets you build intelligent, reactive ambient music (theverge.com)
- Scape: the Brian Eno album that you create (telegraph.co.uk)