Ambient Channel (1): Perpetual Drift

Minimal melodies from Japan and Arctic Norway, music for ex army gymnasts bounding about in rubber costumes, something from New York‘s Downtown, and much more. The Ambient Channel kicks off with a 55-minute program featuring works by Aqua Regia, The Caretaker, Midori Takada, The Residents, and others – realized between 1969 and 2019.

Featured cover art: Midori Takada – Through The Looking Glass

Thomas Leer & Robert Rental – Perpetual

recorded at home with equipment provided by Throbbing Gristle (1979, Industrial Records)

Midori Takada – Trompe-L’œil

melodic minimalism from Japan (1983, RCA Red Seal)

The Caretaker – Drifting Time Misplaced

reflecting symptoms of Alzheimer’s (2017, History Always Favours The Winners)

Neu! – Gedenkminute (Für A + K)

a commemorative interlude (1973, Brain)

Aqua Regia – Peano 40

from the core of Ambient House (1989, Irdial Discs)

The Residents – You Yesyesyes Again

conceived as part of the Leapmus suite, on February 29th (1976, Ralph Records)

Richard Pinhas – A Piece For Duncan

former Deleuze student and Heldon space-rock pioneer on a quest for new sounds (1977, Cobra)

Biosphere – Strandby

made on the island of Senja in Arctic Norway (2019, Biophon Records)

Soft Machine – Spaced One

score for ballet dancers and ex army gymnasts bounding about in rubber costumes over a geodesic structure made of construction scaffolding (1969, Cuneiform)

Gray – Drum Mode

lacking conventional musical skills, painter Jean-Michel Basquiat and performance artist Michael Holman enter New York’s Downtown scene (1979, Plush Safe Records)

* four of the 10 tracks are not on Spotify

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