The usual suspects (Human Mesh Dance, SETI, Tetsu Inoue, Terre Thaemlitz) make follow-up appearances on the third volume of Ambient Systems. It's a great electronic compilation and certainly the most relaxing and free form of the series, the previous two containing more dub and techno influences. On this one we hear woodwind sounds such as on the Adham Shaikh and Tim Floyd track, as well as other various field samples.
Ambient Systems II includes the more isolationist bent of Instinct electronica, featuring Seti, Tetsu Inoue, Terre Thaemlitz, Sub Dub, Futique, Human Mesh Dance and Omicron. These artists have pushed the envelope of the ambient genre, they’ve used techniques both new and old to expand the definition and context of music in the ambient genre. Whether they are recording sounds from the streets of Asia or holed up in their studios working at terminals, the artists featured on Ambient Systems II represent the present and future of America’s electronic music scene.
Ambient Systems is a compilation of Instinct's most talked about discoveries, an Underground Ambient epic of sorts exhibiting the talents of NY pioneer Terre Thaemlitz, the nationally acclaimed and officially supported SETI project, the brilliantly provocative Human Mesh Dance, and European ambient master Dominic Woosey as Mysteries of Science. Ambient Systems also features works from the captivating and ingenious Omicron, as well as the red-hot Sub Dub, Evolve Now, Adam Shaikh and Deep Space Network. Ambient Systems is pleased to introduce Facil, a collaboration between Tension Record's Abe Duque and P909's Dietrich Schoeneman. All artists are represented with compilation-only, exclusive tracks not to be found on their full-length releases.
While it remains true that atmospheric electronica is usually associated with the dilated pupils of youthful punters in search of a comforting conclusion to a sleep-deprived weekend, proper ambient grooves, such as those comprising Ambient Soho Volume II exist in a slightly more mature realm. This London-based Millennium Records’ concept successfully attempts to showcase a warmer side of electronic orchestration. This is not a chaotic potluck of tiresome bleeps and drones merely aspiring to play tricks on your mind. These selections are instrumental manifestations of a nubile artistic character.
It is impossible to deny the influences of traditional roots dub, proper Detroit minimalism and modern new age composition, however, like all forward moving artists, these acts manage to create something unique out of something borrowed…