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50 Of The Greatest Ambient Albums Ever Recorded

Go deep into ambient with this list of essentials and forgotten classics.

What would life be like without ambient music? It’s difficult to fathom. The sound—a genre that’s incredibly unexciting by design—is the perfect sonic accoutrement for nearly any activity. Sonic wallpaper, as Brian Eno once put it. That being said, ambient music comes in many forms these days, and some stuff is better than others. Fortunately Pitchfork has put together a list of 50 of the best ambient records of all time that covers everyone from pioneers like Terry Riley to modern wizards like Oneohtrix Point Never . It makes for a pretty detailed crash course into a style that’s often quite esoteric and difficult to penetrate. Give it a read here.

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