Various ‎– Ambient 4: Isolationism

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KK Null* / Jim Plotkin* Lost (Held Under) 7:44
Jim O'Rourke Flat Without A Back 4:47
Ice The Dredger 6:36
Raoul Björkenheim Strangers 4:42
:Zoviet*France:* Daisy Gun 7:38
Labradford Air Lubricated Free Axis Trainer 3:22
Techno Animal Self Strangulation 6:04
Paul Schütze Hallucinations (In Memory Of Reinaldo Arenas) 8:17
Scorn Silver Rain Fell (Deep Water Mix) 5:25
Disco Inferno Lost In Fog 5:02
Total (2) Six 5:34
Nijiumu Once Again I Cast Myself Into The Flames Of Atonement 9:10
Aphex Twin Aphex Airlines 6:18
AMM Vandoevre 7:28
Seefeel Lief 6:07
'O'Rang* Little Sister 6:59
E.A.R.* Hydroponic 6:18
Sufi Desert Flower 6:23
David Toop / Max Eastley Burial Rites (Phosphorescent Mix) 5:59
Main Crater Scar (Adrenochrome) 6:09
Final Hide 7:27
Lull Thoughts 8:02
Thomas Köner Kanon (Part One: Brohuk) 10:35

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
AMBT 4, 7243 8 39810 2 1, 8 39810 2 Various Ambient 4: Isolationism(2xCD, Comp) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin AMBT 4, 7243 8 39810 2 1, 8 39810 2 UK & Europe 1994 Sell This Version
AMBT 4, 7243 8 39810 2 1, 8 39810 2 Various Ambient 4: Isolationism(2xCD, Comp) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin AMBT 4, 7243 8 39810 2 1, 8 39810 2 UK & Europe 1994 Sell This Version
AMBT 4, 7243 8 39810 2 1, 8 39810 2 Various Ambient 4: Isolationism(2xCD, Comp) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin AMBT 4, 7243 8 39810 2 1, 8 39810 2 UK & Europe 1994 Sell This Version

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incuswetrust

incuswetrust

September 26, 2014
referencing Ambient 4: Isolationism, 2xCD, Comp, AMBT 4, 7243 8 39810 2 1, 8 39810 2

Kevin Martin (Techno Animal/The Bug/Ice) compiles a zeitgeist-busting compilation of musics that actually didn't have a scene or a 'name' until Martin christened it Isolationism ( in retrospect all 'scenes' are the same- artists doing similar things without necessarily being aware of each others existence until a journalist dips his/her pen). Heavier in tone and style that the previous back catalogue-trawling compilations by Simon Hopkins etc, and drawing on mostly exclusive material, this set launched not only a new genre (which quickly became bogged down by gothic occult 'dark ambient' acts replete with dodgy right-wing imagery and references.... hello Cold Spring Records), but also pushed veteran improvisers like AMM and veteran drone industrialists like Zoviet:France onto a stage for a new and younger audience to appreciate.
1994 was the ground zero for nouveau-ambient, and this compilation (along with Virgin's subsequent AMBT series and David Toop's brilliant 'Ocean of Sound' book set the scene for the years to come. Or the children of the zeitgeist, if you will.
Essential .
Ashley_Pomeroy

Ashley_Pomeroy

October 23, 2005
edited over 15 years ago
referencing Ambient 4: Isolationism, 2xCD, Comp, AMBT 4, 7243 8 39810 2 1, 8 39810 2
This was the fourth and last in Virgin Records' zeitgeist-capturing ambient compilation album series. Whereas the previous three double-CD sets were drawn exclusively from Virgin's back catalogue - albeit that Virgin could draw on Brian Eno, Tangerine Dream, the Future Sound of London etc - this album was drawn from all over the place and even contained a number of original tracks, some of which are still quite rare ("Aphex Airlines", for example). It's a commendably out-there compilation, with Disco Inferno, Zoviet*France, Total, O'Rang and a number of other acts who had been lumped in with the ambient boom (this was just before the terms "illbient" and "post-rock" had been invented). It's my favourite of the four compilations and makes for excellent Doom background music.