Various ‎– Excursions In Ambience (The Third Dimension)

Astralwerks ‎– ASW 6119-2, Astralwerks ‎– 26119-2
Excursions In Ambience – The Third Dimension
CD, Compilation, Partially Mixed

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1 Spacetime Continuum Floatilla
Written-By, Producer – Jonah Sharp
2 Grain (2) Birth .Son
Written-By, Producer – Jimmy Johnson
3 Seefeel Charlotte's Mouth (Avant Garde Mix)
Producer, Mixed By – SeefeelWritten-By – Seymour*, Fletcher*, Clifford*, Peacock*
4 Spectrum (4) Pulse Drone (Neon Sigh)
Written-By, Producer – Pete Kember
5 Air (2) Trip #2
Written-By, Producer – Peter Namlook*
6 Divination Ancient Evenings (Najm-Al-Din)
Producer, Arranged By – Bill Laswell
7 Future Sound Of London* Deep Into Your Subconscious I Slide
Engineer – YageWritten-By, Producer – FSOL*
8 Steve Fisk Express God
Written-By, Producer – Steve Fisk
9 Mike Kandel* Slow Boat To China
Written-By, Producer – Mike Kandel*
10 Aphex Twin #19
Written-By, Producer – Richard D. James

Companies, etc.



Track 1: Space Monkey Music (BMI). Appears courtesy of Astralwerks.
Track 2: Green Lantern (BMI). Licensed from Jimmy Johnson.
Track 3: Chrysalis Music Publishing. Appears courtesy of Too Pure Records.
Track 4: Zomba Music Publishing. Appears courtesy of Silverstone Records.
Track 5: Published by Freibank. Appears courtesy of Fax 49.69.450464
Track 6: Published by Nation Music / International Songs Of Polygram (BMI) / Warner Chappell Europe / Sony Music Japan. Appears courtesy of Subharmonic Records.
Track 7: Recorded at Earthbeat Studios London • Sony Music Publishing. Appears courtesy of Virgin Records Ltd.
Track 8: Ropes Of The Children Swinging (BMI). Appears courtesy of Steve (anonymous) Fisk.
Track 9: Conceived in Heaven • Exist Dance (BMI). Appears courtesy of Exist Dance.
Track 10: Chrysalis Music Publishing • From "Selected Ambient Works Volume II" (UK vinyl version). Appears courtesy of Warner Brothers Special Products.
This is the 19th track from the UK vinyl and cassette versions of "Selected Ambient Works Volume II", where it is untitled but identified by a photo of wall-to-wall carpet. It is often referred to as "Stone in Focus".

Grafix for IQ Design NYC

℗ © 1994 Caroline Records. Inc.

Track 1 contains a sample from "Auto Pimp" by Amorphous Androgynous from the album "Tales Of Ephidrina".

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Printed): 0 1704-66119-2 3
  • Matrix / Runout: *ASW-6119* 124745-R1-4160-1 DISCTRONICS USA

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October 14, 2017
edited 2 months ago

Over time, I've grown less enamored with this compilation, but it's still not bad.

As reviewed by me in January 1995:

Summary: Excellent compilation of modern ambient, as expected.

This tops out my ambient compilation list. Astralwerks does it again, this time pulling together some much less percussive tracks and concentrating on spacey, headtrippy themes. Compiled by Brian Long, the man who answers your email, Excursions in Ambience 3 is the best of the series.

When reviewing CDs I try to pinpoint a type of audience that would best appreciate the albums. Usually I can say that a release is geared toward fans of a particular type of ambient music, but in this case I really think that anyone can get into at least half the tracks on this disc. It's not "pop" ambient by any stretch; it's just some damn good music.

Seefeel and Spectrum explore treated-guitar atmospherics, Mike Kandel and Aphex Twin go the minimal route, Spacetime Continuum and Grain develop that West Coast sound, Pete Namlook's Air simply astonishes, Bill Laswell's Divination lets you know how ambient dub *should* sound, and FSOL and Steve Fisk experiment with artsy-fartsy sample manipulation.

I haven't got one bad thing to say about this comp. Even the Spacetime Contiuum track is decent. Go buy.


August 12, 2016
The best RDJ track that could have been and is kind of supposed to be on SAWII. In my top 5 fav all time tracks


April 11, 2008
I have this album, but on cassette: ASW 6119 4

Steve Fisk's Express God is spooky as sin. Great stoner album for 7 tracks; a pleasant adventure into sound... until this evil thing comes out of the speakers. Then the last 2 tracks (Mike Kandel & Aphex Twin) save the day.

This is an excellent compilation there are no awful tracks (one creepy one). But I specifically got this for the Future Sound of London track; it's exclusive to the compilation (on all 3 versions: tape, cd, vinyl).


September 18, 2005
edited over 12 years ago
Also worth mentioning is that this is the only (?) place you can find Aphex Twin's "#19" on CD. It is the 19th track from his "Selected Ambient Works II" LP, which was omitted on the CD version. It's the picture of wall-to-wall carpet, sometimes called "Stone in Focus", and one of the best on the album.


July 20, 2004
edited over 13 years ago
In spite of the lackluster, early-to-mid 90s graphic design, this compilation packs a solid ambient wallop, with a broad range of pieces from a stong line-up of artists. From the lush, full sounds of Spacetime Continuum's "Floatilla" and Grain's (apparently of edgy FatCat techno fame) "Birth.Son" to the introspective soundscapes of "Charlotte's Mouth," and Aphex Twin's hauntingly simple "#19," this assembly is high quality. And for the record, Air in this scenario is Pete Namlook, taken from his Fax label.