VariousExcursions In Ambience (A Collection Of Ambient-House Music)

Label:Caroline Records – CAROL 1733-2
Series:Excursions In Ambience – CAROL 1733-2
CD, Compilation, Repress
Style:Dub, Techno, Downtempo, Ambient


1Tranquility BassMya Yadana
Written-ByKandel*, Chasteen*
2The Future Sound Of LondonCalcium
Written-ByBrian Dougans, Garry Cockbain*
3The Higher Intelligence AgencySolid Motion (Black Hole Mix)
Written-ByBird*, Savale*
4UltramarineSaratoga (Upstate Mix)
ProducerJolly James, Ultramarine
Written-ByI. Cooper*, P. Hammond*
5Psychedelic Research LabTarenah
Written-ByScott Richmond
6Psychick Warriors Ov GaiaObsidian (Deconstructure Edit)
Written-ByR. Heynen*
7777Mia (The Fishermen Mix)
Mixed By [Mix Consultant]Alex Paterson
Producer, Mixed ByNigel Butler, Steve Hillage
8It's ThinkingAfterglow5:06
9Banco De GaiaDesert Wind (El Ahram Mix)
Written-By, ProducerT. Marks*
10Sub SubPast
Written-ByWilliams*, Williams*, Goodwin*

Companies, etc.



Repressing similar to the 1993 CD Excursions In Ambience (A Collection Of Ambient-House Music)

Track 1: Published by Exist Dance
Appears courtesy of Exist Dance Records, 1539 Curran, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Track 2: Published by Scratch Music Publishing • From the album Accelerator (Jumpin'& Pumpin' Records)
Appears courtesy of Passion Music Ltd., Scratch Music House 81 Crabtree Ln. London 5W6 6LW England
Track 3: Controlled Composition
Appears courtesy of Higher Intelligence Agency c/o Magda Managements, 34 Sandford Road, Moseley, Birmingham B13 9BS England
Track 4: Published by EMI Music
Original version can be found on the album Every Man And Woman Is A Star (Dali/Chameleon)
Appears courtesy of Rough Trade Records, 66 Golbourne Rd, London, W10 5PS England
Track 5: Published by Gyroscopic Music
Appears courtesy of Gyroscopic Recordings c/o Jonathan Kadish, 227 Grand 3rd Fl., Hoboken, NJ 07030
Track 6: Published by Cobie/Warner Chappell • From the mini-album Obsidian (Organically Decomposed)
Appears courtesy of KK Records, Krijgsbaan 240, 2070 Zwijndrecht, Belgium
Track 7: Published by Virgin Music/Designer Music Co. From the album 777
Track 8: Published by +8 Music
Appears courtesy of +8 Records LTD., 73 Lacey Cres., London, Ontario, Canada N6E 2E6
Track 9: Controlled Composition
Banco De Gaia may be contacted at World Bank, 10 East Grove, Lemington Spa, Warwickshire, CV31 2AB England
Track 10: Published by M.C.A. Music • From Coast EP (Robb's Records)
Appears courtesy of Robb's Records, 11 Whitworth St., Manchester, M1 5WG England

Liner Notes:
The fusion of ambient music and today's electronically generated rhythms is certainly one of modern music's more intriguing hybrids. Once you fill in the blanks with the likes of Kraftwerk, Neu, Eno, John Cage, Terry Riley, Pink Floyd, Tangerine Dream, Jean-Michael Jarre, Derrick May, The KLF and of course The Orb, it makes a lot more sense. The music's encompassing atmosphere and entrancing groove is at once hypnotic and soothing as the possibility of spirituality through technology is explored.
Music to live by

℗ © 1993 Caroline Records, Inc.
114 W 26th St, New York, NY 10001.

CD tray is translucent dark blue.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 0 1704-61733-2 2
  • Barcode (Scanned): 017046173322
  • Matrix / Runout: CARO1733 02# 04-06-94
  • Mastering SID Code: ifpi 1644

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  • TIM's avatar
    Edited 11 years ago
    The first of four in the heavily influential Excursions into Ambience series. One of the first series of ambient releases distributed to America thanks to Astralwerks.

    Now the music: it's fitting that Tranquility Bass start this quirky hodge podge of "ambient". Michael Kandel was as eccentric as this series varied song to song. He offers Mya Yadana which unfortunately is one of lesser best tracks from early Exist Dance from my hometown. FSOL makes sense showing here but with the more uptempo album version of Calcium, and it doesn't seem to fit the goal of this series. But then hodge podge of electronics this series was. HIA offered Solid Motion (Black Hole remix) which in my opinion is one of the best HIA tracks from their earliest releases. HIA was right up there with early Biosphere as far as quality and a step ahead of the rest. Ultramarine feature the fabulous upstate mix of Saratoga on track 4. A genuine and memorable little acid ambient house track that samples the baseline from The Eagles "one of these nights" while strange, works like a charm over the bubbly bass, phat 808 kick and whimsical feelings. Fantastic and a hidden gem that will have everyone turning their head. Tarenah concludes the first half with an Indian detour. Not fond of this mix at all. I guess its which version you heard first. I got this cd in 1996 and already heard the much much better version on Ibiza Afterhours on moonshine in 1994.

    PWOG start off the second half with their brand of psychedelia dance but fitting to the series style less techno than normally. Track really never goes anywhere and is an average piece compared to the quality they have done. Gert-Jan Bijl and Dirk-Jan Hunegraff from Sensurreal recording under a different name in It's Thinking give us a very pleasant ambient house track that I really enjoy. Breezy and light hearted its a feel good track that would fit terrific in any deep house set. Coming from Sensurreal do we expect any less?! Very much like those guys. Tracks 7 & 9 are tracks that balance out the far reaching depth of the series' vision but don't do much for me. Finally Sub Sub ends the cd with one of the most classic chill out tracks all time in Past. Also featured on one of the best chill out mixes of all time from Phil Mison as well as Nick Warrens Back to Mine compilation. It's all what I imagined Cafe Del Mar to be. Like a breath of fresh air.

    Good cd. If you take out the best of the four Excursions in Ambience CDs and make a best of double set you have one of the best desert island CDs you can have. It's your job to choose what tracks.
    • scael's avatar
      Edited 17 years ago
      Good Ambient Compilation with a wide range of global sounds.

      Best track in my opinion: Tarenah, which starts out as an Indian raga, mutates into some Bass Violin/Flutey jazz, and back to the raga and sitar...nice fusion is smooth throughout.



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