VariousAmbient 4: Isolationism

Label:Virgin – AMBT 4, Virgin – 7243 8 39810 2 1, Virgin – 8 39810 2
Series:Ambient Series – AMBT 4
2 x CD, Compilation
Country:UK & Europe
Genre:Electronic, Rock
Style:Ambient, Dark Ambient, Drone, Experimental, Leftfield, Minimal, Noise, Post Rock


1-1KK Null* / Jim Plotkin*Lost (Held Under)
Written-By, ProducerPlotkin*, Null*
1-2Jim O'RourkeFlat Without A Back
Written-By, ProducerO'Rourke*
1-3IceThe Dredger
Written-By, ProducerIce
1-4Raoul BjörkenheimStrangers
ProducerVeli-Pekka Heinonen
1-5:Zoviet*France:*Daisy Gun
Written-By, Producer:zoviet*france:*
1-6LabradfordAir Lubricated Free Axis Trainer
Written-By, ProducerLabradford
1-7Techno AnimalSelf Strangulation
Written-By, ProducerTechno Animal
1-8Paul SchützeHallucinations (In Memory Of Reinaldo Arenas)
Written-By, ProducerPaul Schütze
1-9ScornSilver Rain Fell (Deep Water Mix)
Written-ByMJ Harris*, NJ Bullen*
1-10Disco InfernoLost In Fog
ProducerJohn Coxon
Written-ByDisco Inferno
1-11Total (2)Six
Written-By, ProducerMatthew Bower
1-12NijiumuOnce Again I Cast Myself Into The Flames Of Atonement
Written-By, ProducerKeiji Haino
2-1Aphex TwinAphex Airlines
Producer, Written-ByRichard D. James
Written-ByPrevost*, Tilbury*, Rowe*, De Saram*
Written-By, ProducerSeefeel
2-4'O'Rang*Little Sister
Written-By, ProducerHarris*, Webb*
ProducerSonic Boom (2)
2-6SufiDesert Flower
Written-By, ProducerRudy Tambala
2-7David Toop / Max EastleyBurial Rites (Phosphorescent Mix)
Written-By, ProducerToop*, Eastley*
2-8MainCrater Scar (Adrenochrome)
RemixRobert Hampson
Written-By, ProducerMain
Written-By, ProducerJ.K. Broadrick*
Written-By, ProducerMJ Harris*
2-11Thomas KönerKanon (Part One: Brohuk)
Written-By, ProducerKöner*

Companies, etc.



This is the version without "EMI SWINDON" in the matrix and with BIEM/STEMRA as Rights Society printed on the CD's. For the other version see Ambient 4: Isolationism.

Issued in a standard 2xCD jewel case with 12-page booklet.

Tracks 1-1, 1-3, 1-5 to 1 -8, 2-5, 2-6, 2-10 Copyright Control 1994.
Track 1-2 Publisher: Field Code Music (BMI) 1994.
Track 1-4 Produced for Finnish Broadcasting Company. Copyright Control 1994.
Track 1-9 Publisher: Earache Songs 1994.
Track 1-10 Publisher: Redemption Songs 1994.
Tracks 1-11, 2-9 Publisher: Copyright Control.
Track 1-12 Publisher: PSF Ltd.
Tracks 2-1, 2-3 Publisher: Chrysalis Music 1994.
Track 2-2 Publisher: Matchless Recordings And Publishing 1994.
Track 2-4 Publisher: Warner Chappell Music Ltd.
Track 2-7 Publisher: Quartz Publications 1994.
Track 2-8 Publisher: Complete Music Ltd. 1994.
Track 2-11 Publisher: Barooni Publishing 1994.

℗ & © 1994 Virgin Records Ltd.
Made in Holland. Printed in Holland.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 7 24383 98102 1
  • Barcode (Scanned): 724383981021
  • Mastering SID Code (CD1): IFPI L041
  • Mastering SID Code (CD2): IFPI L042
  • Mastering SID Code (CD1 Variant 3): none
  • Mastering SID Code (CD2 Variant 3): none
  • Mould SID Code (CD1 Variant 1): IFPI 1427
  • Mould SID Code (CD2 Variant 1): IFPI 1450
  • Mould SID Code (CD1 Variant 3): ifpi 1513
  • Mould SID Code (CD2 Variant 3): ifpi 1516
  • Matrix / Runout (CD1 Variant 1): 839811 2 @ 1 1-1-3-NL
  • Matrix / Runout (CD2 Variant 1): 839812 2 @ 1 1-1-4-NL
  • Matrix / Runout (CD1 Variant 2): 839811 2 @ 1 1-1-7-NL
  • Matrix / Runout (CD2 Variant 2): 839812 2 @ 1 1-1-2-NL
  • Matrix / Runout (CD1 Variant 3): 839811 2 @ 1 1-1-3-NL
  • Matrix / Runout (CD2 Variant 3): 839812 2 @ 1 1-1-6-NL
  • Rights Society: BIEM/STEMRA
  • Label Code: LC 3098
  • Other (Distributor Code (France)): PM 527
  • Other (Cat# on CD1): AMBT 4 and 7243 8 39810 2 1 (7243 8 39811 2 0)
  • Other (Cat# on CD2): AMBT 4 and 7243 8 39810 2 1 (7243 8 39812 2 9)
  • Matrix / Runout (CD1 Variant 4): 839812 2 @ 1 1-1-4-NL
  • Matrix / Runout (CD2 Variant 4): 839812 2 @ 1 1-1-5-NL
  • Mould SID Code (CD1 Variant 4): ifpi 1520
  • Mould SID Code (CD2 Variant 4): none

Other Versions (2)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Ambient 4: Isolationism (2×CD, Compilation)Virgin, Virgin, VirginAMBT 4, 7243 8 39810 2 1, 8 39810 2UK & Europe1994
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Ambient 4: Isolationism (2×CD, Compilation)Virgin, Virgin, VirginAMBT 4, 7243 8 39810 2 1, 8 39810 2UK & Europe1994



  • Bradx's avatar
    I was after a copy of this for a while and then found one in a charity shop - albeit in a locked glass case for £10. I had to get the manager of the shop to uncage it for me. Since when did charity shops stick their second hand CDs into locked glass display cases? Oh well, they are raising money for good causes I suppose.

    Anyhow, it's well worth the money, a compilation CD that sounds at least as futuristic as when it was issued.
    • dirtykeys's avatar
      Kevin Martin is GOD!!!
      This comp is proof

      Fuck Yeah...

      • Ultravod's avatar
        Tim Cain, the mastermind behind the original 1997 Fallout retro-futuristic post apocalyptic role playing game said in an interview that he listened to a lot of ambient music during the game's development. As time went on, he listened to darker and darker ambient. He cited this compilation in particular as an inspiration for the game's famous soundtrack. When it came time to score the game, he provided composer Mark Morgan (4) with a playlist of songs off this compilation that most inspired him. Mark Morgan (4) - Fallout: The Soundtrack is the stuff of legend and regarded as one of the best video game soundtracks for good reason. This compilation, while quite pricey on the used market (thanks, Fallout fans!) is a worthy listen to anyone with even a passing interest in the Fallout series.
        • hivehead's avatar
          This compilation is worth checking out if you are a fan of ambient/noise/experimental music. All of the tracks are exclusive to this release and it's a great gateway to other underground artists including Zoviet France and KK Null. The other Virgin Records Ambient series releases are also great but this one is my favorite due to it's dark & minimal theme. This album sounds best when played at a high volume.
          • incuswetrust's avatar
            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's avatar
              Edited 18 years ago
              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.


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