What’s Your Favorite Ambient Music?

A few times a week, Megan works out in the room next to my office. Her workout routine involves virtual instructors for a company called Orange Theory, and every part of the routine has an upbeat song associated with it.

I don’t listen to music while I work, as anything with words will impede the words I’m typing, editing, or creating. I thought I was doing a good job of blocking out Megan’s workout music, but the more I found myself humming along (during the workout or later when the workout ended), I realized I needed to use some sort of ambient sound to truly block out the music.

I turned to YouTube, where I’ve found a wealth of ambient music without words. I thought I’d share a few of my favorites (videos below), and if you have a go-to ambient video or playlist, I’d love to know about it!

8 thoughts on “What’s Your Favorite Ambient Music?”

  1. I’m a big fan of two albums by the band Earth. Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light part 1 and 2. I also have trouble working with music but these albums really help me focus.

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  2. Max Richter – “Sleep”
    Vangelis – “Antarctica”
    Blood Incantation – “Timewave Zero”
    Brian Eno – “Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks”

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  3. I always fall back onto the group Explosions in the Sky when I need something simple to listen to, but energetic to get me through my work. Personally, I find their older work to be a bit better (The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place and All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone).

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  4. Jamey, I listen to a lot of ambient music. Lately I’m enjoying Ulrich Schnauss’ album Far Away Trains Passing By and some really beautiful but darker music by a friend of mine. Not sure if the google drive will work from here, but worth a shot: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1AZg9Z84R0JODa_w3nMn0swaD8qaUx3ZI/view
    Lastly, the dreampop band Cocteau Twins made an album with the ambient composer Harold Budd called The Moon and The Melodies. It has some vocals, but it’s much more ambient than their normal band sound. And her voice is always more instrumental than articulate, anyway.

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