since i owe a lot of my inspiration for stories, images and experiments to music i’m going to spread the word about several of my favorite artists and bands. i will focus on (dark) ambient for the time being, as there are several gems hidden among all the similarly sounding stuff out there.
my first meeting with ambient soundscapes happened during a late-night radio show called LUNA. it featured sounds and noises that really made an impression on me due to them being so all-encompassing and vast, and lacking any annoying beat or lyric.
then a fellow p2p file sharer on a network called SoulSeek recommended two dark ambient artists to me: Atrium Carceri and Desiderii Marginis.
i have loved every record made by these guys (both hailing from Scandinavia). whereas Desiderii Marginis utilizes more industrial sounds and rythms, Atrium Carceri focuses more on a suspenseful ambiance that slowly creeps under your skin.
i highly recommend giving these two a listen if you have the time. Simon, the man behind Atrium Carceri, now owns an independent label called Cry Chamber that features a variety of dark ambient artists as well as his own projects:
some tracks by Desiderii Marginis can be found here: