I'd like to start a list of examples of this particular combination, so please post any you can think of or any other thoughts about this.

Here's one I think really works:


Brokeback - The Wilson Ave Bridge by the Chicago River 1953

  • i have this on vinyl. nice one.
    – Brad Dale
    Commented Aug 29, 2013 at 19:45

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Have you ever seen any of Diego Stocco's work? It's really amazing what he does. Here's an example

Diego Stocco - Music from Nature from Diego Stocco on Vimeo.

But check out all his other videos which are fantastic and really creative.

  • Thanks, yes I've encountered his work before - always very inspirational. Thinking about this question again, I think I'm more interested in recordings and music together rather than composition from field recordings (though the lines can get blurry, I know). Commented Aug 29, 2013 at 9:03
  • was about to ask that question and yes lines are blurry. i'll see what i can find. Commented Aug 29, 2013 at 13:52
  • Oh ok... Maybe check out the John Mayer/Frank Ocean track on the new John Mayer album which has an ambience field recording throughout... youtube.com/watch?v=G6z7c-nIQ6M
    – Gus B
    Commented Aug 29, 2013 at 22:42


Some examples:

Aphex Twin - On https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-US91WU8zA

Max Richter - Memory House https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Bb0k9HgQxc

Almost anything by 'Boards of Canada' especially on "The campfire headphase" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dhwx67X-0eE

Arovane - 'Lilies' and 'Tides' albums Passage to Nagoya https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwWtsUr5hWM

Bibio: several albums

Ambivalence Avenue https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgGsnYpT3zg

And there's lots more..


so it sounds like you are looking for music that combines more traditional field recordings, ambience recordings as opposed to found sound and foley type recordings being used as rhythmic components in music.

off the top of my head i'd add:

Jon Hopkins - Autumn Hill

Jon Hopkins - Small Memory

Richard Skelton - Pariah

and basically his whole album Landings


Mountains, the album "Sewn" but you seem to be hip to Thrill Jockey already

Lusine lcl - A Day Apart

If you go to www.othermusic.com and browse the "OUT" section you will find tons of this kind of stuff.

Also, here's an example of this that I have done.

echo conscious - without sinking

  • Yeah, I think you're right. I'm more interested in straight recordings and music - how the two interact. Thanks for the suggestions. Really like that Lusine track, I'll definitely seek the albumn out. Commented Aug 30, 2013 at 9:06

When I saw this question, I immediately thought of some of the ambient music I've listened to.

"Chill Out," by The KLF is full of them, along with samples of Elvis, Tuvan throat singing, and an insane salesman. http://youtu.be/C5TUEv1wf-c

At least one track from Brian Eno's "Ambient 4: On Land" fits this, too. I don't have it at the moment, though, so I'm not sure which one.

  • Thanks, I've not listened to the KLF for a while! Love the trains... Commented Aug 31, 2013 at 11:41


You should take a look at Amon Tobin's album 'Foley Room' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mhxw-pqB4VU And his others albums are great pieces of sound design too !

Hope you'll enjoy !

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