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Phill Niblock. Peter Hansen. Jóhann Jóhannsson. Terry Riley. Distant trains. Find me more gorgeous, drifting, droning horns, please.
posted by mykescipark to Media & Arts (13 answers total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
Harold Budd
posted by bricoleur at 9:09 AM on September 24, 2008

Aphex Twin's ambient records are nice (not horns but drony)

La Monte Young is someone you should explore.

Tony Conrad.
posted by Ponderance at 9:47 AM on September 24, 2008

I almost forgot! Pauline Oliveros!!!
posted by Ponderance at 9:47 AM on September 24, 2008

Hoketus, at times.

Tony Conrad, for strings rather than horns.
posted by activitystory at 9:56 AM on September 24, 2008

Jaques Coursil
posted by Benjamin Nushmutt at 9:59 AM on September 24, 2008 [1 favorite]

Andrew Chalk, Giusto Pio, Scorces first self-titled, Kawabata Makoto's first Inui...
posted by RGD at 10:23 AM on September 24, 2008

Booker Little--Out Front
posted by Zebtron at 6:52 PM on September 24, 2008

Do fog horns count?

Ingram Marshall's "Fog Tropes" might be right up your alley.
posted by neroli at 8:57 PM on September 24, 2008

Tony Conrad, for strings rather than horns.

I saw Tony Conrad here in NYC at PS1 this summer, and he brought a giant compressor and hooked it up to two horns, which he would play intermittently. The horns were screechingly loud and droning; combined with his strings, it was great.
posted by suedehead at 9:18 PM on September 24, 2008

Building on Ponderance's comment recommending Pauline Oliveros . . . There's a minimalist/avant garde trombone player by the name of Stuart Dempster. His album "In the Great Abbey of Clement VI" and his collaboration with Pauline Oliveros and Panaiotis on "Deep Listening" (released by New Albion records) are exactly what you are looking for. These albums were recorded in a huge cistern, so "gorgeous, drifting, droning" is what you get.
posted by ferdydurke at 12:16 AM on September 25, 2008

Maybe you'd like Chessie. There are train themes as well as ambient, drifting stuff...not much horn action though, to the best of my knowledge. Still, you might like it if you like that other stuff.

Also, have you checked out It's a great resource for figuring out more about what you may plug in an artist you enjoy and it pulls up other pieces by other artists. I think it does a pretty damn good job too, and has relatively obscure stuff--I plugged in Keith Fullerton Whitman the other day, not exactly the most well-known musician ever, and it brought up tons of other not well known musicians that I'd never heard of, but which I enjoyed as well.
posted by dubitable at 6:35 AM on September 25, 2008

suedehead, that Tony Conrad performance sounds great-- the compressors were playing the horns? If so, maybe the OP can rent that rig!
posted by activitystory at 7:10 AM on September 25, 2008

Alvin Lucier (especially the Charles Curtis stuff)

Stephane Rives
posted by Joseph Gurl at 7:05 PM on September 25, 2008

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