I need more ambient-electro-industrial-instrumental music to listen to.
October 15, 2010 7:42 AM   Subscribe

Does anyone have any suggestions for ambient-electronic-industrial-instrumental music?

Basically, I'm looking for stuff like instrumental NIN (Ghosts I-IV for example) or certain instrumental Skinny Puppy tracks (like Riverzend or Download from Last Rights) or like the instrumental tracks on David Bowie's "Heroes." Soundtrack suggestions are also welcome. Thanks!
posted by exolstice to Media & Arts (19 answers total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
posted by FAMOUS MONSTER at 7:52 AM on October 15, 2010


A good chunk of the Mick Harris and Justin Broadrick catalogue fall into this category. Though some of it is less electronic and more metal, it is at least certainly ambient-industrial and mostly instrumental.
posted by alikins at 7:54 AM on October 15, 2010 [1 favorite]

Junk Project - Composure
posted by empath at 7:56 AM on October 15, 2010

Brian Eno - An Ending (Ascent)
posted by empath at 7:57 AM on October 15, 2010

Earth, "Pentastar: In the Style of Demons."
posted by scratch at 7:58 AM on October 15, 2010

Age of Love - Age of Love might be a little bit too dance-y, but it has a similar vibe to that Skinny Puppy track.
posted by empath at 8:05 AM on October 15, 2010

Future Sound of London: Lifeforms, ISDN and Dead Cities
Robert Rich: Bestiary
Meat Beat Manifesto: Subliminal Sandwich
Download: 111
Cabaret Voltaire
posted by davebush at 8:06 AM on October 15, 2010

Perhaps calmer than you are looking for but you might like:
Ben Frost - Theory of Machines
Tim Hecker - 100 Years Ago
posted by Hutch at 8:17 AM on October 15, 2010

Black Lung. Silent Weapons for Silent Wars is particularly good.
posted by the dief at 8:22 AM on October 15, 2010

I'm going to make this easy for you and suggest that you simply check out everything on the Tympanik Audio label. Just go to their "Artists" page and check them out one by one; for every album on their label, they've got at least two or three sample tracks.

My personal favorites on there include Broken Fabiola, Black Lung, Autoclav1.1, Totakeke and Flint Glass, but based on your requests I'd probably also add Tapage, Subheim, Undermathic, dISHARMONY and Access to Arasaka. You can possibly skip – at least for now – ESA (though I love them), Pneumatic Detach, Fractional, Endif and Metafilter's own Ad-ver-sary, as all of those tend more toward the rhythmic noise end of the spectrum.

Also, davebush's recommendation for Future Sound of London's Dead Cities album is pretty much exactly what you're looking for.
posted by infinitywaltz at 8:27 AM on October 15, 2010 [1 favorite]

The Social Network soundtrack by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross has a lot in common with Ghosts. Also these:

Ab Ovo - Mouvements
Biosphere - Substrata
Diaphane - Samdhya
Disharmony - Malignant Shields
Dirk Geiger - Autumn Fields
Empusae - The Hatred Of Trees
Gridlock - Formless
Larvae - Loss Leader
Soma - The Inner Cinema
Stendeck - Sonnambula
Talvekoidik - Silent Reflections
Totakeke - eLekatota
posted by Jairus at 8:33 AM on October 15, 2010 [2 favorites]

+1 to infinitywaltz.
posted by Jairus at 8:35 AM on October 15, 2010

I went to high school with Comaduster, who sounds like he'd be right up your alley.
posted by Zozo at 8:58 AM on October 15, 2010

This is the perfect question for right this moment in my life, for the last two weeks, I have been severely obsessing over a musical project that fits your requirements to a tee:

Grassy Knoll.

Some examples:

Thunder Ain't Rain

The 20th Century


You'll also want to check out Clint Mansell, both his former musical project, Pop Will Eat Itself, and his soundtrack work - he scores everything for the director Darren Aranofsky...

Here is some of his music for the excellent film "Pi".
posted by dbiedny at 9:35 AM on October 15, 2010

The German electronic music label Elektrolux puts out a lot of the type of music you're talking about — artists like MAS 2008, Estelle Montenegro, Drøn, Rauschfaktor, Soehngenetic, Syncromatic Dubsters, Norman Feller, Ruxpin, The Sushi Club, and Quantum Leap. I think some of this stuff is available on eMusic.
posted by phoebus at 11:03 AM on October 15, 2010

Bedouin Ascent
posted by rhizome at 11:21 AM on October 15, 2010 [1 favorite]

seconding Black Lung, and also Soma

free download of Famine's ambient album here
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 5:10 PM on October 15, 2010

Haujobb - Album - Matrix
Amon Tobin - most albums
Aphex Twin
posted by Haujobbin at 5:22 PM on October 15, 2010

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