Music to submerge in - rain / water samples
January 11, 2016 12:48 PM   Subscribe

Please recommend music containing recordings of rain or moving water. Not vanilla nature noises, like Echoes of Nature (though I love those too), but music in which those kinds of recordings are incorporated as an intergral part of the piece.

The archetypal example I can currently give of this would be Rigning by Yagya, a whole dub techno album based around field samples of rain.

The track A Gentleman on a Trail by Focus on the Breath would be another good example, with running water (streamside sample, presumably) rather than rain.

Instrumental electronic music is my habitual pond, but I'll more than happily splash downstream into any other genre sinkhole, lake or ocean you can show me.
posted by protorp to Media & Arts (35 answers total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
Well dang, Rigning was what I was going to suggest. If you know that you probably know Monolake's Hongkong, but if somehow you don't, the first track of that is also super rainy.

Biosphere & Higher Intelligence Agency's collaboration Polar Sequences has a lot of sounds of glaciers melting.
posted by aubilenon at 12:55 PM on January 11, 2016 [1 favorite]

IIRC, a good portion of Kitaro's Silk Road includes a background of moving water.
posted by DrGail at 1:06 PM on January 11, 2016

One of my all time favorites:

Grantchester Meadows

2112: III. Discovery
posted by humboldt32 at 1:08 PM on January 11, 2016

Hi there, I'll be that annoying obvious person who sends you to classic rock:
The Who - Love Reign O'er Me
The Doors - Riders on the Storm

[And I am 100% shocked I got here first.]
posted by dust.wind.dude at 1:23 PM on January 11, 2016 [2 favorites]

Solar Fields: Life is GoodI cued the link up at 1:09 but it may not transfer.
posted by effluvia at 1:25 PM on January 11, 2016

The intro to Air's La femme d'argent is a fade-in of rain that muffles away into the background after the composition moves in.

There's a Jeans Team track, too, that ends with applause that slowly and almost imperceptibly crossfades into the sound of driving rain that I've always found striking. Same effect as the Air track, and I can't remember the name of the song, so let me know if you're interested and I'll find it when I get home.

Favorited this ask because ME TOO.
posted by late afternoon dreaming hotel at 1:32 PM on January 11, 2016 [2 favorites]

Dilindam by Stereo Total
posted by runincircles at 1:51 PM on January 11, 2016

FRKWYS Vol. 12: Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe & Ariel Kalma - We Know Each Other Somehow
Recorded on the eastern Austrian coast, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe (Lichens) and Ariel Kalma tune their approach and instruments to their natural setting, allowing babbling creeks and the wind to dictate elements of their drones, synth soundscapes, and skittering, beat-driven electronic experiments.

Might be interested in Water Drumming, previous Metafilter post Baka women of Cameroon, water drumming

His Name Is Alive - African Violet Casts A Spell
posted by abhardcastle at 2:05 PM on January 11, 2016 [1 favorite]

Raining Revolution - Arrested Development
posted by j_curiouser at 2:05 PM on January 11, 2016 [1 favorite]

Handsome Boy Modeling School - Waterworld
posted by cnc at 2:06 PM on January 11, 2016

The Same Deep Water As You, The Cure. The rain and thunder noise is more atmospheric than musical but is an integral part of the song.
posted by srednivashtar at 2:08 PM on January 11, 2016

Baths - Rain Smell

This is the one off the top of my head, and I think I have a few others so I will look around my collection.
posted by yueliang at 2:12 PM on January 11, 2016

If you want to go retro, Vangelis Soil Festivities album features lots of rain samples.
posted by cosmicbandito at 2:14 PM on January 11, 2016

BT - The Internal Locus off of This Binary Universe
posted by mrg at 2:27 PM on January 11, 2016

The beginning build up in Aphex Twin - On samples a rain storm.
posted by Leontine at 3:03 PM on January 11, 2016

max richter's memoryhouse has rain as a background component. it is present in various tracks, but is most obvious on the opening, europe, after the rain.

it wouldn't surprise me if some tracks of his the blue notebooks also had rain, but i can't find any right now.

(thank-you for asking this; it's been too long since i last listened to richter).
posted by andrewcooke at 3:42 PM on January 11, 2016

Cornelius - Drop
posted by fox problems at 4:08 PM on January 11, 2016 [1 favorite]

Can't believe it hasn't been posted!
Massive Attack - Protection (Eno Mix)
posted by a halcyon day at 4:59 PM on January 11, 2016

You may want to look up Jeph Jerman. His recordings aren't always easy to come by, but he's made a number of beautiful (and not anodyne) water recordings.
posted by Joseph Gurl at 5:13 PM on January 11, 2016

Florist - Marine Drive
posted by kaspen at 5:13 PM on January 11, 2016

The The - Kingdom of Rain
posted by modofo at 6:27 PM on January 11, 2016 [1 favorite]

Jon Hassell - Dream Theory in Malaya, "Malaya" includes recordings of Malay water-splashing music.
posted by rhizome at 7:10 PM on January 11, 2016

Pink Floyd's Signs of Life has the sounds of a rowboat in water if that counts?
posted by bowmaniac at 7:59 PM on January 11, 2016

Cypress Hill's "Hits from the Bong" prominently features burbling bongwater.
posted by Joseph Gurl at 8:25 PM on January 11, 2016

Oh yeah, also Banco de Gaia Drippy has a pretty descriptive title.

(I remembered about it while trying to think of a good "wait for the drop" pun)
posted by aubilenon at 11:11 PM on January 11, 2016

Baka Beyond - Ancestors Voice features the Baka tribe water drumming. Its the only album of theirs I'm familiar with, suspect they may have more tracks with water drumming on.
posted by Ness at 2:35 AM on January 12, 2016

The Ronettes - Walking in the Rain
posted by Rash at 9:44 PM on January 12, 2016

The Cowsills - The Rain, the Park and Other Things
posted by Rash at 9:47 PM on January 12, 2016

Paul McCartney - Uncle Albert
posted by Rash at 9:49 PM on January 12, 2016

Leon Russell - Manhattan Island Serenade
posted by Rash at 9:51 PM on January 12, 2016

...but the best, true rainy music is "Fall" by Wendy Carlos, off her Sonic Seasonings. If you're into electronic music, you should know this record.
posted by Rash at 9:58 PM on January 12, 2016

Global Communication, 14:31.
Flying Saucer Attack, Rainstorm Blues (rain sample kicks in at 2:08).
posted by Sonny Jim at 1:02 AM on January 13, 2016

Also by Wendy Carlos, that great bonus track on the 'Clockwork Orange' ST, "Country Lane" (at the end).
posted by Rash at 10:18 PM on January 13, 2016

Response by poster: Thanks so much everyone... I'm slowly working my way down through everything suggested, and there's already a ton of exactly what I asked for, plus great inroads into lots of new-to-me artists as a bonus besides. Happy auditory floating one and all :)
posted by protorp at 12:10 PM on January 22, 2016

Response by poster: For the benefit of anyone coming to this AskMe down the line, I've just found a wealth more of this kind of music through the label Silent Season. Music directly inspired by the landscape and weather of British Columbia... rain (and other natural field recordings) feature prominently across many of their releases.
posted by protorp at 9:53 PM on February 4, 2016

« Older Help me visualize 'future' me.   |   What are other procedural jobs besides a legal... Newer »
This thread is closed to new comments.