Although it seemed to arrive out of nowhere in the early '90s, ambient music actually has a long and varied history, leading back to Brian Eno
's electronic experiments in the 1970s, right up to Aphex Twin
's textural techno soundscapes. As an introduction and history lesson, the two-disc A Brief History of Ambient Music
can't be beat; it shows that the ambient-techno trend has roots that most fans wouldn't even realize existed.