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Future Music 383
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Ambient music is a style with a long and storied history. From mid-20th century orchestral experiments through Brian Eno’s pivotal recordings, to atmospheric dance tracks designed as an antidote to ’90s raves, ‘ambient’ has existed in many forms throughout the decades. 

Perhaps rather than a specific genre, ambient is better thought of as an approach – one that places texture and sound design above structure and hooks. In this issue of Future Music, we’re exploring ambient music in all its forms, digging into the history, gaining insight from some of 2022’s most exciting ambient artists, and exploring the gear and techniques you can use to add texture and atmosphere to your music. 

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Nik Colk Void  – The Factory Floor and Carter Tutti Void artist gives us an insight into her working practices and long-awaited solo album 

ACT! – David Psutka (fka Egyptrixx) talks digital synths and his unique creative approach 

Loraine James – The self-described IDM producers tells us how creative software use inspired new project Whatever The Weather

Producer Like… – Bristol-based DnB artist Ruth Royall on her gospel-inspired approach to recording vocals and collaborative production process

Classic AlbumTim Deluxe on his shift to old-fashioned musicianship for The Radicle 

Career In Gear – House icon Ultra Naté on the gear behind her back catalogue 


The Ambient Issue – The history, ideas and techniques behind electronic music’s most atmospheric genre

Producer’s Guide – Create better hooks with our guide to arps, riffs and sequences 

Retrospective – Tracing the hard-to-define sound of post dubstep


Sequential Take 5

ASM Hydrasynth Deluxe 

Knobula Poly Cinematic

ASM Hydrasynth Explorer

Casio PX-S3100

Novation FLkey controllers

Beyerdynamic M 90 Pro X

Longterm test: Bitwig Studio 4.2 

& more


Techno Bass – From deep, rumbling kicks to percussive synth arps, this pack has all your techno needs covered, with staple sounds and fresh ideas.

Hip-Hop Crunch – Capture the sampled sound of classic rap beatmakers with this pack of funky, chopped-up beats, bass licks and melodic hooks.

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Future Music is the number one magazine for today's producers. Packed with technique and technology we'll help you make great new music. All-access artist interviews, in-depth gear reviews, essential production tutorials and much more. Every marvellous monthly edition features reliable reviews of the latest and greatest hardware and software technology and techniques, unparalleled advice, in-depth interviews, sensational free samples and so much more to improve the experience and outcome of your music-making.

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