Ambient music is not made for supporting an ambience, it's all
about creating one, but isn't it the purpose of many musics ?
Listen to Bitches Brew, the first Weather Report's albums, Pink
Floyd's Middle among others - and what a name for a band, Weather
Report, talking about musical climates ! Many people consider it
has all started in Germany and not in America, at the beginning of
the seventies, with musicians like Klaus Schulze and Tangerine
Dream. Other people will say that ambient music finds its roots a
little later, beyond cosmic and starship atmospheres of the era,
with Steve Roach and influences like David Parsons or Kevin
Braheny. I believe that searching for strange atmospheres and
uncommon moods is an older and wider tendency in music, as many
people search for evasion in art.