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ambient music

Also called ambient. a genre of instrumental music that focuses on sound patterns more than melodic form and is used to create a certain atmosphere or state of mind. Unabridged
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Contemporary definitions for ambient music

a music genre that is mainly instrumental, featuring electronics and inconsistent beat and intended create a relaxing or peaceful atmosphere or mood


Ambient music is known by many names -- ambience, new age, experimental, chillout, mood music, world music -- and has variations like ambient techno and ambient trance.

Word Origin

based on ambient meaning 'surrounding'

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