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    Monday, October 18, 2004

    Tracks of the Week: Ambience

    Erik Satie "Gymnopedies No. 1" - A good way to kick things off. You can't get too much more influential than this track. The Gymnopedies trilogy has been used as a foundation for countless film scores, tv and radio advertisements, and electronic music. This lilting track will float its way around your room and nest itself in your wallpaper (especially the fuzzy kind). Satie was known to be very eccentric. My favorite fun fact about him: When asked his profession, Satie would say he was a gymnopedist, a made-up word. Buy It.

    Electro Organic Sound System "Peculiar Softness" - Boston-based electronic artist Jake Trussell is best known by his DJ name, DJ C. But in the mid-90s he created some sublime music under the name Electro Organic Sound System (EOSS). Chris and I saw him perform a bunch of times when Jake was in the Toneburst Collective. Actually, they once visited Bates College for a very cool show in the Silo. Although traces of The Orb, Future Sound of London, and other early 90s ambient/electronic acts can be heard, EOSS maintains a unique spin on the genre. This track never fails to relax. Out of print.