Virtual Dreams: Ambient Explorations In The House & Techno Age, 1993-1997
Dutch record label Music From Memory will mark their 50th release this December with a new collection of obscure electronic music. ‘Virtual Dreams: Ambient Explorations In The House & Techno Age, 1993-1997’ launches a new series of compilations focusing on music that redefined historic genre boundaries, with the early ’90s dance music boom providing a rich backdrop to this initial entry.
Originally defined by the works of Brian Eno and other minimalist composers, ambient music evolved again in the late ’80s as house and techno began to emerge out of America. With warehouse parties and other dance music events taking Europe by storm, the concept of the “chill-out” room — a new party space designed to offer an alternative to the main room’s heavy, thudding sounds — soon became a mainstay.
While initially soundtracked by non-specific reggae or soul music, the chill-out room took on a life of its own as producers began to design music that was more conducive to the sound of the party. With technological innovation and mind-altering substances a formative impetus, these early ’90s experiments offered a more transcendental and futuristic experience for the revellers of the day.
‘Virtual Dreams: Ambient Explorations In The House & Techno Age, 1993-1997‘ will be released on December 7th, 2020 via Music From Memory.