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I like sad ambient music ... Do you?

Jan 1, 2014
Hi there!

While I typically dislike sharing my music (because I regard it as a sort of private sanctuary) .... I was just wondering if this is common amongst INTPs .... Do you like sad ambient music? For some reason music is the one thing that makes me feel very strong emotions. And I usually gravitate to songs that make me sad because for some reason I like the feeling? The feeling of being sad/contemplative? I like the looming, almost euphoric sense of sadness that such music gives me. (Although sometimes I think songs sound sad because of my interpretation). Its almost like music can express in some way what I could never in words .... I think about the universe, our place in it, life & death, meaning of life, the potential for a God .... I was just wondering because it feels a bit lonely to have interests that most people do not. Im 20 and I feel mostly alone mentally... Anyway below are some examples. What do you think?

Sunlight Ascending - Continental Drift
Slow Mo Guys Super Slow Music
Sigur Ros - Olsen Olsen
Keane - The Iron Sea

Jon Hopkins - Monster Theme
Vangelis - Creation du Monde
Brian Eno - An Ending
Brian Eno - Deep Blue Day
Burial - Street Halo
Celer - The Carved God is Gone
Asthenospheric Movement I - Faures

Oh also my favorite song (its trance) is hartseer by Bart Claessen (radio edit)
Is there a chance any of you like it? For some reason the main chorus sounds sad and mysterious to me. What do you think?

What do you guys listen to?


of the swarm
Jan 15, 2014
I don't listen to a lot of ambient music, but when I do, it's usually flute, violin and/or piano. Something that flows easily- pure electronic music sort of pokes at me too much to be ambient, but I like it when it accompanies other instruments. Alternatively, classical music fits the purpose.


Dark Magician
Aug 20, 2014
Southern California
Not an intp, more like a depersonalized infj, but ambient of all kinds I can always enjoy when I'm in the right mood to explore an alternate universe in my mind. Ambient requires a lot of imagination on my part for me to fully appreciate its delicious and lifelike atmospheres...
as for SAD ambient music... I actually haven't really had a chance to listen to much of that.. maybe ambient of isolation and despair? lol

May 16, 2015
Birmingham, UK
Rock/Metal is my ambient music.
I like the rawness and harshness of the instrumentals.


Resident disMember
Mar 14, 2010
I do, but it doesn't have to be sad. I just like the imagination factor with it. Songs with lyrics usually don't relate to my emotions or my lifestyle.

I'll never understand how someone raised in a suburban home can listen to gangster rap and identify with it. I just, I don't know, maybe most people really are just stupid and identify with whatever they think is cool, rather than what actually speaks to their soul.
Jan 24, 2013
A hut in the woods
I would say the overall mood to the song is "this is it." There is very much the feeling of nothingness in this song. Like we are born for one thing and if you mess it up its on you. Didn't like the ending; it just sorta ended.

I like complex rhythm stuff -stuff you have to listen to a few times before you get it. Simple rhythmic layers are usually good. I also like full sounding cords in music. Never been one for unholy sounding music so stuff that feels incomplete I don't like. I like music like I like my fiction, a good build up and an epic finish with a decent conclusion.

I like this:

Jan 22, 2016
I'm not into ambient (actually in the whole popular music) but recently I'm liking trance too. Expecially Juno Reactor, my favourite songs are Guardian Angel and Solaris (the last one has a bit of ambient now that I think about it). Brian Eno is quite good, but I feel to recommend you authors that already reached and surpassed Eno's style, such as Ligeti: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iVYu5lyX5M
Dec 4, 2010
^ Did you listen to Juno Reactor's first album, Transmissions? It's a different thing from their later ethnically infused work, more solitary and kinda celestial-yet-claustrophobic... Not to mention the second one Lu.Ci-Ana (sp?) which is purely ambient.

Also Koxbox' remix of "Feel the Universe" is worth checking out.


You Silly Willy
Nov 14, 2013
Somewhere in Indiana
Your embed gave me an eargasm and I know I love trance sooooo... yes
As for the sadness, I'm not sure. I'd say it feels like something growing very distant. I can, certainly, see how sadness would intermingle with that feeling. Actually, I can't of just feel like things are fading away when I hit some of the chorus in that song.


ratz rule
Mar 11, 2016
Just North of Normal
Haven't really listened to sad ambient type stuff in a while.

Burzum and the Antlers were the first bands that came to my mind, though.
And Sparklehorse

I used to listen to the Antlers and just space out til I was dissociating
(( great way to deepen your depression ))
An album that you've all probably heard before but like hey



And if you need some comic relief just check out the man behind the music- Varg Vikernes.

Bauhaus and similar goth bands would fit 'sad ambient', imo.

Mm. Other bands.. Vibe wise at least. I don't know if they all fit the genre technically.

Elliott Smith
Pink Floyd, Radiohead
Lmao does Lana Del Rey count?

I dunno