AMBIENT DREAMS

 

A PLACE TO RELIVE YOUR MUSICAL MEMORIES AND MAKE NEW ONES

AND READ ABOUT YOUR FAVORITE INSTRUMENTAL, NEW AGE, SYNTH, ELECTRONIC OR AMBIENT ARTISTS OF THE 70S AND 80S AND DISCOVER NEW ONES

the legends

 

WELCOME!

once upon a time…

..one late autumn evening, when I was coming back from school and as I passed by the cassette booth at the market, I heard a melody that changed my life. I knew the guy who was selling there and as he saw me, in awe, standing like a stone, he smiled, took the CD case from under the counter, the CD out of the player and gave it to me in a green plastic bag. He didn’t even ask for money, he just said that it was going to change my life. What I was listening to was the excerpt from “Incantations” found on the “Essential XXV” compilation. The rest, as they say, is history. I started listening to everything Mike Oldfield and I never looked back.

Mihnea Manduteanu

what you’ll find here…

about me

I have been listening to instrumental music for 25 years. I’ve written over 1000 reviews and I can’t imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a film music critic, member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).My beginnings though come from ambient and electronic music and the artists who truly inspired me first were Mike Oldfield and Jean Michel Jarre. They shaped my musical taste and their names have the highest nostalgia value for me.
what I will write about

…my thoughts and memories of every album by Oldfield and Jarre. Sometimes they will be in the form of reviews, other times as stories.
as time goes by...

I will talk about more artists who were pioneers in electronic, ambient or new age music: Brian Eno, Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream and more.

 

My reviews

 

Album review: Mike Oldfield (16) – The voyager (1996)

Celtic music is my favorite world music genre. There is no doubt about it and it’s been so for more than 25 years. I would put it right up there with the 80s synth sound as my favorite musical places. The nostalgia and inner peace I get when listening to Celtic music in unmatched. There’s […]

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Album review: Return to Ommadawn (Mike Oldfield – 2017)

Time travel is one of the most fascinating concepts for me and one of my greatest desires; while the way to physically do it hasn’t been discovered yet, mentally and emotionally I have found my time machine and it works flawlessly: music. I’ve been using it all my life and I’ve been placing bookmarks in […]

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Album review: Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells II (1992)

“Tubular Bells II” was the first album Mike Oldfield wrote after finally getting away from Virgin. Two years after creating a sequel to Ommadawn in “Amarok” it was time to finally go back to his original album and explore it 20 years later. The exploration started with what is to me one of the most […]

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Album review: Mike Oldfield – Heaven’s open (1991)

“Heaven’s open”, Mike Oldfield’s 14 composition released in 1991 is a special album from a few points of view: it was, finally, the last album for a Virgin company from which Mike was by that time very happy to leave as he expresses with a laughing “Fuck off” at the end of the album; it’s […]

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About me

My name is Mihnea and I have been listening to instrumental music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I’ve written over 1000 reviews and I can’t imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a film music critic, member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association). My beginnings though come from ambient and electronic music and the artists who truly inspired me first were Mike Oldfield and Jean Michel Jarre.