For unknown reasons, both BlueMars and Radio Ultimae (They’re “sister stations” in Lyon, France) are down and have been for over a week now, which is a bummer as they are two of my most favorite internet radio stations. However, I have picked up a few more, although none of them had the great “no beat” lineup of BlueMars’ Cryosleep channel. When I’m working, I need music that has no singing, and that has little or no percussion. I did find Ambient Sleeping Pill, which has good stuff. But most of the other stuff I found has other genres mixed in with Ambient, like Chillout, New Age, or Electronica, which are OK if you’re just listening, but which makes it unsuitable to work by.
Of the “mixed genres” stations, these stand out:
Sven Radio originates out of the UK and plays Ambient, Chillout and New Age music. The selection is nice, and they are very “Green,” supporting Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth. In addition to an in-browser player, Sven Radio offers streaming through Winamp, Windows Media Player, RealPlayer, QuickTime, and iTunes. They also are available through TuneIn Radio Android App — Sven Radio is listed on there.
AnotherPlanet is dedicated to playing ambient, dark ambient, psychedelic and new age. In addition to an in-browser player, they stream through Flash Player, Winamp, Windows Media Player and QuickTime.
GhostBox Radio is “dedicated to dark ambient” but they also play downtempo and some solo piano. In addition to an in-browser player, they stream through Winamp, Windows Media Player, RealPlayer and QuickTime. However, they do station identifications about two to three times an hour, which may not bother you as much as it bothers me.
RePlayScapes offers two streams, “Ambient” and “Beat,” has an in-browser player and streams through Winamp, Windows Media Player, iTunes, and RealPlayer. As of this writing, the “Beat” stream is unavailable.
HBR1 Radio offers three streams: I.D.M. Tranceponder which offers Psychedelic, Progressive Trance and Full-on; Tronic Lounge which offers Tech House, Progressive House, Electro and Minimal; and Dream Factory, which offers Ambient, Chillout, Downbeat and Trance. HBR1 has an in-browser player, and allows streaming through iTunes, Winamp and Linux G-Streamer, or any other player that streams Ogg Vorbis or AAC+.
Of the “pure Ambient” streams I’ve listened to a lot, Major Ursa, Stillstream and Sleepbot are still going strong, and now that BlueMars and Radio Ultimae are down, these stations are getting heavy play while I’m working.