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    • CommentAuthorjohannes
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2009
    I'm looking for slow to mid-tempo, moody and emotional, instrumental or electronic music.
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    Lustmord! Dark ambient all the way.
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    Bear McCreary's soundtracks to "Battlestar Galactica" are quite good. Actually, I started watching the show after seeing him perform live. Some great moody, dark suites in his body of work.

    Arvo Part is a revelation. His latest "In Principio" is just beautiful.

    E.S. Postuhumus is wonderful as well. You'll likely find pieces that have been used in every movie trailer ever. Some of it more uptempo than you're looking for, but the slower stuff really pulsates.

    Brian Tyler's Soundtrack to "Children of Dune" has a track called "Inara Sharif", where he recreated the language from Herbert's books to make a choral section. The instrumental stuff is top notch on there too.

    GSYBE, Burial, might be out of your tonal range but always worth mentioning. East hastings by GSYBE is pretty marvelous.
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    Amiina is also good, I've got one album of theirs Kurr, and it's very very good.

    There's also Kangaroo Moon, which is kind of like psychadelic electronic folk. It's quite good.

    There's free jazz too, if your mood swings that way, most of the stuff I have has vocals though, although it's more like barks and grunts and howls, so you might still be able to consider it instrumental.
    • CommentAuthorchris g
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2009
    have you gottin NIN - Ghosts yet? It's great
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    Kemper Norton Have two free EPs up on their blog, and amazingly good, I enjoyed these two a lot.
      CommentAuthorAdmiral Neck
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2009 edited
    Alexandre Desplat's soundtrack to Jonathan Glazer's Birth is moody and beautiful. It's one of my favourite soundtracks ever. It's a bit hard to track down, but it's worth the effort.

    ETA: Actually, here it is. Some of it is a peppier tempo than you may be looking for, but there's some very minimalist slow stuff, a mixture of orchestral instrumentation and electronic mooing. It makes sense when you hear it. Watch the movie, too. It's hugely underrated.
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2009 edited
    God Speed You! Black Emperor does the job pretty well for me.

    YES on the Arvo Part. I love his work.
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2009
      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2009
    Two words - Astor Piazolla. Lotsa tangos. Very awesome. Tango Zero probably the best (my favorite).

    Charles Mingus? Too melodic? Not moody enough?

    SCORN and COIL might be TOO moody.

    I'll be back with more.
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    May I shamelessly shill my own work in this arena?

    Failing that, you may like the Dirty Three, featuring The Other Warren Ellis That Plays Violin.
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    I second Mogwai. While they have some great music, CHRISTMAS STEPS is one of my "songs of catharsis" when I need to beat back the bad days.

    And while it's not always practical, it's magick is best at a healthy, robust volume.

    Wait until about the four-minute mark when it really kicks in.
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    I second Scorn, Coil and Singularity Jones. And add to my list Ah Cama Sotz, and Job Karma.

    Job Karma have some amazing visuals too.

    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2009 edited
    I would suggest nest which is acoustic pastoral/pagan folk and bohren & der club of gore which is very slow* moody jazz (like blade runner only slower, minimaler and cooler).

    *glacial even, but compelling.
    • CommentTimeMar 6th 2009 edited
    Kaada/Mike Patton - 'Romances'
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    Beefcake "Drei"

    Boards of Canada's "The Campfire Headphase" (you probably have that one already though)

    Chris Clark "Empty The Bones Of You"

    anything by Godspeed You Black Emperor (you probably have that as well)

    Nick Cave & Warren Ellis' soundtrack to "The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford"

    Venetian Snares' "My Downfall (Original Soundtrack)"
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    Nick Cave & Warren Ellis' soundtrack to "The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford"


    That is EXCELLENT. Nick cave's soundtrack to "The Proposition" is a sparse and worthy listen as well
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    Any Howard Shore soundtrack for Cronenberg, especially Crash.
    Philip Glass? No-one's mentioned Glass yet? (I especially love the 'qatsi s/tracks and Candyman. I understand he also did some opera stuff...)
    Dead Can Dance. Avoid the bits where Brendan Perry sings, lose yourself in it when Lisa Gerrard sings.

    The Fountain soundtrack. That's Clint Mansell and Mogwai, working with the Kronos Quartet. Biggest track on it, Death is the road to Awe, is a twelve-minute tantric orgasm. And if you're actually doing tantric orgasms at the time... well, words don't do justice.

    Most of what I listen to are soundtracks, when I want instrumental works. Top films besides the above - Peter Gabriel's Last Temptation of Christ, James Horner's Name of the Rose, Tangerine Dream's Near Dark and Sorcerer, Kenji Kawai's Ghost in the shell 1&2, Tom Twyker's Perfume and Run Lola Run, Michael Nyman's Gattica (his least clangy score!). And I have a deep love for the best Batman score ever - Shirley Walker's Mask of the Phantasm.

    Personally, Boards of Canada just give me a headache...
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    Nick cave's soundtrack to "The Proposition" is a sparse and worthy listen as well.

    yeah I love that one too! I didn't list it because it has a little bit of vocals in it. I think Nick Cave is doing some of his best work right now.
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    Flintglass - Nyarlahotep is a fantastic moody ambient\dark ambient album too. Well worth checking out.