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The Ambient Temple of Imagination is an open collective dedicated to activating the world's imagination through experimentation.

Part ambient-trance group, part holistic listening-music healers, ATOI's Mystery School project was founded in 1992 by Richard Sun and Seofon in San Francisco as they pioneered chill-out sound environments for raves around the area. With introspective chill spaces, ritual performance art, and spoken-word poetry, ATOI focused on the public ceremonial exploration of magick and sound.

As the ambient-house style entered dance music as… read more

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  • Avatar for Iron_Storm
    stuck on Y2KAOS.. perfect stuff
  • Avatar for AtoiMs
    All releases now available at
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    We just published the remastered version of "Sonic Acupuncture" here and on the ATOI website - so that completes the set! Enjoy. Lux, 777
  • Avatar for chrisxanthus
    Anyone who thinks ATOI is ordinary isn't really listening. They have been blowing my mind since 1995.
  • Avatar for AtoiMs
    Thanks for your comments, everyone! It's pleasing to think that Richard did capture some magickal moments with his lineup in the 1990s, and we hope that ATOI will be back soon with some new collaborators and sounds. It's certainly fair to accuse ATOI of pretense, as we always felt it important to speak without reservation about the things that excite and inspire us. We do feel that experimentation is at the heart of ambient music (cf. the podcast, link below). However, since ATOI is not a "band," our statements are intended apply to ambient music as a whole rather than exclusively to our own offerings. If our recordings don't take you beyond the ordinary, find some stuff that does and let us know about it!
  • Avatar for Zypraxa
    Experimentation? It just sounds like ordinary ambient music to me. It's good though. Hasn't "activated my imagination", really... man these pretentious descriptions suck. :|
  • Avatar for novagiant
    Food for the mind. Deep aural ambience with a fourth dimensional frequency that opens a doorway to the body's state of bliss.
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    The history of ATOI: Seofon explores the origins, ideas, and music of the Ambient Temple of Imagination (ATOI) through interviews and audio tracks. -
  • Avatar for daz_poison
    Доставляет. За что люблю экспериментальный эмбиент , так это отсутствие каких=либо рамок и правил. Здесь психоделическая атмосфера переплитается с тёмными сторонами бытия, а временами можна встерить атмосферные , небесно чистые, бесконечные и невообразимо объёмные звуковые партии подкреплённые лёгкими гипнотизирующими даунтемповыми ритмами. Она излучает , излучает ослепительно белый свет. (ЗЫ : слушаю сейчас Star Flesh Of Nuit)/

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