I like to make Spotify playlists. 

Ambient:

8 Hour Gentle Ambient Playlist – 8 hours and 100+ tracks of gentle ambient music by Mark Rushton for working, concentrating, meditating, driving, creating art…

The Best of Ambient Rushton in an Hour – 20 shorter ambient tracks I’ve created over the years that I hope you’ll enjoy.

2 Hours of Ambient – A few carry overs from the first list, along with other ambient pieces.

4 Hours of Ambient Rushton – When you need to get through that morning or afternoon at work, or you’re working on a special project.

Long Ambient Instrumental Tracks – Over 7 hours of instrumental ambient tracks by Mark Rushton for background sounds, meditation, helping with concentration, yoga, studying, sleeping, working, white noise, etc.

Short Ambient Electronic Tracks by Mark Rushton – Over 40 of my “bite-sized” ambient musical compositions.

Ambient Dreams – a Playlist by Mark Rushton – ambient music playlist with field recordings mixed in.

Nature Sounds:

Rain and Thunder – 8 Hours – Raining and Thunderstorms8 hours long .  Real rain.  Real thunder.  Real storms.  Nothing is computer generated or looped.

8 Hours of Rain Sounds – 8 hours of actual rain sounds to get you through your work day, sleeping at night, white noise in the background, meditation, relaxation, etc.

Rain Sounds – 12 Hours Long – 12 hours of real rain sounds, thunderstorms, rain with birds chirping and overnight rains.

Nature Sounds by Linder Valley – variety pack – Wind, rain, birds, thunder, wind chimes.  50 tracks and over 5 hours from one of my “field recording” monikers.

24 Hours of Rain and Thunder and Thunderstorm Sounds – 24 hours of rain sounds.  A full day.  No repeats.  All real rain and thunderstorm sounds recorded during day and night.

Downtempo / Beats / Electronic:

Low Fi Beats Style Instrumental Electronic Music: Mark Rushton in various disguises over the years making beat-oriented electronic instrumental music in a downtempo style.

A Variety of Music:

2019 Picks by DJ Rushton - If I had a radio show in 2019, I'd be playing this blend of pop, ambient, electronic, rock, and jazz that I discovered over the year: Daniel Diaz, Chihei Hatakeyama, Tycho, William Basinski, Deaf Center, Nils Frahm, Guided by Voices, Phil Kuhlenbeck, Kevin Gates featuring Moneybagg Yo, Ferry Crosten, Bendik Giske, r beny, Bjollukor Tonlistarskoli Reykjanesbaejar, The Sight Below, Electric Kitchen, Pet Shop Boys, Augustus Pablo, Susumu Yokata, and Tanpura Express.

2018 Picks by DJ Rushton – New music in 2018 that I liked.  So far:  The OO-Ray, Dubstar, Noveller, Vinyl Williams, Scott Tuma, Synthikat, OMD, Damien Jurado, Alvvays, Jon Hopkins, David Kollar + Arve Henriksen, Nick Lowe, Chris Carter, Japanese Breakfast, Tycho + Poolside, Peter Hook & The Light, Beaches, Guided by Voices, Virtual Self, Jon Hassell, ikjoyce, Pendulum + Moby, Wooden Shjips.

2017 Picks by DJ Rushton – New music in 2017 that I liked.  Featuring The Breeders, Magnetic Fields, Slowdive, The Clientele, Purity Ring, Alvvays, Wire, The Church, Mary Epworth, Lindstrom, Low Island, Grandaddy, Goldfrapp, John Maus, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Robyn Hitchcock, Barry Adamson, Holy Fuck, Pere Ubu, The Fall, Alexis Taylor featuring Green Gartside, Laraaji, Big Thief, Ulrich Schnauss, The Shins, The Horrors, Saint Etienne, The Jesus & Mary Chain, De Lux, New Pornographers, Vinyl Williams, Guided by Voices, Biosphere, Kauf, Washed Out, Toaster, Gary Numan, Moon Duo, Ariel Pink, Chaz Bundick, Josefin Ohrn, and Deafcult.

Ambient for Thinking – Ambient and electronic instrumental compilation featuring music by Loscil, Christopher Willits, Aphex Twin, William Basinski, Mark Rushton, The OO-Ray, David Sylvian & Stephan Mathieu,  r beny, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Harold Budd, Robin Guthrie, Noveller, John Foxx, Brian Eno, Cluster, Tim Hecker, and many others.

Idiosyncratic Pop Playlist - Music that enters my head, or stuff I've heard at the grocery store, hardware store, and dentist office, etc. It might be a great tune, something I haven't heard in a while, or the right song at the right moment. Or it might be a song I don't like but can't shake: Gary Numan, Portugal. The Man, Ariel Pink, Bananarama, Bow Wow Wow, Pixies, The Cure, Robert Palmer, The Meters, Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians, Pulp, Prefab Sprout, Dick Haymes, Shirley Ellis, Althea and Donna, Marshall Crenshaw, Heatwave, Oasis, Daryl Hall & John Oates, OMD, Paul Simon, The Beach Boys, U2, REM, The Smiths, The Mamas & The Papas, Joy Division, Madonna.

Alternative Pop #1 by DJ Rushton – Julian Cope, Air, David Sylvian, Cabaret Voltaire, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Killing Jokes, Tamaryn, Ariel Pink, Kurt Vile, CAN, Wire, Pet Shop Boys, Guided by Voices, Neko Case, Scott Walker, Ultravox, Bill Nelson, Pete Shelley, Howard Devoto, Dum Dum Girls, New Pornographers, Super Furry Animals, Grandaddy, Beta Band, St. Vincent, Beach House, John Maus, New Order, Simple Minds, The Smiths, Paul Simon, Stereolab, Cocteau Twins, Scritti Politti, The Clash

Lost Alternative #1 – curated by Mark Rushton – John Foxx-era Ultravox, Shriekback, Ladytron, Yello + Billy Mackenzie, Prefab Sprout, The Church, Wire, PiL, Bryan Ferry, Scott Walker, Bill Nelson, The Clientele, Pure Bathing Culture, Orange Juice, Daniel Lanois, Pulp, Scritti Politti, Lush, Atlas Sound + Laetita Sadier, Simple Minds, Stereolab, The Fall, Pictureplane, David Bowie, Follakzoid, Gang of Four, The Magnetic Fields, Camera Obscura, Guided by Voices, Grandaddy, Joni Mitchell, The Associates, Roxy Music, Brian Eno + John Cale, The Modern Lovers

The Sound of the Disquiet Junto Participants – Tracks by artists who have contributed to the Disquiet Junto over the years.  Not necessarily Junto-related tracks.  Featuring Punjabi Tea House, Toaster, Ghost Signs, Matt Borghi, severism, Manitou, Mark Rushton, The Bell Mechanical, The OO-Ray, Cinchel, Bad Trails, Nate Trier, Ambient Matyk, and Joe McMahon.

2016 Grab Bag by Mark Rushton – New or new-to-me music in 2016.  Featuring Ulrich Schnauss, Toaster, Pure Bathing Culture, Vinyl Williams, Prince Rama, Beyond the Wizards Sleeve, Yello, Innerspace Orchestra, Stone Roses, Dave Douglas, Tomemitsu, Wussy, David Bowie, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Paul Simon, Damien Jurado, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Luigi Tozzi, Teleman, Nonkeen, The Bell Mechanical, Pet Shop Boys, Lush, Wire, The Church, Leo Abrahams, Super Furry Animals, Divine Fits, Case lang Viers, Pantha Du Prince, The Clientele, Peals, Orcas, No Joy, Unloved, Underworld, Daniel Lanois, and TVAM.

Moon Playlist, curated by Mark Rushton.  Songs with Moon in the title or about the Moon, from a wide range of artists:  The Magnetic Fields, Nick Drake, John Maus, Pat Metheny & Charlie Haden, Bill Nelson, Beck, The Police, Van Morrison, Andy Williams, Frank Sinatra with Count Basic, Stan Getz & Astrud Gilberto, Foals, David Sylvian, Simple Minds, Norah Jones, David Bowie, Stereolab, Neko Case, Yello, Billy Mackenzie, Dean Martin, REM, Echo & The Bunnymen, My Bloody Valentine, and Molly Nilsson.  This playlist will change over time.

3 Hours of Alt-Old Alt-New – three hours of adult alternative, indie, oldies, new music, electronic, pop ambient, jazz, singer songwriter, hard rock, things I’ve discovered over the year, forgotten music.  Currently featuring David Bowie, Beach House, The Church, John Foxx-era Ultravox, The New Pornographers, Kurt Vile, Broadcast, The OO-Ray, CAN, Super Furry Animals, Pet Shop Boys, Wire, Stereolab, Divine Comedy, Fennesz, Cocteau Twins, Big Data w/ Joywave, Killing Joke, Royksopp, Shriekback, Dave Douglas, Scott Walker, John Maus, Damien Jurado, Gomez, the Beta Band, Ulrich Schnauss, Grinderman, Bryan Ferry, David Sylvian, New Order, Ladytron, Prefab Sprout, XTC, Fischerspooner, Conduits, A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and Mat Zo.  This playlist may change over time.

Discovery Weekly for Mark Rushton by Spotify – this changes every week, tailored to my alleged tastes.  I’ve found some good previously undiscovered nuggets in here over time, but there’s a lot of stuff I’m indifferent to or just don’t want to hear again.

2014 to 2015 by Mark Rushton – stuff I picked up on from late 2014 into 2015, mostly from Soundhound in stores or on SiriusXM. Father John Misty, Bryan Ferry, Grinderman, Super Furry Animals, Courtney Barnett, Guided by Voices, The Shins, Beck, TV on the Radio, Lia Ices, Lorde, Morrissey, Friendly Fires, John Foxx & Robin Guthrie, Dum Dum Girls, Broods, Holy Fuck, Knightlife, Purity Ring, Best Coast, Jason Lytle, The New Pornographers, Borns, Tame Impala, Twin River, Alvvays, Dear Rouge.

60-1 – a playlist curated by Mark Rushton – Alt pop from a little further out.  Scott Walker, Pulp, Broadcast, CAN, Cocteau Twins, Destroyer, Guided by Voices, Scritti Politti, Prefab Sprout, Shriekback, Royksopp, Ladytron, Ulrich Schnauss, Air, Kurt Vile, Goldfrapp, David Sylvian, Courtney Barnett, Temples, Steve Mason, The Shins, Lower Dens, Lush, Wire, Damien Jurado, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Atlas Sound with Laetita Sadier, Beck, Gomez, Divine Comedy,

Alternative to the Early 80’s – tracks I played on my public radio show in the early to mid 1980s while in high school in Des Moines, Iowa.  Over 200 songs and 14 hours of music featuring Cocteau Twins, The Stranglers, XTC, OMD, Echo & The Bunnymen, New Order, The The, The Jam, Style Council, Specials, Japan, Heaven 17, Ultravox, Bronski Beat, Yazoo, Cabaret Voltaire, Bauhaus, The Associates, Killing Jokes, Minutemen, Fear, Black Flag, Chrome, Visage, Blancmange, Simple Minds, China Crisis, Roxy Music, Pretenders, The Smiths, The Cure, Southern Death Cult, The Church, REM, Waterboys, Elvis Costello, U2, Replacements, Jesus & Mary Chain, Joy Division, Bill Nelson, The Passage, The Gist, Everything but the Girl, Squeeze, Red Hot Chili Peppers, PiL, Ministry, Howard Devoto, Fun Boy Three, Shriekback, Depeche Mode, Art of Noise, Colourbox, X, English Beat, Wall of Voodoo, Pere Ubu, UB40, David Sylvian, Scritti Politti, Orange Juice, Flipper, Pete Shelley, Fad Gadget, Rain Parade, and more.

Spotify-curated Playlists:

Deep Sleep – Drift into a deep sleep with these beautiful ambient tracks.

Lava Lamp – Contemplate the universe in a bottle of friendly colored magma.

Exospheres – Experimental and Ambient music today.

Dreamy Vibes – Hypnotic bliss.

Ambient Chill – Drift away with some easy ambient music.

Deep Focus – Keep calm and focus on atmospheric music.

Virtual Reality – Welcome, you belong here.

Minimalism

Atmospheric Calm

Playlists By Listeners

Stasis Report – Ambient currents + Current ambient + a playlist from Disquiet.com

Stasis Archives – Repository of past ambient music tracks from the Stasis Report playlist

The Katjitsu Playlist