The Joys Of Ambient Noise (And A Beautiful New App For It)

I wish I was one of those people who could listen to music while I was working, but I just can't (if you ever come across random 4 Non Blondes lyrics spliced into my posts, now you know why). I've found solace, however, in ambient music.

The handful of ambient albums I have in my iTunes are far and away my most played files - my favourites are Gas's Pop, Brian Eno's Music for Airports, and Enno Velthuys's A Glimpse of Light - and I play them on repeat when I'm writing, reading or falling asleep. But I'm always looking for new, soothing stuff.

That's why I was pleased to see Ambiance, a gorgeous new Adobe Air app that serves as a slick front end for files from the Free Sound project, an extensive archive of high quality ambient files. The desktop app is $US10, and simpler mobile versions for iOS, Android and Blackberry are a buck a pop. An easy, nice-looking way to put a vast repository of relaxing sounds at your fingertips. That's one less excuse to be distracted! [Ambiance via BoingBoing]