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|Stylistic origins||Ambient music
|Cultural origins||Early 1990s, Europe|
|Dark ambient - Ambient music artists - List of electronic music genres|
Isolationism is a style of dark ambient music prominent in the 1990s. The term was coined by British musician Kevin Martin. Journalist David Segal referred to it as "ambient's sinister, antisocial cousin".
The term "isolationalism", as a music genre, first appeared in print in a September 1993 issue of The Wire magazine, describing a form of fractured, subdued music that "pushed away" listeners. The author of the article was British musician Kevin Martin, then known for his projects GOD and Techno Animal. John Everall, owner of the Sentrax label, places the origins of "Isolationist" music in early industrial groups, krautrock, ambient music and experimental composers such John Cage, non-experimental composers such as Karlheinz Stockhausen, and others.
I really didn't know what was meant by Isolationism [...], because it encompassed this broad spectrum of music that ranged from Ambient to avant garde music to even something more aggressive -- like the Japanese Noise scene. [...] Isolationism was a Virgin compilation and it needed a marketing angle. And [compiler] Kevin Martin was definitely responsible for exposing a really large amount of people to music that would otherwise have gone unnoticed, so I guess it's not all bad.
- Plotkin, James (2009). "Invisible Jukebox," interview with Phil Freeman. The Wire, 300, 22–25.
- Segal, David (1995). Isolationism: Going Somewhere Vast. Alternative Press, 81, 35–37.
- The Wire 20 (2002). The Wire, 225, 42–51.[full citation needed]
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