David Bowie, Japan, David Sylvian, Yellow Magic Orchestra, Ryuichi Sakamoto
Ambient + Popular Music + Krautrock = Ambient Pop
Is a musical genre that developed in the 1980s as an extension of the dream pop movement. It merges structures that are common to conventional pop music with "electronic textures and atmospheres that mirror the hypnotic, meditative qualities of ambient music". Ambient pop employs the lock-groove melodies of Krautrock as an influence. Despite being an extension of the dream pop movement, it is distinguished by its adoption of "contemporary electronic idioms, including sampling, although for the most part live instruments continue to define the sound".