I created the "New Industrial" manifesto in order to encourage artists to use field recordings of the city in atmospheric compositions. To accomplish this, I also invited folks to the "New Industrial" Remix Project. Now we have more than 2 hours of music, using only field-recorded sounds of urban environments as source material. Feel free to surf in to have a listen $3 for 2 hours of original industrial/atmospheric music.
The question has been raised-- when I talk about "New Industrial", it sounds like I am talking about ambient music. Why not just call it ambient? I have no problems agreeing that a music of the city can have ambient qualities-- though the sounds I am looking for tend to be harsher and less synthetic than most ambient sounds. I think that die-hard enthusiasts of, say, Steve Roach or Robert Rich, would probably find the sounds coming in for the "New Industrial Remix Project" to be harsh and noisy. So, one reason I don't call it ambient is because I think ambient fans would reject that moniker if they listened. "Atmospheric" seems a more appropriate quality of "New Industrial" in that certain specific atmospheres are connoted/created. In the end, I am not hung up on what you call it, anyway, I just want to hear more of it.
Industrial music has changed since its inception, and a new variety has emerged that uses sounds from urban centers as its aesthetic in different ways, often without loud guitars or drum machines. Many of these pieces use actual recordings harvested in cities.