Label: EG - EGSC-201 • Series: Ambient - 1 • Format: Cassette Album C25 • Country: US • Genre: Electronic • Style: Ambient
The album consists of four compositions created by layering tape loops of differing lengths, and was designed to be continuously looped as a sound installationwith the intent of defusing the tense, anxious atmosphere of an airport terminal. Music for Airports was the first of four albums released in Eno's Ambient series, a term which he coined to describe music "as ignorable as it is Psilocybe - Ray Daytona & Googoobombos - Caballero that would "induce calm and a space to think.
In the mids, Eno had started to expand his style from pop and glam rock towards more quiet and unobtrusive music, starting with the releases Evening Starwhich he made with King Crimson guitarist Robert Frippand Discreet Musichis fourth solo album.
By JuneEno had recorded an album of music "designed for airports". The music was designed to be continuously looped as a sound installation, with the intent of defusing the tense, anxious atmosphere of an airport terminal by avoiding the derivative and familiar elements of typical " canned music ".
To achieve this, Eno sought to create music that would "accommodate many levels of listening attention without enforcing one in particular; it must be as ignorable as it is interesting. The album marked the beginning of Eno's "Ambient" series of albums, conceived with the intent to "produce original pieces ostensibly but not exclusively for particular times and situations with a view to building up a small but versatile catalogue of environmental music suited to a wide variety of moods and atmospheres.
Music for Airports employs the phasing of tape loops of different lengths. Subtle changes in timing Just Rewards - Napalm Death - Diatribes, adding to the timbre of the pieces. Eno explains of the vocal-only piece:. PopMatters journalist John Davidson was enthusiastic in a retrospective review, deeming Ambient 1 a masterpiece whose value "can only be appreciated by listening 1/2 - Brian Eno - Ambient 1 (Music For Airports) it in a variety of moods and settings.
Then you are likely struck by how the music allows your mind the space to breathe", Davidson wrote, "and in doing so, adapts itself to your mood".
Considine wrote in The Rolling Stone Album Guide that the record defined the ambient aesthetic while providing a name for the genre. The track labelling refers to the album's first release as an LPand so the first track means "first track, first side", and so on. The album's back cover features four abstract graphic notation images, one for each track. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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I couldn't hear the musicians very well at the time, and I'm sure they couldn't hear each other, but listening back, later, I found this very short section of tape where two pianos, unbeknownst to each other, played melodic lines that interlocked in an interesting way. To make a piece of music out of it, I cut that part out, made a stereo loop on the track, then I discovered I liked it best at half speed, so the instruments sounded very soft, and the whole movement was very slow.
There are sung notes, sung by three women and myself. It is in fact a long loop running around a series of tubular aluminum chairs in Conny Plank's studio. So this is the piece moving along in time. Your experience of the piece of course is a moment in time, there. So as the piece progresses, what you hear are the various clusterings and configurations of these six basic elements.
The basic elements in that particular piece never change. They stay the same. But the piece does appear to have quite a lot of variety. Christgau's Record Guide. B . Encyclopedia of Popular Music. The Rolling Stone Album Guide. Spin Alternative Record Guide.
Total length:. Lasts in the "Working Backwards" box edition and on the CD.
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