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Ambient 3: Day of Radiance

4.5 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 5, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Astralwerks
  • ASIN: B000003S2N
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,582 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"Music for airport" was unobstructive music, Ambeint 2 was music to travel to, Ambient 4 was a tour into sound of the silence ... and Day of Radiance was a tour into the ancient world of Buddhisim.
The repetive strings of Laraaji in the dance tracks are like the chants of the Buddhist monk, music in seemily noise. Rythmes in non Rythmes. While Meditation is exactly that ... a buddhist believe in peace in focusing on a single point words or chant ...
After reading much criticisim of the album, I almost gave up buying it, but to complete my collection of Brian Eno's Ambient series, I took the risk. And I am glad I did it.
Brian Eno's Ambient series was the most exciting project in Music history. The journey reflects how music playes in unconventional ways could inspire, Brian Eno has been challendging all music listeners with the project, so for one to criticise the DOR is not understanding Brian Eno's intent.
Truely, the tracks are more unorganised and could border on the line of noise, but its a challendge to the listeners to listen to the music behind the noise, and then it evolves to a journey into mediation and of course then to total silence in Ambient 4.
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Stunning! I don't agree with the people who claim this is the weakest album in the Ambient series. I find this one to be so utterly beautiful and exciting. Day of Radiance is such an appropriate name for this album. Laraaji has a way of constructing complex and fast melodies that yet retain a remarkable sense of space. Melodies within melodies. Higly recommended!
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This is by far the oddest entry in Brian Eno's series of four albums with "Ambient" in their title. For one thing, it's credited to Laraaji, not Laraaji and Eno. For another, the sound isn't dominated by keyboards and synths but rather by Laraaji's dulcimer (on the three "The Dance" tracks) and zither backed by dulcimer (on the two "Meditation" pieces.

Eno's role here is one of producer and supplier of various "treatments" to alter the sounds Laraaji is making; those treatments include delay and phasing. Thus, it's understandable that Eno did not take more credit, as he doesn't really "play" on this album. By contrast, he plays synthesizer and a few other instruments on "The Plateaux of Mirror," the second in the "Ambient" series, while his partner on that record, Harold Budd, plays piano and electric piano.

I think "Day of Radiance" is a bit harder to listen to than the other three "Ambient" series records. Then again, listening to ANY of the four albums with one's full attention isn't really the idea -- Eno himself stated that these ambient albums should be as ignorable as they are listenable. I always find, listening to any of them, that a phrase or particular sound will grab my attention, then I will be focusing on my writing or whatever it is I'm doing at the time, then another sound will pull me back in again, and so on. My attention sharpens, dissolves, re-focuses ... and so on. Which was exactly Eno's intent.

This is beautiful, strange, haunting music. If at times it ends up being nothing more than sonic wallpaper, well, again, that was the artist's and the producer's intent.
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I really can recommend this album as one of my favourite CD's. The outstanding beauty of this music, the healing and relaxing sound of Laraaji's harp is somehow incompareable. Listen to this music when you soul needs some rest, switch your CD player on "repeat" and let the vibes of these sounds fill you rooms.
No.'s 4+5 are the highlights.
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When I first had this album I played it all the time - it made the sun shine even when it wasn't.
The zither(?) player, Laraaji, produced by Brian Eno. Unusual, and classic, shimmering, ambient music.
When I lost the album I had to purchase it again.
This is one I always want to have around to brighten even the sunniest day.
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Brian Eno's first two Ambient releases featured music so subtle that they manage to occupy that jerky, distracted layer of consciousness that often disrupts concentration or pointed focus on an element of cognition. Though still qualifying as "music" in the typical sense, the albums didn't really require active listening to achieve a satisfactory effect. They seemed to encase the listener in an invisible wall of sonic ease that arguably heightens awareness and quells agitated minds. The proportion of music to effect remains intense throughout.

"Ambient 3: Day of Radiance" marks a slight shift in the subtlety of the series. Though still meditative, hypnotic and intense, many listeners may find this music harder to slip into the background. Here layers of overdubbed, and sometimes "treated," dulcimers and zithers fall down like a gentle rain in steady rhythms that draw in the listener's attention to a larger extent than Ambient 1 or 2.

This rings especially true for the three "Dance" tracks. The repetition of the dulcimer strikes overlayed just enough to not sound cacophonous but not enough to sound exactly synchronized evokes rain falling at various distances, and at slightly kiltered timings, from the listener. This produces an encasing effect that invites a direct submergence into the music itself. It attracts attention. At times a slight flange eases in and out of the mix, providing enough variety to keep the music in focus. "The Dance #1" and "The Dance #2" sound very similar in this regard. The much shorter "The Dance #3" sounds more tentative and reserved, as though the rain were questioning why it decided to fall at this particular place and time.

The final "Meditation" tracks return to more familiar Ambient moods.
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