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Ambient 3: Day of Radiance
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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.
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.
No.'s 4+5 are the highlights.
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.
"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.Read more ›
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[smiles]... Just reflect on when it was made and released then understand why it belongs in the recording library of all of those drawn to harmonics, electronics, Eno and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Gary J. Figueroa
The most unusual in that it is essentially a Laraaji album with Eno doing little more than producing the music. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Lee Wrecker
I have mentioned before that you have to be in the mood for ambient music - otherwise it is pretty repetitive and about as exciting as watching paint dry. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Nick Pusloskie
Ambient 1 and 2 are wonderful. Ambient 3 is horrible. Someone was laughing all the way to the bank with this one. Grab an instrument, play a phrase, repeat for 15 minutes. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Glinda Good
With this and Ambient 2: Plateaux Of Mirror I have now completed my AMBIENT series from Eno and friends. This is definitely the most interesting of the four. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Craig Houchin
This album is almost 35 years old now and it continues to withstand the test of time. The third of four of Eno's Ambient series, this one is the most uplifting, with Laraaji's... Read morePublished 22 months ago by M. Leger
Third in a series of ambient music from Brian Eno, Compositions this time are created from a dulcimer by Laraaji and Brian Eno manipulating in the studio. Read morePublished on May 9, 2013 by king arthur
But it is uber-beautiful. It's like there are a hundred harps/dulcimers just cascading around you. It is such an incredible style of recording/playing that I looked around for... Read morePublished on March 1, 2012 by Jared Jennings