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Lux

Brian EnoAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (November 13, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warp Records
  • ASIN: B009H2PCNC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,722 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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LUX is Brian Eno's first solo album on Warp Records and his first solo release since 2005's Another Day On Earth. It finds him expanding upon the types of themes and sonic textures that were present on such classic albums as Music For Films, Music For Airports and Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks. Eno sees it as a continuation of his 'Music for Thinking' project that includes Discreet Music (1975) and Neroli (1993).

LUX is one of Eno's most ambitious works to date; it is a 76 minute composition in twelve sections that evolved from a work currently housed in the Great Gallery of the Palace of Venaria in Turin, Italy. The album is Eno's third for Warp, following Small Craft on a Milk Sea (with Jon Hopkins and Leo Abrahams) and Drums Between The Bells (with Rick Holland).

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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another lovely ambient journey from Mr. Eno November 13, 2012
Format:Audio CD
When the mood is right, there are few greater pleasures for me than traveling along with Brian Eno and submerging into one of his sparklingly beautiful ambient mindscapes. His newest, Lux, was designed to accompany an art installation in Turin, Italy, themed around "the play of light." The album is a series of four long pieces totaling about 1.2 hours. The structure is alternating and overlapping synth tones which seem to shimmer and hang in the air like the play of light that inspired the music. The music sounds fairly harmonious on its surface, but there is subtle tension lurking below, slightly more noticeable within "LUX 2" & "3." This would seem to be perfect music for experiencing an art installation, but it's also excellent as background music for working on the computer, reading a magazine, drinking a glass of wine, etc. Maybe for meditation, too, although I wonder if the subtle shifts in feeling might prove too distracting for that purpose.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music for Cemeteries (And Other Quiet Spaces.) November 15, 2012
By Starr
Format:MP3 Music
I LOVE this album and have been waiting with baited breath for a return to form.

"Lux" falls in with "Neroli" and "Thursday Afternoon," is autumnal in tone and would work nicely in headphones while sitting in and/or strolling through a sunlit cemetery that's bursting with foliage in the very early afternoon hours of a day off from work.

Though past outings such as "Drums Between the Bells" and "Small Craft on A Milk Sea" explore DIFFERENT sides of his muse, it's always been his more ambient efforts which have afforded me the opportunity to actually "listen" to myself.

I'm a hospital switchboard operator, so you can only imagine how my ears THIRST for THIS KIND of ear candy after an 8-hour shift of marathon-speaking, thinking, processing and typing. Thank you, Brian! :-)
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Measuring the intensity of light November 14, 2012
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As much as I enjoy the recent diversity of Eno's output, he is back to his bread and butter with "Lux." For well over a decade - as both "Most Played" and threadbare disc surface will attest- Eno's ambient "Thursday Afternoon" masterpiece has been a source of inspiration for me, a sort of soundtrack to my life. After giving Lux a turn, I can tell instantly that this work is bound to cast a similar spell. These 4, technically seperate tracks, actually comprise a whole. Deeply layered, subtle and at times haunting, There seems to be endless possibilities to explore here. I havent read any of the album credits (downloaded only the mp3 version so far), but it sounds as if Harold Budd or Harold Budd-esque piano work meanders through the work. Along with "Thursday Afternoon," my other favorite ambient album is the beautiful Budd & Eno, "The Pearl"; A haunting piece that uses heavy doses of acoustic piano, blending perfectly over Eno's meandering sonic scapes. Equally so here on "Lux" While written for a specific art installation, (as have so many of Eno's recent compositions) This work would seem to transcend a soundscape for a singular, particular piece of art. It has the quality-like all truly brilliant ambient pieces- to provide living music, useful in just about any and all situations throught the day. Sorry for rambling, but I just gave the album another spin and couldn't be happier with my purchase. Thank you Brian.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I just had to get that "Music for" line in the title. The sounds on "Lux" really do recall Eno's "Music for Airports" (Ambient 1, 1978) and his "Discreet Music" (Obscure no. 3, 1975) releases. Simple, slowly moving, sketches, based around, what I presume is a treated piano (credits just say "Written and Produced by Brian Eno", specifying "Additional Musicans" Leo Abrahams on Moog Guitar, and Neil Catchpole on Violins and Violas). The sustained dissolves and fades of single notes, at times bring to mind "Apollo", with its sense of calm and accompanying suspense.

The four tracks are almost anonymously titled, "Lux 1", "Lux 2", "Lux 3" and "Lux 4", each being close to 20 minutes long, with none actually hitting that mark. The disc could pleasantly run as a continuous loop, achieving the desired background music effect Eno descibed in the liner notes to "Discreet Music" (1975). "Lux" is taken from a composition by Eno for The Great Gallery of the Palace of Venaria, Turin, Italy. According to the website Volumina, "Brian Eno's sound installation '12 Seasons, Music for the Great Gallery of the Palace of Venaria' was created expressly for the Great Gallery of the Reggia di Venaria. The sound installation created by Brian Eno explores the possible aesthetics offered by new technology in relation to the ambient, with a series of musical movements which stratify into each other. To take full advantage of the acoustic characteristics of the Great Gallery, Eno worked directly inside the room in order to obtain the proper balance between the sounds and the acoustic reverberations.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If your're not a fan already ... February 1, 2013
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If the name "Brian Eno" doesn't mean anything to you, then you need read no further. If you're not already a fan, you need not read any further.

But ... if you DO know his work, if you're interested in intelligent, thoughtful music, if you've any idea who coined the term "ambient music," then this recording is one more destination in the long journey and make sure to book your room for a long and enjoyable stay.

Eno's ambient works have been plots on a helix, taunting us sometimes with the sense of having heard bits before, only realize that we haven't and he's fooled us again with his mastery of timbre and texture. In a recent interview with fellow audio adventurer Laurie Anderson, Laurie asked him if he'd ever composed music for an elevator (hinting at the criticism aimed at ambient music as being fit for elevators, while alluding to his "Music for Airports"), Brian's response was that it would need to be a very long elevator. But oh, what a ride it would be...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Yoga or meditation background
Brian Eno is reputedly a major factor in music but I am still trying to find out why. This album is one anyone with a set of bells could have made. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Steven E. Blake
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Lux
One of his best, could listen to it every day without getting tired of it.
Published 29 days ago by Craigaleo
4.0 out of 5 stars To Listen or not to Listen!
I have been a fan of Eno for years having first been introduced to him through Roxy Music and his solo efforts such as “Another Green World. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Gerry Matthews
4.0 out of 5 stars (almost classic) Eno
more like Plateaux of Mirror than Another Green World (my all time favorite) -- still another highly enjoyable Eno creation
Published 4 months ago by Phyllis A Monahan
4.0 out of 5 stars ambient soundscapes
A collection of ambient soundscapes. Eno is a "master of the ethos" of ambient music, art for the ears. Simply beautiful.
Published 5 months ago by CanadaGoose
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Eno's "busier" ambient works
The "quality" of any given Ambient composition is subject to the person - it's all in the ear of the beholder. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Bobby W.
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT moods here....
EXCELLENT Recording by Brian Eno. This is a most curious recording as it appears to have the best parts of Ambient 1, Shutov Assembly and Ambient 4.... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Christopher M. Combs
5.0 out of 5 stars More original
Brian Eno always steps it up in Ambient music. I never heard a CD that has better quality than this. There might be a few clipping or fuzzing parts during "LUX 2". Read more
Published 7 months ago by John
2.0 out of 5 stars Now you can be Eno!
For all of you Brian Eno nerds out there - you too can be Brian Eno w/ these iPad apps. Just sayin'.
Trope, Bloom, Air. All designed be Eno.
Published 8 months ago by Gabriel P Douge
5.0 out of 5 stars Eno is a Genius
The vast territories of Brain Eno are again surveyed.
Another great piece of work from a total original. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Wayne Rizzo
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