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Music for Films [Original recording remastered]

Brian Eno Audio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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“In the early seventies I found myself preferring film soundtracks to most other types of records. What drew me to them was their sensuality and unfinished-ness - in the absence of the film they invited you, the listener, to complete them in your mind. If you hadn't even seen the film, the music remained evocative - like the lingering perfume of somebody who's just left a room ... Read more in Amazon's Brian Eno Store

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  • Performer: Brian Eno
  • Audio CD (March 22, 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Astralwerks
  • ASIN: B0007GFFVQ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,484 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Aragon
2. From The Same Hill
3. Inland Sea
4. Two Rapid Formations
5. Slow Water
6. Sparrowfall (I)
7. Sparrowfall (II)
8. Sparrowfall (III)
9. Alternative 3
10. Quartz
11. Events In Dense Fog
12. 'There Is Nobody'
13. Patrolling Wire Borders
14. A Measured Room
15. Task Force
16. M386
17. Strange Light
18. Final Sunset

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John Cale and Phil Collins are among those who joined Eno in the studio for these innovative mid-to-late-'70s sound experiments: Strange Light; Sparrowfall; Inland Sea; Quartz; There Is Nobody; Aragon , and more!

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! March 28, 2005
By Blobby
Format:Audio CD
I've bought a few of the other Eno Remasters and while they're better than the original CDs they might not be worth the price unless you're a completist or an audiophile. This CD is an exception. I've always disliked the original CD version with its distortion and sound as if heard through cotton batts. This remaster is lightyears away from the original CD. It is crisp and clear and spacious. I hear things I've never heard before. It is amazing. If you like the original--run, don't walk to get this.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The godfather of ambient :) May 19, 2000
By stu
Format:Audio CD
It's amazing to think that this was recorded in 1978. It sounds timeless. This must have exercised a huge influence on the whole generation of ambient music that appeared in the following two decades, but still sounds more interesting than most.
While sonically similar to Music for Airports, the very brevity of the tracks here works in its favour. None outstay their welcome, whereas with MfA, one's mind pretty quickly wanders (though you might argue that that is precisely the objective -- in his original sleevenotes, Eno suggests that all of the Ambient series be played at barely audible levels.) While MfA is meditative enough for that to work it would be a shame to use this CD in the same way. The structure and space of each piece deserve close attention.
I don't know if any of these tracks made it into films (I wouldn't be surprised) but many of them were staple soundtrack fare for BBC documentaries for many years, as were tracks from Eno's excellent "Apollo" album.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Remastering errors July 4, 2005
By davip
Format:Audio CD
Does anyone have the final word on the degree to which Astralwerks (sic) have screwed up these Eno 'remasters'?

'Another Green World' has the first bars of 'Everything merges with the night' missing, 'Climate Study' is missing from 'More Music For Films, and someone below states that the intro to

'Quartz' on this album is also truncated. Are Astralwerks just a bunch of amateurs or something? Eno must be well pleased with this mess..
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music for Music February 24, 2001
By Dima
Format:Audio CD
This was a second Eno album I bought and over the years it has become one of my favorites. It's a soundtrack to sentiments of wonder, bliss, melancholy and obliqueness. Although the sequencing of the tracks on the album is something to get used to, once it's under you skin it makes perfect sense. Not Ambient really, I think the tracks are etudes; exercises in harmony, timbre, and in this light Eno is the Great Fisherman who reels you in via intuition. Classical, low key, playful and sad. Thank you, Brian.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Startling Achievement March 11, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Eno accomplished, with this 1978 release, something that few, if any, purported "new age," "instrumental" or "ambient" musicians have done before or since: create a tightly structured soundscape with timeless, melancholy, nearly archetypal themes. The brevity of the tracks is appealing (though on a few one wishes to hear more). The listener passes through movements that are intensely personal - at times melancholy or playful - other times simply profound. The invitation of the title of the album is to imagine the kind(s) of film(s) for which this music would be a good soundrack. Such a film would, by necessity, explore the deepest underlying themes of life - the longing for the eternal, the brevity of biological existence, our essential loneliness, and our relationship with God. This album is not only one of the great ambient works of all time - it may stand one of the greatest of all recordings. Time will tell.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I like this, but... April 3, 2000
Format:Audio CD
...I like it in _bits_. The problem with this album is that while the music on it is really wonderful, the sequencing of it seems to have been done by dartboard. There's not a lot here in terms of 'flow' that lends to a rewarding listening experience, and the jumping around that happens gradually becomes something that detracts from the otherwise-excellent content. Musically, the works here tend to fall into a category somewhere between pure ambience and the turf that Eno was exploring on "Another Green World", and all of it is top-notch. But listening to it, where short bursts occur where one would want a longer version, where rhythmic workouts sit obliquely beside tranquil tracks, and so on, gets frustrating. My suggestion would be to get it, then use a CD-R (MD? cassette?) and figure out a sequencing you like better.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Another Mastering Screw-up June 2, 2005
Format:Audio CD
The music here rates 5 stars, but be warned: the opening sustained note at the beginning of track 10 (Quartz) starts late, cutting off about half of the note. If that's not important to you, order away.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eno's Dramatic Ambience March 5, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Upon closely examaning this album one might be perplexed by 18 seperate ambient pieces that rarely reach the 3 minute mark. But the originator of this genre can and does pull it off very nicely with MUSIC FOR FILMS.
True it does seem that many of the pieces are just starting to flow into a groove but instead simply end. Most notable for me is M386, which features an excellent bass riff, that sounds similar to Lalo Schiffrin's Dirty Harry soundtrack.
SLOW WATER is also a favorite of mine that I wish would have been lengthened because of its light phased airyness, it does sound like slow moving liquid.
Somehow this minor inconveinence can be easily overlooked simply because most of the pieces contain similar instrumentation, and overall atmosphere. Once you have listened to the running order of the pieces you become more familar with how and when the tempos and instrumentation changes.
MUSIC FOR FILMS is a nice compliment to MUSIC FOR AIRPORTS and serves as a more ambient pop music length, if there is such a thing. This is a great alternative when you have become tired of the lengthy repetition of the latter but still want to hear the same sort of music.
The book entitled THIS AMBIENT CENTURY, which chronicles ambient music from turn of the century Classical all the way up to the present has a good couple paragraphs about this album, which involves a Pennsylvannia steel mill and LSD. If nothing else it gives a great perspective on this album that is mostly passed over by Ambient fans.
Besides this magical description it contains a large ammount of other Eno related things. Brian Eno also writes the forward so check this out at your local library as well.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the best example of Eno
First five notes are great. It goes down from there. Sounds like 70s stoner music, though it carries higher intentions. Read more
Published 6 months ago by c05863
4.0 out of 5 stars Sounds so much better remastered!!
Released way back in 1978 being one of Eno's earlier ambient works, this was to me the "runt" of the litter. Read more
Published on September 21, 2012 by M. Chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars a perfect Another Green World continuation
Music for Films is probably Brian Eno's second best ambient album behind Another Green World. This is because you can actually take it two ways- you can enjoy it from a melody... Read more
Published on August 16, 2011 by B. E Jackson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good remaster but...
Decent remaster but why the changed order of songs? I had the original (stolen in the 90's) and will forever hear M386 as the opener followed by Aragon etc. Read more
Published on November 23, 2009 by Resolved to my satisfaction. Thanks!
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay but not great
I am a big fan of Brian Eno's early abstract work. I like the way he took simple ideas and explored them until they became transformed into something completely different. Read more
Published on May 5, 2007 by Parallax
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Eno....
This isnt really an ambient was done before "ambient music"...very ethereal it. Its a great recording if it doesnt go over your head.
Published on July 31, 2005 by MarcS
2.0 out of 5 stars Difficult, undeveloped ideas.
A collection of 18 pieces, some intended for specific films, some evidentally not, Eno's "Music For Films" is one of his most difficult ambient records. Read more
Published on June 13, 2005 by Michael Stack
4.0 out of 5 stars not the best
Not Enos best work. The album sounds fragmented but it is still very enjoyable. I would recommend another green world or music for airports over this one.
Published on May 11, 2005 by N. planet
3.0 out of 5 stars After "Music For Airports" this was a letdown
My First 2 Eno albums were "Plateux Of Mirror 2 (Harold Budd)" and "Music For Airports". Both of which have become soundtracks of my life. Read more
Published on September 1, 2004 by ArtSpiker
5.0 out of 5 stars Soft, Soothing and a great instrumental artistry
I really enjoyed listening to all of this entire album,this was my second "Brian Eno" purchase, the other being "Ambient 1/Music for Airports" which I bought a... Read more
Published on March 31, 2004 by "clafitte"
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