Music For Films Original recording remastered
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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.
'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..
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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A funny idea writing music to would-be films or themes within. I got the pace after ten or so straight listenings. Soothing in many ways. Read morePublished 3 months ago by S. V. Gomes
Eno delivers the goods as usual. Entertaining and relaxing at the same time. Cerebral music for lovers of creative music.Published 15 months ago by larry e. dahl
First five notes are great. It goes down from there. Sounds like 70s stoner music, though it carries higher intentions. Read morePublished 22 months ago by c05863
Released way back in 1978 being one of Eno's earlier ambient works, this was to me the "runt" of the litter. Read morePublished on September 21, 2012 by M. Chapman
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 morePublished on August 16, 2011 by Bryan
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 morePublished on November 23, 2009 by Steve
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 morePublished on May 5, 2007 by Parallax
This isnt really an ambient recording...it was done before "ambient music"...very ethereal pieces...love it. Its a great recording if it doesnt go over your head.Published on July 31, 2005 by MarcS
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 morePublished on June 13, 2005 by Michael Stack
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