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  • Audio CD (October 17, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: August 15, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Run Time: 53 minutes
  • ASIN: B00004W5MU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,927 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Room by Harold Budd

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Harold Budd returns with his first solo album in four years and it's a timely reminder of how potent this pianist's ambient orchestrations remain. Although Budd himself would never use the term "ambient," he'll be forever tarred with that brush, having released The Plateaux of Mirror, one of Brian Eno's Ambient Music series in the 1970s. Budd's brand of ambience is full of ambiguity, hidden shadows, and dark corners. Based on themes from his last great album, 1988's The White Arcades, each piece on The Room is a miniature in mood. Dark organ drones underscore the time-stepping piano theme of "The Room of Ancillary Dreams." Another organ drone, along with cascading synthesizer bell swirls and the plucked, vibelike tones of a Fender Rhodes, establish an eerie desolation on "The Room of Stairs." Budd doesn't make happy music, but it has the poignant beauty of the last leaves of autumn. --John Diliberto

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This is an album that stirs the deeper recesses of the mind.
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If there's any basic criticism that can be levelled at this album, it's that it seems like a variation on Budd themes, not a progression.
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I am a very long term Budd fan and really look forward to anything new from him.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Hans Stoeve on October 4, 2000
Format: Audio CD
There is some sort of irony at work when I think that Harold Budd does not particularly want to be considered an artist in the ambient genre, nor does he feel he plays piano particularly well. I guess time will judge him for being some sort of neo classical composer with leanings towards minimalism. Neither is it a bad thing that Harold Budd doesn't bring out a new record on a more than regular basis; I guess if he did a lot of us wouldn't appreciate him for what magic he does bring to the piano when he does. The Room, his first release in about four years, is strangely beautiful, almost like waking up from an afternoon's nap, that time when your mind is filled with distant memories and half forgotten dreams. Listening to these pieces I keep thinking that I have heard them before, in one form or another, though I'm not really able to pin them down. HB says that he is was taking up with these pieces where he left off in 1988 with The White Arcades. Simple repetitious piano / organ / synthesizer lines where the emphasis is on silence, maybe a state of meditative stillness are better word to utilize. My initial reactions were that Harold Budd was possibly revisiting the period which brought forth the release She Is A Phantom, but in retrospect I think this is not true. What can be said about this album is that it's not only one of the most memorable Harold Budd albums you may ever hear, but it retains the ghosts of many of its predecessors. There are fragments of The Pearl, Plateaux Of Mirror, Abandoned Cities, Lovely Thunder and much more. It's gorgeous when it's just electric piano. I'm especially fond of this aspect of his work; for here he manages to convey innocence and beauty at its best.Read more ›
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By loteq on September 27, 2000
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Throughout his career Harold Budd has created some of the most beautiful and elegant piano music ever; whether you believe it or not, he's the one and only musician who made neo-classical and chamber music palatable for me. Fans had to wait almost half a decade for new studio material, and although I expected a sort of techno album like "Glyph", "The room" picks up where 1988's "The white arcades" left off. Featuring typically lovely piano playing and warm synthesizer tones, but upon closer inspection, there are some new frills. The first two tracks, "TR of anc. dreams" and "TR of oracles", are among Budd's most intricate pieces, with layers of piano lines and synths all rolled into multi-dimensional soundscapes. With every note and nuance gliding into the text, the construction of such pieces alone takes times, and the production is undeniably amazing. It may be a surprise, but the strictly piano-driven tracks, like "TR of corner" and "TR obscured", are not the album's best cuts; the piano runs are faster and more discernible than on previous album, though they lack the suspense and unpredictability Budd is known for. He also steps away from his trademark sound at times, coming up with tracks where shimmering, floating synthesisers provide a convincing bed for pearling glockenspiel and other glittering sounds; "TR alight" and "TR of sec. light" are the album's brightest and most uplifting pieces. Finally, "The candied room" has a nice choral effect and "TR of mirrors" resembles 1984's "The pearl" in structure and atmosphere.
If there's any basic criticism that can be levelled at this album, it's that it seems like a variation on Budd themes, not a progression.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K. Doles on August 16, 2000
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Harold Budd triumphantly returns with his first album in four years! "The Room" hearkens back to the Budd of the 1980s; small, intimate works tinged with beauty, sadness, darkness, light, and a few other surprises. As always, the works are simple, but not simplistic. Sparse, but so well-constructed that one gets the feeling that a single additional synthesizer wash or piano inflection would ruin the piece. Quite reminiscent of earlier albums like the hard-to-find "The Serpent (in Quicksilver)" and "The White Arcades", the album from which, not coincidentally, "The Room" draws its inspiration. Highly recommended!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Stribling on September 27, 2000
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I've been waiting for this since Music for 3 Pianos (1993). Always hated having to edit out his vocals from my mix tapes. This one ranks up there with Ambient 2 and The White Arcades. Pure piano pleasure. The tunes just linger like incense. Anybody who's into Budd needs to check out
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and order the Donner Party documentary video. Budd does the soundtrack and it's perfectly suited to the creepy subject. Haunting solo piano pieces culled from Serpent in Quicksilver, White Arcades, and a closing number by Angelo Badalamenti.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By I X Key on April 14, 2003
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Harold Budd is an avant-garde composer who responded to the noisy avant-garde of classical music with the most beautiful music he knew to make. Only later was he associated with other ambient composers such as Brian Eno. Anyway, the music on this cd is incredibly beautiful. I recommend it highly. It feels to me like wide open very still plains. His minimal electronic music resonates with a very calm feeling.
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