Ambient 1:Music For Airports
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|Audio CD, Original recording remastered, Original recording reissued, October 5, 2004||
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The transfer from the Original Masters has been undertaken with great care by Simon Heyworth. All four albums have been Mastered using 'Class A' Analogue Electronics combined with the best Analogue to Digital conversion. No attempt has been made to re-equalize, remix or in any way tamper with or alter the original EQ'ed analogue production masters. These are the Original Masters as Brian Eno intended them to be heard.
This complex sound sculpture was created by Brian Eno in 1978 and was even installed for a while at the Marine Terminal of New York at LaGuardia Airport. The ambient-minimalist soundscape has been alternately described as background Muzak, a profoundly artificial musical milieu, and a groundbreaking studio creation. Eno designed Music for Airports from a few simple notes and the serial organization of variable tape loops that didn't quite match up. It's a groundbreaking elaboration on the aural/spatial dimension that utilizes silence, piano, synthesizer, female voices, and, most importantly, the technology of the studio. A true metaclassic, the "music" is divided into four distinct movements. This record is the first of Eno's ambient series and is undoubtedly the best. --Mitch Myers
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I'm glad. I was too closed-minded, mainly because of the restricted cash-flow situation enforcing strict "gotta be brilliant on first hearing" purchasing habits.
Now I buy albums on a whim and, having recently discovered the positive side of the Riven Soundtrack as a way to shut out external noise while I work, I decided to give Music for Airports a listen.
A slow, ponderous work in four, beautiful minimalistic movements. Exactly what the doctor ordered.
I don't know if I'll ever be able to hum along like I do with parts of Tangerine Dream's Phaedra and Richochet, but I got the CD three days ago and have been playing it as, well, ambient music pretty much non-stop since.
Highly recommended to all ambient fans. This is where the formal Ambient genre was born.
This album is a perpetual favorite, one of the New Age genre classics and has held up well over the years, despite many new and wonderful innovative composers in the ambient realm. I still enjoy "Music for Airports" and it's a go-to album for destressing after work.
The album is divided into 4 sections ("1/1," "2/1," "1/2," and "2/2"), and it soothes the listener with repetitive piano and synthesizer motifs, and adds the color of chimes and vocals. This is the "ambient" music style, something to play while you need to concentrate, perhaps, or to relax or go to sleep by. I can also recommend the newer "Glitters is Gold" which also has non-linear music of this type.