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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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"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! :-)
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.Read more ›
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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Can't get enough of this luscious CD. It certainly lives up to the title. Great background music for any occasion (and that's not a put-down of the album at all). Read morePublished 2 months ago by Darryl in Charlotte
Brian Eno's solo work is extremely unique and not for everyone but if you are a true lover of electronic music you have to experience these works. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Bcapollo
If your a fan of Ambient 1 and Thursday Afternoon, you will want this one. Right up there with those other two though not as perfect. Very very good. De-Lux!Published 15 months ago by MarcS
I can't say anything that hasn't been said already in these reviews. It is just superb Eno and quite reminiscent of "Thursday Afternoon". Love it!Published 16 months ago by musiclover