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Music For Airports

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An avant-garde ensemble playing the 1978 Brian Eno piece which put ambient music on the map. Eno's idea was to make a series of tape loops into tightly composed Muzak. He wanted a sonic backdrop for bland public spaces that would reward close listening. Bang on a Can, playing acoustic and electric instruments, breathe life into it, making the music's neutrality seem coldly beautiful. The piece is divided into four parts, each consisting of a few gentle, minimal figures, calmly repeated and shifted. Rhythm is eliminated and time seems to stretch. What is revealed is the sensuousness possible in a single note. Music has never been the same. This is the best place to hear where it changed. --Steve Tignor

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[Brian] Eno's work is a finished studio product readily available in shops, exactly as the composer meant it to be heard. So Micheal Gordon's faithfully spare arrangement of "1/1" seems particularly pointless. (Ask any art forger--the original may be worth a fortune, but a good copy is just a fake.) And while Bank on a Can is smart enough to know that Music for Airports spawned whole genres of music (from the elegance of ambient to the evil incarnation of new age), they get hung up on whether their own variation is the equivalent of a pop cover version or a classical canonization.... This album in no way adds to or improves upon Eno's own creation. -- Option

[F]our cuts of translucently soothing bleeps and ahhs--with a small orchestra and chorus of New York alterna-music stalwarts. For the most part, it works; the unpredictability of the one-take "live" recording warms up Eno's swatches of sound, making for a futuristic soundscape that's oddly nostalgic. -- Entertainment Weekly

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  • Performer: Bang On A Can, Lisa Moore, Katie Geissinger, Phyllis Jo Kubey, Alexandra Montano, et al.
  • Composer: Brian Eno
  • Audio CD (February 24, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Point
  • ASIN: B0000069CI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,868 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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