Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Brian Eno - Ambient 1: Music For Airports (1978)

Groundbreaking. With this album, Eno invented the ambient genre. Heck, he even coined the term 'ambient music.' A good description of this album comes from Linda Kohanov:

"Four subtle, slowly evolving pieces grace Eno's first conscious effort at creating ambient music. The composer was in part striving to create music that approximated the effect of visual art. Like a fine painting, these evolving soundscapes don't require constant involvement on the part of the listener. They can hang in the background and add to the atmosphere of the room, yet the music also rewards close attention with a sonic richness absent in standard types of background or easy listening music"

It's like good soundtrack music. Written not to be noticed.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: I bought this CD at the suggestion of an education expert. She suggested that teachers play this ambient music in classrooms while students do their work as it relaxes them. I tried it once in an 8th grade English class. About 2 minutes in, my students almost rioted. Turns out education experts don't know as much as they think they do; present company included.

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