Brian Eno
Ambient 1: Music For Airports


4.5
superb

Review

by Killtacular USER (34 Reviews)
October 6th, 2005 | 13 replies


Release Date: 1978 | Tracklist


Brian Peter George Saint Jean le Baptiste de la Salle Eno, or simply Brian Eno, is hailed as the instrumental figure in the sculpting of ambient music. He was, afterall, the one who coined the term for low-volume, minimalistic music designed to alter one's perception of the environment. This came about from months of lying in a hospital bed with nothing but very quiet 18th century music that he was unable to turn up. He then realized that music could be in a form so as to provoke many levels of listening attention, without being stricken to just one. As a result, he set out to make just that and created Ambient 1: Music for Airports.

This album consists of just four tracks, each one as simplistic as it is beautiful. Each one consists of a few different synth loops intertwining, and in some cases, has some gentle piano on top of it. The songs are labeled in accordance to the order they were on the original vinyl release. 1/1 is the first song on the first side, and is probably the best of the album. One of the two with piano, this one gently lulls along with sparsely populated notes and a bit of backing synth. 2/1 is the second song of the first side, and consists purely of synthesized voice loops interacting with one another. A great song to space out to, and stays interesting enough (for ambience that is) throughout. 1/2 is like a combination of the previous two songs. It's got the sparse, delicate piano and the soothing voices which flit and prance about during the length of the piece. 2/2 is an exercise in pure synth work with some things that sound almost like a tuba.

That's about all I can say to describe the songs. They're very minimalistic and don't require concentration to enjoy. In fact, they were designed to be background music and eliminate the dread and misery of an airport terminal. If you listen to this and expect something extraordinary, you'll probably be disappointed. While this is a great album, it's a passively great album. If you think too hard or pay too much attention to things, you may get bored and give up. What Eno does here is mold a soundscape for you and then allow you to do whatever you wish with it. Read a book, take a long bubble bath, or even both. You could even put it on as you try to sleep. Whatever activity you have for it, Music for Airports will provide the perfect soundtrack. A must have for ambient fans, and a worthwhile listen for those who simply enjoy music. Just try not to doze off while you inhale the simple beauty.


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Zebra
Moderator
October 6th 2005


2647 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I don't have this album, but Brian Eno is awesome. Very nice review, your review persuaded me to get this soon.

sevasXtra02
October 6th 2005


14 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Such a great album to just chill to. My personal favorite is 1/2. Oh, and nice review

sevasXtra02
October 6th 2005


14 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

How bout them rhymes?? ^^ Unintentional though

Jawaharal
October 6th 2005


1832 Comments


:SUPERDUPERBIGTHUMB: good work.

Brian Eno=Jesus

Zappa
October 6th 2005


355 Comments


This album is really great and provokes a very lustful feeling in me.

Glitterati
October 6th 2005


83 Comments


Lustful, Zappa? Goodness.

I really like this album. It sends me into a trance-like state.

Killtacular
October 7th 2005


1314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

[quote=Zebra]Very nice review, your review persuaded me to get this soon.[/quote]

That makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
October 7th 2005


2125 Comments


Nice work. I commend you for being able to write as much as you did. When I reviewed this, I was hardly able to write anything.

Fantastic album.

Killtacular
November 22nd 2005


1314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

No, I'm not bumping this album.

Zebra
Moderator
November 23rd 2005


2647 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I'm glad you did, I bought this and was very impressed. All of these tracks are simply amazing.

I bet you had a very hard time writing this, nice work.

Med57
Moderator
November 23rd 2005


1001 Comments


Really cool album. Seriously, very good stuff. Brian Eno's the man....good review too.

Avirov
November 19th 2008


1206 Comments


I didn't know the bit about the hospital, that's very interesting.

Anywho, very well written review. Like the others, I can't imagine much else to say about the album. "Passively great" is a good term.

scissorlocked
April 22nd 2010


3511 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Eno's works are great for sleeping.And this one is maybe the best alond with the pearl.

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