Music For Airports

// January 8th, 2018 // Ambient
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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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3 Responses to “Music For Airports”

  1. Long-Time Listener says:

    A new take on Brian Eno’s classic

  2. Gregory Mills says:

    Eno gone wild Music for airports is done very well here. The recording quality is excellent, and the instruments all come across with a lovely tone and ambiance. In that respect, it’s superior to Brian Eno’s own recording, since the sound quality on that is somewhat dated. But in one respect I think they miss an essential quality of the music. Listening to the first track, you might not imagine that something which develops this slowly could be criticized for a tempo that is too fast. But the point of Eno’s…

  3. Anonymous says:

    Bang On A Can’s version of “Music for Airports” adds a jangly depth to Eno’s more compressed version. They’ve managed to use the studio to create space in an already swiss cheese like piece. But the key difference here is the space is much more stark than Eno, thanks to the startling presence of their instruments, which rattle and drone and twitter expressively. The quiet becomes the space for anticipation of the instruments. so rather than the steady rolling pulse of Eno’s, you get more up and…