Album #425 – Ambient 1: Music For Airports

Album #425

Ambient 1: Music for Airports was Brian Eno’s first foray into ambient music. Ambient music is described as different from background music brightens and enhances an environment or space. In this case, Brian Eno was looking to enhance an airport by diffusing the tense atmosphere of an airport terminal. The piece was to be looped continuously. It actually was done at Laguardia Airport in New York in the 80’s. The style of music on this album is very sparse and dense. The only instruments used on this album are piano, synthesizer and vocals. The parts are repeated in loops but never start in the same spot, thus creating a unique form of music. Tracks 2/1 and 1/2 employ three female singers singing ahhs. That may sound somewhat boring but, it was very calming to hear these sounds and the effect sounds very similar to one used on the songs I’m Not In Love by 10cc and Just The Way You Are by Billy Joel. At times, these vocals sounded angelic. I did enjoy the album and I felt that it served it’s purpose.  It calms you down instead of amping you up. it’s no wonder that Eno would take this direction in the future. Overall, I give Ambient 1: Music For Airports, a 4 out of 5.

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