Brian Eno – Ambient 1: Music for Airports


Ambient 1: Music for Airports is the sixth studio album by the English musician Brian Eno, released in 1978 by Polydor Records. It is the first of Eno’s ambient music albums, a term he coined to describe music intended to “induce calm and a space to think” while remaining “as ignorable as it is interesting”. While not Eno’s earliest entry in the style, it is credited with establishing the term. The album consists of four compositions created by layering tape loops of differing lengths, and was designed to be continuously looped as a sound installation, with the intent of defusing the tense, anxious atmosphere of an airport terminal. Eno defined his approach in opposition to “canned” Muzak and easy listening practices. The album was the first of four albums released in Eno’s Ambient series, which concluded with 1981’s Ambient 4: On Land. In 2004, Rolling Stone credited the album with defining the ambient genre. In 2016, Pitchfork ranked it the greatest ambient album of all time.

2018 reissue
Label: Virgin Records
Cat. #0602567750543

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