Oct 28, 2012

Sundaze 1244

Hello,  another Sundaze on the ' longest' day of the year, yes the clock clicked backwards an hour, hmm how about my bodyclock ? Sleep it off or daze away with Brian Eno who has brought from "relative obscurity into the popular consciousness" fundamental ideas about ambient music, including "the idea of modern music as subtle atmosphere, as chill-out, as impressionistic, as something that creates space for quiet reflection or relaxation."

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Brian Eno has featured several times at this blog so i'll keep it short here

Brian Peter George St. Jean le Baptiste de la Salle Eno, sometimes simply Eno, (born May 15, 1948), a  tenure at art school introduced him to the work of contemporary composers John Tilbury and Cornelius Cardew, as well as minimalists John Cage, LaMonte Young, and Terry Riley. Instructed in the principles of conceptual painting and sound sculpture, Eno began experimenting with tape recorders, which he dubbed his first musical instrument, finding great inspiration in Steve Reich's tape orchestration "It's Gonna Rain." He became an electronic musician who started his musical career with Roxy Music. He then went on to produce a number of highly eclectic and increasingly ambient electronic and acoustic albums. He is widely cited as coining the term "ambient music" in his Ambient series (Music for Airports, The Plateaux of Mirror, Day of Radiance and On Land). He collaborated with David Byrne, formerly of Talking Heads, on My Life in the Bush of Ghosts which was one of the first albums not in the rap or hip hop genres to extensively feature sampling. Eno collaborated with David Bowie as a writer and musician on Bowie's influential "Berlin trilogy" of albums, Low, Heroes and Lodger, on Bowie's later album 1. Outside, and on the song "I'm Afraid of Americans". Eno has also collaborated with Robert Fripp of King Crimson, Robert Wyatt on his Shleep CD, with Jon Hassell and with the German duo Cluster. Eno has acted as a producer for a number of bands, including U2 and James. He won the best producer award at the 1994 and 1996 BRIT awards. He is an innovator across many fields of music and recently he has collaborated on the development of the Koan algorithmic music generator. He has also been involved in the field of visual arts. In 1996 Brian Eno, and others, started the Long Now Foundation to educate the public into thinking about the very long term future of society. Brian Eno is also a columnist for the British newspaper, The Observer. In addition to his musical endeavors, Eno also frequently ventured into other realms of media, beginning in 1980 with the vertical-format video Mistaken Memories of Medieval Manhattan; along with designing a 1989 art installation to help inaugurate a Shinto shrine in Japan and 1995's Self-Storage, a multimedia work created with Laurie Anderson, he also published a diary, 1996's A Year with Swollen Appendices, and formulated Generative Music I, a series of audio screen savers for home computer software. In August of 1999, Sonora Portraits, a collection of Eno's previous ambient tracks and a 93-page companion booklet, was published.

Around 1998, Eno was working heavily in the world of art installations and a series of his installation soundtracks started to appear, most in extremely limited editions (making them instant collector's items). In 2000, he teamed with German DJ Jan Peter Schwalm for the Japanese-only release Music for Onmyo-Ji. The duo's work got world-wide distribution the next year with Drawn from Life, an album that kicked off Eno's relationship with the Astralwerks label. The Equatorial Stars, released in 2004, was Eno's first work with Robert Fripp since Evening Star, the 1975 follow-up to No Pussyfooting. His first solo vocal album in 15 years, Another Day on Earth, was issued in 2005, followed by 2008's Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, another collaboration with David Byrne. In 2010, Eno signed to the Warp label, where he released Small Craft on a Milk Sea, a collaboration with Leo Abrahams and Jon Hopkins. The following year's Drums Between the Bells featured poet Rick Holland, as well as several vocalists.

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If The Shutov Assembly is reminiscent of Brian Eno's earlier "ambient" music projects dating back to Discreet Music (1975), it shouldn't be surprising. Recorded between 1985 and 1990, the atmospheric, slow-moving sound patterns are more, the artist contends, like paintings than music. The Shutov Assembly, dedicated to Russian painter Sergei Shutov, is, like the similar works in his catalog (he cites Music for Films, On Land, Music for Airports, Thursday Afternoon, and Nerve Net, as well as Discreet Music), as much a concept as a record.

Brian Eno - The Shutov Assembly (flac  239mb)

01 From This Moment 1:21
02 Persis 7:41
03 Like Pictures Part #1 1:20
04 Like Pictures Part #2 5:48
05 Night Traffic 8:19
06 Rising Dust 7:44
07 Intenser 5:23
08 More Dust 6:01
09 Bloom 7:10
10 Two Voices 3:59
11 Bloom (Instr.) 7:07

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This is part of Virgin's Brian Eno The Soundtrack Series, and like the others has been remastered using the Direct Stream Digital method. Eno's music, has held up remarkably well in face of the enormous changes that have occurred in the realm of pop-oriented electronic music since the last of these tracks were laid down in 1983. Relatively few of these pieces jump out at the listener, and the overall mood fits comfortably within the realm of his ambient music, but taken as a whole the collection has a tad darker atmosphere than, say Music for Airports. The running time of More Music for Films is certainly more generous than the average entries in Brian Eno The Soundtrack Series, and even though it is not as essential as the original Music for Films collection, it nonetheless affords a fascinating glimpse into Eno's workshop during his early days -- a period some might say was Eno's best.

Brian Eno - More Music for Films (flac  207mb)

01 Untitled 2:05
02 The Last Door 1:31
03 Chemin De Fer 1:57
04 Dark Waters 1:07
05 Fuseli 1:40
06 Melancholy Waltz 1:46
07 Northern Lights 2:13
08 From The Coast 2:02
09 Shell 1:26
10 Empty Landscape 1:26
11 Reactor 1:40
12 The Secret 1:13
13 Don't Look Back 0:57
14 Marseilles 1:29
15 The Dove 1:25
16 Roman Twilight 3:38
17 Dawn, Marshland 3:14
18 Climate 3:17
19 Study Drift Study 2:33
20 Approaching Taidu 3:27
21 Always Returning (II) 3:09

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This decent outing for Eno sounds like a descendent of Music for Films and The Drop, consisting of tunes with simple or random melodies and light percussion. This is not music that will transport you to say space, or exotic locations, this is introspection music.  Apparently an aural accompaniment to the venues at the exhibition, '77 million paintings'

Brian Eno ‎- Making Space (flac 187mb)

01 Needle Click 4:09
02 Light Legs 3:38
03 Flora And Fauna / Gleise 581d 3:56
04 New Moons 4:03
05 Vanadium 1:56
06 All The Stars Were Out 3:53
07 Hopeful Timean Intersect 5:13
08 World Without Wind 5:24
09 Delightful Universe (Seen From Above) 7:33

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Jacquard Causeway said...

Magnificent and relaxing albums from the father of Ambient music Brian Eno. I ask for a reup of these pieces so they help clear our minds.

Thanks a lot.

Jacquard Causeway said...

Rho thank you as always for your fine work and reups.