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Music For Backgrounds 03: Brian Eno – Discreet Music

Discreet Music is an exquisite moment in classic ambient music….

I love the work of Brian Eno. Followers of ambient electronic music are quite familiar with his work. Throughout the years he has been well received and recognized as the founding father of the ambient music genre. This song entitled Discreet Music embodies the term classical ambience; circa 1975. His work, and especially this piece has always been an influential support mechanism for a lot of my creative pursuits and processes (most notably—repetition and pattern in my visual design). Some of my favorite moments with this piece has been the repeated playing of the song while entertaining guests for dinner. I believe it is perfect for any setting while enjoying a wonderful epicurean delight.

Once again in keeping with the structure of “Music For Backgrounds” I am imploring a song of some length. Discreet Music clocks in at just over 30 minutes long.

Peace in ambience….

http://youtu.be/SrBoE0ItRLc

Below is a small excerpt of his career.

Brian Eno

Brian Peter George St. John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno (born 15 May 1948), commonly known as Brian Eno or simply as Eno is an English musician, composer, record producer, singer and visual artist, known as one of the principal innovators of ambient music.

Eno studied at Colchester Institute art school in Essex, England, taking inspiration from minimalist painting. During his time on the art course at the Institute, he also gained experience in playing and making music through teaching sessions held in the adjacent music school.

He joined the band Roxy Music as their keyboards and synthesizers player in the early 1970s. Roxy Music’s success in the glam rock scene came quickly, but Eno soon tired of conflicts with lead singer Bryan Ferry, and of touring, and he left the group after the release of For Your Pleasure (1973), beginning his solo career with the art rock records Here Come the Warm Jets (1973) and Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) (1974).

Eno extended his reach into more experimental musical styles with (No Pussyfooting) (1973) and Evening Star (1975), both collaborations with Robert Fripp, The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (1974) by Genesis where his work is credited as “Enossification”, and his influential solo records Another Green World (1975) and Discreet Music (1975). His pioneering ambient efforts at “sonic landscapes” began to consume more of his time beginning with Ambient 1: Music for Airports (1978) and later Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks (1983) which was composed for the documentary film For All Mankind. Eno nevertheless continued to sing on some of his records, ranging from Before and After Science (1977) to Wrong Way Up (1990) with John Cale to most recently Another Day on Earth (2005) and Drums Between the Bells (2011).

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4 responses

  1. I have heard Brian’s music before… Thanks for this! 🙂

    February 1, 2012 at 5:51 am

    • Brian Eno is a master of transforming sound into music.

      February 1, 2012 at 2:48 pm

  2. sarahjaneprosetry

    I listen to music for airports every night. It’s the only way to switch off my thinking mind. I will check this one out!

    May 22, 2012 at 12:55 am

    • I love Music for Airports. Discreet Music has always been my favorite. Another great piece is Thursday Afternoon. And a piece I just discovered about 3 months ago Dormienti. I suggest going on Youtube, where you can listen to a host of Eno’s ambient music.

      May 22, 2012 at 2:48 am

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