vendredi 26 septembre 2008

Bang on a can - Music for Airports / Brian Eno (1998)

Brian Eno's Music for Airports (1978) played a very important part in the concept and development of ambient music. One could say that ambient music is not a music to be listened to, but a music to be heard, as a subliminal background creating a soundscape for various places or buildings. Supermarkets and elevators are usually places where a poor music is played, one calls it muzak. Brian Eno's idea was to conceive a sophisticated musical soundscape instead of this anonymous FM music, and he chose airports as the best places where such a music could be heard and understood, creating an unusual and quiet sonic background among all the noises and announcements of a airport terminal.

Music for Airports is a masterpiece, with its subtle piano tracks, its complex electronic treatments, its choral parts, and its slow and organic development.

In 1998, Point Music, a label directed by Philip Glass, released this amazing interpretation of Music for Airports by Bang on a Can: Robert Black (bass), Lisa Moore (piano, keyboards), Evan Ziporyn (clarinet, bass clarinet), Maya Beiser (cello), Steven Schick (percussion), a choir of female voices and additional musicians playing pipa, flute, horn, trumpet, trombone, violin, cello, mandolin and mandocello.

This chamber music ensemble plays Eno's compositions with fidelity and creativity at the same times. The acoustic instruments create a rich harmonic soundscape and add a very original touch to the original recording. 

This peaceful, quiet and slow music is very evocative and poetic: the cover version is as beautiful as the original...

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4 commentaires:

matthb a dit…

Just happened upon your blog while looking for information on "The River" which I happened across by chance at my local music store. The cd has quickly become a favorite.

I am surprised to be the first comment on BoaC's interpretation of Music for Airports. Eno's original is possibly THE most important ambient record and when this version was released I was amazed at the fine recreation of the music through acoustic instruments and voices. It also remains a favorite and has a permanent spot on the small shelf of cds closest to the player.

Congrats on your nice blog, which I plan on exploring further.

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bobbysu a dit…

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