Brian Eno – Ambient 1: Music For Airports (1978)

AllMusic Review: Four subtle, slowly evolving pieces grace Eno’s first conscious effort at creating ambient music. The composer was in part striving to create music that approximated the effect of visual art. Like a fine painting, these evolving soundscapes don’t require constant involvement on the part of the listener. They can hang in the background and add to the atmosphere of the room, yet the music also rewards close attention with a sonic richness absent in standard types of background or easy listening music. — Linda Kohanov

Track Listing:

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. “1/1” (Acoustic and electric piano; synthesizer.) Brian Eno, Rhett Davies, Robert Wyatt 16:30
2. “2/1” (Vocals; synthesizer.) Eno 8:20
Total length: 24:50
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
3. “1/2” (Vocals; acoustic piano.) Eno 11:30
4. “2/2” (Synthesizer only. Lasts 9:38 in the “Working Backwards” box edition (1983) and on the CD.) Eno 6:00
Total length: 17:30


Schill Score:  9/10

Schill Comment:  For the most part, the majority of Brian Eno albums are really nothing more than noise. And make no mistake, so is this one.  BUT with that said, it’s noise with a direction. You’re not going to get up and dance to this album, you’re not going to listen to it when you’re in the car.  But what it is, is perfect music for background noise.  Like students while they are studying, or people while they are working. It’s just something that’s there to break the silence, but not obnoxious, and there’s nothing outstanding that will break your concentration and make you pay attention to the song more than what you are doing.


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