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The second in Brian Eno's ambient series, The Plateaux of Mirrors fuses the fragile piano melodies of Harold Budd and the atmospheric electronics of Eno to create a lovely, evocative work. In sharp contrast to the exaggerated pieces found on his debut, The Pavilion of Dreams, this record finds Budd delivering sharp shards of piano notes pregnant with meaning and minimal in the best sense of the word. Eno's unobtrusive electronics add a resonance and atmosphere that draw from the ambient textures found on Discreet Music, Music for Films, and Evening Star. The album's best moments evoke their subject matter efficaciously and effortlessly; "First Light" creates an audible ...
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All Music Guide - Dave Connolly
The second in Brian Eno's ambient series, The Plateaux of Mirrors fuses the fragile piano melodies of Harold Budd and the atmospheric electronics of Eno to create a lovely, evocative work. In sharp contrast to the exaggerated pieces found on his debut, The Pavilion of Dreams, this record finds Budd delivering sharp shards of piano notes pregnant with meaning and minimal in the best sense of the word. Eno's unobtrusive electronics add a resonance and atmosphere that draw from the ambient textures found on Discreet Music, Music for Films, and Evening Star. The album's best moments evoke their subject matter efficaciously and effortlessly; "First Light" creates an audible early morning chill, "An Arc of Doves" employs flights of Frippertronics, "Not Yet Remembered" seesaws between sleep and consciousness, and so on. Although neither artist is a musician in the usual sense of the word -- Budd's piano playing is still somewhat limited here -- they excel as musical painters. The wisps of synthesizer that snake through the rattling percussion of "Wind in Lonely Fences," the wistful melody held at a remote distance in "Among Fields of Crystal," the unbounded edges of the piano notes on "Above Chiangmai" -- these wash over the listener in a suffusion of sound. The Plateaux of Mirrors remains a fascinating hybrid as are many of Eno's collaborations, reflecting the uniqueness of both composers in a most flattering light.
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  • Release Date: 8/31/1990
  • Label: Editions Eg Records
  • UPC: 017046154925
  • Catalog Number: 18

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 First Light - Brian Eno (7:06)
  2. 2 Steal Away - Brian Eno (1:29)
  3. 3 The Plateaux of Mirror - Brian Eno (4:13)
  4. 4 Above Chiangmai - Brian Eno (2:55)
  5. 5 An Arc of Doves - Brian Eno (6:29)
  6. 6 Not Yet Remembered - Brian Eno (3:50)
  7. 7 The Chill Air - Brian Eno (2:13)
  8. 8 Among Fields of Crystal - Brian Eno (3:24)
  9. 9 Wind in Lonely Fences - Brian Eno (3:58)
  10. 10 Failing Light - Brian Eno (4:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Harold Budd Primary Artist, Piano, Electric Piano
Brian Eno Synthesizer, Keyboards, Vocals, Multi Instruments
Technical Credits
Harold Budd Liner Notes
Eugene Bowen Contributor
Brian Eno Producer, Instrumentation
Rod Hui Contributor
Daniel Lanois Contributor
Simon Heyworth Mastering
Andrew Day Redesign
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Still Rather Gorgeous

    This may not be the best intro to Budd's luminous piano playing because of the merest datedness of atmospheric effects, but it remains a haunting. quiet and mesmerizing release.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Stimulating & soothing music

    Brian Eno and Harold Budd combine on this album to give the listener some of the most beautiful & ethereal sound around. Listen to this music late at night and you will be both stirred by its evocative themes and relaxed by its tranquillity. Quite an unusual combination, minimalist but full.

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    Posted December 19, 2009

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