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Brian Eno's 1979 milestone Music for Airports was the first album to feature his term "ambient music," although 1975's Discreet Music and 1978's Music for Films had already been exploratory steps in that direction. It's entirely possible that Eno knew at the time that he was inventing a new form of music, but he might not have known just what a milestone Music for Airports would turn out to be, or that it would be the first ambient work to get its own tribute album. The New York-based new music collective Bang on a Can celebrated Music for Airports' 20th anniversary by writing new transcriptions of the album's four lengthy pieces. It's incorrect to say that the group ...
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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
Brian Eno's 1979 milestone Music for Airports was the first album to feature his term "ambient music," although 1975's Discreet Music and 1978's Music for Films had already been exploratory steps in that direction. It's entirely possible that Eno knew at the time that he was inventing a new form of music, but he might not have known just what a milestone Music for Airports would turn out to be, or that it would be the first ambient work to get its own tribute album. The New York-based new music collective Bang on a Can celebrated Music for Airports' 20th anniversary by writing new transcriptions of the album's four lengthy pieces. It's incorrect to say that the group orchestrated the album, because these pieces take care to replicate Eno's originals exactly, down to each piece being precisely the same length its original. The only difference is that Eno's original Music for Airports was constructed out of tape loops and this version uses live musicians. That one change makes all the difference in the world. The use of live musicians, especially on "2/1," which is a vocal work for female chorus, opens up the pieces sonically; what had felt squashed and artificial on Eno's original now breathes. This tribute doesn't replace Eno's essential original, but it's fascinating listening for any fan of the artist's ambient work.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/24/1998
  • Label: Philips
  • UPC: 731453684720
  • Catalog Number: 536847

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 1/1 (16:30)
  2. 2 1/2 (8:55)
  3. 3 2/1 (11:45)
  4. 4 2/2 (12:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Brian Eno Primary Artist
Bang On A Can Primary Artist, Track Performer
Robert Black Bass
Evan Ziporyn Bass Clarinet, Clarinet
Maya Beiser Cello
Matt Goeke Cello
Greg Hesselink Cello
Mark Stewart Cello, Electric Guitar, Mandocello, Mandolin
Chris Komer Horn
Lisa Moore Keyboards, Piano
Steven Schick Percussion
Wu Man Pipa
Julie Josephson Trombone
Christopher Washburne Trombone
Todd Reynolds Violin
Katie Geissinger Voices
Phyllis Jo Kubey Voices
Alexandra Montano Voices
Wayne duMaine Trumpet
Tom Hoyt Trumpet
Technical Credits
Michael Gordon Arranger, Art Direction
David Lang Arranger, Art Direction
Julia Wolfe Arranger, Art Direction
Evan Ziporyn Arranger, Producer
Gordon Jee Art Direction
John Pace Engineer
Eric Calvi Producer
Philip Glass Executive Producer
Rory Johnston Executive Producer
Kurt Munkasci Executive Producer
Greg Calbi Mastering
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