4 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though Brian Eno’s Ambient series grew out of a simple purpose—to improve upon the canned music that Eno had endured while traveling through airports—its innovative approach would go on to affect film scoring, electronic music, and pop music in general. For all their evocative power, these four long tracks are remarkably simple in construction. Each is centered on samples of wordless singing and acoustic piano, with rumbling assistance from a synthesizer. Eno wasn't the first to work with tape loops and abstract compositions; avant-garde composers had been doing it for decades. But his Ambient works felt remarkably different. This doesn’t sound like music conceived by fringe musicians; it sounds like a transmission from an unknown future. In many ways, it was—the techniques Eno introduced on this album would be so thoroughly adopted by deejays and film composers that by the '90s, these peculiar sounds were relatively familiar to even casual music listeners. But despite its expansive influence, Ambient 1 retains its unique ability to seduce and frighten new listeners.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though Brian Eno’s Ambient series grew out of a simple purpose—to improve upon the canned music that Eno had endured while traveling through airports—its innovative approach would go on to affect film scoring, electronic music, and pop music in general. For all their evocative power, these four long tracks are remarkably simple in construction. Each is centered on samples of wordless singing and acoustic piano, with rumbling assistance from a synthesizer. Eno wasn't the first to work with tape loops and abstract compositions; avant-garde composers had been doing it for decades. But his Ambient works felt remarkably different. This doesn’t sound like music conceived by fringe musicians; it sounds like a transmission from an unknown future. In many ways, it was—the techniques Eno introduced on this album would be so thoroughly adopted by deejays and film composers that by the '90s, these peculiar sounds were relatively familiar to even casual music listeners. But despite its expansive influence, Ambient 1 retains its unique ability to seduce and frighten new listeners.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

carson goos ,

amazing

beautiful album. calming and lets you escape

WorldCitizen23 ,

Ambient 101

This album is ambient 101, musically and as a term, since Eno coined the term for this album. Apparently designed to calm travelers at airports, but it works to create a meditation mood in any context.

DianaBreeze ,

Beautiful

Fantastically calming, beautiful music, and the best of all the Ambient albums IMO. My husband introduced me to this long before we got married, back in college. It got me to sleep at night, kept me company when we spent a year apart, and became a necessity on red-eye flights. I prefer it over white noise, brown noise, meditation music, all of it. This is better than all of that.

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