Discreet Music (1975)

1 02 2010

Discreet Music (1975) is an album by the British ambient musician Brian Eno. While (No Pussyfooting) may be his first ambient album and Another Green World features many ambient pieces, this is Brian Eno’s first purely ambient solo album.

Brian Eno’s concept of ambient music builds upon a concept composer Erik Satie called “furniture music”. This means music that is intended to blend into the ambient atmosphere of the room rather than directly focused upon.

The inspiration for this album began when Eno was left bed-ridden by an accident and was given an album of eighteenth century harp music. After struggling to put the record on the turntable and returning to bed, he realized that it was turned down toward the threshold of inaudibility and he lacked the strength to get up from the bed again and turn it up. Eno said this experience taught him a new way to perceive music.

This album is also an experiment in algorithmic, generative composition. His intention was to explore multiple ways to create music with limited planning or intervention.

It also sounds nice.

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