Ambient 1: Music For Airports

Brian Eno - Ambient 1: Music For Airports
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
1978 Ratings: #12 / 91
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Based on 316 ratings
1978 Ratings: #8
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March 1, 1978 / Release Date
LP / Format
EG, Polydor, Virgin, GRT / Label
Ambient / Genres
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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.

Possibly one of the simplest albums in existence and easily one of the best, Eno's first ambient work is a true classic. A truly mindblowing album, while at the same time, not mindblowing at all.
The 405
Even if you do not particularly enjoy ambient music, Eno’s breathtaking and forward-thinking alchemy of sound and emotion is a reprieve and a warm embrace through time and space—one that sets the stage for the listener to notice the beautiful subtleties through life’s commotion and tumult.

In long, disintegrating notes that echo the work of Morton Feldman, Music for Airports gives the listener nothing to hold onto, remaining as transitory as its location.

Slant Magazine

More than just spatial white noise, Music for Airports is the sonic equivalent of visual art.

Played this over the loudspeaker at Bush International in Houston. Tried to tell the TSA that it was music specifically composed for this setting, but their tiny authoritarian brains couldn't understand and they put me on the no-fly list anyway. Eno doesn't have an album called "Music for Amtrak Stations" so I just listen to Tool when traveling now.
I listened to this on the plane, not the airport

Oh the savage (dab)
This helped.

For those who don't know (so all of you), I'm an insomniac. Is that too strong of a word? Most people assume and expect a lot when you day that. It just means I cant really sleep sometimes, at lest recently. Its a fairly new issue I've been facing, only for the past 3 years or so. A lot of people, once they hear that, sort of unlegitimalize what I'm going through as either I'm faking it or that I'm not 'really' going through it, but that's a different topic. The main thing is ... read more
To listen to Music for Airports is to understand the spacial design of its intended context. Its soundfront is masterfully crafted to act as the antithesis of industrialism, the enemy of commercialization, and yet, in perfect irony, it is to be placed in the epitome of all it seeks to perish. This juxtaposition is the driving force behind the pacing of the music, and invites the human imagination to color in what is implied.
Music for Airports is then quite possibly the finest work of musical ... read more
This album sounds a little bit better when you listen to it in a actual airport

Just hearing the bee bop bops thru my earphones while im waiting for my grandma to get her packages and ready to go to another country,or when i wanted to go get a bag of chips from the vending machine and all i heard is the background noises and the sounds Eno provided at 1/1

Yea if you were wondering i didnt get my bag of chips,the vending machine was broken
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Added on: November 14, 2013