Baker's Dozen

Artists discuss the 13 records that shaped their lives

6. Brian EnoMusic for Airports

I was listening to his solo albums before this one and to his albums with Robert Fripp like No Pussyfooting and Evening Star, but it was then Music For Airports that achieved something really special in its minimalism and the concept. It was curious how such light and transparent music was able to evoke rather aggressive feelings from many people. Some people that rated the album were really upset, ‘How are you calling this crap music?’ and blah, blah, blah and being very aggressive about it. I think many reviews of the album were rather similar. He also introduced the word ambient music as a term, and this was number one in his ambient series. Finally there were only four of them. The second one that he made with Harold Budd was really good also, and since then I’ve also been listening to Harold Budd. In 1975 he was already using his tape loop system on Discreet Music and on his albums with Robert Fripp… No Pussyfooting was even earlier, 1973. Terry Riley was using a similar tape loop system also in the early 1970s. There’s a recording called ‘Persian Surgery Dervishes’ from him that I like a lot.

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