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5.0 out of 5 stars Obscure and beautiful
Many readers will know Brian Eno from his work with global superstars U2. There are other, parallel sides to Brian's musical work, and 'Discreet Music' is the first example of a particular strand of experimentation. First released in Britain in 1975 on his own Obscure Records label, it was an attempt to set up a system by which the music would evolve itself over time,...
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3.0 out of 5 stars marmite music - and Eno isn't the pioneer he thinks he is
You either love or hate this kind of music - luckily I love it and can therefore write a serious review. The CD sleeve blurb written by Eno himself must have taken more effort than actually making the track "discreeet music" which he claims to be something he just fed in a the parameters and left to make itself out of repeating sound loops. In 1975 this had to be done...
Published on 17 Dec 2011 by F. M. Havicon


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5.0 out of 5 stars review of discreet music, 10 Aug 2013
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i only bought this Cd after i watched a documentary about David Bowie, who i really like and he said that his album Low was influenced by Brian Eno and this album so i just had to se what it was about. i love Low and i really like this album
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mood music for eggheads?, 2 Aug 2013
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For some listeners the appeal of this collection of sonorous and rather lovely soundscapes lies in the process (s) by which it was conceived and created. Knowing how the work came to be, is obviously meant to be of interest, otherwise Eno would have eschewed describing the genesis of and methodology employed in,assembling these pieces. In so doing,Eno has created in this recording a of sort of post -modern dilemma -namely to what extent can he be described as a composer of these works and to what extent is he simply just an astute editor and inspired marketeer? Perhaps he is both and it could be said, does it matter? Either way ,he is a technical innovator. Eno it could be argued is part boffin, part seer and part opportunist, but at least on the evidence of this beautifully remastered disc he has the capacity to surprise and engage his audience.

Listeners like me will hear these pieces as relaxing if rather 'detached',mood music and won't be too worried by the doctoring of Pachelbel's Cannon as it results in some interesting outcomes. For Eno this album seems to be about the creation of atmosphere cleverly sustained either by the use of looped variations from a previously recorded performance or the using of motifs or melodic fragments from the original score as material for an orchestra to play. As simple evocations of particular states of mind (reflective / thoughtful/ melancholic ) they have a certain charm, but deciding the degree of musical substance on offer is rather harder to pass judgement on, which is no doubt part of Eno's playful intentions. Attempts at intellectualising aside, this album is an interesting and enjoyable album and well worth investigating. It can be enjoyed on whatever level you choose to enjoy it.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary, 24 Nov 2007
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Aside from the pioneering use of tape manipulated synth; mind blowing back in '75, check out the variations on Pachebel's Canon. The scariest music ever committed to tape - possibly.
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4 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars marmite music - and Eno isn't the pioneer he thinks he is, 17 Dec 2011
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You either love or hate this kind of music - luckily I love it and can therefore write a serious review. The CD sleeve blurb written by Eno himself must have taken more effort than actually making the track "discreeet music" which he claims to be something he just fed in a the parameters and left to make itself out of repeating sound loops. In 1975 this had to be done by cunning manipulation of electronics and tape recorders - nowadays you can do this on any computer DAW software, and probably come up with something just as good as this with very little effort. Eno goes on record as coining the terms "ambient music" and "new age music" - certainly he may have given a name to this style, but it was much in evidence many years before 1975, in fact two of the greatest ever "ambient" albums came out in 1972, Tangerine Dream's "Zeit" and Klaus Schulze's "Cyborg", and both are monstrously better than anything Eno has ever released.

The music here is clearly a first attempt at "music for airports" - background structure that sits comfortably with the general ambience (a bit like the reactor core hum on Star Trek). Eno needs to climb down from his ivory tower and see his real place in the world of music, so that albums like this can be marketed to a wider audience - just one of many, some before, some after. He was the first at nothing, other than to define the genre.
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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazon tax cheats, 14 Dec 2012
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I won't be shopping with tax cheats like Amazon this christmas or any other time in the future and invite you to do the same.
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3 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars rubbish, 31 Jan 2011
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Eno cheerfully stands back and watches Pachelbel get butchered, every scrap of musical value lost as things degenerate into a meaningless, annoying mess. So clever yet so cr@p. You have artists like Thomas Koner out there who take texture and density of sound to a completely different level compared to this twaddle and in terms of structure even a child could do better (by virtue of having some human input).

Fire away Eno fans, I know you will, then go buy some music. If you can afford that special edition of Small Craft On A Milk Sea you can afford to take some risks in life.
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