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Perhaps one for the Eno fans... like me :-)
on 9 December 2011
I've dipped in and out of Brian Eno's work since the early-90s, and have been eyeing up "Discreet Music" for some time (having bought most of his mid- to late-70s work at some stage). Finally, the album came up as a really good offer in the Amazon MP3 store, so now I have it in my collection...
You can read elsewhere how Eno conceived the half-hour-long title track, but it's basically a continuation of the tape-loop work he had been doing for the previous couple of years alone and with Robert Fripp. "Discreet Music", basically, "is what it is" - a slowly drifting soundscape for synthesiser and tape-delay system. It's almost not meant to be listened TO, but left as a sonic background - it's up to you whether this interests you or not, but I like to leave the piece playing if I'm writing or otherwise working.
The three variations on Pachelbel's Canon for strings (arranged and conducted by Gavin Bryars) work less well as ambient pieces, but are still pleasant enough - especially "Fulness Of Wind", my favourite of the three.
In short, I think those wishing to investigate Eno's ambient albums should probably start with "Music For Airports" or "The Plateaux of Mirror", then come here if they like what they heard.