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4.2 out of 5 stars

on 3 January 2012
I think when Eno made the bits n pieces for this album, he was thinking more of those empty parts of certain artistic films that show short shots of landscapes and settings - establishment shots that just put you in the picture - these are normally fleeting and without any kind of musical accompaniment, and he took up the notion of making "sounds" that might accompany such trifling necessities. Cedrtainly not music for the kind of films featuring explosions, alien invasions, incomprehensible body counts or automobile chases. Nice stuff if you just want to chill for a bit, and the beauty of the shortness of the tracks is that if there's a dull one you don't like, it's over in a flash. But these are all very similar, composed along the lines of almost all of his ambient work - you know, the stuff he thinks he invented, but really just continued what others had done before him since time began, really only giving it a name - Ambient, New Age - so as to draw attention to his own partricular skill set.
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on 26 March 2012
I wouldn't recommend this as an introduction to Brian Eno's work. This is his sixth album I've purchased, which on reflection is probably about the right stage.

Music for films has the same feel as a book of short stories, with some more experimental than others. There's no particular flow to the album, you could shuffle most of it without changing your experience. Some of the tracks are very strong and have been a great addition to my own collection, I particularly appreciated Aragon and Final Sunset. Others felt a bit less relevant in parts, although I still enjoyed the chance to hear different ideas being tried out in such a public way. Or was the idea to play a trick on your mind, each track reminding you of a film you've never seen? That's what I like most of Brian Eno's work - you interpret it in your own way - and that way can change over time with you.

I'm glad I bought the album, just don't make it your first.
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on 13 September 2015
Slowly completing my collection of Eno's Ambient series. This is up there with the rest. My preference so far is On Land but I enjoy this.
The quality of sound as on all his albums is taken for granted and is top notch
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on 28 August 2014
This is one of Eno's most evocative Ambient albums, I think music for Airports is my favourite, but this one probably runs it a close second.
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on 30 July 2015
Strange and evocative, mood scape music.
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on 16 August 2010
This CD re-release has slightly different otrack order to the original vinyl--but this has no effect on the whole. Eno does what the title says--these are atmospheric snippets that conjure up the scenes just as they are titled--every bit as effective as the long pieces. Taking one example: Events in Dense Fog is a 3.43 hop into a mystery. Some of the tracks have a sinister film noir feel; others have a sort of floating feel. This is the best of Eno's film series and as good and essential as the classic Eno era 1975 to 1983.
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on 21 December 2015
1978. Highly in demand as a producer, Eno was jetting to and fro across the Atlantic, shaping the sound of new albums by Talking Heads and David Bowie, among others. During the gaps in his busy schedule he found time to gather up this collection of mostly unused instrumental vignettes from his own studio work. They make a satisfyingly coherent album combining the restless groove of tracks like Energy Fools The Magician (from Before and After Science) with serene interludes more reminiscent of Music for Airports, the first of his Ambient series, which came out in the same year.
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on 22 April 2015
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on 12 February 2001
These 18 brief tracks seem to merge seamlessly with one another, gradually creating an atmosphere that is at once melancholy and soothing. Each track develops a simple theme, creating layers of haunting ambience. This music has a mysterious quality, and impresses itself gently on the listener.Perhaps seeming a little vague on first hearing, this plangent music gradually takes a hold on one's imagination, which can then enjoy visualising fictitious scenes from 'films' for which Eno may have been writing. This is music which gently persuades, rather than rudely insists, that one listens. It seeps into the consciousness, rather like the scent of woodsmoke on a woodland walk in winter.Its seductive melodies and plaintive tones make this the ideal music for relaxing and allowing the cares of the day to drop away. On a separate note, and for any other Primary school teachers out there, this music makes great inspiration for Dance and Drama!
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on 11 October 2001
If you have heard of 'ambient' music and are wondering about buying an album, look no further. relaxing, easily listenable and along with Music For Films II a great collection of pieces. Amateur or professional film directors look no further for some decent background music. To paraphrase a well known advert, 'it does what it says on the cover'. Turn on, tune in, drop out (for forty odd minutes anyway!).
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