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10/19/2017

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I'm going to have to listen (or half listen) to Ambient 1 again. It never really grabbed me (which I guess is sort of the point). I always preferred Ambient 2 (and 4).

I'm not sure I've heard 2, but I'm the opposite regarding 4: I don't like it as much as 1. Or do I have 2 and 4 reversed? Anyway, I think 1 is really pretty much perfect ambient.

Ambient 2 was a collaboration with Harold Budd and is mostly piano-based. 4 is darker - a lot of loud electronic humming with other sounds played over it. It has been years since I listened to 4, but that's my recollection.

I listened to the track you posted last might and it was mich better than I had remembered. I was surprised to find that I have the album in my iTunes library - I thought I only had it on vinyl.

I have always felt that ambient music is delicate and could be spoiled by listening to it in the wrong atmosphere, so I have rarely listened to it. I'm changing my thinking anout that as I sit on a train to New York City listening tontue rest of Ambient 1.

Ok, 4 is the one I've heard. Definitely darker. Listening to 1 on a train could be an interesting experience, sort of cinematic.

It actually was sort of cinematic. I didn't use that word, but I did think "this is sort of like a movie." It's probably not something I would have thought if I regularly rode the train. But a trip to NYC is unusual (I went to a presentation on developing for Microsoft Azure cloud services - talk about fun!), so having an ambient soundtrack for the ride was good.

Yeah, that presentation sounds like all kinds of fun.

I find that I don't much like listening to music--having that cinematic experience-- when I'm out walking. I need to be more aware of my surroundings. But in a car driving down the interstate is nice, and I would think a train ride might be even better.

I've got only one Eno album and it's Discreet Music. Haven't listened to it in ages but I'll have to dig it out. Won't have time to listen to these clips until tomorrow.

By the way, Mac, I know you like some of Hammock's music. Their album Oblivion Hymns from a couple years back is all slow and ambient. It's quite nice.

I'm pretty sure I've heard Discreet but can't remember what it's like or how much I liked it.

I've been listening to Hammock's Everything and Nothing and *really* liking it.

I listened to Discreet over the weekend and didn't like it all that much. It's that type of ambient music that's like wallpaper -- nice in the background but not all that interesting otherwise. I tend to like the sort of thing that has a little more musical substance to it.

Everything and Nothing is a very good album. I was thinking that you could take Hammock's albums and make two very good but very different 'mix tapes' -- one featuring their more hefty, uptempo material and the other their slower, ambient stuff.

I confess I've been hearing Everything and Nothing "ambiently"--playing it in the background while working. But it keeps grabbing me.

Discreet Music, I see from Allmusic, actually preceded Ambient 1. I'm pretty sure I haven't heard it.

I don't remember the music from Discrete Music at all. But I think in the liner notes he said that he was aiming for music that could be ignored, and he suggested playing it at a level that occasionally fell below audibility.

I vaguely remember that, Don, and it sounds right. D.M. is very quiet and very repetitive -- 'extremely' ambient, like wind chimes almost.

One of the things that make Music for Airports so appealing to me is that it has pleasant tunes, but slow and repeated with space between them, so they don't get on your nerves. Or at least not on mine. Steve Roach, whom I mention in the post, has produced albums which are so static that you could drop the needle (so to speak) anywhere and not know the difference between one spot and another. That's way too far in that direction.

There's kind of a paradox in some ambient music in that I end up wanting to turn it up fairly loud and pay closer attention because it has all sorts of interesting little nuances.

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