Ambient 1: Music for Airports is the sixth studio album by Brian Eno. It was released by Polydor Records in 1978. The album consists of four compositions created by layering tape loops of differing lengths. It was the first of four albums released in Eno’s “Ambient” series, a term which he coined to differentiate his experimental and minimalistic approach to composition from “the products of the various purveyors of canned music”.
The music was designed to be continuously looped as a sound installation, with the intent of defusing the tense, anxious atmosphere of an airport terminal. To achieve this, Eno sought to create music “as ignorable as it is interesting.” Though it is not the earliest entry in the genre, it was the first album ever to be explicitly created under the label “ambient music.”
00:00 – 1/1
17:20 – 2/1
26:15 – 1/2
38:30 – 2/2
The track labelling references the album’s first release (1978) as an LP, and so the first track means “first track, first side”, and so on. The CD pressing adds 30 seconds of silence after every song, including “2/2”.
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