|Produced by Brian Eno|
|Released on November 1975|
|no chart information|
|Find it at GEMM|
|EGS 303 cover
[high resolution photo]
I magine the horn blowing on some faraway ship, pregnant with the promise of a better life beyond the shores of your mundane reality, and you’ll have an inkling into what makes Discreet Music the perfect album for meditation. Eno’s idea was to create music that could be played in the background, at such low levels that it might escape casual attention. While the pieces do function well as ambient accompaniment, listeners who pay attention have found themselves mesmerized by the wave-like washes of sound on “Discreet Music 1 & 2” especially. The album cover features a simple diagram that shows how Discreet Music was created: a synthesizer with digital recall is run through an equalizer (which Eno would fiddle with), an echo unit, and then through a tape recorder that played back the delayed output alongside the current output. It sounds confusing (the diagram helps a little), but anyone who’s heard No Pussyfooting will find familiar principles at work. The second side features three “variations” on Johann Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major; Eno cuts up the score into little pieces and reconstructs it into a stuffy yet somehow delightful re-realization of the original. In the traditional sense, Discreet Music really isn’t music, and this is where Eno’s peculiar genius pays off: blurring the distinction between sound and music while drawing listeners into a unique and compelling musical environment. Anyone wishing to explore Eno’s ambient world would do well to own this album and Ambient One: Music for Airports.
|EGS 303 back cover|
BRIAN ENO -- electronics, cover photograph
GAVIN BRYARS -- conductor, arangements
THE COCKPIT ENSEMBLE --
Peter Kelsey -- engineer
|REGION||RELEASE DATE||LABEL||MEDIA||ID NUMBER||FEATURES|
|UK||November 1975||Obscure||LP||OBS 3|
|US||1983||Editions EG/Obscure||LP||EGS 303||different cover|
|US||Astralwerks||CD||ASK 66493||digital remaster|
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