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Brian Eno's Ambient 1: Music for Airports

John T. Lysaker


This study situates Eno’s ambient masterpiece, Music For Airports, within various avant-garde trends in order to underscore its multiple dimensions. In the manner of Satie, it aims to tint living situations without demanding that listeners give the album their full attention. In the manner of Cage, and with La Monte Young’s feel for the textures of individual tones, it arranges the activity of sounds outside traditional Euro-American musical conventions, and in a manner that can spark a kind of thoughtful reverie, thus bringing art into vital, possibly transformative contact with everyday life ... More

Keywords: ambient, avant-garde, Brian Eno, conceptual art, John Cage, La Monte Young, listening, Music for Airports, sonic turn, Steve Reich

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190497293
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190497293.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John T. Lysaker, author
Professor of Philosophy, Department Chair, Emory University