"When we first heard Music for Airports in the late seventies/early
eighties, it was like a door cracking open. This record-long piece was
mesmerizing, dreamy, intense and meant to be played in or thought of as
fitting into a specific environment. It was a redefinition of how we
relate to music in our everyday lives. Brian Eno was exploring the
question of where musci could go. Could its home lie somewhere outside
of the muzak of elvators and dentists' offices and outside of the
concert hall as well? Could it exist somewhere in between?
Eno was essentially defining Ambient music. Twenty years ago there were
no Ambient departments in record stores. There were no New Age or
Techno sections, no cill rooms. Music for Airports kicked off a whole
web of music that hadn't existed previously. But the unique factor
about Eno's work was that, although it could and can exist in the
background of everyday life, it is music that carries a potency and
integrity that goes far beyond the incidental. It is music that's
carefully, beautifully, brilliantly constructed and its compositional
techniques rival the most intricate of symphonies.
What Eno didn't imagine was that his piece would be realized with live
musicians. In his analog studio, methodically stringing out bits of
tape and looping them over themselves, he hadn't anticipated that a new
generation of musicians would take his music out of the studio and
perform it on live instruments in a public forum. Over at Bang on a Can
we have always searched for the redefinition of music, exploring the
boundaries outside of what is expected. This recording represents a
further step in this exploration. After 20 years where does this
landmark piece fit into our ever expanding definition? The effect has
only begun. The Music for Airports revolution is just beginning to
The live realization of Music for Airports stays close to the source.
To the core group of the Bang on a Can All-Stars we've added voices,
brass, winds and pips [sic], filling out the orchestra of sound that
emerged in our minds from Eno's original synthesized recording. All of
the music on this disc has been created by living people in real time.
Each of the four movements was recorded in a whole take on analog tape.
We have had the great pleasure of sharing the project plans with Brian
Eno along the way. We are indebted to him for giving us the experience
of getting inside and out of this monumental work."
Copyright 1998 Point Music