Brian Eno Discreet Music 180g LP
180g Vinyl LP!
While his earlier work with Robert Fripp on No Pussyfooting and several
selections from his own Another Green World feature similar ideas, Discreet
Music marked a clear step toward the ambient aesthetic Eno would later codify
with 1978's Ambient 1: Music for Airports.
The inspiration for this album began when Eno was hospitalized after an
accident. Whilst bed-ridden and listening to a record of eighteenth-century harp
music, the volume was too low and he couldn't reach to turn it up. It was
raining outside, and Eno recounts he began listening to the rain and to
"these odd notes of the harp, that were just loud enough to be heard above the
"This presented what was for me a new way of hearing music – as part of the
ambience of the environment, just as the colour of the light and the sound of
the rain were parts of that ambience", he observed.
The A-side of the album is a thirty-minute piece titled "Discreet Music", which
Pitchfork called "one of the greatest single ambient pieces that Eno has
produced". It was made using two overlapped tape loops of melodic
synthesizer phrases of different lengths. This technique became known as
'Frippertronics'; one of Eno's early forays into algorithmic, generative
composition – exploring multiple ways to create music with limited planning or
The second half of the album, titled "Three Variations on the Canon in D Major
by Johann Pachelbel" features the Cockpit Ensemble, playing brief excerpts from
the score, which were repeated several times, with the tempo and other elements
gradually altered – the end result of which "forced the listener to switch
fundamental modes of hearing", Pitchfork proclaimed.
• 180g Vinyl
• Made in Czech Republic
1. Discreet Music
Three Variations On The Canon In D Major By Johann Pachelbel
1. Fullness Of Wind
2. French Catalogues
3. Brutal Ardour