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Harold Budd & Brian Eno

The American ambient/neo-classical composer who has most closely allied himself with the increasingly sympathetic independent rock underground -- through his collaborations with the Cocteau Twins' Robin Guthrie -- Harold Budd is also one of the very few who can very rightly be called an ambient composer. His music, a sparse and tonal wash of keyboard treatments, was inspired by a boyhood spent listening to the buzz of telephone wires near his home in the Mojave Desert town of Victorville, CA (though he was born in nearby Los Angeles). Though interested in music from an early age, Budd was 30, already married, and with children of his own by the time he graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in musical composition in 1966. He became a respected name in the circle of minimalist and avant-garde composers based in Southern California during the late '60s, premiering his works "The Candy-Apple Revision" and "Unspecified D-Flat Major Chord and Lirio" around the area. In 1970, he began a teaching career at the California Institute of Arts, but continued to compose while there, writing "Madrigals of the Rose Angel" in 1972.

After leaving the Institute in 1976, Budd gained a recording contract with the Brian Eno-affiliated EG Records, and released his debut album, The Pavilion of Dreams, in 1978. Two years later, he collaborated with Eno on one of the landmark albums of the ambient style, Ambient 2: The Plateaux of Mirrors. After recording two albums for Cantil in 1981 (The Serpent [In Quicksilver]) and 1984 (Abandoned Cities), Budd again worked with Eno on 1984's The Pearl. A contract with Eno's Opal Records resulted in one of Budd's most glorious albums, The White Arcades, recorded in Edinburgh with Robin Guthrie of the Cocteau Twins. Budd left Opal after 1991's By the Dawn's Early Light, and recorded two albums for Gyroscope: Music for 3 Pianos (with Ruben Garcia and Daniel Lentz) and the lauded Through the Hill, a collaboration with Andy Partridge of XTC. In the mid-'90s, he recorded albums for New Albion and All Saints before signing to Atlantic for the release of The Room in mid-2000.

In 2004, Budd decided to retire, claiming he had said all he wanted to, and that he "didn't mind disappearing." His "final" outing, Avalon Sutra/As Long as I Can See My Breath, appeared on David Sylvian's Samhadi Sound imprint as a double disc. The album featured 14 new pieces, some recorded solo, some recorded with saxophonist Jon Gibson, and some with a string quartet. Budd apparently changed his mind about retirement and his collaboration with Eraldo Bernocchi, Fragments from the Inside, issued on Sub Rosa, arrived in the spring of 2005. Back to composing and recording, Budd signed to Darla in late 2007. He began working with producer Clive Wright that same year. Song for Lost Blossoms was issued in 2008, followed by the release of Candylion in mid-2009; the pair also worked together on 2010's Little Windows. ~ John Bush, Rovi
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Just about anything Eno is associated with is good for me.
"The Pearl" is my favorite Budd/Eno collaboratio n . "Drift" and "Deep Blue Day" are classics from the "Apollo" CD.
Cre-An Ending of course comes from the album Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks, you might also want to check out some of Brian's earlier works like his Music for Airports albums or even Discreet Music, which are similar to this an payed the groundwork for An Ending. Walter
beneamata
William Basinski not Robert - pardons.
beneamata
cre - try liquid mind and also robert basinski and see how it goes good luck
I felt the same way when I heard the music for "An Ending ". I wish I could find more pieces like that.I would devote a Pandora station to it. Anyone out there, I am open to suggestions?
I was first introduced to Ambient and to Brian Eno through the horror movie 28 Days Later. Eno's song, An Ending, started playing in one scene and I was just mind blown! It was so beautiful, so peaceful! It made me scream from within! I am so glad I discovered this beauty!
"Music by the usage of space and time" that is brilliant, Thank you Walterlj
This music suits me for exactly the purpose I am expecting from it. It puts me to sleep:)
lifemanageme n t i n m o t i o n
WOW!! TOTAL BIGGEST GOOSEBUMP MOMENT!!
Really? What's not to like? His work with the Cocteau Twins was my first introduction of sorts. Yet I found out later that I absolutely adored this Plateau of Mirror for years before the Cocteau Twins endeavors!! Fancy that, huh?
ehardyof3
I do not like this
Music in a one of a kind vibe. TOTAL CHILL
Very Silent Hillish.
lifemanageme n t i n m o t i o n
This track allows you to feel so gentle!
Another great music artist ...
Love this music..
xobrianneox
Wow.... I spent a lot of my childhood listening to the buzz and rythem of the electrical wires that run over my grandmothers house. Maybe a love of ambient electronic sounds and sensitivity to electrical energy have some kind of commonality
soeyespy0
The correct album name is The Plateaux Of Mirror wit no s added to Mirror. You can see this on the artwork and track number 3 which has it spelled correctly. A great collection like this should be correctly represented here. Highly recommended!
It was my pleasure to come across "Harold Budd" through his first collaboratio n with "Brian Eno". I was a great fan of "Eno" since his first ambient album release on vinyl, "Discreet Music". Later, He began collaboratin g with Harold Budd and i am now immensely fond of his solo work as well. Both of these artist inspire me in my own writing and musical work and i wouldn't want to have lived in a world without their immense contribution s
Serene and completative . Arouses the soul.
chris2429
Simple. Sublime. Complex. What appears to be a sparse rendering is a soothing, rich musical experience.
retropat
Inspiring. This guy's hair is the same color as mine. Think maybe he knows something about the beauty and complexity of life?
this is perfect for my reiki and massage sessions
What a glorious excellence in the realm of lamenting beauty and forlorn wonderment.
Hauntingly beautiful.
I love these beautiful tones. They Lull me to sleep quite peacefully!
It makes sense since Brian Eno is involved... but anyone notice a track from The Pearl is sampled on U2's Cedar of Lebanon?
the supervisor drinks buddweiser
It's quite simple, Harold Budd is a Ambient composer. He defines ambient piano. He actually can make music by the usage of space and time. His work is so beautiful and so engaging....

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