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Brian Eno


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3.46 | 108 ratings

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4 stars What a beating!

"Discreet Music",1975, consists of a long, slow-paced track and 3 variations of Pachelbel's Canon (performed by The Cockpit Ensemble/ Gavin Bryars). Music wise, for those who actually know the electronic music world, beforehand and are not expecting, "the gods know what" sonic experience, this album is a must in your PE collection.

Do not be misguided by unknowing reviewers, who seemed to be expecting Yes or Deep Purple (maybe even Black Sabbath) in this fourth Brian Eno's official release.

Focused instrumental experimentation deprived of the usual dry humor found in his previous releases, Discreet Music is groundbreaking in more than one way. For Brian Eno, himself it is the opening door to one of his, now very well established and personal, musical languages. To us listeners it changed the face, radically, of the until then known "Cosmic Electronics".

Discreet Music, its first track, consists of slow paced sections of scattered melody lines counterpointed by distant mirror, out of phase of the same, lines, constructing subtle symphonic like minimalist, transparent and fragile structures which are ephemeral as only music can be.

3 variations of Pachelbel's Canon (tracks 2,3 & 4), are a free flowing intersection of pasted tape loops of the pre-recorded material, processesed through different running speeds and representing the original form in a dream like, disrupting but amiable, alternate, out of phase version .

****4.5 PA stars.

admireArt | 4/5 |


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