Brian Eno - Discreet Music
Vinyl LP, Album, Reissue, U.S. 1983 (Originally released 1975)
Editions EG (Obscure)
Discreet Music I imagine was a life changer for Brian Eno. One gets the impression that he was saying goodbye to the ‘pop’ world with Another Green World. As legend has it the ‘ah ha’ moment happened when Eno was ill and recovering in bed, and friend Judy Nylon brought him an LP of ancient music of some sort. One of the stereo speakers went out and Eno was too ill to get out of bed to fix it, so he was forced to hear it in this particular situation. This, inspired him to do Discreet Music, which is one of the great beauties out of the ambient music world.
I use the music to write by, especially if I need to concentrate on the page, and having difficultly doing so. It just creeps inside my head, but it doesn’t stop me from the thinking process while writing. I’m the type of writer that needs music while writing, and this album is without a doubt the top three titles to allow me space to do what I have to do on the page.
There is a melody that floats over the electronics, and one can even hum it if they wished. But it is best when it is sort of there, but you can’t define it. Erik Satie invented ‘furniture music’ and Discreet Music (the title says it all) follows the great French eccentric’s point-of-view with respect how music can serve a location or place in mind. Side two is another favorite of mine, where Eno goes after Pachelbel’s Canon and does his magic over it.
One time i had the entire Obscure record label collection, that was curated and owned by Eno. Looking back this was a very important label, because it not only introduced new composers to the world as well as the standards (John Cage) but also connected to the pop music world at the time. Alas, something for me to look for again. First love is sometimes the best love.