[LAU] RIP the inventor of ambient music

david gnome at hawaii.rr.com
Thu Dec 10 09:18:12 CET 2020

On 12/9/20 8:06 PM, mis wrote:
> On 09.12.2020 09:22, Paul Davis wrote:
>> We have:
>>  1) the term "ambient", indisputably coined by Eno
>>  2) the general style "ambient", indeed arguably coined by Satie
>> (though one might suggest that Debussy and the other more mainstream
>> impressionists had something to do with it). There's also works like
>> "in a Landscape" by John Cage (for piano) that clearly predate Eno's
>> work but embody most of the same elements.
>>  3) Harold Budd, who didn't like the term "ambient" and didn't want
>> his music labelled that way
> And then, there is Gregorian chant that is potentially closer to 
> "ambient" than any of the above... (and this only if we limit 
> ourselves to the occidental, and more specifically, West European 
> tradition of music making).
> Michał

Depends on if you consider "ambient" to mean only instrumental music. 
Gregorian and other chant (I live in Hawaii, we have our own chant 
tradition) are meant to communicate meaning/feelings through words. In 
my opinion, they're also not meant for "background" listening, the way I 
think of a lot of ambient music.

Either way, Budd's music is wonderful.

David W. Jones
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