In the liner notes of his seminal 1978 work Music for Airports, Brian Eno said his ambient music would “accommodate many levels of listening attention without enforcing one in particular; it must be as ignorable as it is interesting.”
This has become somewhat of a blueprint for ambient artists: Craft sounds that are as unobtrusive as you want them to be. Music that fades into the background while smoking weed is essential — especially in a social context. Repetitive rhythms and minimal soundscapes can be great stimuli for mood and conversation. But listening to this music solo can be just as enriching of an experience, as densely layered and beautiful textures envelop you.
The music on this week’s playlist goes beyond the genre, but carries Eno’s ideas down strange and enchanting paths.
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