Brian Eno – An Ending (Ascent) (1983)

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The track “An Ending (Ascent)” was sampled in the song “Hear Me Out” by the group Frou Frou, and has been used in several films, such as Traffic and 28 Days Later. Many of the tracks on the album Apollo were recorded with soft “attacks” of each note, then played backwards, with multiple heavy echoes and reverb added in both directions to merge the notes into one long flowing sound with each note greatly overlapping each adjacent note, producing the “floating” effects that Eno desired. The Yamaha DX7 was used extensively by Eno on the album. “…so many processings and reprocessings – it’s a bit like making soup from the leftovers of the day before, which in turn was made from leftovers…” (making the album) Eno said, “…. Well, I love that music anyway …. what I find impressive about that music is that it’s very concerned with space in a funny way. Its sound is the sound of a mythical space, the mythical American frontier space that doesn’t really exist anymore. That’s why on Apollo I thought it very appropriate, because it’s very much like “space music” — it has all the connotations of pioneering, of the American myth of the brave individual….”







[via Anika Holla-Lori]

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