Today is Brian Eno’s 69th birthday, and I feel we should all take a moment to reflect on a what a gift his life and music have been. I also feel like, given the current dismal climate of air travel, we should consider rebooting his 1978 masterpiece, Ambient 1: Music for Airports. (I’m looking at you, Polydor and/or Virgin.)
The album was initially designed as a sound installation to counter the tensity of the airport environment. And this was very much pre-9/11! Think of how much the stress has been compounded since the record’s release! Not only do you have to come to terms with the fact that your plane might crash, or be hijacked, or just straight up disappear into the ether, but now, in 2017, you have to deal with the seemingly daily instances of societal insanity. Maybe you’ll be thrown off a flight! Maybe you’ll get verbally harassed or physically assaulted! There’s just no telling anymore.
So that’s why I’d like to propose a 2017 (or near-future) reboot of Ambient 1: Music for Airports; whether it’s a special reissue (it was remastered in 2004, but that was a whole DECADE ago…) or a full-on updated rethink, I think the market has proven its readiness.
In the meantime, I’d like you to do a thing: mute the following videos of airport/airplane degeneracy and play Ambient 1 over them. It’s bizarre. It’s art. It’s proof we need this reboot.