cover It's rare that I recommend music, but I've recently decided that Brian Eno's Music For Airports is some of the best background music for writing.

I've owned this particular CD for at least 4 years but have only recently begun to listen to it with any regularity. A couple weeks ago, I popped it into the CD player while hacking on a book chapter and left it on repeat. Since then I haven't even thought of taking it out of the rotation. Like much of his other ambient work, its very subtle and just fades into the background as your concentration and attention focus back on the task at hand.

If you're a fan of Brian Eno or Ambient Music in general, I highly recommend it.

Posted by jzawodn at November 25, 2003 09:48 PM

Reader Comments
# Claude said:

Does he have an album "Music for Elevators"?

on November 25, 2003 10:13 PM
# david said:

Check out On Land, it's great too. Do you have the original version or the Bang on a Can version?

The Bang on a Can version is the one that's pictured and uses all real instruments.

on November 25, 2003 10:19 PM
# Michael Moncur said:

I like ambient for listening while writing too. Favorites are William Orbit's "Pieces in a Modern Style", Art of Noise's "Ambient Collection", and Euphoria's "Euphoria". And occasionally some Tangerine Dream.

on November 26, 2003 12:52 AM
# milk said:

eno's 'thursday afternoon' still amazes me every time i hear it. i need to explore more of his other music.

on November 26, 2003 01:17 AM
# Shawn said:

Sorry Claude, no music for elevators, Although there is "music for films" which is damn good.

Putting music for airports in context is rather outstanding - it was released in 1978.

Stupid trivia fact: Eno made a nice chunk of change off the Windows 95 start-up sound.

on November 26, 2003 09:31 AM
# Claude said:

How nice of a chunk of change?

on November 26, 2003 11:11 AM
# jsd said:

"On Land" and "Thursday Afternoon" are my favorite ambient Eno records. they're all good though.

on November 26, 2003 02:07 PM
# Dwayne said:

Anyway Jeremy, Have a HAPPY TURKEY DAY (to you and your family)!

on November 26, 2003 03:06 PM
# Spanish guy said:

Just curious. Google bring me here searching "music for elevators". I could SWEAR I have seen it. I hope I won´t have to search in my old magazines heap.

Maybe my mind slipped down? But Claude also vaguely remembers it. Men in Black job?

on September 1, 2006 01:14 PM
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