on life, music etc beyond mainstream



hi michael,


on land – that would be my favorite eno album. a timeless piece of music, highly inventive and enough room for the listener to create our train of thoughts. wonder if some of the reasons of its success simply has to do with it having almost no high end in the instrumentation, apart from the trumpet lifted from (was it „dream theory“?). same thing with brook´s „hybrid“ – only low, low / high mid areas involved. if you listen to „dream logic“ or „cartography“ – or for „poppies“ for that matter – it´s hardly anything going on in the treble (as if such word belongs in the analog world). when something do enter that frequency (voice, trumpet, the odd sine wave) area, it can be performed so softly and will still be extremely present in the recording.

wonder if the getz / gilberto album was (and still is) such a success, merely has to do with bass levels …

currently in norwich with matt calvert giving a performance tonight of battleship potemkin at the norfolk festival.



jan bang


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  1. Brian Whistler:

    I think part of the allure of On Land is its relentless darkness. It’s one of the only ambient albums a writer friend of mine owns, in fact, one of the only albums he owns. He loves drama and mystery, and this album is rife with both. It’s not pretty by design. It’s music that is so earthy, it’s almost subterranean. That dark color that pervades the music, that never goes into the high end is part of its attraction. It murmurs in the caves where blind fish swim in hidden pools. It echoes softly in the quietest and most remote forests, and it never becomes repetitive, so one can leave it on repeat for an entire night as my friend does when he wrestles with the insomnia demons.

  2. Michael Engelbrecht:

    Has anyone recognized the small album cover down left?

    It‘s the vinyl of Neil Young‘s disturbing TIME FADES AWAY.

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