Brian Eno invented ambient music, starting with his 1975 album Discreet Music. Its 30-minute title track was “generative music.” Eno acted as a clockmaker, creating phrases and melodies that were then played through equalizers, echo units, and tape machines, to create a work that had no fixed direction, but that unfolded with an element of chance.
Over the years, Eno released a number of recordings of generative works–Thursday Afternoon, Neroli, and others–and each of these albums was, in effect, a small section of a potentially unlimited stream of music.
On January 1 of this year, Brian Eno released a new album called Reflection, which repeats this technique […]
In addition to the CD and vinyl releases, there is a “deluxe generative version” of Reflection, released as an app for iOS and Apple TV.
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