Friday, October 21, 2011

Heaven in Sound - An Ending (Ascent)

One of my favorite music genres is that first coined by Brian Eno as ambient music. Indeed there is none other luminary in that genre brighter than Eno who did not invent it but arguably popularized it and helped bring it into the fold of electronica music. His most beautiful and perhaps most famous piece or as he called them, "treatments", is "An Ending (Ascent)" from his 1983 studio album Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks. To me this "treatment" comes closer to Heaven on Earth than any intentionally organized grouping of sounds I have ever heard to this point in my life. Upon hearing it I always am overwhelmed with such a complex rush of emotions from euphoria to melancholy, afterglow to loneliness, inspiration to desolation. Watch it and tell me what you think?

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