Ambient 4: On Land

Ambient 4: On Land

by Brian EnoBrian Eno


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On Land represented a significant move away from the strategies Brian Eno had employed in earlier ambient releases such as Discreet Music and Music for Airports. Instead of using a specific process to generate music with minimal interference from the composer, he here opts for a more gestural and intuitive approach, creating dreamy pictures of some specific geographical points or evocative memories of them. It's quite easy to imagine these works as soundtracks to mysterious footage of imprecisely glimpsed landscapes. On Land is an album that would become highly influential with the rising tide of new age composers, though few if any would capture the chilly beauty or latent romanticism that is part and parcel of Eno. The first piece, "Lizard Point," includes an early recorded performance of Bill Laswell on bass, and one imagines that his association with Eno was a crucial factor in the ambient directions his later work would sometimes take. On Land remains a landmark event in the genre, as well as one of its high-water marks, and sounds entirely up to date 20 years after its initial release. A superb effort.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/04/2009
Label: Imports
UPC: 5099968453022
catalogNumber: 861747

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Brian Eno   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Bass,Keyboards,Vocals,electronics
Jon Hassell   Trumpet,Musician
Bill Laswell   Bass,Musician
Michael Beinhorn   Synthesizer,Musician
Michael Brook   Guitar,Musician
Axel Gros   Guitar,Musician
Daniel Lanois   Musician
Felipe Orrego   Nature Recorder
Dave Hill   electronics

Technical Credits

Martin Bisi   Engineer
Bill Laswell   Composer
Michael Beinhorn   Composer
Brian Eno   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Artwork,Text
Axel Gros   Composer
Daniel Lanois   Engineer
Julie Last   Engineer
Johnny Potoker   Engineer
Andy Lydon   Engineer
Neal Teeman   Engineer
Barry Sage   Engineer
Cheryl Smith   Engineer
Felipe Orrego   Engineer
Andrew Day   Redesign

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