Harold Budd – The Room


Release data: Harold Budd – The Room LP/CD, Atlantic Records, 2000 The core inspiration for this quiet album was drawn from a painting of the same name LA-composer Harold Budd encountered in the late ’80s. “The Room” eventually ended up as a base and the start to explore the various aspects of what rooms can actually be or become, which resulted in 13 fascinating ambient…

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Harold Budd – Lovely Thunder


Release data: Harold Budd – Lovely Thunder LP/CD, Editions Eg Records, 1986 Mr Budd’s aim to make his music as beautiful as possible at every moment is a firm understatement when it comes to the music found on this amazing recording, which lines up nicely to his collaborative effort “The Pearl” with soul mate Brian Eno. Composer and sound engineer Michael Hoenig also deserves lots…

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Budd/Garcia/Lentz – Music for 3 Pianos


Release data: Budd/Garcia/Lentz – Music for 3 Pianos CD/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD, All Saints, 1993 “Music for Three Pianos”, inspired by Morton Feldman’s multi-piano pieces, brings together the gifted minimalist piano players Harold Budd, Ruben Garcia and Daniel Lentz. It’s not full album but a 21-minute EP with six compositions featuring simple but most effective music. Its subtle impact reminds of Budd’s “White Arcades” or his collaborative…

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Harold Budd & Brian Eno – Ambient 2: The Plateaux of Mirror


Release data: Harold Budd & Brian Eno – Ambient 2: The Plateaux of Mirror CD, EG Records, 1980 I thought it time to lift out another ambient classic out of the collection. Being the second in Eno’s ambient series, “The Plateaux of Mirror” is an album where Budd would indulge in lots of live improvisation on electric and acoustic piano to Eno’s quiet, ethereal sound…

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Harold Budd – The Serpent (In Quicksilver) / Abandoned Cities


Release data: Harold Budd – The Serpent (In Quicksilver) / Abandoned Cities CD, Opal, 1991 This cd-release comprises two albums made in 1981 (“The Serpent”) and 1984 (“Abandoned Cities”) respectively. “The Serpent” is actually a 20-minute Ep containing six short ambient miniatures, taking off with some pedal steel guitar and treated piano on “Afar” followed by the drifting spheres and piano on “Wanderer”. There’s a…

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Harold Budd & Brian Eno – The Pearl


Release data: Harold Budd & Brian Eno – The Pearl CD, Editions EG, 1984 For many years, the album “The Pearl” by Brian Eno and Harold Budd is considered a classic in the tranquil ambient genre. The music is simple and but effective, pairing a pleasant sense of melancholy with spaciousness by aptly mixing treated Satie-kindred piano with electronics. The outcome is timeless music moving…

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