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 worlds, tape-delay loops and treatments. Eno recalls: “…I would set up a sound, he would improvise to it, and occasionally I would add something: but it was mainly him performing in a sound-world I had created”.
The titles of the ten ambient soundscapes reveal Eno’s mounting interest in creating the musical equivalent of landscape painting. Budd’s delicate, fragile piano melodies and keys are gentle and slow, and merged with some lush, dreamlike textures create a melancholic, nostalgic sonic painting altogether, still smoothly resonating after the recording has ended. Due to the fact the album was recorded on analogue equipment, one can hear the typical hiss of the tapes Eno used for his treated sounds in several of the tracks.
“Ambient 2: The Plateaux of Mirror” simply blooms of intrinsic beauty and stillness, and still is a gem in evocative, atmospheric ambient music.
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