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Music for Real Airports

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The adjective in the title of the Black Dog's 2010 full-length separates it from Brian Eno's Ambient 1: Music for Airports, which was a highly idealized vision of airport travel. Eno's music often sounds reminiscent of some future utopia, separated from the sights and smells of thousands of anxious or disgruntled people in close contact. Ken Downie's pragmatic approach to soundtracking air travel here is evident not only from the track titles, which include "DISinformation Desk," "Strip Light Hate," and "Sleep Deprivation 2." Although his aural imagery is nearly as anodyne and antiseptic as Eno's, there's a lingering air of menace, or at least unease, that contrasts with the beatific beatlessness of Eno's ambient music. The sounds are appropriately textured, and often recall the sound of unidentified persons far down dark hallways, but with brittle beats and echoing effects — most sampled from airport sources during Downie's frequent travels.


Gegründet: 1989 in London, England

Genre: Electronic

Jahre aktiv: '90s, '00s, '10s

Taking their name from a British euphemism for imminent doom, the Black Dog (also appearing variously as Black Dog Productions, Balil, Xeper, and Plaid, among others) formed in the early '90s as the trio of Ken Downie, Ed Handley, and Andy Turner. Forging a challenging, relentless combination of early techno, electro, and hip-hop with a penchant for odd time signatures, high-tech atmospherics, and Egyptian iconography, the group immediately distinguished itself from the scores of disposable techno...
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