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The soundtrack to a VHS cassette of Christine Alicino's "video paintings" (which can be viewed properly only when the monitor is stood on its side), Thursday Afternoon is an hour-long, uninterrupted ambient piece created in Eno's "holographic" compositional style, in which even the most brief snippet of music is representative of the performance as a whole.
Hypnotic and Atmospheric
It sseems so easy when I listen to these pieces of Eno's, but who else can find that space between soothing, and edgy? Thin air and substance? No one. Put this on and work in a wonderfully productive mood for an hor.
I used to listen to Thursday Afternoon on repeat while doing Linear Algebra homework in college. You hear its nothingness a half-dozen times, then you realize: there are moments in it that you can now recognize; moments as clear as your name being called out loud, each and every time the CD repeats. Moments that are special; even joyous.
Not long after, the repetition feels like it was the intent of the piece from the very beginning, and listening to Thursday Afternoon again will start to seem like one of the most profoundly worthwhile uses of your time you can imagine.
Long and wonderful. An hour-long piece just wish I could bring myself to buy it. Brian Eno has a great library of these sorts of works. Will favorite it on Pandora and wait for it to come around again.
Born: May 15, 1948 in Woodbridge, Suffolk, England
Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s
Top Albums and Songs by Brian Eno
||Strange Overtones||Everything That Happens Will Happen Today||4:16||$0.99||View in iTunes|
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||An Ending (Ascent)||28 Days Later||4:17||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||An Ending (Ascent)||Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks (with Daniel Lanois & Roger Eno)||4:26||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Regiment||My Life In the Bush of Ghosts||4:11||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||One Fine Day||Everything That Happens Will Happen Today||4:53||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Big Ship||Another Green World||3:01||$1.29||View in iTunes|