The New York avant garde music ensemble called Bang On A Can will play an unusual show this Saturday night when they stage a live performance of Brian Eno's 1978 seminal ambient album "Music For Airports."
When the record first arrived (before "ambient" had any meaning in the music world), Eno said he meant ambient music to be an alternative to Muzak, and said he hoped it would be "as ignorable as it is interesting."
Eno made the ultra-sedate "Music For Airports" by assembling tape-recorded piano, synth and vocal riffs and putting them through a tape loop delay system.
Bang On A Can, which just released its own recording of "Music For Airports," will perform the piece live for the first time anywhere when they take the stage this weekend.
"This piece in a certain sense revolutionized how we think about music that normally we don't think about," the group's Michael Gordon told MTV News.
"As we were arranging this piece, and were unraveling
it," Daniel Lang added, "we discovered that it wasn't just these beautiful little fragments of sound, but these were giant glacial structures moving inexorably on top of each other controlled in this very powerful and complicated way." [650k QuickTime]
Bang On A Can will tackle "Music For Airports" this Saturday at New York's Alice Tully Hall.