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Brian Eno: Artist of “Music for Airports”

by admin on November 14, 2014

How do you feel about sitting in a metal tube moving 500 miles per hour 27,000 ft in the air? Would you be a little anxious about it? Imagine the feelings that passengers have going around different terminals throughout the airport right before they travel at such exceeding speeds high up in the sky. It’s hard to believe that even under those statistics, according to Kelli B. Grant, air travel is still proven to be the safest way to travel. Even with that being a proven fact, people are still going to be uneasy right before they take flight.

What are good ways to simmer down the atmosphere in a place like that? One of the things that has been done about it is throughout the sound systems in the airport, they play Brian Eno’s- “Music for Airports” album. This album is played in the back ground throughout airports to make the atmosphere be less tense and have passengers feel more comfortable before and hopefully during flights. But the question remains, how did Eno’s music help diffuse the atmosphere in airports?

Eno has been known to create quiet, relaxing, music in his career like “-Another Green World-“, “-Evening Star-“,”-The Pavillion of Dreams-“, and many more! The music was put together to  be continuously played as a sound installation, designed to ease the tension of the anxious atmosphere of airport terminals. Usually background music is designed to lighten up the atmosphere and fill in awkward silence, but Eno’s album, “-Music for Airports-” is designed to make the terminals more relaxed.

It’s amazing how music can have an effect on the atmosphere in different situations but it is also crazy how music can motivate, inspire, and get people moving. As an athlete, when I say this, people would think that I would be referring to rock and roll, rap, or territorial music, but I am actually not. Usually people would assume that would be the kind of music athletes would listen to when they workout or train for their sport, because that is usually the kind of music teams walk out to for a game, or is played during warm ups. This is why people assume that athletes always listen to this kind of music when they workout, train, and more. On the other hand, when I workout for my sport, I don’t listen to that kind of music. I am actually more motivated by music with an orchestra that is thrilling and has an embracing beat. For some reason the instruments all working together and playing in harmony is what really gets me going. One of my favorite orchestra songs is “300 Violins Oechestra,”-by Jorge Quintero-“. The song has a really inspiring, motivating feeling, and then as you get deeper into the song, there is an amazing beat on top of that. I don’t know how it pumps me up so much and I have spent an excessive amount of time trying to figure out why. I have found that every time I have heard this song I race way more aggressive and never back down. On the other hand, when I don’t listen to music I find that I don’t do as well. I know it is nothing like a placebo, because I accidentally heard this song before I raced, got extremely motivated, and came home victorious. With that being said, this causes me to give my all into being the best I can be.

It is really interesting how music can have an effect on people’s feelings and mood. How Brian Eno’s music was used to simmer down the terminals, and then how music can inspire athletes and motivate them. Music honestly has so much power, especially if it can affect feelings and moods. But this can be a huge advantage for people. They can use music to help them promote a mood, get motivated, relax them, and so much more. People can seriously use music to their advantage with how much power it has.

by Chlton Birdwhistell


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