Budd, Harold

Harold Budd (born May 24, 1936) is an American ambient/avant-garde composer and poet. Born in Los Angeles, California, he was raised in the Mojave Desert, and was inspired at an early age by the humming tone caused by wind blown across telephone wires. Sice then he plays ambient and Pianomusic, sometimes together with Brian Eno.
Budd, Harold
Brian Eno + Harold Budd - Ambient 2 The Plateaux of Mirror

Artist: Brian Eno
P: 1980 / 2009
By 1980, Brian Eno had found his own voice and had his technique firmly in grasp. Having spent the better part of the '70s developing looping mechanisms and then laying the groundwork for ambient music with historic recordings such as "No Pussyfooting" (a collaboration with Robert Fripp), "Discreet Music", and "Music For Airports" and fusing these ideas with David Bowie's paranoid idiom (on Bowie's Berlin trilogy, amongst the most powerful music Bowie has ever done), Eno was at the height of his powers. It is into this regard that "The Plateaux of Mirror" was recorded. A collaboration with minimalist composer and pianist Harold Budd, this record is quite different from the rest.
What Budd provides is a stronger sense of evocative composition than Eno does-- this frees Eno to focus on technical details and technique. The result: a melancholy sort of record filled with moody interludes and tracks. Its far more theme-driven and less loop-driven than Eno's previous or contemporary work. This lends itself well to listeners who aren't really overly enamored with the idea of loop-based music. The work is particularly superb on the melancholy "First Light", the dark "Not Yet Remembered", and the noisy and mysterious "Wind in Lonely Places".
If there's a fault with this record, its that it has a bit of a sameness to it that prevents it from really shining, but its some beautiful music, and a great entry point into the catalogs of either Eno or the lesser known (but often equally brilliant) Budd.

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Brian Eno - Music for Films III

Artist: Brian Eno
P: 1988
A collection of tracks by Brian Eno and musicians associated with him over for use in soundtracks,  or as atmospheres in movies.

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Harold Budd + Brian Eno - The Pearl

Artist: Harald Budd / Brian Eno
P: 1984
This sublime, tranquil recording features 11 haunting ambient tone poems for treated piano. They are crafted from simple chords, arpeggios, or melodies that are frequently trailed by delicate electronic whispers to produce dreamy results. Even though Budd and Eno chose to compose and record in a minimalist style, their gorgeous, moody music evokes so much more, for the reverberating spaces between the notes are just as important as the notes themselves. In an interesting experiment, both "Against the Sky" and "An Echo of Night" explore the same melancholic musical theme in different settings--the former is a sparse piano piece with gentle electronic treatments, the latter is a murky synth work set against a nocturnal outdoor backdrop. (Budd later explored the theme again as the ethereal elegy "Olancha Farewell" on his 1986 solo album, Lovely Thunder.) Beautifully understated, the slow-motion ballet of The Pearl is a piece of striking ambient impressionism that was highly original in its day, well before the myriads of New Age imitators its composers spawned, and it remains fresh and vital two decades later.

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Harold Budd + Clive Wright - Little Windows

Artist: Harold Budd
P: 2010
Little Windows completes the trilogy begun with A Song for Lost Blossoms and carried through their previous album Candylion. Little Windows was recorded especially for John Diliberto's popular, syndicated Ambient music radio show, Echoes Radio. These recordings were first heard on Echoes Radio in Fall 2009. Little Windows showcases these artist's individual talents more so than their two previous albums. Only two of the nine tracks are collaborative Budd/Wright works. Four tracks are fully fleshed out Clive Wright solo compositions recorded at his Desert Sky Studio. Three tracks are Harold Budd solo at the piano -- just Harold with a beautiful sounding piano in a beautiful sounding room at Knobworld Studios, Silverlake. This CD does not offer a true collaboration, but rather separte songs from each artist. All the performances are solid and have Budd's characteristic syle of ambient piano. Wright displays interesting compostions with electric guitar with ebow, and electronic distortions similar to the styling of Robin Guthrie who has also collaborated with Budd in the past. Overall a solid and enjoyable production.

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Harold Budd + Eraldo Bernocchi - Music for Fragmenst from the Inside

Artist: Harold Budd + Eraldo Bernocchi
P:
2005
Recorded live 26.06.03 at Palazzo Delle Papesse Centro D’Arte Contemporanea on the occasion of the exhibition “Palazzo Delle Liberta” for the video installation "Fragments from the inside" by Petulia Mattioli aka PM Koma and original poems by Mara Bressi.
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Harold Budd + Garcia + Lentz - Music for 3 Pianos

Artist: Harold Budd + Ruben Garcia + Daniel Lentz
P:
1992
Music for Three Pianos' is a very calming and relaxing CD. I don't really consider it an 'ambient' CD in the Brian Eno & Harold Budd tradition; the tracks have more of a modern, classical music feel to me. The CD cover indicates that the performers are Harold Budd, Ruben Garcia and Daniel Lentz and the inside cover indicates that all compositions and performances are by these 3 same individuals.

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Harold Budd + Zeitgeist - She is a Phantom

Artist: Harold Budd + Zeitgeist
P: 1994
Released in 1994, this album features Budd performing original compositions with the contemporary music quartet Zeitgeist, a group who play woodwinds, keyboards, and percussion, including mallet instruments. Most of the album was written in 1991 at a time when Budd had returned to writing music for ensembles. While indulging in the minimalist aesthetics that epitomize his work, this album showcases his ideas in a different spectrum than his ambient albums. These 18 compositions average two to two-and-a-half minutes in length, some exploring one theme, others compacting two or three into the same time frame. Unlike many other minimalists, pianist/composer Budd does not belabor his points. She Is a Phantom is generally characterized by mellow tracks such as the ghostly haze of "Nearly Awakened." But there are exceptions, including the gracefully spiraling clarinet melody over piano chords in the opening track and the eclectic "Like Perfume," which segues between an abstract percussive tapestry, a clarinet solo, and a poetry reading accentuated by a marching snare. Four of the songs feature Budd reciting poetry, and the vocal inclusion is not intrusive, blending in with the musical backdrops. This album is perhaps one of Budd's most cryptic works, particularly as some tracks melt into others. While not as easily accessible as many past efforts, it is a gratifying journey nonetheless. It just requires patience and open ears. --Bryan Reesman

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Harold Budd - Avalon Sutra

Artist: Harold Budd
P: 2004
The 2-CD set, "Avalon Sutra/As Long As I Can Hold My Breath", has that same feel. The first CD is a thoughtful series of haunting pieces featuring piano, woodwind and strings. Each piece, while brief, seems to be a continuation of the previous one, like the whole CD is a long narrative composed of short sentences.
The second CD has just one hour-long piece -- " As Long As I Can Hold My Breath"-- a somewhat repetitive composition that, as you listen, becomes a musical mantra. About halfway through you realize that the music is quite hypnotic: interwoven into the rhythm of the steady ebb and flow of cello(?) is a lazy exchange between piano and violin.... just a few simple notes here and there, but it's the steady heartbeat of the cello (or viola, I'm not 100% on that one) that's really mesmerizing.

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Harold Budd - By the Dawn's Early Light

Artist: Harold Budd
P: 1991
Always an outlier, Harold Budd enjoys confounding conventional wisdom about ambient music, new age, what have you. Hence his decision in the early '90s to record an album, for Brian Eno's Opal label, devoted to the American landscape--an album of often vaporous melodies intent on figuring the land's geography and history. Budd's a self-admitted devotee of soundtrack composer Ennio Morricone, and his titles alone help conjure the mythical west ("Distant Lights of Olancha Recede," "Place of Dead Roads"), as well as its odd, modern developments ("Aztec Hotel"). Occasional spoken material, a kind of existential cowboy poetry read by Budd, benefits from guitarist Bill Nelson and pedal-steel player B. J. Cole, not to mention viola, harp, and the composer's own array of keyboards. --Marc Weidenbaum

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Harold Budd - In the Mist

Artist: Harold Budd
P: 2011
Harold Budd is a one of a kind modern neo-classical artist creating high-callibre and complex music with unique and subtle tension and abstraction, and simultaneous almost-pastoral but as-often otherworldly mood. Within the first three notes of a Budd composition, with trademark fresh-as-improvisation sound, whether deep dark or bright light, the listener is transcended to an enlightened state within the balance of empty space, sometimes wistful nostalgia, frequent idealism and always persistent love and beauty.In The Mist is the artist purely distilled. It is the music of Harold Budd at its most raw, emotive and minimalist. In addition, Harold is writing for string quartet. In The Mist is comprised of three distinct movements. Tracks 1-5, The Whispers, are minimalist, tonal, sometimes tone-bending piano compositions. Tracks 6-8, The Gun Fighters, are more dramatic piano compositions with sparse electronic effects and percussive elements. Tracks 9-13, Shadows, are new Harold Budd string quartets, which add an additional component of interest - minimal, abstract, moody compositions.All Music Guide calls Harold "an American ambient/neo-classical composer". He is absolutely the World's number one minimalist, ambient, modern classical composer. That said, he abhors the word ambient. "Ambient: Everytime I read this word I cringe: I've been kidnapped by something I neither know of nor care about; it's better by 1000 times than "New Age" from 2 decades ago, but still..." Although his work is often called ambient, minimal and classical, these labels do no justice to the quiet beauty and uniqueness of the work.

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Harold Budd - Jane 1-11

Artist: Harold Budd
P: 2013

This release from the Avant-Garde/Ambient composer. Jane 1-11 is at least among Harold's very best work and may be his all-time best. Start to finish, this is Harold at his most inspired and most tapped in to his unique gift. There is no other Harold Budd record on which he so strongly expresses his singular avant sensibility.
On the eleven sequentially titled pieces, Jane 1-11, we find minimal compositions of cozy, hushed and serene keys, droning pads, and sparse droplets of sound. The music flows, swells and ebbs through the plateaus and valleys of silence. The plucked strings, struck marimbas and various synthetic instruments often wonder around the main theme, which is less aimless and more contemplating in nature. There is plenty of reverb, but it is administered with care, like a thin layer of ointment on a slow healing wound. The rest is explored through ongoing resonance, harmony and meticulous stereo field placement. And although he seems to reject the prescribed categorization of styles, with most pieces [especially the gorgeous Jane 8], Budd seems to define what was once proclaimed by the ambient movement itself: music that is as ignorable as it is interesting.

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Harold Budd - Jane 12-21

Artist: Harold Budd
P: 2014

JANE 12-21 is the companion to JANE 1-11. Minimal, modern classical piano and avant-garde electronics by the master. 'It's simple. I broke out and broke back to my earlier days: A triangle of risk, improvisation and joy - as I say, very simple. My rules to myself were: No plan, no notes, no ideas, no microphones; except for Jane 1 I stuck to it. My other rule - the most important one - was: At least one piece per day, finished, mixed and not to be revisited again. Jane 7, 8, 9 were done in one day, Brad Ellis was my guide through this: An untiring day, ready to go again. To quote a letter to me from Mark Tobey: 'It fell off the edge of my brush.' - Harold Budd.

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Harold Budd - Lovely Thunder

Artist: Harold Budd
P: 1986
On first inspection it might appear that nothing so plosive as thunder threatens the peacefulness that comprises this album. But as early as the second cut, "Sandtreader," remote booms impose the corporeal on the ethereal. This tension typifies the nexus of new age, ambient, and avant garde synonymous with Harold Budd. He recorded Thunder at the studio of the Cocteau Twins, the mid-'80s band whose foreboding atmospherics anticipated trends in "shoegazing" pop and ambient electronica; the record benefits from the Twins' palette of shimmering yet Gothic textures. Released prior to the CD's advent, the album is best heard as two halves: a handful of aural soundscapes and a 20-minute-long mélange of synthetic chorus, B-movie modulations, and gaseous sonics, wrapped up in the evocative title "Gypsy Violin."


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Harold Budd - Luxa

Artist: Harold Budd
P: 1996
Harold Budd is not going to set the world on fire with his piano technique, but then again he would be the first to admit to that. He has a very minimalistic way of of playing the piano, a very much soft pedaled approach. When he performs you have feel within that time stands very much still.
 

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Harold Budd - The Pavilion of Dreams

Artist: Harold Budd
P: 1978 / 1997

This was Harold Budd's first full release, originally on Brian Eno's important Obscure label in the mid-70s. These works still show a fascination with jazz, particularly Coltrane's work as well as that of Lonnie Liston Smith and Pharoah Sanders of the 'New Thing' period. But while that music was often tinged with rhythm and fire, this is filled with tranquility and liquid peacefulness. Those expecting the electronic and processor-based atmospherics of his later works should note that on here, Budd gets the job done with some complex ensemble work, and not a lot in the way of processing and studio tricks. But by no means does this diminish this excellent, beautiful New Music collection.

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John Foxx + Harold Budd - Nighthawks + Translucence + Drift Music

Artist: John Foxx + Harold Budd
P: 2011
“Nighthawks” is a brand new collaboration between John Foxx and arguably the world’s most famous ambient/avant garde music composer Harold Budd, along with minimalist composer Ruben Garcia.
Harold Budd’s career stretches back to the 60s and includes collaborations with Brian Eno, the Cocteau Twins, Bill Nelson, Andy Partridge, Ruben Garcia (on ‘Three Pianos’), U2 and John Foxx.
Foxx and Budd’s previous collaborative albums, the acclaimed “Translucence” and “Drift Music” were originally issued on Edsel in 2003, and are now included in this set to present the complete John Foxx and Harold Budd Collection.

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Robin Guthrie + Harold Budd - Bordeaux

Artist: Robin Guthrie + Harold Budd
P: 2011
This is the album by former Cocteau Twins member Robin Guthrie and Harold Budd; unquestionably the two masters of sonic beauty, minimalism and modern ambient.
Magnificent. If you like Robin's or Harold's past catalog (or the early Ambient work of Budd & Eno, including "The Pearl"), this release is not to be missed. Previously - their last collaborative efforts were well crafted, but it always felt like both men were swapping-out being the lead (stylistically) on every other track (with the other simply following in the background). On this new CD, it is more of a haunting genuine blending of music ideas and nuances - fused together... Harold's fragile voice of treated piano up-front over the ever-present ocean of Robin's distant feedback-layered-guitars completes the union. This collaboration creates aural imagery that is at once nostalgic, yet futuristic: Winds at the end of summer -- The heart of fall in the fires of falling leaves... It was a stroke of genius for Robin to 'stand-down' from his unique tour du force sonic signatures and allow Harold's pale voice to float over the rich darkness of the moment. Clearly these gentlemen came to create an ascended space of beauty without-time among the old vineyards of France.

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V/A - Lunar Twilight

Artist: Stearns, Serrie, Roach, Jeff Pearce, H.Budd u.a.
P: 2001

Lunar Twilight - Ambient Visions is a collection of the some of the finest examples of the style called 'ambient' or 'space music'. Relaxing, spacious, and soothing, the perfect night music after a busy day. Lunar Twilight includes ambient pioneers Harold Budd, Steve Roach, Michael Stearns, John Serrie and Jeff Pearce. Enjoy a true journey ...

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Various Artists - A Brief History of Ambient Vol. 1

Artist: TD, Ashra, Eno, Froese u.a.
P: 1993
What you get is a fairly decent ambient selection from Virgin's rich and varied back catalogue from the 70's, 80's and 90's. Some of it naturally sounds a little dated, but it is a history lesson so what do you expect.

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