After a busy but enjoyable few days hosting the visitors who put on our house concert, and today with the dreaded and archaic change to Daylight Savings Time, it feels like a good day for a chill piece of music. (I find “chill” is an odd way to describe something intended to promote relaxation and comfort, which for me is more synonymous with warmth. But, I digress.)
If you’ve been following this blog or have known me long, you’ll know I’m a big fan of Brian Eno in his various musical stages from Roxy Music to solo glam rock, collaborations with other musicians, and most recently his work in experimental and ambient music. Eno recently announced a new work in conjunction with his brother, Roger, called Mixing Colours. The album hasn’t been released yet, but record label Deutsche Grammophon has issued two advance tracks. Today’s selection is the second of these, “Blonde.”
Software engineer Peter Chilvers is another artist with whom Eno has worked; they produced two “generative music” iPhone apps, Bloom and Trope, which allow the user to create ambient musical sounds and visions by dragging coloured shapes around the iPhone screen. The apps also create random ambient soundscapes. Chilvers and Eno have now produced videos for Mixing Colours. The accompaniment for the the first track released from the album (Celeste) is a calming video filmed out a vehicle window while passing a landscape in dusklight. Today’s music video captures a farm field in the bright light of day, with big, fluffy clouds in the sky.
Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.
Here’s the official audio from Brian Eno’s YouTube channel: