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Music / Ambient 1: Music for Airports

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Also enjoyable outside of airport environments.

Ambient 1: Music for Airports is the sixth studio album by British musician Brian Eno, released in 1978 through EG Records & Polydor Records in the UK and PVC Records in the US. An acclaimed record, it was not the first Ambient album, but it was the first one to be released under that name, making it the Trope Codifier.


Side A
  1. "1/1" (16:30)
  2. "2/1" (8:20)

Side B

  1. "1/2" (11:30)
  2. "2/2" (6:00)

All tracks were composed by Eno, except "1/1", which has Robert Wyatt and producer Rhett Davies as co-composers.

Tropes for Airports:

  • Album Filler: The CD release adds 30 seconds of silence after every track.
  • Ambient: One of the classics.
  • Epic Rocking: Every single track; the shortest ("2/1") is exactly 6 minutes long; the longest ("1/1") is 16½.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Sort of. It eventually became part of an art installation at New York's LaGuardia airport.
  • Instrumentals: All tracks are instrumental, save for some wordless vocals which loop back on themselves and interact with each other on "2/2" and "1/2".
  • Minimalistic Cover Art: The album cover is a piece of a map.
  • New Sound Album: This is the effective Trope Codifier for Ambient.
  • Non-Appearing Title: The titles are simply number codes and thus they can't appear on the tracks either, because they have no lyrics.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Eno was inspired to write music for airports when he spent several hours waiting at Cologne Bonn Airport, Germany, and became increasingly annoyed by the uninspired music playing in the background.
  • Record Producer: Brian Eno.
  • Title by Number: All tracks have a title that describes which part of the record they can be found on: "1/1", for instance, means the first track of the first side.