Cover art: juliannabach.com
This cover of Brian Eno's seminal Discreet Music is a musical epilogue for Kid606's Bored of Excitement full length out in May. This single 30 minute song maintains the spirit and harmonic progressions from the original, but it eschews synthesizers and tape loops in favor of multitracked piano, multiple reverbs and pitch-modulated phasing.
Discreet music came before Eno's Ambient 1: Music for Airports. It laid the foundation for modern ambient music by building upon Erik Satie's "furniture music" concept. Eno employed a generative compositional technique which creates an ever shifting atmosphere which is free from any traditional musical meter.
Kid606's version is both a tribute and transformation of the original concept. The focus is still on filling the space of the environment it is listened in. Just like the lighting
in a room can be used to change the mood, this piece of functional music maybe left on at various volumes for many purposes in various spaces. In many ways this updated version has been altered to seem even more random and less repetitious to make it more suitable for listening to it on repeat for hours on end.
Sidereal Bedtime Version is an eighty minute recreation that gives extra attention to spatial dynamics for maximum hypnotic effect. It slowly ends by gently folding in on itself to create a soothing fade out which makes it the perfect musical accompaniment to fall asleep to.
"Discreet Music was the main inspiration for me to make the album "Bored of Excitement". After listening to it at least a hundred times, (usually before bed and in the morning upon waking up.) I eventually read about how Eno was inspired to create 'Discreet Music' while healing from an automobile accident. At this time in my life I was in a similar bedridden state and I was inspired to start making my first 'real' 'Ambient' album, with no beats, no glitches, no song titles, no samples. And this turned into 'Recollected Ambient Works Vol. 1 : Bored of Excitement'
To commemorate this new release and pay respect to Brian Eno for all the inspiration, I remade Discreet Music using the same processed piano setup I used for Bored of Excitement. When I put my cover to the test by listening to it in the morning and before bed I found that it worked great in the morning, but the speed and velocity at which the notes hit was too stimulating and engaging to make for a good pre-bedtime Listen. So I made an 80 minute 'bedtime version' which is about a third of the tempo of the original. Many notes were rearranged and Lots of spatial and dynamics processing was added until it became the perfect piece to fall asleep to." - Miguel De Pedro