Insights from Daniel Lanois

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judd stephens:

Aside from a strange interview at times, there was some nice juicy bits  (no pun intended).  Pretty fascinating though, and when he broke out the steel guitar and synths toward the end, made me wish Lanois could create some more ambient or downtempo in the future.

drone on:
Fascinating interview.  Always loved listening to DL talk, he has a true gift for putting into words music , which is not an easy task.  I met him once at an in-store performance at Borders in San Francisco and he was very humble guy and very gracious.  I really liked the interviewer on this too, really good questions.  What I want to know is how he picks who he will produce.  He must get tons of requests.

Julio Di Benedetto:
Great post Judd......on many levels.  One that strikes me is how "ambient" music has permeated pop music, and yet listening to him talk I wonder if he even knows what ambient music is, or where it is today.  Where is it anyway?  As usual lots to think about.  Im thinking that we need or should...clinging with perseverance to our beloved ambient music....to let it go.  Not sure what that may actually entail but Lanois somehow suggests to me that the spirit of ambient has endured and always will without the need to claim it as a genre per se.  Did it suddenly get rather hot in here. ;)

drone on:
Yeah, excellent observation Julio.  I get the feeling DL has never paid attention to "ambient" as a genre, it is more that those were just records he previously did that were interesting, but now he's moved on.  This isn't surprising, because he seems much more about music and production than putting labels on everything or only being into one genre. 

I do wax nostalgic quite a bit though these days about the ambient "heyday" of the 80's and into the early 90's.  Those Eno albums (ambient series) were so unlike anything out there at the time and were very special.  They certainly did inspire a lot of people--both musicians and listeners.   

Julio Di Benedetto:
Yes drone on,  those were special days when ambient as a type of music was born and it did and hopefully still does inspire both listeners and musicians alike.....we are still here.  :)

I may have mentioned this before but back in the 80's in London before I came to  America I had the good fortune to see an Ambient concert with Harold Budd, Daniel Lanois, Micheal Brooks & Roger Eno.  Brian Eno was there but not as a performer.  It was a small theater with maybe 100 seats.....it was perfect!

What would become Ambient music was an idea that Eno had while recovering from some injury and could not get out of bed to turn up the hi fi, so he was forced to listen at very low volume and the music mix with the environmental sounds.  This event produced Discrete Music and then Music for Airports.  I realize most know this story but its seems to me that the "idea" is  almost more important then the music and listening to DL in the video reflects this for me. 


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