Brian Eno’s beautiful Music for Airports soundtrack can help you concentrate

Brian Eno’s Ambient 1: Music for AirPorts album is a great audio track to play in the background while you focus on work or study. With Eno’s Music For AirPorts you’ll be able to concentrate on your work while the music provides the soundtrack for your life.

Music for Airports was the first of Eno’s famous Ambient albums. Eno coined the term ambient to distinguish his albums from elevator, or canned music. Ambient tracks like Music For AirPorts have a level of quality to them that elevator music lacks.

Music for Airports

Listen to Brian Eno’s Music for Airports when trying to focus on work or study

Eno created Music For Airports to be installed as a looped sound installation. It is designed to diffuse the tense, anxious atmosphere of an airport terminal without distracting the passengers. As such it’s a perfect track to play while you concentrate on work or study. Brian Eno’s Music for Airports is designed to produce a welcome soothing ambient sound, that is a good listen without distracting you in any way.

According to Wikipedia: “Eno conceived this idea while being stuck at Cologne Bonn Airport in Germany in the mid-1970s. He had to spend several hours there and was extremely annoyed by the uninspired sound atmosphere.

The liner notes for Brian Eno’s Music for Airports explain why this is such good music for concentration. Eno says:

Over the past three years, I have become interested in the use of music as ambience, and have come to believe that it is possible to produce material that can be used thus without being in any way compromised. To create a distinction between my own experiments in this area and the products of the various purveyors of canned music, I have begun using the term Ambient Music.

An ambience is defined as an atmosphere, or a surrounding influence: a tint. My intention is to produce original pieces ostensibly (but not exclusively) for particular times and situations with a view to building up a small but versatile catalogue of environmental music suited to a wide variety of moods and atmospheres.

Whereas the extant canned music companies proceed from the basis of regularizing environments by blanketing their acoustic and atmospheric idiosyncracies, Ambient Music is intended to enhance these. Whereas conventional background music is produced by stripping away all sense of doubt and uncertainty (and thus all genuine interest) from the music, Ambient Music retains these qualities. And whereas their intention is to `brighten’ the environment by adding stimulus to it (thus supposedly alleviating the tedium of routine tasks and levelling out the natural ups and downs of the body rhythms) Ambient Music is intended to induce calm and a space to think.

Ambient Music must be able to accomodate many levels of listening attention without enforcing one in particular; it must be as ignorable as it is interesting.

Ambient music like Brian Eno is good for studying because the sound is designed to relax your mind, which can help you to concentrate on a task at hand. As it lacks spoken word, it can help you focus on the task at hand.

One highly cited study is the Mozart effect. Its research indicates that listening to Mozart’s music may induce a short-term improvement on the performance of certain kinds of mental tasks known as “spatial-temporal reasoning” which is the ability to think out long-term, more abstract solutions to logical problems that arise.


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One Response to Brian Eno’s beautiful Music for Airports soundtrack can help you concentrate

  1. stoictraveler says:

    I cant focus on anything while I am overrun with emotion. May be the most beautiful album ever

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