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Lost In The Humming Air: Music Inspired By Harold Budd
There are not many artists who have had such an important influence on today's ambient music as the outstanding piano player and composer, Harold Budd. Albums like his classical Pavilion Of Dreams or his collaborations with Brian Eno like The Pearl are well-known to many electronic and ambient musicians of the last several decades. Martin Juhls (aka Marsen Jules) and Rafael Anton Irisarri (aka The Sight Below) have often talked about the influence that Harold Budd's music has had on them, and how much respect and admiration they have for him and his work. Out of this came the idea of paying respect to Budd in some way, to give something back to him. Lost In The Humming Air is the result of this thought in the form of a musical tribute, and it is Oktaf's honor to release this in the 50th year of Mr. Budd's career as a composer. The label invited some of their favorite artists to contribute a song that, in some way, resembled the music of Harold Budd or channeled the influence he has had on them as musicians. Hence, Lost In The Humming Air is a special selection of 13 modern ambient pieces from illustrious contributors such as Mokira, Taylor Deupree, Deaf Center, Christopher Willits, Biosphere, Porn Sword Tobacco and Bvdub. While all of the tracks offer a unique perspective on how the now-classical sounds of Harold's music have been an influence in one way or the other, they still manage to maintain a sound that is closely connected to each individual musician. Deaf Center contributed the dark and moody "Plateau," which was originally the opening track of a rare live performance from the duo in 2009. Xela made an exception of not participating in compilation projects anymore with his sublime home-listening piece "The Only Rose," which resembles his earlier work for labels such as Neo Ouija and City Centre Offices. For the first time ever, Brock Van Wey has collaborated with his mother Criss Van Wey, who played the piano for their heartbreaking elegy "My Father, My Friend." We hope that, by releasing this record, we can give something back to Harold Budd and maybe also help a younger generation of ambient aficionados to discover the beauty of his timeless music. Liner notes included. All artists who contributed in this release donated their tracks. The profit of this CD will go to a charity project chosen by Harold Budd. Other artists include: Loscil, Martin Fuhs and Andrew Thomas.