The Music of Harold Budd

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I was sitting in the car yesterday listening to the radio, a rare occasion, but it paid off as I found out about this fella’ named Harold Budd. I’d never heard of Harold before yesterday but it sounds like he’s had an amazing career. Here’s a snip from his Wikipedia page:

Harold Budd (born May 24, 1936) is an American ambient/avant-garde composer and poet. Born in Los Angeles, California, he was raised in the Mojave Desert, and was inspired at an early age by the humming tone caused by wind blown across telephone wires.

The song I heard is called Bismillahi ‘Rrahman ‘Rrahim (which in Arabic means “In The Name of God, The Beneficent, The Merciful”) from his album The Pavilion of Dreams which came out in 1978. It’s a 4 track, ambient album that was actually produced by Brian Eno, who will be making an appearance on the blog later today. It’s an 18 minute ambient journey that’s somewhere between jazz and experimental electronic music. If you have the need to chill out and relax a bit you should definitely take a listen.


4 Comments The Music of Harold Budd

  1. Carl November 1, 2010 at 11:07 AM

    I’d also check out his album, “The Room”. Brian Eno has done some great albums along those lines as well. “Plateaux of Mirror” and “Music for Airports” are both amazing.

    I’d also suggest some of the minimalist composers that came before him. Steve Reich, Terry Riley, Phillip Glass, etc. Reich’s “Music for 18 Musicians” I’d especially recommend as an introduction.

  2. bd November 1, 2010 at 1:20 PM

    Welcome to Budd’s world. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Budd perform live on a couple of occasions. The first time was with Robin Guthrie, formerly of the Cocteau Twins. The second was with Keith Lowe, bassist who has played with David Sylvian, Bill Frissell, and Wayne Horvitz, et al. Both times were amazing. I recommend checking out all of Budd’s work.

  3. Edwin November 1, 2010 at 2:23 PM

    Hey! This is awesome and odd. I just listened to the Budd/Eno ambient record (Ambient #2) last night, thinking I need to check out more Budd (I got Eno covered) and well here it is.

    Thanks fr the site!


  4. Aaron November 1, 2010 at 3:05 PM

    i must have been listening at the same time so i scrambled for paper to write down his name so i could explore more… thanks for the link.

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