Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Black Dog - Music For Real Airports (2010)

From The Black Dog's website:

Music for Real Airports is a multimedia art project by musicians The Black Dog and interactive artists Human which is presented in art galleries. It is also a new album of music by the Black Dog. It is a response to the reality of occupying the semi-public space of an airport, and a contemporary reply to Brian Eno's work from the 70s.

Airports are important and revealing. They are dystopian microcosms of a possible future society. The necessity of safety requires that they be systems of human control which only elevate the stress of their transient occupiers. Airports' promise travel, exploration and excitement but endlessly break that promise with their stale, tedious pressure. They are intense and overwhelming environments. Anyone who travels by air will have been puzzled by the way that airports tend to reduce us to a worthless pink blobs of flesh, the human equivalent of the bags on the conveyor belt. Yet despite the frustration of being in that atmosphere, some of the best of human nature is revealed, alongside some of the very worst. Airports make for great "people watching".

The artistic intent of Music for Real Airports is therefore to examine the nature of airports and to explore what they could be. We argue that, considering their importance in our lives, airports have not been sufficiently represented by artists. Perhaps the best known artistic response to airports is Brian Eno's Music for Airports, whose purpose seems to be largely elegiac, even if conceived as an antidote to the stress of plane delays. Our performances, events and installations are a more accurate update to Eno's work, and a to a degree, a riposte. Some members of The Black Dog were disappointed by Eno's treatment of the subject in 1978 and have been considering how to produce a more meaningful response ever since.

Give this your valuable attention, give it time, it won't dissapoint.


2. Terminal EMA
3. DISinformation Desk
4. Passport Control
5. Wait Behind This Line
6. Empty Seat Calculations
7. Strip Light Hate
8. Future Delay Thinking
9. Lounge
10. Delay 9
11. Sleep Deprivation 1
12. Sleep Deprivation 2
13. He Knows
14. Business Car Park 9

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  1. I bought it yesterday. It indeed needs a bit of attention, but I think it will be a good buy ;-)
    Thanks for uploading!

  2. Just thought you should know, rapidshare suspects this file of having a copyright violation and won't allow downloads... :( It's sounds like a very interesting concept though. I've always found the alter-reality of airports something that should be more thoroughly explored through different artistic mediums.

  3. I was really looking forward to hearing this....I still remember how different the Bytes & Spanners albums sounded to everything around them when they came out in the early nineties.
    The only way around the RS copyright police is to either not include the file name at all or substitute numbers for vowels or some other ingenious code ;)
    Knowing Black Dog's early entry into the pre-net BBS networks, I doubt they had anything to do with active "copyright" enforcement, obviously Soma Records have not grasped net economics and the simple philosophical fact that the map is not the territory, the menu is not the meal and the MP3 is not the record!