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Photos I took whilst listening to Music For Airports in the airport

December 18, 2007

This has been quoted elsewhere, by Jonny of course, but some ideas just improve with requotation:

When you went into an airport, they always played this very happy music that said, “You’re not going to die, there’s not going to be an accident”. And I thought that was really the wrong way round. I thought it would be much better to have music that said, “well if you do die, it doesn’t really matter”.
— Brian Eno on Ambient 1: Music For Airports

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This piece of advertising says a lot about the mood of airports: the attempted appearance of a casual colloquialism, but actually a big totalising anaesthetising statement:

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