Harold Budd

Harold Budd & Hector Zazou - Glyph (1995)  

Posted by Designol at Sept. 21, 2015
Harold Budd & Hector Zazou - Glyph (1995)

Harold Budd & Hector Zazou - Glyph (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 357 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 174 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Ambient, Experimental, Downtempo, Trip-Hop | Label: Made To Measure | # MTM 37 | Time: 01:00:55

Like drum 'n' bass, ambient is a genre which relies on making a little go a very long way; the resultant glut of weedy minimalist pastiches barely bears a cursory listen for the most part, but this collaboration between Harold Budd and Hector Zazou demonstrates better than any recent offering how the spaces between the sounds can be made pregnant with possibility. On "Pandas in Tandem", the ghost of Erik Satie treads lightly over a shuffle breakbeat; the result is fragile and crystalline, as tentatively pristine as snowflakes. Elsewhere, heavy rhythmic breathing carries "Around the Corner from Everywhere"; slivers of what sounds like hammered dulcimer undulate through "Johnny Cake", and clarinets collude conspiratorially on "As Fast as I Could Look Away She was Still There".

Harold Budd - The Pavilion of Dreams (1978) Reissue 1992  

Posted by Designol at Sept. 16, 2015
Harold Budd - The Pavilion of Dreams (1978) Reissue 1992

Harold Budd - The Pavilion of Dreams (1978) Reissue 1992
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 212 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 130 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Ambient, New Age, Jazz Fusion | Label: Editions EG | # EEGCD 30 | Time: 00:47:38

The 1978 recording debut from reformed avant-garde composer and eventual ambient forerunner Harold Budd consists of four chamber works (written between 1972 and 1975) that use varying combinations of harp, mallet instruments, piano, saxophone, and female or male vocals. Two years before his fateful first studio collaboration with Brian Eno (who produced this album), Budd was creating hypnotic music in an acoustic mode. All of the works herein–including "Two Rooms," whose latter half is an adaptation of John Coltrane's "After the Rain"–sustain a similarly dreamy vibe. An important credo for Budd was to make music as pretty as possible as an antidote to the noisy avant-garde he had escaped from. One cannot fault him for the lovely sounds he creates here, although fans familiar with his more cinematic works might be caught off-guard. Regardless, the pleasant Pavilion of Dreams provides insight into Budd's past, and it offers the same somniferous effect as a gentle lullaby, making it perfect for late-evening listening.

Harold Budd - By The Dawn's Early Light (1991)  

Posted by Designol at Sept. 13, 2015
Harold Budd - By The Dawn's Early Light (1991)

Harold Budd - By The Dawn's Early Light (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 269 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 182 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Ambient, Neo-Classical, Minimalism, New Age | Label: Opal/Warner Bros. | # 7599-26649-2 | Time: 00:54:15

Harold Budd's discs tend to end up in the new age section of the record store, because his music is generally pleasant, quiet, and soothing. But where most new age composers go for the obvious (and sometimes saccharine) melody, Budd veers off into ambiguity; he also lacks the mystical bent that often goes along with the new age style. Instead, his compositional voice is more like that of a detached observer – one who creates beauty without getting too involved with it. By the Dawn's Early Light finds Budd writing for various combinations of viola, guitar, harp, and keyboards. All of the music is lovely, but not all of the compositions sound complete. In several cases, they sound like raw ideas rushed into the studio before their time. Guitarist Bill Nelson provides much of the interest throughout the album, and the sighing, slithery viola of Mabel Wong lends an occasional turn-of-the-century salon feel to the proceedings. The only really embarrassing moments occur when Budd – whose voice sounds like an unfortunate cross between Garrison Keillor and Kermit the Frog – reads his own poetry. Skip those tracks and you'll be fine.

Harold Budd - Lovely Thunder (1986)  

Posted by Designol at Sept. 11, 2015
Harold Budd - Lovely Thunder (1986)

Harold Budd - Lovely Thunder (1986)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 227 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 161 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Ambient, Neo-Classical | Label: Editions EG | # EEGCD 46 | Time: 00:47:33

The phrase 'Lovely Thunder' suggests a beautiful sound with an undertone of menace. One need go no farther than "Gypsy Violin," the last song and centerpiece of the album Lovely Thunder, to hear how Harold Budd takes the phrase and forges a musical equivalent. Underneath the plaintive melody of the synthesized violin and an occasional foghorn-reminiscent bass note lies a bed of synth chords that are present throughout, sometimes adding notes, sometimes dropping them, sometimes moving a chord up or down a key and into dissonance with the rest. The overall result is an undulating base that never quite lets the listener settle onto firm ground, giving the song a distinct edge. Drones do figure prominently as a musical base for many of the album's other songs, yet the music is generally more akin to the reverberated keyboard treatments Budd utilized to stunning effect on his two collaborations with Brian Eno. Those looking to explore beyond The Plateux of Mirror and The Pearl would do well to give this album a listen, as they will most likely be both challenged and satisfied.
Harold Budd - Buddbox (2013) [7CD Box Set] {All Saints Records}

Harold Budd - Buddbox (2013) [7CD Box Set] {All Saints Records}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 1.22 Gb | MP3 @320 -> 720 Mb | Artwork -> 13 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 2013 All Saints Records | WASTBOX1
Electronic / Ambient / Experimental / Neo-Classical / Minimalism

Anthology box set containing 7 hard-to-find and critically acclaimed albums, released on labels such as Cantil, Opal and All Saints. The box includes: ‘The Serpent (In Quicksilver)’ (1981), 'Abandoned Cities’ (1984), ‘The White Arcades’ (1987), ‘By The Dawn’s Early Light’ (1991), ‘Music For 3 Pianos’ (1992) ‘Through The Hill’ (1994, with Andy Partridge of XTC), ‘Luxa’ (1996). What can you say about ambient music? It's quiet … It's ethereal … It's meditative … It's minimal … It's passive … but it's also important! And Harold Budd is - in my opinion - right up there with Brian Eno when it comes to this particular genre of musical fields. I don't know who thought up the idea of releasing a boxed set of Harold Budd material, but God love you for doing it!! This is a true "must-have" for any Budd enthusiast who likes beautiful background music playing low while working on the computer (either at home or at work) or for also doing what I consider "low-noise household chores."
Harold Budd, Simon Raymonde, Robin Guthrie, Elizabeth Fraser - The Moon And The Melodies (1986)

Harold Budd, Simon Raymonde, Robin Guthrie, Elizabeth Fraser - The Moon And The Melodies (1986)
Rock | 1cd | EAC Rip | Flac + Cue + Log | covers
4AD, CAD 611 CD | rel: 1986 | 180Mb

The Moon and the Melodies is a collaboration between the Cocteau Twins and keyboardist/composer Harold Budd that fits soundly between the stylistic signatures of the two, both of whom make organic music that relies heavily on electronics. Budd's use of spacious treated piano and keyboard sounds (influenced by a previous collaborator, Brian Eno) combines with the Cocteau Twins' shimmering waves of guitars and Elizabeth Fraser's layered wordless vocals to create what amounts to a soundtrack to a dream about sleeping, with saxophones courtesy of Richard Thomas (of the now defunct Dif Juz) breathing further life into the music.
Robin Guthrie & Harold Budd - White Bird in a Blizzard (2014)

Robin Guthrie & Harold Budd - White Bird in a Blizzard
Soundtrack | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 41:05 min | 101 MB + 5% Recovery
Label: Lakeshore Records | Tracks: 12 | Rls.date: 23-09-2014

Lakeshore Records is very excited to be releasing White Bird In A Blizzard Original Music by Robin Guthrie and Harold Budd. Robin Guthrie is a founding member of The Cocteau Twins; and Harold Budd, known for his unique and distinctive piano treatments, is a frequent collaborator of Guthrie. The two previously worked together on the Original Score to the film Mysterious Skin and others.
Brian Eno & Harold Budd - Ambient 2: The Plateaux Of Mirror (1980) {2009 Virgin DSD Remaster}

Brian Eno & Harold Budd - Ambient 2: The Plateaux Of Mirror (1980) {2009 Virgin DSD Remaster}
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© 2009 Virgin Records / Astralwerks | 50999 6 84526 2 9
Ambient / Electronic / Avant-Garde / Experimental

The second in Brian Eno's ambient series, The Plateaux of Mirrors fuses the fragile piano melodies of Harold Budd and the atmospheric electronics of Eno to create a lovely, evocative work. In sharp contrast to the exaggerated pieces found on his debut, The Pavilion of Dreams, this record finds Budd delivering sharp shards of piano notes pregnant with meaning and minimal in the best sense of the word. Eno's unobtrusive electronics add a resonance and atmosphere that draw from the ambient textures found on Discreet Music, Music for Films, and Evening Star.
Harold Budd - The Serpent (In Quicksilver) & Abandoned Cities (1981 & 1984)

Harold Budd - The Serpent (In Quicksilver) & Abandoned Cities (1981 & 1984)
Electronic | 2lp on the cd | EAC Rip | Ape + Cue + Log | covers
Opal/Warner Bros 926025-2 | rel: 1989 | 290Mb

Recorded back when "ambient" meant Brian Eno rather than enervated techno, the LP and EP collected here were originally released on Budd's own Cantil label in the early '80s. The Serpent (In Quicksilver) consists of five solo keyboard works and one very interesting collaboration between Budd and pedal steel player Chas Smith. That piece, titled "Afar," evokes some of the music Brian and Roger Eno and Daniel Lanois were making at around the same time to accompany a film about the Apollo space mission. It's echoey and ethereal, and yet that pedal steel sound keeps things tethered to the earth (nothing wrecks the mental image of limitless space quite like the sound of steel guitar). The other pieces are also quite lovely, though not quite as interesting; many sound improvised and are as much about sound treatment as they are about harmonic or melodic development.

Harold Budd - Luxa (1996)  

Posted by uff at May 3, 2014
Harold Budd - Luxa (1996)

Harold Budd - Luxa (1996)
Electronic | 1cd | EAC Rip | Ape + Cue + Log | covers
All Saints ASCD 30 | rel: 1996 | 270Mb

Budd's first solo release since 1991, this is proof that Budd's talent remains consistent: always maintaining that delicate balance between pretty ambient music and something darker in mood that seeps into the corners of his melodies. Divided into four sections, Luxa features six piano-led pieces, a trio of miniatures, five more ambient drones, and a duo of covers from Marion Brown and Steven Brown respectively. The titles suggest homages to some of Budd's favorite 20th century artists (according to the press release) though you'd be hard pressed to hear much of Chet Baker, Serge Poliakoff, and Agnes Martin in these works unless you stretched your brain. Relaxing, warm music, like sun on a red tile floor. ~Allmusic