Brian Eno, Music for Airports
Ambient music

The basis for “Music for Airports” is made up of original compositions by Brian Eno.

Franck Scheffer enhanced Eno’s ambient music with images that have the same function as the music: ever present but not emphatic, interesting but not overbearing. It is the intention that these pictures should be screened in public places where they form part of the environment.

Unlike the rhythm of music videos, newsreels or commercials, these ‘ambient images’ radiate peace. The blurred, overexposed images that Scheffer uses in ‘Music for Airports’ originate in his experimental films for which he used chance in shooting and editing. Scheffer calls the result ‘the emancipation of blur’.

Both Eno and Scheffer were inspired by the work of the American composer John Cage, who used chance operations based on the ancient Chinese book of the I Ching. Brian Eno, who also once made a video installation around his Music for Airports, was inspired for his images by the Russian Suprematism of for example Malevich. Scheffer’s images have a more organic character, related to the sound of the instruments, and were more inspired by early watercolours such as those of Klee and Kandinski.

Movie director : Frank Scheffer
Musical period : Contemporary music
Music genre : Orchestral music

Duration : 50 min
Production date : 1999
Production : © Allegri Films