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Will the worlds of medicine and ambient music be more closely joined in the future? Via SPIN:
English doctors are instructing patients to heal themselves with Brian Eno’s restorative music.
Orthopedic surgeon Robin Turner has teamed with the hugely influential producer/sound wizard to create a “quiet room” where people can “think, take stock, or simply relax.” The £34 million private Montefiore hospital (in Hove, England) also features an Eno light and music piece in its reception area. Turner says he came up with the idea in 2010 after seeing how peaceful his normally “fidgety” mother-in-law became after visiting Eno’s audio-visual 77 Million Paintings installation.
“It seemed a natural step as I’ve been dealing with this idea of functional music for quite a few years,” said Eno, a firm believer in the idea that music can alter moods. “In the last couple of days I’ve met patients and staff who have said, ‘I really like that room, it makes a big difference.’”
In a short film titled Imaginary Landscapes, electronic music pioneer Brian Eno discusses the nature of boundary-pushing art — on his work as a synthesist, on the the danger of having too many options in a technologically advanced world, and on producing music that creates “imaginary landscapes” both by evoking physical locations and by purposefully mingling with the setting in which a listener is located: