Brian Eno : St. Elmo's Fire
Brian Eno came upon the elegant ambient music sounds that make their first appearance in songs like "Zawinul/Lava" on Another Green World as the result of two accidents. The first one nearly killed him. On a cold night in January, 1975, Eno stumbled in front of an oncoming taxi. He related the quick succession of his thoughts to People Magazine in 1983:
Recovering from the collision, Eno came upon the second accident when he played some harp music on a turntable. Once he got back in bed, he realized he had left the volume too low.
The full fruition of Eno's discovery of ambient music would wind up on albums like Discreet Music and Music For Airports. Another Green World foreshadows those albums while offering some of the bizarre glam rock pop that have made earlier albums such inventive fun. With the help of musicians like Phil Collins, John Cale and Robert Fripp ( whose dazzling solo is the highlight of "St. Elmo's Fire"), and a deck of cards called Oblique Strategies ( "Emphasize the flaws", "Use another color" ), Eno treated sounds to create moody and dreamlike soundscapes.
It certainly sounded like another world.