HAROLD BUDD - LOS ANGELES 2004 [R.I.P. 1936 - 2020]

December 12, 2020 – 8:24 pm

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HAROLD BUDD R.I.P. 1936 - 2020

The minimalist composer and musician Harold Budd, whom collaborator Brian Eno once described as being “a great abstract painter trapped in the body of a musician,” died on December 8 of complications from Covid-19. He was 84. His death was confirmed by his manager, Steve Takaki. [According to internet posts, Budd had a stroke in November and was recovering from it. The virus was a complication.]

Starting in the 1960s, the Los Angeles native drew from Minimalism, free jazz and beatless ambient music - even if he disliked the last term - to craft meditative work that moved like a Pacific breeze. Across a 50-year creative run, Budd worked with artists including the visionary musician and producer Eno, Scottish dream-pop group the Cocteau Twins, XTC’s Andy Partridge, producer and musician Daniel Lanois, British synth-pop innovator John Foxx and French producer-musician Hector Zazou. Earlier this year, Budd’s solo work helped score the HBO drama “I Know This Much Is True.” His two albums recorded with Eno, 1980’s “Ambient 2: The Plateaux of Mirror” and 1984’s “The Pearl” (which also features Lanois), are considered pinnacles of the ambient movement.

and helped establish Budd’s reputation, one that was bolstered by a project he made soon thereafter with members of the Cocteau Twins. Called “The Moon and the Melodies,” it was issued in 1986 by the hip independent imprint 4AD and introduced Budd’s name to a new generation of outsiders. - latimes.com

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Los Angeles 2004 [no label, 2CD]

sound. at REDCAT. Los Angeles, CA; September 18, 2004. Very good soundboard.

Thanks to mjt5282 for sharing the show at Dime.

“Here’s a true gem for everyone who like ambient-based Improvisations and Jazz. It’s a soundboard-recording from a tribute-concert, where the music of Harold Budd has been played by young musicians and himself.”

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Disc 1
Track 101. Lirio (1970) 15:19
Alex Cline, Gong

Track 102. String Quartet (2001) & String Quartet (2003) 18:58
- It’s Steeper Near The Roses (for David Sylvian)
- L’enfant perdu
- Chrysalis Nu (to Barney’s memory)
- Three Faces West (Billy Al Bengston’s)
- Haru Spring
- From the Sea of Changes
- Bandits of Stature
- Llano
- Babylon Balboa
Jeff Gauthier, Johnny Chang - violins
Natalie Brejcha - viola
Jessica Catron - cello

Track 103. At This Moment (2004) & As Long As I Can Hold My Breath (at night) (2001, 2004) 16:33
Clive Wright, guitar
51 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Islander with A J is Jil Sander 23:19
Works from Avalon Sutra (2004)
Works from ìthe last decade including yesterdayî
Harold Budd, piano
Jon Gibson, soprano saxophone, bass flute

Track 202. Opera & Nove Alberi & Sweet Earth Flying (1972, by Marion Brown) 18:20
Harold Budd, piano

Track 203. Fragments from 1000 Chords 14:49
a few one-offs
Harold Budd, piano

57 mins

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  1. 4 Responses to “HAROLD BUDD - LOS ANGELES 2004 [R.I.P. 1936 - 2020]”

  2. Thanks Big O
    Always enjoy some Harold Budd and another sad loss to coronavirus complications
    Thanks for all you make available to us

    By swappers on Dec 13, 2020

  3. Hearty thanks. Brutal loss and a much appreciated remembrance here, BigO.

    By kingpossum on Dec 13, 2020

  4. You are SUCH a hip dude/cat swappy.

    By The AntiSwappers on Dec 13, 2020

  5. Rumor has it this man had a Lil Un

    By U L E on Dec 14, 2020

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