London City Airport celebrated the 40th anniversary of Brian Eno’s imaginative album Ambient 1: Music for Airports by playing his important masterwork in full, on loop, for the whole of Wednesday 4 April.

The compilation was first released in March 1978, imagined by Eno as he waited for a flight in Cologne Bonn Airport early one Sunday morning in the mid-1970s, as he recounted in a 1990s interview. Despite the “beautiful building”, the airport played “awful music”. This prompted Eno to develop his own creative response in a piece of work suited to public spaces, like airports.

The result was the textured and atmospheric Ambient 1: Music for Airports. It was recognised as the first coining of the term ‘ambient music’.  As the US album’s sleeve explanation stated, “is intended to induce calm and a space to think.”

In July 2016, London City Airport became the first UK airport to play music in the passenger security area.

London City Airport if the closest airport to Camden Town and sees flights arrive from many European cities. The other airports, although slightly further away are: Heathrow, Stansted, Luton, and Gatwick.

If you were lucky enough to have been at London City Airport on Wednesday 4th April, we hope you enjoyed the ambient background music.

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