Rightfully crowned the godfather of ambient music Brian Eno is a composer, theorist, record producer, and musical pioneer. Eno himself came up with the term ‘ambient’ to distance himself from the Muzak Corporation in 1978 and thus is synonymous with the genre.
When Brian Eno was recovering from being hit by a car, a friend visiting him put on a 19th-century harp record and left the room. The speakers were at such a low setting so as to blend with the outside world and Eno was too weak to get up and change the volume and thus, ambient music was born.
Brian Eno was born in 1948 and was a product of England's lauded art education renaissance of the '60s and '70s. Joining Roxy Music as a synthesist was the catalyst for his artistic output. The glam of the '70s was just the beginning though.
Famous for his ideas, just as much as his artistic output, he was a progenitor of ambient music. Ambient 1: Music for Airports was a seminal release because it offered listeners a new way to appreciate music, in any context.