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Brian Eno
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 Coporation 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.
From his work with Roxy Music to Ambient 1: Music For Airports, Eno has also collaborated with artists such as David Bowie, Robert Fripp, Kevin Shields and  David Byrne.