archive for August of 2007
The Copenhagen Airport at Kastrup is the most beautiful airport I've been through. I was delighted to learn it was the inspiration for Brian Eno's "Music for Airports," which was the genesis of ambient music as a form.
Eno realized that airports spend too much effort distracting you from the fact your body will be 10 km above terra firma cradled in a machine. He says instead, airports should give you the feeling is doesn't matter if you die--you're just a piece of the universe and you're going to travel in the sky.
I couldn't agree more.
Eno explains the thinking behind Music for Airports
Ed at the Copenhagen Airport
History of ambient music on wikipedia
Guide to Copenhangen Airport art and architecture (pdf)
Ambient 1: Music for Airports at Amazon
Virgin America Airlines launched its new service yesterday (August 8), and Xeni Jardin took a lot of pics and wrote about it on boingboing. Suffice to say I will be on one of those flights as soon as possible. I wonder how hard the flight attendant training is...?
photo by xeni jardin
Read Xeni's account
Lots of photos here
Another account of the inaugural flight
Maybe this is a hint that companies and people will start caring about how they travel again, and we haven't forgotten the beauty of flying. Between this and the 787, I think great airliner design is coming back. How I hope it is.
When they put the kaiten sushi conveyor belts down the aisles, I'll know we're there.