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Engaged in an exploration between recorded electronic and live acoustic sound, the innovative 12-piece ensemble Icebreaker and renowned pedal steel guitarist BJ Cole present their "moving and sublime" performance of Brian Eno's Apollo in a definitive and invigorating recording. Widely regarded as Brian Eno's best and most influential ambient album, Apollo was composed by Brian Eno, Roger Eno and Daniel Lanois for Al Reinert's 1983 documentary on the Apollo space missions, For All Mankind. Music from the album was used in the movies 28 Days Later, Traffic, and Trainspotting. Apollo, originally conceived and commissioned in 2009 by the Science Museum, London, commemorates the 40th anniversary of the moon landings. The original concept revolved around restoring a wordless film entirely accompanied by music and thus involved reimagining an electronic work for live performers. With support from Brian Eno, the recording of Apollo by Icebreaker with BJ Cole was completed following a series of sold out and highly acclaimed live performances of the piece, including the IMAX cinema at the Science Museum on July 20th and 21st 2009. Each performance is accompanied by NASA footage of the landing.
Personnel: James Poke, Walter Fabeck (keyboard programming).
Audio Mixer: James Poke.
Liner Note Authors: James Poke; Tim Boon; B.J. Cole.
Recording information: Brighton Dome, Brighton, England (05/01/2010-05/02/2010).
Photographer: Lukas Binder.
Arranger: Woojun Lee.
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