The Mysterious Skin soundtrack arrived in the mail today; it's sublime. The CD is incidental music only (the Slowdive/Ride/Curve songs in the film don't show up here), composed by Robin Guthrie and Harold Budd. Lots of reverb and delay textures. and Guthrie's guitarwork is at its most sublimely ethereal since Victorialand.
I'm not familiar with Harold Budd's work other than this; what's a good starting point?
i'm a huge fan of harold budd and his incredible playing so i'll bite on this one...
"the pearl" - budd/eno - this is a totally beautiful and hypnotic record, one of my favourite albums ever. i find this a more rewarding and varied listen than ambient 2: the plateaux of mirror.
"the moon and the melodies" - cocteau twins & harold budd - in places this is stunning, a little uneven but worth checking out
"lovely thunder" - my other favourite budd record.
there's a bunch of other records and collaborations, but i'd suggest these might make a good starting point. "the white arcades" is also rather beautiful.
regarding your point about eno in the other comment, i think you'll find his work with budd more interesting. there's a beautiful synergy between his treatments and budd's playing.
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I second the White Arcades recommendation: while I never really got into Budd, I found that a really nice album to just have one... so lovely. In fact I have been inspired to put it on. Ahh yes, as sublime as I remember it.
it's true, budd is never going to be everyone's cup of tea. some people might hear it and think there's not much there. but to me it's the spaces as much as the playing that make it so transfixing. it's the sort of music that you can listen to on headphones at work whilst doing other things and maintain an almost impenetrable aura of calm. at other times, maybe late at night or walking down the street on headphones it just takes you away someplace else for a while.