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On this day in cricket, 13 February 1983

Eno releases ambient music classic - Music for Umpires

Ambient guru Brian Eno launched his new album Music for Umpires with a special play-back of the record in the Long Room at Lord's.

Former Roxy Music keyboardist Eno intends the album to be used as background music by umpires in their changing room whilst preparing for the day's play or relaxing after a hard day in the field.

Eno said: "Some people might think of it as just gentle drifting synthesised sounds but in reality I have carefully constructed minimalistic tones and harmonics on the cusp between melody and texture in order to connect directly with the subconscious inner psyche of your average working umpire. This hopefully creates a sense of personal inter-stasis in which the official can perform their duties on an elevated intellectual and spiritual plane."

The 40-minute album was played in its entirety to a room full of twenty first class umpires, with a mixed response. 11 fell asleep, 7 walked out, but the remaining 2 were suitably impressed. "I'll definitely buy it," said Don Oslear, "it will be ideal for when you're waiting on a baked potato."

"It could have done with a few more tunes but some of that musique d'ameublement really hits the spot," added Harold 'Dickie' Bird.



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