John Foxx and Harold Budd

John Foxx and Harold Budd

The American ambient/neo-classical composer who has most closely allied himself with the increasingly sympathetic independent-rock underground -- through his collaborations with The Cocteau twins Robin Guthrie-- Harold Budd is also one of the few who can very rightly be called an ambient composer. His music, a sparse and tonal wash of keyboard treatments, was inspired by a boyhood spent listening to the buzz of telephone wires near his home in the Mojave Desert town of Victorville, California (though he was born in nearby Los Angeles). This collaborative work draws on both composers influences to create a truly spacious sound.