There has been much controversy surrounding NBC’s broadcast omission of the London 2012 Olympics tribute to the victims of the 7/7 terror attacks in that city, but on a positive note, something that struck me about the opening of that segment was the excerpted use of a familiar piece of ambient music. As individual images of victims filled the screen, one could hear the gorgeous, ethereal strains of “An Ending (Ascent)” from Brian Eno’s Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks, a collaborative album with Daniel Lanois and Roger Eno. The heavenly sounds were very appropriate for the photo montage that preceded the somber
dance sequence in Olympic Stadium.
Young listeners most likely know about Brian Eno through his work as current producer for Coldplay. Children of the ’80s know about his producing work on seminal U2 albums. Older listeners and electronic music devotees know him as an original member of Roxy Music and as one of the godfathers of ambient music. It’s too bad most Olympic viewers don’t know about the origins and creator of this composition, which just reached a massive audience. We could use more music like this during prime time TV.
Below you can watch the London Olympic tribute then listen to the track in its entirety.