New Subscriber Playlist: “Harold Budd”

A tribute to the celebrated minimalist and ambient music composer.
Harold Budd

2021’s first subscriber playlist is a tribute to Harold Budd, a celebrated minimalist and ambient music composer who sadly died last month due to coronavirus-related complications. He left behind more than forty years of stirring and evocative music, from acclaimed solo albums to collaborations with Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois, and Cocteau Twins (to name a few).

This month’s subscriber playlist, titled “Harold Budd,” features over 90 minutes of some of my favorite Harold Budd compositions, including both solo works and collaborations.

Accompanying the playlist is the latest episode of my“Playlist Breakdown” podcast, in which I spotlight one of the playlist’s songs and why it’s so special and meaningful. In this episode, I talk about“Subtext,” the first song on Translucence / Drift Music, a collaboration between Budd and John Foxx.

Both of these are little bonuses for subscribers who support Opus financially. If you’d like to get access to them (and more), subscribe to Opus for $5/month or $50/year. (Also, if you just want to check it out, you can subscribe for free and get weekend reading recommendations.)