Brian Eno, in conversation with Will Wright at The Long Now Foundation:
"In the 70's I came up with a word for this kind of music that more and more people were starting to do which I called Ambient Music. And that was quite a different idea [from narrative music], that was the idea of music as a sort of steady state condition that you entered, stayed in for a while, then left. Music as painting [rather] than as narrative.... It's closer to sitting by a river than to listening to an orchestra."
Posted on July 7th, 2007
Beat Browser creates the illusion that it is steady state machine, playing the whole universe of available music, whether you are there to hear it or not. Where you land inside each song, album or playlist, is completely determined by how long you've been running Beat Browser. This architecture constructs a "live" listening environment for users to enter, listen and build playlists.