Autumn and winter. These periods motivate the human to summarize, to revise his convictions and gathered experience. Nature at this time facilitates immersion in thoughts about those aspects of life that do not lie on the surface, but paint the background daily. In the beginning, there's gloomy autumnal mood: cold, moisture and the leaden sky. Next, trance hypnotic vision of snowstorm that wraps all around, the observer and his consciousness with impenetrable veil of peace and quiet, leaving alone with depth. Then reality becomes thinner, and infinity peeps through it.
Discovery Records, just before its demise, did a great and wondrous thing by putting out four, count them, four Art of Noise CDs in one fell swoop. Art of Noise began in the mid-'80s and is now a touchstone to which all electronic music should be compared. While compiling their own collections, Discovery Records was able to take advantage of a excellent compendium ready for reissue. Ambient Collection had long been a jewel in many vinyl collections. These Art of Noise catalog remixes by Youth, bassist for Killing Joke, remain a classic of compositional ambient electronica. One of the themes to this ambient opus is explicitly stated in "Robinson Crusoe" and hinted at elsewhere. Art of Noise's Anne Dudley had mentioned just before the original 1990 release on a GLR Radio U.K. program that French composer Robert Mellin's main theme for "Robinson Crusoe" recalled here was one of her Top Ten favorite pop songs.