Harold Budd is a modern American ambient composer who hates the term ambient. He is also called an avant-garde composer, but prides himself on the simple beauty of his works and bristles at being called avant-garde. He composes pieces mainly for piano and keyboards, but only owns a small Casio and a vast collection of shakers and percussion instruments. Though his pieces could be considered modern classical works, he often chooses to collaborate with rock musicians. Harold Budd is a quiet force unto himself, composing music of stark beauty unlike anyone else.
Budd was born in Los Angeles, California on May 24, 1936 to a Yankee salesman father and a much younger, under-educated mother who hailed from the rural hills of West Virginia. The young Harold was... Read More