The Art of Noise

Moments in Love

Composed by Anne Dudley / Gary Langan / Johnathon J. Jeczalik / Paul Morley / Trevor Horn

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Along with "Beat Box (Diversion One)," "Moments in Love" is the keystone to the entire Art of Noise project. An online discography lists a whopping 18 different mixes of the song just covering the period between 1983 and 1987, not even counting the later remixes and tributes that came in the '90s with the advent of chillout rooms and ambient dub, a trend that "Moments in Love" in large part initiated. Sort of a cross between Barry White's "Love's Theme" (the lavishly erotic all-time '70s slow jam) and the first track from Brian Eno's Music for Airports (the one with that nagging piano hook created by an unresolved chord progression), "Moments in Love" manages to be chilly and romantic at the same time. Based on a simple but oddly beautiful hook created out of a sequence of four notes played on a Fairlight CMI sampler (it's the same sample of orchestral strings played on three different keys, the second note repeated at the end; these became known as "orchestral stabs" to Fairlight fans, an arrangement gimmick that became a huge cliché by the middle of the '80s), "Moments in Love" introduces a theme and then crafts a slowly unfolding series of variations around it. The definitive version is the ten-minute-and-17-seconds mix that appears on both Into Battle and (Who's Afraid Of?) The Art of Noise!, but other interesting permutations of the concept include the jazzy, piano-based "Love" (available on the best-of collection Daft), which relegates the orchestral stabs to the background, and the simple, elegantly beautiful "Moment in Love," an 86-second miniature available on the Into Battle EP and the B-side of the American "Beat Box" single that consists of nothing but the orchestral stabs and a minimal rhythm line introduced only as the song begins to fade out.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Into Battle with the Art of Noise 1983 Island 10:15
Who's Afraid of the Art of Noise? 1984 Uptown/Universa 10:15
Moments in Love [US/UK Single] 1985 RCA Ariola 6:58
No Image 1987
Various Artists
Rhythm Safari
No Image 1988
Various Artists
Innovative Records 6:55
The Best of the Art of Noise 1988 Polydor / China/Polydor 6:58
Pop & Wave, Vol. 4 1993
Various Artists
Alex 6:57
KKSF 103.7 FM Sampler for AIDS Relief, Vol. 4 1993
Various Artists
KKSF / KKS
Flashback Cafe, Vol. 1 1994
Various Artists
Oglio Records 6:59
Moments in Love, Vol. 1 1995
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution / Capitol 4:40
Old School, Vol. 2: Love Songs 1995
Various Artists
Thump Records 10:16
Zance: A Decade of Dance from ZTT 1995
Various Artists
Repertoire
Ambient Moods [Polygram] 1996
Various Artists
Polygram
Old School Love Songs, Vol. 1 1996
Various Artists
Thump Records
Escapes 1996
Various Artists
WEA 4:43
Retro Night Romance 1998
Various Artists
WEA 4:42
Themes & Dreams [Crimson] 1999
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 4:43
Best of Pop & Wave: The 12" Mixes 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 10:16
Pop at Planet Earth 2000
Various Artists
Planet Earth Recordings 10:18
Late Night Mix 2000
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 4:27
Classic Alternatives, Vol. 4 2000
Various Artists
SPG 10:17
Chilled Ibiza 2000
Various Artists
Warner Bros. 4:24
Old School Love Songs [Box Set] 2001
Various Artists
Thump Records 10:16
Mega 80's, Vol. 2 2001
Various Artists
Wagram Records 3:11
Chilled Spirit 2001
Various Artists
Warner/ESP / Sire 6:55
Sunset Ibiza 2001
Various Artists
Universal International 4:59
Ibiza Chill [Ministry of Sound] 2001
Various Artists
Ministry Of Sound 4:03
Chilled Out Euphoria 2001
Various Artists
Telstar TV Records 4:39
Rare Requests, Vol. 2 2001
Various Artists
Q Records 10:16
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Pure Chillout 2002
Various Artists
Virgin 4:39
Cream Collect: Balearic 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 5:55
Classic Chillout 2002
Various Artists
Classic Pictures
Into Vision 2002 Import
Moments in Love [Germany Single] 2002 Repertoire 4:32
Late Night Sessions 2003 2003
Various Artists
Ministry Of Sound 3:09
Slow Jams: The Timeless Collection, Vol. 9 2003
Various Artists
The Right Stuff 6:58
Decadance Pure Global Chillout 2003
Various Artists
Deca Dance (UK) 5:02
Ibiza: The History of Chillout 2003
Various Artists
WEA International 7:38
Best of Slow Jams 2003
Various Artists
SPG 5:55
Reconstructed 2004 ZTT 8:16
Ministry of Sound: Late Night Sessions 2004
Various Artists
Ministry Of Sound 4:55
WJJZ 106.1: Smooth Jazz Sampler, Vol. 11 2004
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 3:41
Smooth Jazz 107.5: The Oasis, Vol. 4 2004
Various Artists
Koai / Universal Special Products 3:43
I Love Techno Pop 2004
Various Artists
Beggars Banquet
Company Cafe, Vol. 1 2005
Various Artists
Self
Ibiza Chillout, Vol. 4 2005
Various Artists
Ayia Napa
No Image 2005
Various Artists
Disky
Smooth Jazz Sampler 2005
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:43
And What Have You Done with My Body God? 2006 ZTT 5:11
Classic Soul Hits, Vol. 11 2006
Various Artists
Collectables 10:18
DJ Deicious and Till Pres. Big and Dirty Sounds 2007
Various Artists
Big & Dirty 2:26
Original Sound of Ibiza: Mixed by Alfredo 2007
Various Artists
Ministry Of Sound 6:52
Relaxing Songs [Sony] 2007
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:20
Classic Soul Hits Gold Edition: Wdas 105.3 FM 2007
Various Artists
Collectables 10:18
Chilled 1991-2008 2008
Various Artists
Ministry Of Sound 5:07
Essential Best of World Music 2008
Various Artists
Sony BMG
Anthems: Electronic '80s 2009
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 4:36
No Image 2010 Salvo
100 Hits: The New Romantics 2011
Various Artists
Demon 4:29
Ministry of Sound: Anthems Collection 2011
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 5:56
Senequier Saint Tropez 2012
Various Artists
Essential
Greatest Ever! Electric Eighties 2013
Various Artists
Greatest Ever 4:38
The Ultimate Collection: 80s Anthems 2013
Various Artists
Union Square Music 4:36
The Organisation of Pop: 30 Years of Zang Tuum Tumb 2014
Various Artists
Salvo 4:31
Synth Pop 2015
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:36
100 Hits: 80s Rewind
Various Artists
100 Hits 4:24
Decadance Chillout Forever
Various Artists
Deca Dance (UK)
No Image
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire 4:35
Greatest Ever! Eighties Pop
Various Artists
Greatest Ever
Live at the End of a Century Salvo
Pacha Ibiza Chillout Classics
Various Artists
New State 4:55
No Image
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
The  Classic Chillout Album
Various Artists
Sony Music / Sony Music Entertainment
No Image
Various Artists
Kontor DE / Kontor Records 4:36
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