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Brian Peter George St John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno, RDI (/ˈiːnoʊ/; born 15 May 1948 and originally christened Brian Peter George Eno) is an English musician, composer, record producer, singer, writer, and visual artist. He is best known for his pioneering work in ambient music and contributions to rock, pop, electronic, and generative music. A self-described "non-musician", Eno has helped to introduce a variety of unique conceptual approaches and recording techniques into contemporary music, advocating a methodology of "theory over practice" throughout his career.[1][2] He has been described as one of popular music's most influential and innovative figures.[1][3][4] Born in Suffolk, Eno studied painting and experimental music at the art school at Ipswich Civic College in the mid 1960s and then at Winchester School of Art. He joined glam rock group Roxy Music
Roxy Music
as synthesiser player in 1971. After recording two albums with the band, he departed in 1973 to record a number of solo albums, coining the term "ambient music" to describe his work on releases such as Another Green World (1975), Discreet Music (1975), and Music for Airports (1978). Meanwhile, he took part in frequent collaborations with artists such as Robert Fripp, Harold Budd, Cluster, David Bowie
David Bowie
on his "Berlin Trilogy", and David Byrne
David Byrne
on 1981's My Life in the Bush of Ghosts. During the 1970s, Eno also began a parallel career as a producer, which included work on albums by Talking Heads
Talking Heads
and Devo, the 'no wave' compilation No New York
No New York
(1978), and recordings by avant-garde artists including John Cale, Jon Hassell, Laraaji, and Budd amongst others. Since then, Eno has continued to record solo albums whilst also collaborating with and producing other artists, including U2, Laurie Anderson, Grace Jones, Slowdive, Coldplay, James Blake, and Damon Albarn. Dating back to his time as a student, he has also worked in other media, including sound installations and his mid-70s co-development of Oblique Strategies, a deck of cards featuring cryptic aphorisms intended to spur creative thinking. From the 1970s onwards, Eno's installations have included the sails of the Sydney Opera House in 2009 and the Lovell Telescope
Lovell Telescope
at Jodrell Bank
Jodrell Bank
in 2016. An advocate of a range of humanitarian causes, Eno writes on a variety of subjects and is a founder member of the Long Now Foundation.[5]


1 Early life and education 2 Career

2.1 1970s 2.2 1980s 2.3 1990s 2.4 2000s 2.5 2010s 2.6 Record producer 2.7 The Microsoft
Sound 2.8 Video work 2.9 Generative music

2.9.1 Generative Music 1 2.9.2 Released excerpts 2.9.3 Installations 2.9.4 77 Million Paintings 2.9.5 Montefiore Hospital Installations 2.9.6 Spore 2.9.7 iOS Apps 2.9.8 Reflection

2.10 Artworks: Light Boxes 2.11 Obscure Records 2.12 Other work

3 Influence 4 Personal life and beliefs 5 Discography

5.1 Solo studio albums 5.2 Ambient installation albums

6 Footnotes 7 References 8 Further reading 9 External links

Early life and education[edit] Brian Eno
Brian Eno
was born in 1948 at Phyllis Memorial Hospital in Melton near Woodbridge, Suffolk, the son of Catholic parents William Arnold Eno (1916–1988),[6] who had followed his father and grandfather into the postal service, and Maria Alphonsine Eno (née Buslot, 1922–2005),[7] originally from Belgium whom William had met during his service in World War II. The unusual surname Eno, long established in Suffolk, is thought to derive from the French Huguenot
surname Hainault.[8] Maria already had a daughter (Brian's half-sister Rita), and together William and Maria would have two further children, Roger (b. 1959) and Arlette (b. 1961).[9] Eno was educated at St Joseph's College, Ipswich, founded by the De La Salle Brothers order of Catholic brothers (from which on his confirmation he took the name St. John le Baptiste de la Salle).[10] Subsequently, Eno studied with cybernetic theorist Roy Ascott on the Groundcourse at the art school at Ipswich Civic College before going onto Winchester School of Art
Winchester School of Art
from which he graduated in 1969.[11] At Winchester School of Art, Eno attended a lecture by Pete Townshend
Pete Townshend
of The Who
The Who
(also an ex-student of Roy Ascott) and cites that lecture as the moment he realised he could make music even though he was not a musician at that point.[12] Whilst at school, Eno used a tape recorder as a musical instrument and experimented with his first, sometimes improvisational, bands. St. Joseph's College teacher and painter Tom Phillips encouraged him, recalling "Piano Tennis" with Eno, in which, after collecting pianos, they stripped and aligned them in a hall, striking them with tennis balls. From that collaboration, he became involved in Cornelius Cardew's Scratch Orchestra. The first released recording in which Eno appears is the Deutsche Grammophon
Deutsche Grammophon
edition of Cardew's The Great Learning (recorded February 1971), as one of the voices in the recital of Paragraph 7 of The Great Learning. Another early recording was the Berlin Horse soundtrack, by Malcom Le Grice, a nine-minute, 2 × 16 mm-double-projection, released in 1970 and presented in 1971.[13] Career[edit] 1970s[edit] Eno's professional music career began in London when he became a founder member (1971–1973) of the glam/art rock band Roxy Music. Initially Eno did not appear on stage at their live shows, but operated the mixing desk, processing the band's sound with a VCS3 synthesiser and tape recorders, and singing backing vocals. However he did eventually appear on stage as a performing member of the group, usually flamboyantly costumed. He quit the band on completing the promotional tour for the band's second album, For Your Pleasure, because of disagreements with lead singer Bryan Ferry
Bryan Ferry
and boredom with the rock star life.[14] In 1992, he described his Roxy Music
Roxy Music
tenure as important to his career: "As a result of going into a subway station and meeting [saxophonist Andy Mackay], I joined Roxy Music, and, as a result of that, I have a career in music. If I'd walked ten yards further on the platform, or missed that train, or been in the next carriage, I probably would have been an art teacher now".[15] During his period with Roxy Music, and for his first three solo albums, he was credited on records only as 'Eno'.

Eno appearing on Dutch television (1974)

Eno embarked on a solo career almost immediately. Between 1973 and 1977, he created four albums of electronically inflected art pop:[16] Here Come the Warm Jets
Here Come the Warm Jets
(1973), Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) (1974), Another Green World
Another Green World
(1975), and Before and After Science (1977). Tiger Mountain contains the galloping "Third Uncle", one of Eno's best-known songs, owing in part to its later being covered by Bauhaus and 801. Critic Dave Thompson writes that the song is "a near punk attack of riffing guitars and clattering percussion, 'Third Uncle' could, in other hands, be a heavy metal anthem, albeit one whose lyrical content would tongue-tie the most slavish air guitarist."[17] These four albums were remastered and reissued in 2004 by Virgin's Astralwerks
label. Due to Eno's decision not to add any extra tracks of the original material, a handful of tracks originally issued as singles have not been reissued, including the single mix of "King's Lead Hat", the title of which is an anagram of "Talking Heads", whilst "Seven Deadly Finns" and "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" were included on the deleted Eno Box II: Vocal. During this period, Eno also played three dates with Phil Manzanera
Phil Manzanera
in the band 801, a "supergroup" that performed more or less reworked selections from albums by Eno, Manzanera, and Quiet Sun, as well as covers of songs by The Beatles
The Beatles
("Tomorrow Never Knows") and The Kinks ("You Really Got Me"). In 1967 Eno developed a tape delay system. The technique involved two Revox
tape recorders set up side by side, with the tape unspooling from the first deck being carried over to the second deck to be spooled. This enabled sound recorded on the first deck to be played back by the second deck at a time delay that varied with the distance between the two decks and the speed of the tape (typically a few seconds). Working with Robert Fripp
Robert Fripp
(from King Crimson) the pair used this system in their collaboration (No Pussyfooting)
(No Pussyfooting)
(1973).[18] Subsequently, Fripp referred to this method as "Frippertronics. In 1975, Fripp and Eno released a second album, Evening Star, and played several live shows in Europe. Eno was a prominent member of the performance art-classical orchestra the Portsmouth Sinfonia – having started playing clarinet with them in 1972. In 1973 he produced the orchestra's first album The Portsmouth Sinfonia Plays the Popular Classics (released in March 1974) and in 1974 he produced the live album Hallellujah! The Portsmouth Sinfonia Live at the Royal Albert Hall, a recording of their infamous May 1974 concert (released in October 1974). In addition to producing both albums, Eno performed in the orchestra on both recordings playing the clarinet. Eno also deployed the orchestra's famously dissonant string section on his second solo album Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy). The orchestra at this time included other musicians whose solo work he would subsequently release on his Obscure label including Gavin Bryars
Gavin Bryars
and Michael Nyman. That year he also composed music for the album Lady June's Linguistic Leprosy, with Kevin Ayers, to accompany the poet June Campbell Cramer. Eno's continuing solo career saw the release of a number of highly eclectic and increasingly ambient electronic and acoustic albums. He both coined and defined the term "ambient music",[19] which is designed to modify the listener's perception of the surrounding environment. In the liner notes accompanying Ambient 1: Music for Airports Eno explains: " Ambient music
Ambient music
must be able to accommodate many levels of listening attention without enforcing one in particular; it must be as ignorable as it is interesting."[20] His first such work, 1975's Discreet Music (again created via an elaborate tape-delay methodology, that Eno diagrammed on the back cover of the LP), is considered the landmark album of the genre. This was followed by his Ambient series: ( Music for Airports
Music for Airports
(Ambient 1); The Plateaux of Mirror
The Plateaux of Mirror
(Ambient 2) featuring Harold Budd
Harold Budd
on Keyboards; Day of Radiance (Ambient 3) with the American composer Laraajiplaying zither and hammered dulcimer; and On Land
On Land
(Ambient 4)). In 1975 Eno appeared as the Wolf in a rock version of Sergei Prokofiev's classic Peter and the Wolf. Produced by Robin Lumley and Jack Lancaster, the album featured Gary Moore, Manfred Mann, Phil Collins, Stephane Grapelli, Chris Spedding, Cozy Powell, Jon Hiseman, Bill Bruford
Bill Bruford
and Alvin Lee. Also in 1975, Eno provided synthesisers and treatments on Quiet Sun's album Mainstream alongside Phil Manzanera, Charles Hayward, Dave Jarrett, and Bill MacCormick, and he performed on and contributed songs and vocals to Manzanera's Diamond Head album. In September 1976 Eno recorded with the Krautrock/Kosmische Musik group Harmonia at their studio in Forst, Germany. This material was not released until 1997 as Tracks and Traces
Tracks and Traces
by Harmonia '76. It was again reissued in 2009 with additional tracks and credited to Harmonia & Eno '76. Further collaborations with 'Krautrock' musicians including Hans Roedelius and Dieter Moebius
Dieter Moebius
saw the release of Cluster & Eno (1977) and After the Heat
After the Heat
(1978). From 1977 to 1979 Eno collaborated with David Bowie
David Bowie
on Bowie's "Berlin Trilogy" (Low, "Heroes", and Lodger), and from 1978 to 1980 with Talking Heads
Talking Heads
(More Songs About Buildings and Food, Fear of Music, and Remain in Light). 1980s[edit] In 1980 Eno provided a film score for Herbert Vesely's Egon Schiele – Exzess und Bestrafung, also known as Egon Schiele – Excess and Punishment. The ambient-style score was an unusual choice for an historical piece, but it worked effectively with the film's themes of sexual obsession and death. Before Eno made On Land
On Land
Robert Quine
Robert Quine
played him Miles Davis' "He Loved Him Madly" (1974). Eno stated in the liner notes for On Land, "Teo Macero's revolutionary production on that piece seemed to me to have the "spacious" quality I was after, and like Federico Fellini's 1973 film Amarcord, it too became a touchstone to which I returned frequently."[21] In 1980–1981, during which time Eno travelled to Ghana for a festival of West African music, he was collaborating with David Byrne of Talking Heads. Their album My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, was built around radio broadcasts Eno collected whilst living in the United States, along with sampled music recordings from around the world transposed over music predominantly inspired by African and Middle Eastern rhythms. In turn My Life in the Bush of Ghosts inspired DJ/Producer Hank Shocklee (co-founder of Public Enemy) in his creation of Hip Hop.[22] The album brought 'World Music' into Western pop ahead of Paul Simon's Graceland (1986) and before the term 'World Music' was coined in 1987.[23] In 1983 Eno collaborated with his brother, Roger Eno, and Daniel Lanois on the album Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracksthat had been commissioned by Al Reinert for his film For All Mankind(1989). Tracks from the album were subsequently used in several other films, including notably, Trainspotting.[24] 1990s[edit] On September 1. 1992 Eno released an album featuring heavily syncopated rhythms entitled Nerve Net, with contributions from several former collaborators including Fripp, Benmont Tench, Robert Quine
Robert Quine
and John Paul Jones. This album was a last-minute substitution for My Squelchy Life, which featured more pop oriented material, with Eno on vocals.[25] Several tracks from My Squelchy Life later appeared on 1993's retrospective box set Eno Box II: Vocals, and the entire album was eventually released in 2014 as part of an expanded re-release of Nerve Net.) Eno also released The Shutov Assembly
The Shutov Assembly
in 1992, recorded between 1985 and 1990. This album embraces atonality and abandons most conventional concepts of modes, scales and pitch. Released from the relentless drive to the tonic that underpins Western tonal music, the music shifts gradually and conventional instrumentation is eschewed, save for treated keyboards. [26] During the 1990s Eno worked increasingly with self-generating musical systems, the results of which he called generative music. This allows the listener to hear music that slowly unfolds in almost infinite non-repeating combinations of sound.[27] In one instance of generative music, Eno calculated that it would take almost 10,000 years to hear the entire possibilities of one individual piece. Eno achieves this through the blending of several independent musical tracks of varying length. Each track features different musical elements and in some cases, silence. When each individual track concludes, it starts again re-configuring differently with the other tracks. He has presented this music in his own art and sound installations and those in collaboration with other artists, including I Dormienti
I Dormienti
(The Sleepers), Lightness: Music for the Marble Palace, Music for Civic Recovery Centre, The Quiet Room
The Quiet Room
and Music for Prague.[28] One of Eno's better-known collaborations was with the members of U2, Luciano Pavarotti
Luciano Pavarotti
and several other artists in a group called Passengers. They produced the 1995 album Original Soundtracks 1, which reached No. 76 on the US Billboard charts and No. 12 in the UK Albums Chart. It featured a single, "Miss Sarajevo", which reached number 6 in the UK Singles Chart.[29] This collaboration is chronicled in Eno's book A Year with Swollen Appendices, a diary published in 1996. In 1996 Eno scored the six-part fantasy television series Neverwhere.[30] 2000s[edit] In 2004, Fripp and Eno recorded another ambient music collaboration album, The Equatorial Stars. Eno returned in June 2005 with Another Day on Earth, his first major album since Wrong Way Up (with John Cale) to prominently feature vocals (a trend he continued with Everything That Happens Will Happen Today). The album differs from his 1970s solo work due to the impact technological advances on musical production, evident in its semi-electronic production. In early 2006 Eno collaborated with David Byrne
David Byrne
again, for the reissue of My Life in the Bush of Ghosts in celebration of the influential album's 25th anniversary. Eight previously unreleased tracks recorded during the initial sessions in 1980/81, were added to the album.[31] An unusual interactive marketing strategy was employed for its re-release; the album's promotional website features the ability for anyone to officially and legally download the multi-tracks of two songs from the album, "A Secret Life" and " Help Me Somebody". This allowed listeners to remix and upload new mixes of these tracks to the website for others to listen and rate them.

Eno at the Long Now Foundation, 26 June 2006

In late 2006 Eno released 77 Million Paintings, a program of generative video and music specifically for home computers. As its title suggests, there is a possible combination of 77 million paintings where the viewer will see different combinations of video slides prepared by Eno each time the program is launched. Likewise, the accompanying music is generated by the program so that it's almost certain the listener will never hear the same arrangement twice. The second edition of "77 Million Paintings" featuring improved morphing and a further two layers of sound was released on 14 January 2008. In June 2007, when commissioned in the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, California, Annabeth Robinson (AngryBeth Shortbread) recreated 77 Million Paintings
77 Million Paintings
in Second Life.[32] In 2007 Eno's music was featured in an movie adaption of Irvine Welsh's best-selling collection Ecstasy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance. He also appeared playing keyboards in Voila, Belinda Carlisle's solo album sung entirely in French. Also in 2007, Eno contributed a composition titled "Grafton Street" to Dido's third album, Safe Trip Home, released in November 2008.[33] In 2008, he released Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
with David Byrne, designed the sound for the video game Spore[34] and wrote a chapter to Sound Unbound: Sampling Digital Music and Culture, edited by Paul D. Miller (a.k.a. DJ Spooky). In June 2009 Eno curated the Luminous Festival at Sydney Opera House, culminating in his first live appearance in many years. "Pure Scenius" consisted of three live improvised performances on the same day, featuring Eno, Australian improvisation trio The Necks, Karl Hyde
Karl Hyde
from Underworld, electronic artist Jon Hopkins
Jon Hopkins
and guitarist Leo Abrahams. Eno scored the music for Peter Jackson's film adaptation of The Lovely Bones, released in December 2009.[35] 2010s[edit]

Eno at MoogFest 2011

Eno released another solo album on Warp in late 2010. Small Craft on a Milk Sea, made in association with long-time collaborators Leo Abrahams and Jon Hopkins, was released on 2 November in the United States and 15 November in the UK.[36] The album included five compositions [37] that were adaptions of those tracks that Eno wrote for The Lovely Bones.[38] Eno also sang backing vocals on Anna Calvi's debut album, on the songs "Desire" and "Suzanne & I".[39] He later released Drums Between the Bells,[40] a collaboration with poet Rick Holland, on 4 July 2011. In November 2012, Eno released Lux, a 76-minute composition in four sections, through Warp.[41] Eno worked with French–Algerian Raï
singer Rachid Taha
Rachid Taha
on Taha's Tékitoi
(2004) and Zoom (2013) albums, contributing percussion, bass, brass and vocals. Eno also performed with Taha at the Stop the War Coalition concert in London in 2005.[42] In April 2014, Eno sang on, co-wrote, and co-produced Damon Albarn's Heavy Seas of Love, from his solo debut album Everyday Robots.[43] In May 2014, Eno and Underworld's Karl Hyde
Karl Hyde
released Someday World, featuring various guest musicians: from Coldplay's Will Champion
Will Champion
and Roxy Music's Andy Mackay
Andy Mackay
to newer names such as 22-year-old Fred Gibson, who helped produce the record with Eno.[44] Within weeks of that release, a second full-length album was announced titled High Life. This was released on 30 June 2014.[45] In January 2016, a new Eno ambient soundscape was premiered as part of Michael Benson's planetary photography exhibition "Otherworlds" in the Jerwood Gallery of London's Natural History Museum. In a statement Eno commented on the unnamed half-hour piece:

"We can't experience space directly; those few who've been out there have done so inside precarious cocoons. They float in silence, for space has no air, nothing to vibrate – and therefore no sound. Nonetheless we can't resist imagining space as a sonic experience, translating our feelings about it into music. In the past we saw the universe as a perfect, divine creation – logical, finite, deterministic – and our art reflected that. The discoveries of the Space age have revealed instead a chaotic, unstable and vibrant reality, constantly changing. This music tries to reflect that new understanding."

The Ship, an album with music from Eno's installation of the same name was released on 29 April 2016 on Warp.[46] In September 2016, the Portuguese synthpop band The Gift, released a single entitled Love Without Violins. As well as singing on the track, Eno co-wrote and produced it. The single was released on the band's own record label La Folie Records on 30 September.[47] Eno's Reflection, an album of ambient, generative music, was released on Warp Records
Warp Records
on January 1. 2017. It was nominated for a Grammy Award for 2018's 60th. Grammy awards ceremony.,[48][49] Record producer[edit] From the beginning of his solo career in 1973, Eno was in demand as a record producer. The first album with Eno credited as producer was Lucky Leif and the Longships by Robert Calvert. Eno's lengthy string of producer credits includes albums for Talking Heads, U2, Devo, Ultravox
and James. He also produced part of the 1993 album When I Was a Boy by Jane Siberry. He won the best producer award at the 1994 and 1996 BRIT Awards. Eno describes himself as a "non-musician", using the term "treatments" to describe his modification of the sound of musical instruments, and to separate his role from that of the traditional instrumentalist. His skill at using "The Studio as a Compositional Tool"[50] (the title of an essay by Eno) led in part to his career as a producer. His methods were recognised at the time (mid-1970s) as unique, so much so that on Genesis's The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, he is credited with 'Enossification'; on Robert Wyatt's Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard
Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard
with a Direct inject anti-jazz raygun and on John Cale's Island albums as simply being "Eno". Eno has contributed to recordings by artists as varied as Nico, Robert Calvert, Genesis, David Bowie, and Zvuki Mu, in various capacities such as use of his studio/synthesiser/electronic treatments, vocals, guitar, bass guitar, and as just being 'Eno'. In 1984, he (amongst others) composed and performed the "Prophecy Theme" for the David Lynch film Dune; the rest of the soundtrack was composed and performed by the group Toto. Eno produced performance artist Laurie Anderson's Bright Red
Bright Red
album, and also composed for it. The work is avant-garde spoken word with haunting and magnifying sounds. Eno played on David Byrne's musical score for The Catherine Wheel, a project commissioned by Twyla Tharp
Twyla Tharp
to accompany her Broadway dance project of the same name. He worked with Bowie as a writer and musician on Bowie's influential 1977–79 'Berlin Trilogy' of albums, Low, "Heroes" and Lodger, on Bowie's later album Outside, and on the song "I'm Afraid of Americans". Recorded in France and Germany, the spacey effects on Low were largely created by Eno, who played a portable EMS Synthi A synthesizer. Producer Tony Visconti
Tony Visconti
used an Eventide Harmonizer to alter the sound of the drums, claiming that the audio processor "f–s with the fabric of time."[51] Eno co-produced The Unforgettable Fire
The Unforgettable Fire
(1984), The Joshua Tree
The Joshua Tree
(1987), Achtung Baby
Achtung Baby
(1991), and All That You Can't Leave Behind
All That You Can't Leave Behind
(2000) for U2 with his frequent collaborator Daniel Lanois, and produced 1993's Zooropa
with Mark "Flood" Ellis. In 1995, U2 and Eno joined forces to create the album Original Soundtracks 1
Original Soundtracks 1
under the group name Passengers; songs from which included "Your Blue Room" and "Miss Sarajevo". Even though films are listed and described for each song, all but three are bogus. Eno also produced Laid (1993), Wah Wah (1994) Millionaires (1999) and Pleased to Meet You (2001) for James, performing as an extra musician on all four. He is credited for "frequent interference and occasional co-production" on their 1997 album Whiplash. Eno played on the 1986 album Measure for Measure by Australian band Icehouse. He remixed two tracks for Depeche Mode, "I Feel You" and "In Your Room", both single releases from the album Songs of Faith and Devotion in 1993. In 1995, Eno provided one of several remixes of "Protection" by Massive Attack
Massive Attack
(originally from their Protection album) for release as a single. In 2007, he produced the fourth studio album by Coldplay, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, released in 2008. Also in 2008, he worked with Grace Jones
Grace Jones
on her album Hurricane, credited for "production consultation" and as a member of the band, playing keyboards, treatments and background vocals. He worked on the twelfth studio album by U2, again with Lanois, titled No Line on the Horizon. It was recorded in Morocco, the South of France and Dublin
and released in Europe on 27 February 2009. In 2011, Eno and Coldplay
reunited and Eno contributed "enoxification" and additional composition on Coldplay's fifth studio album Mylo Xyloto, released on 24 October of that year.

Eno's connections to other progressive rock music artists

The Microsoft
Sound[edit] In 1994, Microsoft
designers Mark Malamud and Erik Gavriluk approached Eno to compose music for the Windows 95
Windows 95
project.[52] The result was the six-second start-up music-sound of the Windows 95
Windows 95
operating system, "The Microsoft
Sound". In an interview with Joel Selvin
Joel Selvin
in the San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
he said:

The idea came up at the time when I was completely bereft of ideas. I'd been working on my own music for a while and was quite lost, actually. And I really appreciated someone coming along and saying, "Here's a specific problem – solve it." The thing from the agency said, "We want a piece of music that is inspiring, universal, blah-blah, da-da-da, optimistic, futuristic, sentimental, emotional," this whole list of adjectives, and then at the bottom it said "and it must be ​3 1⁄4 seconds long."[† 1] I thought this was so funny and an amazing thought to actually try to make a little piece of music. It's like making a tiny little jewel. In fact, I made eighty-four pieces. I got completely into this world of tiny, tiny little pieces of music. I was so sensitive to microseconds at the end of this that it really broke a logjam in my own work. Then when I'd finished that and I went back to working with pieces that were like three minutes long, it seemed like oceans of time.[53]

Eno shed further light on the composition of the sound on the BBC Radio 4 show The Museum of Curiosity, admitting that he created it using a Macintosh
computer, and stating "I wrote it on a Mac. I've never used a PC in my life; I don't like them."[54] Video work[edit] Eno has spoken of an early and ongoing interest in exploring light in a similar way to his work with sound. He started experimenting with the medium of video in 1978. Eno describes the first video camera he received, that would initially become his main tool for creating ambient video and light installations: "One afternoon while I was working in the studio with Talking Heads, the roadie from Foreigner, working in an adjacent studio, came in and asked whether anyone wanted to buy some video equipment. I'd never really thought much about video, and found most 'video art' completely unmemorable, but the prospect of actually owning a video camera was, at that time, quite exotic."[55] The Panasonic
industrial camera Eno received had significant design flaws preventing the camera from sitting upright without the assistance of a tripod. This led to his works being filmed in vertical format, requiring the television set to be flipped on its side to view it in the proper orientation.[56] The pieces Eno produced with this method, such as Mistaken Memories of Mediaeval Manhattan (1980) and Thursday Afternoon
Thursday Afternoon
(1984) (accompanied by the album of the same title), were labelled as 'Video Paintings.' He explained the genre title in the music magazine NME: "I was delighted to find this other way of using video because at last here's video which draws from another source, which is painting... I call them 'video paintings' because if you say to people 'I make videos', they think of Sting's new rock video or some really boring, grimy 'Video Art'. It's just a way of saying, 'I make videos that don't move very fast."[57] These works presented Eno with the opportunity to expand his ambient aesthetic into a visual form, manipulating the medium of video to produce something not present in the normal television experience. His video works were shown around the world in exhibitions in New York and Tokyo, as well as released on the compilation 14 Video Paintings in 2005.[58] Eno continued his video experimentation through the 80s, 90s and 2000s, leading to further experimentation with the television as a malleable light source and informing his generative works such as 77 Million Paintings in 2006.[59] Generative music[edit] Although the term "Generative Music" did not exist before Brian Eno coined it in 1995,[60] it has existed in various forms for centuries. Eno gives the example of wind chimes. He says that these systems and the creation of them have been a focus of his since he was a student: "I got interested in the idea of music that could make itself, in a sense, in the mid 1960s really, when I first heard composers like Terry Riley, and when I first started playing with tape recorders." [61] Initially Eno began to experiment with tape loops to create generative music systems. With the advent of CDs he developed systems to make music of indeterminate duration using several discs of material that he'd specifically recorded so that they would work together musically when driven by random playback. In 1995 he began working with the company Intermorphic to create generative music through utilising programmed algorithms. The collaboration with Intermorphic led Eno to release Generative Music 1 (requires the Intermorphic's Koan Player software for PC). Released from the constraints of the CD and tape formats, (which delivered music that though generatively produced, could only offer finite and repeatable listening possibilities), the Koan software made it possible for constantly evolving non-repeating music to be experienced in the domestic environment for the first time. Generative Music 1[edit] In 1996 Eno collaborated in developing the SSEYO Koan generative music system (by Pete Cole and Tim Cole of Intermorphic) that he used in composing Generative Music 1 – only playable on the Koan generative music system. Further music releases using Koan software include: Wander (2001) and Dark Symphony (2007) – both include works by Brian, and those of other artists (including SSEYO's Tim Cole). Released excerpts[edit] Eno started to release excerpts of results from his 'generative music' systems as early as 1975 with the album Discreet Music. Then again in 1978 with Music for Airports:

Music for Airports, at least one of the pieces on there, is structurally very, very simple. There are sung notes, sung by three women and my self. One of the notes repeats every 23 1/2 seconds. It is in fact a long [recorded tape] loop running around a series of tubular aluminum chairs in Conny Plank's studio. The next lowest loop repeats every 25 7/8 seconds or something like that. The third one every 29 15/16 seconds or something. What I mean is they all repeat in cycles that are called incommensurable – they are not likely to come back into sync again. So this is the piece moving along in time. Your experience of the piece of course is a moment in time, there. So as the piece progresses, what you hear are the various clusterings and configurations of these six basic elements. The basic elements in that particular piece never change. They stay the same. But the piece does appear to have quite a lot of variety. In fact it's about eight minutes long on that record, but I did have a thirty minute version which I would bore friends who would listen to it. The thing about pieces like this of course is that they are actually of almost infinite length if the numbers involved are complex enough. They simply don't ever re-configure in the same way again. This is music for free in a sense. The considerations that are important, then, become questions of how the system works and most important of all what you feed into the system. — Brian Eno, Generative Music: A talk delivered in San Francisco, June 8, 1996[62]

The list below consists of albums, soundtracks and downloadable files that contain excerpts from some of Eno's generative music explorations:

1970 – Berlin Horse [Film Short] 1975 – Discreet Music 1975 – Evening Star (Fripp & Eno) 1978 – Ambient 1: Music For Airports 1981 – Mistaken Memories of Mediaeval Manhattan [Installation Video] 1982 – Ambient 4: On Land 1983 – Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks (Eno, Lanois & R Eno) 1983 – Music For Films II (Eno, Lanois & R Eno) [exclusive to 'Working Backwards' Box Set] 1984 – Thursday Afternoon
Thursday Afternoon
[Installation Video] 1985 – Thursday Afternoon 1988 – Music For Films III (Various Artists) 1989 – Textures (Eno, Lanois & R Eno) 1989 – For All Mankind
For All Mankind
[Documentary Soundtrack] 1992 – The Shutov Assembly 1993 – Neroli (Thinking Music Part IV) 1994 – Glitterbug [Original Soundtrack] 1996 – Neverwhere
[BBC TV Mini-Series Soundtrack] 1997 – Contra 1.2 1997 – Lightness 1998 – Music for Prague 1999 – I Dormienti 1999 – Kite Stories 2000 – Music For Civic Recovery Centre 2001 – Compact Forest Proposal 2003 – Curiosities – Volume I 2004 – Curiosities – Volume II 2012 – Lux 2013 – CAM [Web – the book 'Brian Eno: Visual Music' includes a Download Code] 2014 – The Shutov Bonus Material ['Shutov Assembly' Bonus CD] 2014 – New Space Music ['Neroli' Bonus CD] 2016 – The Ship 2016 – Reflection 2017 – Sisters [Web Download]

Several of the released excerpts (listed above) originated as, or are derivative of, soundtracks Eno created for art installations. Most notably The Shutov Assembly
The Shutov Assembly
(view breakdown of Album's sources), Contra 1.2 thru to Compact Forest Proposal, Lux, CAM, and The Ship. Installations[edit] Eno has created installations combining artworks and sound that have shown across the world since 1979, beginning with 2 Fifth Avenue and White Fence, in the Kitchen Centre, New York, NY.[63] Typically Eno's installations feature light as a medium explored in multi-screen configurations, and music that is created to blur the boundaries between itself and its surroundings: "There is a sharp distinction between "music" and "noise", just as there is a distinction between the musician and the audience. I like blurring those distinctions – I like to work with all the complex sounds on the way out to the horizon, to pure noise, like the hum of London." [64] With each installation Eno's music and artworks interrogate the visitors' perception of space and time within a seductive, immersive environment.[65][66] Since his experiments with sound as an art student using reel to reel tape recorders,[67] - and in art employing the medium of light,[68] Eno has utilised breakthroughs in technology to develop 'processes rather than final objects', processes that in themselves have to "jolt your senses," have "got to be seductive."[69] Once set in motion these processes produce potentially un-ending and continuous, non-repeating music and artworks that Eno, though the artist, could not have imagined;[70] and with them he creates the slowly unfolding immersive environments of his installations. David A Ross writes in the programme notes to Matrix 44 (Mistaken Memories of Medieval Manhattan/White Fences/Motion Study) shown at BAMPFA in 1981: "In a series of painterly video installations first shown in 1979 at the Kitchen Center for Video in New York, Eno explored the notion of environmental ambiance. Eno proposes a use for music and video that is antithetical to behavior control-oriented "Muzak" in that it induces and invites the viewer to enter a meditative, detached state, rather than serve as an operant conditioner for work-force efficiency. His underlying strategy is to create works which provide natural levels of variety and redundancy which bring attention to, rather than mimic, essential characteristics of the natural environment. Eno echoes Matisse's stated desire that his art serve as an armchair for the weary businessman."[71] At the launch event to the Luminous Festival, Sydney 2009, curated by Eno,[66] he explained: "I try with all of these shows to make them as seductive as possible, actually. … What I want to do is to make something that is irresistible in a way, where you think "Oh, I'd really love to stay here for a while. … Because what … I'm most interested in with this work is trying to create a situation within which you can experience some kind of surrender, where you stop being "you" for a little while. You stop thinking about you and your particular life and existence and the laundry you didn't pick up and the coffee you want to get - and, for a little while, you surrender to something - you become immersed in it. I think it's the most important thing you can do, sometimes." [66] Early installations benefitted from breakthroughs in video technology that inspired Eno to use the TV screen as a monitor and enabled him to experiment with the opposite of the fast-moving narratives typical of TV to create evolving images with an almost imperceptible rate of change. "2 Fifth Avenue", ("a linear four-screen installation with music from Music For Airports") resulted from Eno shooting "the view from his apartment window: without…(any) intervention," recording "what was in front of the camera for an unspecified period of time… In a simple but crude form of experimental post production, the colour controls of the monitors on which the work was shown were adjusted to wash out the picture, producing a high-contrast black and white image in which colour appeared only in the darkest areas. … Eno manipulated colour as though painting, observing: 'video for me is a way of configuring light, just as painting is a way of configuring paint.'"[72] From the outset, Eno's video works, were "more in the sphere of paintings than of cinema".[73] The author/artist John Coulthart
John Coulthart
called Mistaken Memories of Medieval Manhattan, (1980–81) (which incorporated music from Ambient 4: On Land) "The first ambient film." He explains: "Eno filmed several static views of New York and its drifting cloudscape from his thirteenth-floor apartment in 1980–81. (A fault in) the equipment … give(s) the images a hazy, impressionistic quality. Lack of a tripod meant filming with the camera lying on its side so the tape had to be re-viewed with a television monitor also turned on its side."[74] And turning the TV on its side, says David A. Ross "recontextualize(d) the television set, and … subliminally shift(ed) the way the video image represents recognizable realities…Natural phenomena like rain look quite different in this orientation; less familiar but curiously more real." [75] Essentially Eno's video works "arose from the question, 'What type of image would not presuppose the time and attention characteristically accorded a narrative structure?' This experimentation … produced television that had the pictorial character of landscape painting, rather than a narrative thrust." [75] Further exploration of the boundaries between cinema and painting in Thursday Afternoon, (1984) 7 video paintings of Eno's friend Christine Alicino, again called into question the viewers' traditional relationship with television. In the liner notes to the video Thursday Afternoon released by Sony Japan in 1984 Eno writes: "So long as video is regarded only as an extension of film or television, increasing hysteria and exoticism is its most likely future. Our background as television viewers has conditioned us to expect that things on screens change dramatically and in significant temporal sequence, and has therefore reinforced a rigid relationship between viewer and screen – you sit still and it moves. I am interested in a type of work which does not necessarily suggest this relationship: a more steady-state image-based work which one can look at and walk away from as one would a painting: it sits still and you move." [76] Thursday Afternoon
Thursday Afternoon
was a return to using figurative form, for Eno had by now begun "to think that I could use my TVs as light sources rather than as image sources. … TV was actually the most controllable light source that had ever been invented – because you could precisely specify the movement and behaviour of several million points of coloured light on a surface. The fact that this prodigious possibility had almost exclusively been used to reproduce figurative images in the service of narratives pointed to evolution of the medium from the theatre and cinema. What I thought was that this machine, which pumped out highly controllable light, was actually the first synthesizer, and that its use as an imager-retailer represented a subset of its possible range." [77] Turning the TV on its back, Eno played video colour fields of differing lengths of time that would slowly re-combine in different configurations. Placing ziggurats (3 dimensional constructions) of different lengths and sizes on top of the screens that defined each separate colour field, these served to project the internal light source upward. "The light from it was tangible as though caught in a cloud of vapour. Its slowly changing hues and striking colour collisions were addictive. We sat watching for ages, transfixed by this totally new experience of light as a physical presence."[78] Calling these light sculptures Crystals (first shown in Boston in 1983), Eno further developed them for the Pictures of Venice exhibition at Gabriella Cardazzo's Cavallino Gallery (Venice,1985). Placing plexiglass on top of the structures he found that these further diffused the light so the shapes outlined through this surface appeared to be described differently in the slowly changing fields of light.[79] The music for the Pictures of Venice installation utilised the newly introduced auto-reverse function on cassette players. This allowed Eno to record different musical elements onto cassettes of varying lengths that could be played continuously. "I had four cassettes of different lengths which I played back on four auto reverse players. The four layers of music juxtaposed with each other in different relationships, so that an ever-changing music accompanied the ever-changing ziggurats. I located the 8 loudspeakers in the eight corners of the space, so that the music was different at every point in time and every point in space." This "sometimes yielded unlikely surprises.…I recall once when Michael Brook and I were working in Gabriella Cardazzo's gallery in Venice an unusual configuration of notes clustered together in a melody we both knew well. We looked up and said simultaneously "DIVORCE!" Tammy Wynette's great country song had made a brief visit."[73] Creating installations liberated Eno from the constraints of stereo records. Since Discreet Music in 1975, Eno had been making music that in theory could be infinitely long because it was the result of the systems and processes that he'd set up. For release as an album, only a section of the music could be recorded. The album format simply could not deliver the experience he envisaged, which was an environment of potentially unending non-repeating music. Not only is an album finite in length, it repeats the same each time it's played and is typically heard out of two loudspeakers By positioning sound sources in different places and different heights in the exhibition room Eno intended that the music would be something you were inside of rather than sitting outside of listening to. For the I Dormienti
I Dormienti
show at the [[Roundhouse [venue]]] (1999) that featured sculptures of sleeping figures by Mimmo Paladino in the middle of the circular room, Eno placed speakers in each of the 12 tunnels running from it. A particular sonic element played through each one: by standing in the centre (of the room) you would hear the music coming out of all the tunnels, so you'd hear a mix in the middle. But if you walked into a tunnel, then you would hear the localised sound of one instrument, or musical element. Envisioning the speakers themselves as instruments, led to Eno's 'speaker flowers' becoming a feature of many installations, including at the Museo dell' Ara Pacis (Rome, 2008), again with Mimmo Paladino and 'Speaker Flowers and Lightboxes' at Castello Svevo
Castello Svevo
in Trani (Italy 2017). Re-imagining the speaker as a flower with a voice that could be heard as it moved in the breeze, he made 'bunches' of them, "sculptural objects (that) ...consist of tiny chassis speakers attached to tall metal stands that sway in response to the sound they emit."[80] The very first version of these were shown at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam(1984). Since 'On Land' (1982) Eno has sought to blur the boundaries between music and non-music and incorporates environmental sounds into his work. He treats synthesised and recorded sounds for specific affect, so that as a listener you can't then tell which of the sounds are part of the presentation and which are part of the outside world. It is music with 'a soft horizon' and the intention is that the listener initially questioning what is and what isn't music, will get into a relaxed state of mind where they hear it all as music.[81] The antithesis of 20th. Century Shock art, Eno's works create environments that are: "Envisioned as extensions of everyday life while offering a refuge from it's stresses." [82] Creating a space to reflect was a stated aim in Eno's Quiet Club series of installations that have shown across the world, and include Music for Civic Recovery Centre at the David Toop
David Toop
curated Sonic Boom festival at the Hayward Gallery in 2000. The Quiet Club series (1986-2001) grew from Eno's site-specific installations that included the Place series (1985-1989). These also featured light sculptures and audio with the addition of conventional materials, such as "tree trunks, fish bowls, ladders, rocks". Eno used these in unconventional ways to create new and unexpected experiences and modes of engagements, offering an extension of and refuge from, everyday life.[83] The continually flowing non-repeating music and art of Eno's installations mitigate against habituation to the work and maintain the visitors' engagement with it. "One of the things I enjoy about my shows is...lots of people sitting quietly watching something that has no story, few recognisable images and changes very slowly. It's somewhere between the experience of painting, cinema, music and meditation...I dispute the assumption that everyone's attention span is getting shorter: I find people are begging for experiences that are longer and slower, less "dramatic" and more sensual." [84] Tanya Zimbardo writing on New Urban Spaces Series 4. "Compact Forest Proposal" for SF MOMA (2001) confirms: "During the first presentation of this work, as part of the exhibition 010101: Art in Technological Times at SFMOMA in 2001, visitors often spent considerable time in this dreamlike space." [85] In Eno's work, both art and music are released from their normal constraints. The music set up to randomly reconfigure is modal and abstract rather than tonal, and so the listener is freed from expectations set up by Western tonal harmonic conventions.[86] The artworks in their continual slowly shifting combinations of colour (and in the case of 77 Million Paintings
77 Million Paintings
image re-configurations) themselves offer a continually engaging immersive experience through their unfolding fields of light. 77 Million Paintings[edit] Developments in computer technology meant that the experience of Eno's unending non-repeatable generative art and music was no longer only possible in the public spaces of his exhibitions. With software developer and programmer Jake Dowie, Eno created a generative art/music installation '77 Million Paintings' for the domestic environment. Developed for both PC and Mac, the process is explained by Nick Robertson in the accompanying booklet. "One way to approach this idea is to imagine that you have a large box full of painted components and you are allowed to blindly take out between one and four of these at any time and overlay them to make a complete painting. The selection of the elements and their duration in the painting is variable and arbitrarily determined…" [87] All the visual 'elements' were hand-painted by Eno onto glass slides, creating an organic heart to the work. Some of the slides had formed his earlier 'Natural Selections' exhibition projected onto the windows of the Triennale
in Milan. (1990). This exhibition marked the beginning of Eno's site specific installations that re-defined spaces on a large scale.[88] For the Triennale
exhibition, Eno with Rolf Engel and Roland Blum at Atelier Marktgraph, used new 'dataton' technology that could be programmed to control the fade up and out times of the light sources.[89] But, unlike the software developed for '77 Million', this was clumsy and limited the practical realisation of Eno's vision. With the computer programmed to randomly select a combination of up to four images of different durations, the on screen painting continually reconfigures as each image slowly dissolves whilst another appears. The painting will be different for every viewer in every situation, uniquely defining each moment. Eno likens his role in creating this piece to one of a gardener planting seeds. And like a gardener he watches to see how they grow, waiting to see if further intervention is necessary.[90] In the liner notes Nick Robertson explains: "Every user will buy exactly the same pack of 'seeds' but they will all grow in different ways and into distinct paintings, the vast majority of which, the artist himself has not even seen. …The original in art is no longer solely bound up in the physical object, but rather in the way the piece lives and grows."[87] The music that is part of the work is, "processed in a similar way, combining layers of sound, ensuring you never hear exactly the same thing twice, even if running 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. The title 77 million Paintings reflects the possible permutations of the piece." [87] Although designed for the domestic environment, 77 million paintings has been (and continues to be) exhibited in multi-screen installations across the world. It has also been projected onto its iconic architectural structures, including the sails of the Sydney Opera House (2009), Carioca Aqueduct
Carioca Aqueduct
(The Arcos Di Lapa) Brazil (2012) and the giant Lovell Telescope
Lovell Telescope
at the Jodrell Bank
Jodrell Bank
Observatory (2016). During an exhibition at Fabrica Brighton, (2010) the orthopaedic surgeon Robin Turner noticed the calming effect the work had on the visitors. Turner asked Eno to provide a version for the Montefiore hospital in Hove. Since then 77 Million and Eno's latest "Light Boxes" have been commissioned for use in hospitals, to facilitate calm reflection in specially dedicated spaces. With the generative processes that deliver his art and music in '77 Million' Eno is able to realise his ambition first formulated when an art student, to blur the boundaries between music and paintings.[91] Montefiore Hospital Installations[edit] In 2013 Eno created two permanent light and sound installations at Montefiore Hospital in Hove, East Sussex, England.[92] In the hospital's reception area " 77 Million Paintings
77 Million Paintings
for Montefiore" consists of eight plasma monitors mounted on the wall in a diagonally radiating flower-like pattern. They display an evolving collage of coloured patterns and shapes whilst Eno's generative ambient music plays discreetly in the background. The other aptly named "Quiet Room for Montefiore" (available for patients, visitors and staff) is a space set apart for meditative reflection. It is a moderately sized room with three large panels displaying dissolves of subtle colours in patterns that are reminiscent of Mondrian paintings. The environment brings Eno's ambient music into focus and facilitates the visitors' cognitive drift, freeing them to contemplate or relax. Spore[edit] Eno composed most of the music for the Electronic Arts
Electronic Arts
video game Spore (2008), assisted by his long term collaborator, the musician and programmer Peter Chilvers (musician). Much of the music is generative and responsive to the player's position within the game. iOS Apps[edit] Inspired by possibilities presented to Brian Eno
Brian Eno
and Peter Chilvers whilst working together on the generative soundtrack for the video game Spore (2008) the two began to release generative music in the Apple App format. They set up the website generativemusic.com and created generative music applications for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad:

2008 – Bloom 2009 – Trope 2012 – Scape 2016 – Reflection

In 2009 Peter Chilvers and Sandra O'Neill also created an App entitled Air (released through generativemusic.com as well) – based on concepts developed by Eno in his Ambient 1: Music for Airports album.[93] Reflection[edit] The generative version of Reflection is the fourth iOS App created by Brian Eno
Brian Eno
and Peter Chilvers: of generativemusic.com. Unlike other Apps they released Reflection provides no real options other than Play/Pause – later, in its initial update, Airplay and Sleep Timer options were added. As Apple had started increasing prices for Apps sold in UK, they lowered its price. For those who'd bought the app at a higher price, Eno and Chilvers provided links to a free download of a four track album called 'Sisters' (each track with a 15:14 duration). The following appears on the app's Apple iTunes page:

As a result of the Brexit-related fall in value of the British pound Apple have increased the prices of all apps sold in the UK by 25%. While we always intended REFLECTION to be a premium priced app, we feel this increase makes it too expensive, so we will take the hit in order to keep the British price to the consumer at its original level. In other territories this decision will translate into a reduced price for the app. As a thank you to everyone who has supported the REFLECTION app, we are adding a free surprise downloadable gift to it for a limited time. To access it, simply update REFLECTION in the App Store and follow the instructions when you open the app on your device. The download will be available until 28th February [2017].[94] and the App's Apples iTunes page[95]

Previous to the updates for the App, the iTunes page used the following from Eno.

Reflection is the most recent of my Ambient experiments and represents the most sophisticated of them so far. My original intention with Ambient music
Ambient music
was to make endless music, music that would be there as long as you wanted it to be. I wanted also that this music would unfold differently all the time – 'like sitting by a river': it's always the same river, but it's always changing. But recordings – whether vinyl, cassette or CD – are limited in length, and replay identically each time you listen to them. So in the past I was limited to making the systems which make the music, but then recording 30 minutes or an hour and releasing that. Reflection in its album form – on vinyl or CD – is like this. But the app by which Reflection is produced is not restricted: it creates an endless and endlessly changing version of the piece of music. The creation of a piece of music like this falls into three stages: the first is the selection of sonic materials and a musical mode – a constellation of musical relationships. These are then patterned and explored by a system of algorithms which vary and permutate the initial elements I feed into them, resulting in a constantly morphing stream (or river) of music. The third stage is listening. Once I have the system up and running I spend a long time – many days and weeks in fact – seeing what it does and fine-tuning the materials and sets of rules that run the algorithms. It's a lot like gardening: you plant the seeds and then you keep tending to them until you get a garden you like.[96]

The version of Reflection available on the fixed formats (CD, Vinyl and download File) consists of two (joined) excerpts from the Reflection app. This was revealed in Brian's interview with Philip Sherburne:

[Philip Sherburne] Given the infinite nature of the Reflection project, was it difficult to select the 54-minute chunk that became the album? [Brian Eno] Yes, it was quite interesting doing that. When you're running it as an ephemeral piece, you have quite different considerations. If there is something that is a bit doubtful or odd, you think, OK, that's just in the nature of the piece and now it's passed and we're somewhere else. Whereas if you're thinking of it as a record that people are going to listen to again and again, what philosophy do you take? Choose just a random amount of time? Could have done that. Just do several of them and fix them together? Is that faking it? These are very interesting philosophical questions. [Philip Sherburne] Which approach did you follow? [Brian Eno] A hybrid approach. I generated 11 pieces of the length I'd set the piece to be and I had them all in my iTunes on random shuffle, so I would be listening at night, doing other things, and as one ran through, I would think, That was a nice one, I particularly like the second half. So then I would make a note. I did this for quite a few evenings. There were two that I really liked. On one, the last 40 minutes of it were lovely, and on another, the first 25 minutes of it were really nice. So I thought, This is a studio, I'm making a record. I'll edit them together! It was like the birth of rock'n'roll. I'm allowed to do that! It's not cheating. It was quite a bit of jiggery-pokery to find a place I could do it, but the result is two pieces stuck together. — Philip Sherburne / Brian Eno, A Conversation With Brian Eno About Ambient Music[97]

Artworks: Light Boxes[edit] Eno's "light boxes" utilise advances in LED technology that has enabled him to re-imagine his ziggurat light paintings - and early light boxes as featured in Kite Stories
Kite Stories
(1999) - for the domestic environment. The light boxes feature slowly changing combinations of colour fields that draw attention differently to the shapes outlined by delineating structures within. As the paintings slowly evolve each passing moment is defined differently, drawing the viewer's focus into the present moment. The writer and cultural essayist Michael Bracewell writes that the viewer "is also encouraged to engage with a generative sensor/aesthetic experience that reflects the ever-changing moods and randomness of life itself". He likens Eno's art to "Matisse or Rothko at their most enfolding." [98] First shown commercially at the Paul Stolper Gallery in London (forming the Light Music exhibition in 2016 that included lenticular paintings by Eno),[99] 'light boxes' have been shown across the world. They remain in permanent display in both private and public spaces. Recognised for their therapeutic contemplative benefits, Eno's 'light paintings' have been commissioned for specially dedicated places of reflection including in Chelsea and Westminster hospital, the Montefiore Hospital in Hove and a three and a half metre lightbox for the sanctuary room in the Macmillan Horizon Centre in Brighton.[100] Obscure Records[edit] Eno started the Obscure Records
Obscure Records
label in Britain in 1975 to release works by lesser-known composers. The first group of three releases included his own composition, Discreet Music, and the now-famous The Sinking of the Titanic (1969) and Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet (1971) by Gavin Bryars. The second side of Discreet Music consisted of several versions of Pachelbel's Canon, the composition which Eno had previously chosen to precede Roxy Music's appearances on stage and to which he applied various algorithmic transformations, rendering it almost unrecognisable. Side one consisted of a tape loop system for generating music from relatively sparse input. These tapes had previously been used as backgrounds in some of his collaborations with Fripp, most notably on Evening Star. Ten albums were released on Obscure, including works by John Adams, Michael Nyman, and John Cage. Other work[edit] Eno continues to be active in other artistic fields. His sound installations have been exhibited in many prestigious venues around the world, including the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; Vancouver Art Gallery; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; Baltic Art Centre, Gateshead; and the Sydney, São Paulo and Venice Biennials. In March 2008 he collaborated with the Italian artist Mimmo Paladino on a show of the latter's works with Eno's soundscapes at Ara Pacis in Rome. In 2013, Eno sold limited edition prints of artwork from his 2012 album Lux
from his website.[101][102] Eno appeared as Father Brian Eno
Brian Eno
at the "It's Great Being a Priest!" convention, in "Going to America", the final episode of the television sitcom Father Ted, which originally aired on 1 May 1998 on Channel 4.[103] Influence[edit] See also: Recording studio as musical instrument Eno is frequently referred to as one of popular music's most influential artists.[104] Critic Jason Ankeny at AllMusic argues that Eno "forever altered the ways in which music is approached, composed, performed, and perceived, and everything from punk to techno to new age bears his unmistakable influence."[1] Eno has spread his techniques and theories primarily through his production; his distinctive style informed a number of projects in which he has been involved, including Bowie's "Berlin Trilogy" (helping to popularise minimalism) and the albums he produced for Talking Heads (incorporating, on Eno's advice, African music and polyrhythms), Devo, and other groups.[105] Eno's first collaboration with David Byrne, 1981's My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, pioneered sampling techniques that would prove to be influential in hip-hop, and broke ground by incorporating world music into popular Western music forms.[106][107] Eno and Peter Schmidt's Oblique Strategies have been used by many bands, and Eno's production style has proven influential in several general respects: "his recording techniques have helped change the way that modern musicians;– particularly electronic musicians;– view the studio. No longer is it just a passive medium through which they communicate their ideas but itself a new instrument with seemingly endless possibilities."[108] Whilst inspired by the ideas of minimalist composers including John Cage, Terry Riley and Erik Satie,[109] Eno coined the term ambient music to describe his own work and defined the term. The Ambient Music Guide states that he has brought from "relative obscurity into the popular consciousness" fundamental ideas about ambient music, including "the idea of modern music as subtle atmosphere, as chill-out, as impressionistic, as something that creates space for quiet reflection or relaxation."[108] His groundbreaking work in electronic music has been said to have brought widespread attention to and innovations in the role of electronic technology in recording.[109] Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd
keyboardist Rick Wright said he "often eulogised" Eno's abilities.[110] Eno's "unconventional studio predilections", in common with those of Peter Gabriel, were an influence on the recording of "In the Air Tonight", the single which launched the solo career of his Gabriel's former bandmate Phil Collins.[111] Collins said he "learned a lot" from working with Eno.[112] Both Half Man Half Biscuit
Half Man Half Biscuit
(in the song "Eno Collaboration" on the EP of the same name) and MGMT
have written songs about Eno. LCD Soundsystem
LCD Soundsystem
has frequently cited Eno as a key influence. The Icelandic singer Björk
also credited Eno as a major influence.[113] Mora sti Fotia (Babies on Fire), one of the most influential Greek rock bands, was named after Eno's song "Baby's on Fire".[114] In 2011 Belgian academics from the Royal Museum for Central Africa named a species of Afrotropical spider Pseudocorinna brianeno in his honour.[115] In September 2016, asked by the website Just Six Degrees to name a currently influential artist, Eno cited the conceptual, video and installation artist Jeremy Deller
Jeremy Deller
as a source of current inspiration: "Deller's work is often technically very ambitious, involving organising large groups of volunteers and helpers, but he himself is almost invisible in the end result. I'm inspired by this quietly subversive way of being an artist, setting up situations and then letting them play out. To me it's a form of social generative art where the 'generators' are people and their experiences, and where the role of the artist is to create a context within which they collide and create."[116] Personal life and beliefs[edit] In 1967, at the age of 18, Eno married Sarah Grenville. They had a daughter, Hannah, born in July 1967, before divorcing. Eno married his manager Anthea Norman-Taylor in 1988; they have two daughters, Irial and Darla.[117] Eno has referred to himself as "kind of an Evangelical Atheist" but has also professed an interest in religion.[118] In 1996, Eno and others started the Long Now Foundation
Long Now Foundation
to educate the public about the very long-term future of society and to encourage long-term thinking in the exploration of enduring solutions to global issues.[119] The Nokia
8800 Sirocco Edition mobile phone features exclusive music composed by Eno.[120] Between 8 January 2007 and 12 February 2007, ten units of Nokia
8800 Sirocco Brian Eno
Brian Eno
Signature Edition mobile phones, individually numbered and engraved with Eno's signature were auctioned off. All proceeds went to two charities chosen by Eno: the Keiskamma AIDS treatment program and the World Land Trust.[121] In 2006, Eno was one of more than 100 artists and writers who signed an open letter calling for an international boycott of Israeli political and cultural institutions.[122] and in January 2009 he spoke out against Israel's military action on the Gaza Strip by writing an opinion for CounterPunch
and participating in a large-scale protest in London.[123][124] In 2014, Eno again protested publicly against what he called a "one-sided exercise in ethnic cleansing" and a "war [with] no moral justification," in reference to the 2014 military operation of Israel into Gaza.[125] He was also a co-signatory, along with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Noam Chomsky, Alice Walker
Alice Walker
and others, to a letter published in The Guardian
The Guardian
that labelled the conflict as an "inhumane and illegal act of military aggression" and called for "a comprehensive and legally binding military embargo on Israel, similar to that imposed on South Africa during apartheid."[126] In 2013, Eno became a patron of Videre Est Credere (Latin for "to see is to believe"), a UK human rights charity.[127] Videre describes itself as "give[ing] local activists the equipment, training and support needed to safely capture compelling video evidence of human rights violations. This captured footage is verified, analysed and then distributed to those who can create change."[128] He participates alongside movie producers Uri Fruchtmann and Terry Gilliam
Terry Gilliam
– along with executive director of Greenpeace UK John Sauven. In August 2015, Eno endorsed Jeremy Corbyn's campaign in the Labour Party leadership election. He said: "I don't think electability really is the most important thing. What's important is that someone changes the conversation and moves us off this small-minded agenda."[129][130] [131] On 3 December 2015 Eno appeared in a filmed public forum in London, England, titled "Basic income: How do we get there?",[132] about the benefits and need for a basic income. It was hosted by Basic Income UK and also included economist Frances Coppola and anthropologist David Graeber. In Autumn 2016 he became elected member of the 12 person Coordinating Collective (CC) of the Democracy in Europe Movement 2025 (DiEM25), together with Noam Chomsky
Noam Chomsky
among other world-famous activists. Eno was appointed President of Stop the War Coalition
Stop the War Coalition
in 2017. He has had a long involvement with the organisation since it was set up in 2001.[133] He is also a trustee of the environmental law firm Client Earth, Somerset House, and the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, set up by Mariana Mazzucato.[citation needed] Discography[edit] Main article: Brian Eno
Brian Eno
discography Solo studio albums[edit]

Here Come the Warm Jets
Here Come the Warm Jets
(1974), Island Taking Tiger Mountain (1974), Island Another Green World
Another Green World
(1975), Island Discreet Music (1975), Obscure Before and After Science
Before and After Science
(1977), Polydor Ambient 1: Music for Airports
Music for Airports
(1978), Polydor Music for Films
Music for Films
(1978), Polydor Ambient 4: On Land
On Land
(1982), EG Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks (1983), E.G. More Music for Films
Music for Films
(1983), E.G. Thursday Afternoon
Thursday Afternoon
(1985), E.G. Nerve Net
Nerve Net
(1992), Opal, All Saints The Shutov Assembly
The Shutov Assembly
(1992), Opal, All Saints Neroli (1993), All Saints The Drop (1997), All Saints Another Day on Earth
Another Day on Earth
(2005), Hannibal Lux
(2012), Warp The Ship (2016), Warp Reflection (2017), Warp

Ambient installation albums[edit]

Extracts from Music for White Cube, London 1997
Extracts from Music for White Cube, London 1997
(1997), Opal Lightness: Music for the Marble Palace (1997), Opal I Dormienti
I Dormienti
(1999), OpalU Kite Stories
Kite Stories
(1999), Opal Music for Civic Recovery Centre (2000), Opal Compact Forest Proposal
Compact Forest Proposal
(2001), Opal January 07003: Bell Studies for the Clock of the Long Now (2003), Opal Making Space (2010), Opal


^ The eventual length of The Microsoft
Sound as supplied and used was roughly 6 seconds, not ​3 1⁄4.


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Further reading[edit]

Albiez, Sean; Pattie, David, eds. (2016). Brian Eno: Oblique Music. London: Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN 978-1441129123.  Arena, Leonardo Vittorio (2014). Brian Eno. Filosofia per non-musicisti (in Italian). Milan: Mimesis. ISBN 978-88-5752-317-0.  Bracewell, Michael (2005). Roxy Music: Bryan Ferry, Brian Eno, Art, Ideas, and Fashion. Boston, MA: Da Capo. ISBN 0-306-81400-5.  Dayal, Geeta (2007). 33​1⁄3: Brian Eno's Another Green World. London and New York: Continuum. ISBN 978-0-8264-2786-1.  Eno, Brian; Mills, Russell; Poynor, Rick (1986). More Dark Than Shark. London: Faber and Faber. ISBN 978-0571138838.  Eno, Brian (1996). A Year with Swollen Appendices: Brian Eno's Diary. London: Faber and Faber. ISBN 9780571179954.  Eno, Brian; Paladino, Mimmo (2000). I Dormienti. ISBN 978-8888098005. Limited edition of 2000 copies  Sheppard, David (2008). On Some Faraway Beach: The Life and Times of Brian Eno. London: Orion. ISBN 978-0-7528-7570-5.  Tamm, Eric (1995) [1989]. Brian Eno: His Music and the Vertical Color of Sound. Boston, MA: Da Capo. ISBN 9780306806490. 

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With David Sylvian

The First Day "Jean the Birdman" Darshan Damage: Live Approaching Silence

With Van der Graaf Generator

H to He, Who Am the Only One Pawn Hearts

Guest appearances

Septober Energy Parallel Lines Fear of Music The Roches Sacred Songs Lifeforms The Thunderthief Fear of a Blank Planet

With King Crimson

King Crimson
King Crimson

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Harold Budd

Studio albums

The Pavilion of Dreams Lovely Thunder The White Arcades By the Dawn's Early Light Luxa The Room Avalon Sutra / As Long as I Can Hold My Breath

Compilation albums

Music for Films
Music for Films


Music for 'Fragments from the Inside' Mysterious Skin – Music from the Film


Ambient 2: The Plateaux of Mirror The Pearl The Moon and the Melodies Music for 3 Pianos Through the Hill Translucence/Drift Music After the Night Falls Before the Day Breaks

Guest appearances

Vista No Line On The Horizon


Bourgeois Magnetic

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Bono The Edge Adam Clayton Larry Mullen Jr.

Studio albums

Boy October War The Unforgettable Fire The Joshua Tree Rattle and Hum Achtung Baby Zooropa Pop All That You Can't Leave Behind How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb No Line on the Horizon Songs of Innocence Songs of Experience

Compilations and EPs

Three Wide Awake in America Please: PopHeart Live EP The Best of 1980–1990 7 The Best of 1990–2000 Exclusive The Complete U2 Live from Under the Brooklyn Bridge U218 Singles Wide Awake in Europe

Other albums

Under a Blood Red Sky Melon: Remixes for Propaganda Original Soundtracks 1 Hasta la Vista Baby! U2 Live from Mexico City Live from the Point Depot U2.Communication Zoo TV
Zoo TV
Live U2 Go Home: Live from Slane Castle, Ireland Live from Paris Medium, Rare & Remastered Artificial Horizon Duals U22 From the Ground Up: Edge's Picks from U2360°

Videos and films

U2 Live at Red Rocks: Under a Blood Red Sky The Unforgettable Fire
The Unforgettable Fire
Collection Rattle and Hum Achtung Baby: The Videos, the Cameos, and a Whole Lot of Interference from Zoo TV Zoo TV: Live from Sydney PopMart: Live from Mexico City Elevation 2001: Live from Boston U2 Go Home: Live from Slane Castle, Ireland Vertigo 2005: Live from Chicago Vertigo 05: Live from Milan U218 Videos Live from Paris U2 3D Linear U2360° at the Rose Bowl From the Sky Down Innocence + Experience: Live in Paris

Tours and concerts

U2-3 Tour Boy Tour October Tour War Tour The Unforgettable Fire
The Unforgettable Fire
Tour Live Aid A Conspiracy of Hope The Joshua Tree
The Joshua Tree

Vaillancourt Fountain concert

Lovetown Tour Zoo TV
Zoo TV
Tour PopMart

concert in Sarajevo

Elevation Tour Super Bowl XXXVI halftime show Vertigo Tour U2 360° Tour Innocence + Experience Tour The Joshua Tree
The Joshua Tree
Tour 2017 Experience + Innocence Tour

Additional personnel

Steve Averill Anton Corbijn Brian Eno Dik Evans Dave Fanning Flood Gavin Friday Howie B Jimmy Iovine Daniel Lanois Steve Lillywhite Paul McGuinness Morleigh Steinberg Willie Williams

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Hans-Joachim Roedelius Dieter Moebius Conny Plank Brian Eno Holger Czukay Asmus Tietchens Okko Bekker Joshi Farnbauer Stanislaw Michalik Bond Bergland Tommy Grenas (Johnston) Peter Baumann William Roper Felix Jay Tim Story Hiroshi Okunari Russ Curry

Studio albums

Cluster (1971) Cluster II (1972) Zuckerzeit (1974) Sowiesoso
(1976) Cluster & Eno (1977) After the Heat
After the Heat
(1978) Grosses Wasser (1979) Curiosum
(1981) Apropos Cluster
Apropos Cluster
(1991) One Hour (1995) Qua (2009)

Compilation albums

Old Land
Old Land

Live albums

Live in Vienna (1980) Japan 1996 Live (1997) First Encounter Tour 1996 (1997) Berlin 07
Berlin 07

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Grammy Award for Record of the Year


"Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare)" by Domenico Modugno
Domenico Modugno
(1959) "Mack the Knife" by Bobby Darin
Bobby Darin
(1960) "Theme from A Summer Place" by Percy Faith
Percy Faith
(1961) "Moon River" by Henry Mancini
Henry Mancini
(1962) "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" by Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett
(1963) "Days of Wine and Roses" by Henry Mancini
Henry Mancini
(1964) "The Girl from Ipanema" by Astrud Gilberto
Astrud Gilberto
& Stan Getz
Stan Getz
(1965) "A Taste of Honey" by Herb Alpert
Herb Alpert
and the Tijuana Brass (1966) "Strangers in the Night" by Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
(1967) "Up, Up and Away" by The 5th Dimension
The 5th Dimension
(Billy Davis, Jr., Florence LaRue, Marilyn McCoo, Lamont McLemore, Ron Townson) (1968) "Mrs. Robinson" by Simon & Garfunkel (Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon) (1969) "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" by The 5th Dimension
The 5th Dimension
(Billy Davis, Jr., Florence LaRue, Marilyn McCoo, Lamont McLemore, Ron Townson) (1970) "Bridge over Troubled Water" by Simon & Garfunkel (Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon) (1971) "It's Too Late" by Carole King
Carole King
(1972) "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" by Roberta Flack
Roberta Flack
(1973) "Killing Me Softly with His Song" by Roberta Flack
Roberta Flack
(1974) "I Honestly Love You" by Olivia Newton-John
Olivia Newton-John
(1975) "Love Will Keep Us Together" by Captain & Tennille (Daryl Dragon, Toni Tennille) (1976) "This Masquerade" by George Benson
George Benson
(1977) "Hotel California" by Eagles (Don Felder, Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Randy Meisner, Joe Walsh) (1978) "Just the Way You Are" by Billy Joel
Billy Joel
(1979) "What a Fool Believes" by The Doobie Brothers
The Doobie Brothers
(Jeffrey Baxter, John Hartman, Keith Knudsen, Michael McDonald, Tiran Porter, Patrick Simmons) (1980)


"Sailing" by Christopher Cross
Christopher Cross
(1981) "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes
Kim Carnes
(1982) "Rosanna" by Toto (Bobby Kimball, Steve Lukather, David Paich, Jeff Porcaro, David Hungate, Steve Porcaro) (1983) "Beat It" by Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
(1984) "What's Love Got to Do with It" by Tina Turner
Tina Turner
(1985) "We Are the World" by USA for Africa
USA for Africa
(1986) "Higher Love" by Steve Winwood
Steve Winwood
(1987) "Graceland" by Paul Simon
Paul Simon
(1988) "Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin
Bobby McFerrin
(1989) "Wind Beneath My Wings" by Bette Midler
Bette Midler
(1990) "Another Day in Paradise" by Phil Collins
Phil Collins
(1991) "Unforgettable" by Natalie Cole
Natalie Cole
with Nat King Cole
Nat King Cole
(1992) "Tears in Heaven" by Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton
(1993) "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston
(1994) "All I Wanna Do" by Sheryl Crow
Sheryl Crow
(1995) "Kiss from a Rose" by Seal (1996) "Change the World" by Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton
(1997) "Sunny Came Home" by Shawn Colvin
Shawn Colvin
(1998) "My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion
Celine Dion
(1999) "Smooth" by Santana (Rodney Holmes, Tony Lindsay, Karl Perazzo, Raul Rekow, Benny Rietveld, Carlos Santana, Chester Thompson) featuring Rob Thomas (2000)


"Beautiful Day" by U2 (Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr.) (2001) "Walk On" by U2 (Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr.) (2002) "Don't Know Why" by Norah Jones
Norah Jones
(2003) "Clocks" by Coldplay
(Guy Berryman, Jon Buckland, Will Champion, Phil Harvey, Chris Martin) (2004) "Here We Go Again" by Ray Charles
Ray Charles
and Norah Jones
Norah Jones
(2005) "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" by Green Day
Green Day
(Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, Frank Edwin Wright III) (2006) "Not Ready to Make Nice" by Dixie Chicks
Dixie Chicks
(Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines, Emily Robison) (2007) "Rehab" by Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse
(2008) " Please Read the Letter" by Alison Krauss
Alison Krauss
and Robert Plant
Robert Plant
(2009) "Use Somebody" by Kings of Leon
Kings of Leon
(Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill, Nathan Followill) (2010) "Need You Now" by Lady Antebellum
Lady Antebellum
(Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood) (2011) "Rolling in the Deep" by Adele
(2012) "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye
featuring Kimbra
(2013) "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk
Daft Punk
featuring Pharrell Williams
Pharrell Williams
& Nile Rodgers (2014) "Stay with Me" (Darkchild version) by Sam Smith (2015) "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson
Mark Ronson
featuring Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars
(2016) "Hello" by Adele
(2017) "24K Magic" by Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars

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