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Brian Peter George St. Jean le Baptiste de
la Salle Eno (born Brian Peter George Eno on 15 May 1948 in
Woodbridge, Suffolk) is an English electronic musician,
music theorist and record producer. As a solo artist,
he is probably best known as the father of ambient
Eno first came to prominence as the keyboard and synthesiser
player and general sonic wizard of the 1970s' glam and art
rock band Roxy Music (see 1970s in music).
After leaving the group, Eno recorded two highly idiosyncratic
and original rock albums, before turning to more abstract
soundscapes on subsequent albums such as Another Green
World (1975) and Ambient 1/Music for Airports
(1978). Since then, he has produced dozens of albums
(many with similarly-minded collaborators such as Harold Budd
and Robert Fripp) which have demonstrated his unique approach
to music. He has also occasionally returned to the pop song
His production credits include some of the most respected
albums by Talking Heads, James
Contrary to popular belief, Brian Eno did not produce David
Bowie's popular Berlin Trilogy (Low, "Heroes", and
Lodger). He performed and co-wrote tracks on all three albums,
but they were produced by Bowie and Tony Visconti. He did,
however, co-produce Bowie's 1995 album Outside.
Eno has pursued several artistic ventures parallel to his
music career, including visual art installations,
a regular column in the newspaper The Observer and, with artist
Peter Schmidt, Oblique Strategies, a deck of cards recommending
various artistic strategies.
Eno started his professional musical career in London, as
a member of the glam/art-rock band Roxy Music,
working with them from 1971 to 1973. As a self-described
"non-musician," Eno performed from behind
the mixing desk at the band's earliest live shows, where his
efforts went way beyond the usual balancing of the volume
levels: he would alter the sounds by processing the other
band members' instruments through his VCS3 synthesizer,
tape recorders and other electronic devices,
frequently singing backing vocals as well. Eno soon joined
the rest of Roxy Music on stage, where his flamboyant
costumes became a hallmark of the band's visual appeal.
Eno left the group after completing the tour to promote their
second album, For Your Pleasure. By Eno's later account, his
departure was partially result of disagreements with Roxy's
lead singer and principal songwriter, Bryan Ferry, and partially
due to his growing boredom with the life of a touring rock
Eno embarked on a solo career almost immediately. Between
1973 and 1977 he created four influential solo albums of electronically
inflected pop songs – Here Come the Warm Jets,
Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy), Another Green World and
Before and after Science. Tiger Mountain contains
the galloping "Third Uncle", one of Eno's
best-known songs. 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."
Eno describes himself as a "non-musician" and coined
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"
(the title of an essay by Eno ) led in part to his career
as a producer. His methods were recognized at the time (mid-70s)
as unique, so much so that on Genesis's The
Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, he is credited with 'Enossification'
and on John Cale's Island albums as playing the 'Eno'.
Eno returned in June of 2005 with Another Day on Earth,
his first major album since Wrong Way Up (with John Cale)
to prominently feature vocals. The album differs from his
70s solo work as musical production has changed since then,
evident in its semi-electronic production.
In early 2006, Eno collaborated with David Byrne
to reissue 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, are featured. --Bio Courtesy of wikipedia
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Green World - Eno first emerged as a member of Roxy
Music, where the synthesizer player electronically
"treated" the band's other instruments,
the first indicator that the recording process was itself Eno's
chosen instrument. His subsequent career has been one of the
most provocative in pop, for not only did he devote himself
to such obscure pursuits as "ambient music,"
but he produced vital albums by David Bowie, Talking Heads,
and U2. Eno made a handful of relatively conventional pop albums
in the 1970s, and Another Green World ranks with Before and
After Science as his most enduring solo work. Another Green
World finds Eno mixing distorted guitars (courtesy of Robert
Fripp) with a variety of keyboards and exotic rhythms to create
a meditative wash of sound that is nonetheless awash
with colorful touches. Particularly appealing is the
bubbling "St. Elmo's Fire," with a stunning
guitar part by Fripp, and "I'll Come Running,"
in which Eno shows that even a dedicated experimentalist can
have a soft heart. From the strange-but-true file, Phil
Collins contributes drums and percussion to three tracks.
Atmospheres & Soundtracks - If you ever wondered
what ambient music is all about, you could
do worse than listen to the soundtrack by Brian Eno that accompanied
the stunning visuals of NASA's Apollo missions to the moon.
Created with an intoxicating mixture of acoustic and electronic,
the music makes the now-classic space travel images more magical
and memorable, introducing a dreamlike element to scenes of
cold reality. "An Ending (Ascent)" is about as close
to an actual tune as you'll get, but, as with every track, a
shining example of what ambient music reveals about itself--slowly
and carefully. --Paul Clark
Life in the Bush of Ghosts - Brian Eno and David Byrne's
My Life in the Bush of Ghosts appears downright visionary.
With its "found" vocals, cut-and-paste
arrangements, funked-up rhythms and embrace of influences
from all around the globe, the duo's controversial
work anticipated the creative cross-pollination and technological
innovation of contemporary dance music, world music, hip hop
and alternative rock. You can hear echoes of My Life in the
Bush of Ghosts in the anthems Moby built around
vintage vocal samples, in the outrageously exotic beats of Missy
Elliot and Timbaland, in the Middle Eastern
accented chill-out tracks of Thievery Corporation
or Bjork's otherworldly soundscapes.
Paintings - Brian Eno ( 2005 ) -- DVD
Video Paintings is comprised of two separate works ("Mistaken
Memories of Mediaeval Manhattan" and "Thursday Afternoon")
created in the early ‘80s by Brian Eno for art
gallery exhibition only. Available for the first time
on DVD, viewers are presented with a series of slowly evolving
"video paintings," with "Thursday Afternoon"
focusing on the human figure and "Mistaken Memories"
on the Manhattan skyline. The music for "Thursday Afternoon"
is a different version than what appears on Eno’s album
of the same name, while the music that accompanies "Mistaken
Memories" comes from two of his acclaimed ambient albums
(On Land and Music For Airports) and features an unreleased
Day on Earth
is an ambient song cycle that is full of yearning
and a mood that Brian Eno has called "brave and resigned."
Even in song, Eno is a master of ambience,
creating detailed soundworlds and lyrics that don't so much
make sense as create a feeling. It's taken him 15 years to create
a new vocal album, and the songs span that time, with the welcome
reprise of "Under," a devastatingly beautiful hymn
of loss and redemption that dates back to 1991's aborted, unreleased
My Squelchy Life album. It's turned up before on the Cool World
soundtrack and Eno Box II: Vocals. Joining "Under"
as one of Eno's most sublime songs is "And Then So Clear,"
a paean of wasted longing and hope with its cycling rhythm,
ethereal guitars, and pitch-shifted vocal harmonies. You can
hear Eno's love of gospel music on "This" and "Bottomliners,"
and can almost picture them in a particularly pensive Baptist
church with his double-tracked vocals emulating a solemn choir.
But it's not all minor-key reflection. Eno also unleashes a
couple of fractured tunes, like "Bonebomb," which
is from a project in which he mutated the meter of poets reciting
their works. Another Day on Earth is a more personal album from
the ambient avatar, a recording of rare and meticulous
maturity. --John Diliberto
you are a Brian Eno fan then perhaps you will enjoy one of my CDs
Bystander is my alter ego of hardcore funky electronica.
Released in 2000, this CD was featured prominently in MTV
The music infuses elements of Drum-n-Bass,
Techno, Reggae, and Funk
all with a unifying B-3 organ throughout.
Innocent Bystander transcends the space time continuum from
70's funk to the new millennium by perfectly melding the computerized
sounds of the new electronica with the raw human feel of old
school soul and funk.
It's as if Sly Stone and Jimmy Smith
were genetically combined with the Chemical Brothers
and Fat Boy Slim! There is even
a cover of Sly Stone's "Sing A Simple Song". The
result is music for your mind and your ass. It's Medeski,
Martin, and Wood on a futuristic tour around Jupiter.
Orchestra is the latest project from Los Angeles keyboardist
Lee. The music is a cinematic journey into soulful
live electronica with Lee navigating from a Fender
Rhodes electric piano. The CD was released in Sept.
2006 and features Rico Belled on bass, Allen Lightner on percussion,
Dino Soldo on bass clarinet and flutes, Dave Karasony on Drums,
and vocalists Jody Watley, Jeff Robinson, and
The Satellite Orchestra is like a chance meeting of Massive
Attack, Zero-7, and Herbie
" I have always believed that an album is a trip..not
just music to wash the dishes to, but a place to go.. a journey
to take.. an album goes to a place in your soul that maybe you
forgot was there...or maybe you never discovered.. The Satellite
Orchestra is such an album..it's music you feel...make sure
to bring your headphones." -DJ
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