: updated 22 december 02003 :
Sacred-Rhythm points out: Radio 4's Today Programme is inviting listeners to suggest a piece of UK legislation; you can hear Brian's suggestion here (third of three):
Pmartinez draws our attention to Robert Fripp's Diary where Robert reports on his collaboration with Brian.
Bernd Webler says (referring to the André Heller story below): Brian appears on track 6 on CD 2 - an interpretation of the song "Gottes Lachen" (God's Laughter).
David Whittaker writes: I was a good friend of the cybernetician Stafford Beer and I have just published a memoir on him. Brian made a unique contribution with a lengthy interview about Stafford. He was very keen to contribute (including a new photo), as Stafford was a major influence/mentor on how he made his records; particularly in the '70s & '80s. A good deal of what he has to say is on record (no pun intended) here for the first time and it emphasizes just how unique and isolated he was in those years (which, of course, is why we love him). Brian makes clear why he had such confidence in the early ambient records thanks to Beer's ideas and how they differed from contemporary work by Mike Oldfield and Steve Reich. He still believes Beer to be hugely undervalued and unacknowledged as a progenitor of current thinking on chaos and complexity. Robert Fripp has also contributed to the book by allowing two interesting letters to be reprinted here. Fripp and Eno brought together at last!
Stephan Decroo & Enoshop report that All Saints Records has a new web-site selling its catalogue of albums by Brian & Roger Eno, Jon Hassell and others.
David Buckley writes: This is David Buckley - the author of a new book called The Thrill Of It All: the Story Of Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music. The book is being written now, and is due out next spring. I would love to hear from any fans with their Roxy/Eno memories (concerts, anecdotes, anything!). My deadline is 31 January so, I won't have too much time to incorporate new material now though. EnoWeb adds: He can be contacted here.
Rory Walsh reads: Eno is quoted in January's issue of Mojo as saying that the best thing he has heard all year is the soundtrack to the film Hoover Street Revival, a film by his friend Sophie Fiennes (Sister of Ralph and Joe). "I mean I love gospel music so I would say the soundtrack to that" says Eno; "It kind of says 'Everything's going to be OK." New British Cinema says that "Sophie Fiennes’s documentary about black faith is a piece of pure observation, filmed around a buzzy gospel church in a ghetto in Los Angeles. Shots of local jobs, houses, kids and kitchen sinks are imaginatively spliced with footage of the charismatic pastor, Bishop Noel Jones (brother of the singer Grace). A rare and eloquent mosaic of a beleaguered community".
The inaugural lecture on The Long Now which Brian gave in November has been posted on a new "Enolog" page at Enoshop.
Ian writes: I thought you might want to make readers aware that a large number of US Public Radio stations that carry PRI programming, also stream live to the Internet. So it should be possible to listen to the Echoes rebroadcasts live, although due to the time difference in Europe, this will favour insomniacs.
Richard Joly writes: Brian Eno talks about his latest projects on The Screen Savers (TechTV). Rich Yacuk adds: I just did a search on the DirecTV/TiVo and found that the Eno episode of ScreenSavers will be airing 11 December 2003. Show synopsis says "Electronic Rock Legend Brian Eno". EnoWeb says: time is probably Thursday at 7 p.m. and Friday 12th at 12 a.m. and 8 a.m. Eastern.
Richard Nensel e-mails to say Robert Fripp mentions plans for a day at Studio Eno (18:53 entry on 28 November)
John Diliberto reverberates: In December Echoes runs a new feature with Roger Eno, and re-runs our three part series with Brian Eno, Jon Hopkins and the living room concert with Harold Budd. * denotes Echoes principal weekday & Sunday feeds and ** denotes stations' tape delay dates. EnoWeb adds: These may be run on your local PRI station, or you can listen on the Web at any time in return for a low subscription.
EnoWeb is dedicated to keeping you informed about the very rarest Eno releases, and we are indebted to our Italian correspondent Renzo, who points out a page on the Long Now Foundation's site. The Foundation has a wine named in its honour by the Pelissero winery, and wine dealers were shipped a booklet and CD explaining Long Now's aims. Renzo says "the CD includes 5 unreleased tracks in the 'January' generative style by Brian Eno". Please just add this to your cellar of highly useful knowledge about Brian and all his works, as whining to Long Now or EnoShop about non-availability to non-wine-dealers would probably just result in a request to cork it. Yeah, I know, that's grape, isn't it, pour old us, just left to bottle up our excitement about some tracks we'll never get to sample. But admit it, this story did tipple your fancy. Curiously enough, one of the reasons we're enoweb.co.uk is because enoweb.com used to be registered by a European wine distributor, so it seems there is some strange cosmic and mystical link between Brian Eno and wine... what could it be now?
Heading off to Germany, Nik writes: Brian has some involvement with André Heller's new album, Ruf und Echo. EnoWeb adds: a Google search leads us to André Heller's site, and we learn the two collaborated on the Swarovski installation.
Richard Joly has been Googling too and has found another reference to the Damien Dempsey album and Brian's reaction to a Frames gig.
John writes: As you are already aware, Brian Eno is inaugurating a series of lectures on behalf of the Long Now organization here in San Francisco [on Nov 14, see story below]. As a result he was interviewed on live national public radio by our local pundit/guru Michael Krasny and by a number of callers. Charly Rhoades adds: Happily for slobbering EnoWeb fanboys, these programs are archived for later internet listening. It was a fairly extensive interview in length (about an hour) and topical breadth (early interest in art, his easy boredom, politics, his Time article about the US in Iraq, specific musical works like "The Great Wheel," creative software development, the mystery of why sonic configurations appeal to humans, criticism/misunderstandings of The Long Now Foundation, the theft of his musical equipment in New York city whilst he was in Japan and how it liberated him, how he works with other musicians, generative music, etc, etc)
"Friends, Long Now has just announced the following good news. Feel free to post and forward this invitation. Musician/producer BRIAN ENO1 will be giving a rare free2 public lecture at Fort Mason in San Francisco on Friday, Nov. 14, in the Herbst Pavilion. Coffee bar opens at 7pm3, lecture at 8pm. This is not a concert4. Brian Eno will be speaking about 'The Long Now'. His talk will be the first of a monthly series of Seminars About Long-term Thinking, sponsored by The Long Now Foundation. His talks are usually as amazing as his music. Admission to the lectures is free (a $10 donation is welcome but NOT required). The hall holds about 700 people. For unticketed lectures like this it's a good idea to come early for a good seat.
The on-going lectures in this new series will be every second Friday at Fort Mason. Future speakers include Peter Schwartz, George Dyson, Laurie Anderson, Rusty Schweickart, Paul Hawken, Daniel Janzen, and Danny Hillis." -- Thanks to Stewart Brand, Kevin Kelly & Radiocitizen.5
1. Yes, he of the CAPITAL LETTERS.
2. Is it just EnoWeb, or does rare free make it sound as if Brian generally charges the earth?
3. Presumably so you can put yourself in the right mood by getting hyped up on caffeine for an hour beforehand.
4. Shame. Next they'll be saying he won't be wearing his tinsel jacket and platform boots. That can't be right, surely?
5. See how all the top names read EnoWeb!!!!6
6. At least, they used to...
Mixing It has preserved its interview with Brian from some weeks ago and you can find it here.
The Echoes series of features on Brian included a full-length version of the song from which an extract was played on the Radio 2 documentary a few months ago. The song title was revealed as "And Then So Clear". The features included extracts from other unreleased pieces including a collaboration with poet Rick Holland. There was also the unusual audio spectacle (hearing aid, perhaps?) of Brian enthusing about an aspect of the Internet, though perhaps we shouldn't be too surprised as the aspect in question was Enoshop. You can hear the broadcasts for yourself on a good quality on-line stream for just $15.95 a month (lower monthly price available if you sign up for a quarter) which worked out at just under ten of EnoWeb's Earth Pounds the day we signed our lives away.
Rory Walsh writes: I picked up the catalogue for Anton Corbijn's large retrospective exhibition Everybody Hurts in the Original Soho Bookshop in London. It includes an essay written by Eno about the photographer. The exhibition ran from August 22-October 26 2003 at the Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover, Germany and will move to Kunsthalle Goeppingen, Goeppingen, Germany from December 14-February 1 2004. Quite what the catalogue is doing in a Remainder Bookstore in Soho is not apparent. Also this month's Q reviews Curiosities Volume 1 and gives it ***. [EnoWeb adds: positive review in The Wire this month too.]
Volta Sounds writes: Some of your readers may be interested to know that we have a limited number of the Accelerator soundtrack CD here at Volta Sounds. More information can be obtained from emailing this address. [EnoWeb adds: this album includes one of Brian's tracks from the movie soundtrack, "Corrosive Beat Treatment".]
Thomas P. Roddenbery e-mails: A "literary thriller" I recently read entitled Black Maps includes references to titles of Eno songs. The characters dine at an Indian restaurant named Taking Tiger Mountain and there is a vegetarian Chinese place called Another Green World. For more information you can go to www.peterspiegelman.com/index2.html
Jason Minnix says: I thought you'd like to know that Eno & his daughters appear on John Cale's (excellent) new album, Hobosapiens. The liner notes read: "[Thanks] to Brian Eno for the groove and his daughters Irial and Darla for the giggles on 'Bicycle'." The musician credits clarify said groove as the drum track, though the bass sounds pretty Eno-esque as well.
Not content with having one installation running at London's Science Museum, Brian is going for the double with a new installation in Eindhoven. It started as part of the Introducing Time in Design event on 16th-17th October 2003 and is due to run until December. The conference has been organised by Eternally Yours "with the goal of sustaining product value". Marketing jargon alert! Oops, too late. Anyway, at the opening ceremony (16.00 on October 16th) Brian and Alexander Rose gave a talk about The Long Now Foundation. Also taking part will be 75+ other lecturers, workshop leaders, artists and scientists and upwards of 250 visitors. The venue for the installation and 24-hour event is the Temporary Art Centre in Eindhoven, Vonderweg 1, The Netherlands -- you can't miss it, it's opposite the PSV soccer stadion. (Thanks to Annalily van den Broeke of Art Ants)
with appearing on one radio programme (Mixing It, 10th Oct, see below),
Brian is going for the double with a 3-part Echoes series, An Ambient
Meditation With Brian Eno. Over three consecutive days, "we take you
into the London studio of Brian Eno, the godfather of ambient music and Grammy-winning
producer of U2, David Bowie and many others. Eno reveals new sound designs,
previews new music and discusses the art of sound, including a spontaneous Kaos
Pad solo. One of our most accurate music prognosticators, Eno talks about a
world where music might be less important, but where musical possibilities are
unlimited". Echoes also has a live solo concert by Harold Budd
scheduled. The series is broadcast on Public Radio Stations in the USA and you
can also hear it streamed/archived on the Net in return for a subscription fee.
Broadcast times vary but dates are as follows:
Eno part 1 -- Tuesday 21 Oct*, Saturday 25 Oct**, Sunday 26 Oct*
Eno part 2 -- Wednesday 22 Oct*, Saturday 25 Oct**, Sunday 26 Oct*
Eno part 3 -- Thursday 23 Oct*, Saturday 25 Oct**, Sunday 26 Oct*
Budd Living Room Concert -- Tuesday 28 Oct*, Saturday 01 Nov**, Sunday 02 Nov*
(where * denotes Echoes' principal weekday & Sunday feeds; ** denotes stations' tape delay dates; *** is used on frozen food labelling so it's not strictly relevant here).
(Thanks to John Diliberto).
In this newsbite, Robert Fripp writes about working with Brian in his online diary in the recent past, while slightly further back Brian is snapped with Phil Manzanera and Robert Wyatt.
Brian is to be interviewed on BBC Radio 3's Mixing It on Friday 10 October 2003 (the programme runs from 22:15-23.30 but it won't all be Brian). Presenters Mark Russell and Robert Sandall will talk to the tinsel-wearing glam star about his latest projects including the Bell Studies CD for the Clock of the Long Now. The programme will be available in RealAudio for the week following the broadcast via the Mixing It page. (Thanks to Iain Chambers)
Herb Theriault writes: There's a VH1 Classic Albums piece on The Joshua Tree, Eno and Lanois are interviewed in the studio.
The Treat Yourself exhibition at London's Science Museum has been extended -- so now you can catch Brian's Lydian Bells audio installation there until 9th November 2003. Admission is free!
Some exciting new links have been unearthed by keen EnoWebbers.
- Pete Marsh writes: thought you might like to link to our review of Curiosities vol 1... there again, you might not!
- Andy Wilson says: Found a new page on bbc all about eno.
- Suburban Ambient floats by to say: Michael Fremer has written a 2-part article on Brian Eno's Rock Albums at Musicangle.
- EnoWeb notes to itself: Here's a review of Robert Wyatt's album Cuckooland with two RealAudio snippets. Brian singing in background on "Forest"?
Michael Staley e-mails: Not sure if you've mentioned this but ol' Bri is one of the musicians on Seize the Day, the new album (well, I think it came out in May) by Dublin "singer-songwriter" Damien Dempsey. No idea what he's doing on it but he's mentioned on Damien's website. It looks like they might have hooked up through Sinead or the U2 boys. ...you've mentioned that Brian has produced a few tracks on Sinead's (final?) album; he also sings with Sinead on "Love Hurts" unless I'm very much mistaken.
Robert Wyatt was interviewed by Mixing It co-presenter Robert Sandall to mark the forthcoming release of his (Robert Wyatt's) new album Cuckooland. Brian was involved in a coupla tracks and gets a coupla mentions. There was a stream of the broadcast but it's gone now.
Attention all completists! Richard Joly writes: a belgian singer, Jeronimo, has done a French language cover of the Bowie-Eno track "I'm Afraid of Americans". "J'ai peur des Américains" will appear on his album Un monde sans moi (Anorak Supersport Records). And Onur Azeri adds: I was reading the NY Times this weekend and in the "Sunday Arts" section, there was mention of a long lost video of Brian Eno performing in his Roxy Music days. This article was only in the print version, though it was listed in the "Playlist" weekly column. Maybe it will show up next week. Here are the essentials to paraphrase: The Old Grey Whistle Test ( BBC Video) -- "A rather dry British TV music show that ran through most of the 70's and 80's... also happened to document some of the most important acts of that era: marvel at performances from a glammed out Brian Eno in Roxy Music, a bugged-out Captain Beefheart..." etc. I think this can be purchased from the BBC, though I don't know if the footage is available in any other form or collection.
Brian's new side-project Curiosities Volume 1 is now available exclusively from Enoshop (thanks to Paul Ramsay). Curated by his technical assistant Marlon Weyeneth, it consists of 15 tracks from Brian's extensive library of unreleased music -- all from the last decade unless we're very much mistaken. "Castro Haze" and "Manila Envelope" appear in mildly different mixes from their Headcandy incarnations and "Late Evening in Jersey" (which appeared on the soundtrack of Heat) is a longer version of The Drop's "Hazard". Without the pressures of a release deadline these are musical pieces made for their own sake by somebody having a lot of fun doing it. Stand-out tracks for EnoWeb are "Ambient Savage", "Cheeky Hop" and "Manila Envelope". Looking forward to Volume 2!
On 10th September, Sid Smith and friends dropped in on Brian to collect material for a presentation -- we believe they are hoping to have an installation hosted in Newcastle. Long-time EnoWeb news readers will recall that Sid is also part-way through a book on Brian, in conjunction with Kevin Eden.
- Sid's diary -- scroll down to the entry for September 10th.
Michael Flaherty writes: On 15 November, The Dance Center of Columbia College presents Merce Cunningham's Dance Group performing "Pond Way", a dance to music by Brian Eno (New Ikebukuro for 3 cd players). The set is by Roy Lichtenstein. Cunningham will be present, and ticket sales are brisk. They will also perform a dance set to music by John Cage. (EnoWeb adds: a dance to 4'33", that'd be novel...)
Rolling Stone reports that there's a Talking Heads box-set on the way, out on November 11th. EnoWeb's lack of in-depth knowledge of their oeuvre means we are unable to speculate whether Brian had a hand in any of the previously unreleased material.
Nothing to do with Brian, but October 10th sees the release of a new album by Harold Budd, produced by Daniel Lanois, Together Again For The First Time since, what, The Pearl? Or maybe The White Arcades. Anyway, been a while. The album title is La Bella Vista and it's on the Shout! Factory label. (Thanks to Jim Rainwater).
- Here's a page about it on the Shout! Factory site -- you'll need to scroll down a bit.
Apparently Brian has provided some sorta Koan element for Dark Symphony, a happening taking place at Ars Electronica 2003, Monday 8th - Thursday 11th September 2003, OMV in Klangpark, Linz, Austria, 10:00 to 22:00 daily.
- Kelvin's Ambient Deluxe site has some info.
- Couldn't find any on the Ars Electronica site but maybe that's just EnoWeb.
- UPDATE: SSEYO has some information now on the Tao Group site, which loads rather slowly on EnoWeb's computer. 4 minutes and still not loaded. Hmm, if it's anything like the Press Release we were e-mailed it has a lorra lorra jargon and no mention of Brian, so maybe his contributions didn't make it to the finished cut or he was too busy on his songs album. Ah, clicking on the browser's Stop icon brings up the text. There's a link to a page with more details on Dark Symphony some way down the page. And on that page there's a link to a page on the Ars Electronica site that doesn't actually mention Dark Symphony, but does have the error message "ADODB.Recordset error '800a0cc1' Item cannot be found in the collection corresponding to the requested name or ordinal. /en/festival/updates/article.asp, line 198" -- and by an odd coincidence, 198 was in the title of Koan^oasis 198, "the world's first on-line collaborative Generative Music composition", back in 1998, with Brian contributing. Spooky or what?
- As ever, we urge you to try out Koan for yourself at www.sseyo.com. It's not all mobile ringtones y'know.
Brian has made a short film to mark Can's Echo Award for lifetime achievement. It will be included on a 2-DVD/1CD package to be released on October 13th 2003 by Spoon/Mute Records. Also there are due to be screenings of the new DVD "between September 26th and 29th at Sound Unseen in Minneapolis and at the Frank O. Gehry-designed Experience Music Project Museum in Seattle". Thanks to Radiocitizen & Gary Scott.
Nothing to do with Brian but related to one of his mentors, here's some coverage of cyberneticist Stafford Beer's activities (Thanks to Vanilla, Steve Duffy & Reilly Morse)
Reading Tim Mitchell's book Sedition and Alchemy, EnoWeb discovers that Brian & John Cale played live at the opening of the Andy Warhol exhibition at Tate Modern back in February 2002. Here's a review.
Richard Joly has been at it again and writes... the new issue of French magazine Rock N Folk, September 2003, features a very long interview with Bowie. Bowie talks about recording and playing with BE, back in the days circa 'Heroes'. He says he and Brian used to play old 78rpm records of classical music, stuff like Wagner and Beethoven recordings from the 1930s, at 16rpm speed together with BE. DB describes those listening session sounds as "proto-ambient" ;-) Again, he speaks very positively of the 1.Outside sessions, saying he wished they had continued the project, but he does not have enough patience to finish it all... "although Brian probably would have had".
Long ago, Lester Bangs interviewed Brian... it's one of the most popular interviews in the EnoWeb archive. What we didn't know was that the Paron Saint of Rock Journalists had done a lot of additional work with Brian which he wrote up with his interview as a chapter to a book that was sadly never completed. Now Perfect Sound Forever has the full chapter available for you to read online... it's an intimate glimpse of Brian in his New York years with some personal details from his earlier life. (Thanks to Phil Turnbul)
Rory Walsh writes: this month's Wire has a review of Robert Wyatt's new album Cuckooland (Hannibal HN1468 CD) which features Eno on at least one track. To quote the feature it says '"Forest" is a rich goulash of a song, with double-layered chorus and Brian Eno joining the choir for the counter-melody. After a couple of listens you'll be singing too...'
Further to our mention of Fear X [scored by Brian and J. Peter Schwalm] below, Zak Reddan e-mails: Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn spoke after the premiere of Fear X at the annual Frightfest film festival over the August Bank Holiday at London's Prince Charles cinema. He said that the process had been an organic one with Eno providing and then altering work after seeing it in the context of the film. The film, which starred John Turturro as a shopping mall security guard seeking the murderer of his wife, recalled the work of David Lynch a little too closely for some viewers. One soundtrack moment recalled Music for Onmyoji while others suggested Lynchian/Badalamenti drones.
Richard Joly is back to say: a mid-price double-CD set is to be released featuring Philip Glass’s orchestral compositions, the Low Symphony and the Heroes Symphony.
It has been a quiet month in Lake EnoWeb. With no more exciting developments from the Suffolk Evening Star, and a curious delay in the hatching of Curiosities, EnoWeb prefers to doze and recall the days before a collapsed lung tragically put paid to Brian's solo touring career [poster image by kind permission of Jon Downing].
Brian wrote a book review/commentary for The Observer and Zembla magazine a few weeks back [Thanks to Radiocitizen, Richard Joly, Brian Clevinger, Joseph Buck, Tim Church & others]. He was also quoted in an article about the Clock of the Long Now in The Independent but that never made it to the Indie's site.
Hardly seems 3 years ago since he last broached the topic, but David Bowie has once again spoken of his fulsome enthusiasm for doing something with the hours of material recorded for 1.Outside. According to Team EnoWeb reporter Richard Joly's reading of the news on bowiewonderworld.com quoting an interview in ICE magazine -- see how EnoWeb exclusively brings you the biggest stories before anybody else!!!! -- David Bowie says: "The one thing I can truly, seriously think about in the future that I would like to get my teeth into - it's just so daunting - is the rest of the work that Eno and I did when we started to do the Outside album. We did improv for 8 days, and we had something in the area of 20 hours worth of stuff that I just cannot begin to get close to listening to. But there are some absolute gems in there... after we get off the road on this tour, I might bring myself to doing it. Or I'll fail - I'll have written another album."
Brian has written the foreword to a new book by Stephen Iliffe, Painting With Sound } the life and music of Hans-Joachim Roedelius. Stephen says: "The 120-page full colour guide is beautifully illustrated with over 100 photographs and 66 album reviews. It's packed with stories including a chapter on Eno's visits to Germany in 1975-79, plus an analysis of the huge influence that he and Cluster had on each other's music at this critical stage in the development of Ambient music." You can read about it here...
Other book stuff... Richard Joly draws our attention to Hans-Ulrich Obrist Interviews with Brian as one of the 75 interviewees. Kelvin L. Smith points out that Mark Prendergast has written an updated version of the book The Ambient Century; his site contains the odd phrase "any necessary death changes"... perhaps it's an anagram... DVD stuff, HarperCollins e-mails to say that the DVD Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere (which has music by Brian) will be released in the US on 9th September 2004 (available from AandE, Amazon, Deepdiscountdvd, wherever DVDs are sold etc). Update: Nick Day thinks it might be "Hydrangea enhances ecstasty".
A quick trawl on Google News turns up a Billboard article that says Sinead O'Connor's final double album includes 3 cover songs produced by Brian. Look out for music store employees on September 9th nursing sore wrists after writing or Dymo-ing labels for She Who Dwells in the Secret Place of the Most High Shall Abide Under the Shadow of the Almighty. Also a New York Times page with a brief review of January 07003 and one from the Daily Telegraph with a brief review of Fear X.
Good eeeevening.... [writes Trevor Haldenby] Just got back from a screening of Stephen Frears' Dirty Pretty Things here in Toronto.....about halfway through the film, two characters are sitting in a car in London listening to an interview on the radio. I could have SWORN that it's Eno being interviewed. You can only hear him clearly as the foreground audio for about five seconds, but he seems to be speaking about funk music....I gathered it was him. What a lovely and distinctive voice! (The cover of Before And After Science was also prominently and repeatedly featured in Frears' earlier record-store flick High Fidelity, as well....perhaps a bit of an Eno-fiend?)
Nothing to do with Brian, but the 2-CD ambient collaboration between John Foxx and Harold Budd, Translucence + Drift Music, is out now. Very fine. You should try it.
Finally, Miserygoats e-mails: I thought you might find this amusing - a Kong Kong musician taking Eno's Music For... concept to its (il)logical extremes:
They're sending in an inspection team! Yup, you may have thought this story could not get any more exciting, but you were wrong, Buddy! The crisis has reached apocalyptic proportions and many people claim that the Rapture is at hand and these are the Last Days. To those people, EnoWeb says... er... where's everybody gone?
- Episode 3: Evening Star Isn't Just Fripp And Eno -- features the phrase "his hidden oasis" which sounds rather like the title of an Eno track...
John Emr writes: Did you know that Derek Jarman's Sebastiane [which has soundtrack music from Music For Films and one or two unreleased tracks] has been released on DVD? I got it a few days ago, and the picture quality is much better than the VHS tape.
There's another Eno CD on the way soon exclusively from Eno Shop. This is the answer to those of us who have always wondered what happens to the music Brian makes between albums but doesn't release. Apparently it all gets stored somewhere... and finally here is an eclectic compilation of some of those tracks: Curiosities Volume 1. There are a few titles that may be familiar to completists, but most will be a surprise. You can hear extracts from three tracks at Eno Shop. We can only hope that this will be the first in a series of albums, and won't share the fate of other Eno-related numbered albums that never made it to a sequel (e.g. Generative Music 1, Passengers: Original Soundtracks 1, 1.Outside, uh... 801 Live...)
- Eno Shop -- click on the "newsflash" graphic
"Rock Legend" Brian Eno has hit back at Suffolk Council in the continuing major international news story of this decade. A White House spokesperson has described the Land at the centre of the dispute as a "logical next step" for liberation. "A ruthless dictator lording it over a terrified populace. Ring any bells with anyone? And take a look at these satellite images. To the untrained eye they may look like dumped and discarded furniture and other detritus. But our intelligence agencies tell us that they conceal a much darker purpose. A pre-emptive strike now is the only way to safeguard the future of the civilised world. We'll find the proof afterwards, don't worry." A Downing Street spokesman added, "I have absolutely no doubt that the threat is real and the danger is definite. According to this cast-iron evidence that I have downloaded from the World Wide Internet, 'Satellite's gone, way up to Mars; soon it'll be filled with parking cars', which proves he has links with groups who have advanced rocket propulsion systems. This evidence was in an MP3 file, a format known to be popular with criminals and other disruptive groups -- in other words, groups in opposition to our peaceful, democratic way of life. I am willing to raze Woodbridge to the ground in order to preserve that ideal." Brian Eno was unavailable for comment but is understood to have severed all links with his former business partner Jacob Marley. An EnoWeb spokesperson wondered if the story really justified all this build-up, but as with so many things in life, it's too late now.
Rory Walsh writes: I had not heard of Simian (I must be getting old) but a quick search on the net and I came across this link to a BBC programme called the Collective (Never heard of that either). In the third clip the boys talk about Uncle Eno coming around while they were recording their last album and giving them pointers.
Nothing to do with Brian, but sometime collaborator John Cale has a new EP out. You can hear some of it here:
BBC 6 Music has some extracts from interviews with David Bowie, including some talk of Low & 'Heroes'.
You trust EnoWeb to bring you the most earth-shattering news. You know that this is the place to visit if you want to know about events on which the destiny of entire galaxies may depend. Ladies and gentlemen, feel the ground trembling as you click the link below...
- Suffolking Succotash! (may be subject to Gateway Timeout errors: check back later)
Simian's single La Breeze, which includes a cut-up remix by Brian, is now fairly widely available in the UK on CD.
Neil Gaiman reports in his journal that A&E is taking US & Canada pre-orders for the Neverwhere DVD, for which Brian wrote the soundtrack music.
Reeves Gabrels was interviewed recently and talked a little about the recording of 1.Outside.
- Reeves' Tale at Musicdish
- Apparently in a dicussion with the Reeves Gabrels fan site reevz.net (which unfortunately got lost in a server crash!) he commented on a track: "Not only did i play on it but i co-wrote it. it is part of the larger, improvised opera that some of us (at least myself and eno) feel "outside" should have been ... It was under 4 hours in its pre edited state. and it didn't get longer after it was mixed. the track is from after the mix sessions at westside studios in london in the summer of '94. the band was db, eno, mike garson, erdal kizilcay, sterling cambell and myself. that piece is an excerpt from the larger 3 hour + plus improvised opus we created in late march /early april '94. we hoped that it would have come out intact and uncompromised by financial/ comercial pressures. it would have been a very serious musical statement (and maybe even pissed more people off than tin machine). instead it was chopped up and used as short character pieces on "outside". it's easy to tell which songs those are on outside by reading the songwriting credits.(any song on that cd with 5 writers or more came from group improvisation). gary oldman and i used to comiserate on how your best stuff.... your most real and honest work seems to be what ends up on the cutting room floor. uh huh. we ended up recording 4 more commercial "songs" in nyc with a different band (carlos, yossi fine, joey baron and myself). ah, compromise...'' (Thanks to Richard Joly for the archaeology and Bowiewonderworld.com's discussion forum)
Nothing directly to do with Brian, but the Vitaminic site has a Harold Budd track available for download -- "The Room of Ancillary Dreams" from The Room.
Brian appeared in the first part of Robert Sandall's Radio 4 investigation into tuning systems, Out of Tune, on 3rd June (thanks to Nick Day & Rory Walsh). Doesn't look as though his character appears in episode 2 (Radio 4, 10 June 2003, 13.30-14.00 BST [GMT+1], but you can hear both on the BBC's site.
- outoftune.shtml Brian & Bells
R. Yacuk writes: In an interview, Dan mentions BE a few times. Touches on a rather bizarre beverage choice by Brian.
There's an interview with Brian in the Spring issue of Korg magazine, available free to UK & Republic of Ireland readers. Brian enthuses about Korg's Kaoss pads, Toni Braxton and TATU, and even talks a bit about his forthcoming album(Thanks to Robin Bunce on NerveNet list)
Brian has a new musical installation at the Science Museum in London. Lydian Bells appears in the Treat Yourself exhibition, which opened on Friday 23rd May 2003 and is scheduled to run until the autumn/fall. Treat Yourself is part of a series of collaborative exhibitions mounted by the Wellcome Trust. It examines the activities that people have chosen to enhance their health, looking back over 300 years or so to set modern preoccupations in historical context. The show takes place in the Science Museum's Wellcome temporary exhibition gallery on the first floor (towards the front of the building). You can also see the first prototype of the Clock of the Long Now in the Museum's Making the Modern World gallery. Nearest tube: South Kensington. Admission to the Museum, and to the exhibition, is free.
- www.wellcome.ac.uk/treatyourself will enable you to find out more, hear a sound extract from Lydian Bells and read some of Brian's essay on the piece
The new January 07003 CD is now available from Enoshop and the Long Now Foundation. You can hear sound extracts from three of the tracks at Enoshop. The spirit of The Drop is alive and well in the final one... The CD can also be purchased from the Science Museum shop (Ottakars). All profits go to the Long Now Foundation.
Radiocitizen telegraphs: Brian appeared on the BBC Radio 3 programme Night Waves, on Thursday 22 May, 2003 at 21:30 BST (GMT+1). "Adam Mars-Jones talks to Brian Eno about his specially commissioned sound installation for the Science Museum's new exhibition, Treat Yourself, which explores changing attitudes to healthy living."
Musician Martin Gore has a cover of "By This River" on his new album Counterfeit2. You can hear it on his site.
- Martingore.com/audio/index.html -- as it says, you need QuickTime 6 which has "issues" streaming to computers protected by firewalls (which should be everybody, surely? It worked when EnoWeb temporarily disabled ZoneAlarm, albeit somewhat stutteringly -- anyone would think they wanted us to buy the album or something)
Richard Joly writes: There's a new biography of John Cale out in June, titled Sedition and Alchemy, "illustrated by detailed accounts of his albums, live shows and relationships with other artists such as La Monte Young, Brian Eno and Lou Reed". Choose softback or hardback, possibly with exclusive signed CD. All this and a Dave McKean cover too.
Talking about the clock, the long-mooted Long Now Bells CD -- which raises funds for the Long Now Foundation -- is imminent. Titled January 07003: Bell Studies for the Clock of the Long Now, the CD will be available in a few weeks from the Long Now site. EnoWeb believes it will probably be available from EnoShop and the Science Museum shop as well. Until then, the Long Now site has some more information and the cover image. Thanks to Martin David Redfern.
- www.longnow.org/store/BellsCD.htm is the CD page
Richard Joly writes: This week [May 4] issue of jockey slut has a cover story on UNKLE. In it we learn that "Eno and Jarvis Cocker meanwhile have a synthesizer stand-off on 'I Need Something Stronger". This will be on UNKLE's next album, Never, Never Land, to be released at end of June, by Mo Wax /Island. Curiously, the article carries a photo of a tracklist and on the photo, the Eno/Jarvis track is called "oil+ steel".
The Doctor says: I stumbled across the following pictures of Eno playing at various festivals.
David Shibler e-mails: Artforum magazine, March 2003 did a piece on Eno/Talking Heads in an issue devoted to the first part of the eighties, focusing on My Life in the Bush of Ghosts and Remain in Light. It's a well written article by Gerald Marzorati, editorial director of the NY Times. There was a picture of David Byrne and Eno scrunched over a studio console.
Brian has some previously unheard music appearing in a (very) short ballet which is showing as part of the English National Ballet's Tour de Force programme at the Theatre Royal in Brighton. Choreographed by Noel Wallace, Hollywood Smash and Grab will be performed on 16th & 17th April 2003 (two evening performances plus a matinée on Thursday). The tour then travels to Barnstaple, Malvern and Scunthorpe.
- www.ballet.org.uk has dates but not much else
Bernd Kretzschmar writes: following the latest ENO news link I searched for Eno and found WNYC radio archives have also show # 304 (01.26.02) with cover story: Emergence with guest Brian Eno. The segment is about 8 minutes long (w/ Eno demonstrating some KOAN software pieces).
Radiocitizen e-mails: This is good for a laugh... Check out the following URL for evidence that Brian Eno and Elrond of Rivendell (from Lord of the Rings) are the same person.
Iwan writes: just seen on teletext that the next simian single will feature an eno remix. EnoWeb adds: the title is "La Breeze". A record company spokesperson described it thus: "it's a slice of pure ENO madness, and is a truly fresh and daring approach to the art of the remix". But we don't know the release date. Maybe there'll be something on the band's site sometime.
Looking around the Voiceprint site to see if there was any information about the forthcoming release for the two Harold Budd/John Foxx collaborations, Translucence and Drift Music (there wasn't), EnoWeb stumbled across the fact that All Saints Records is re-releasing its back catalogue in May, including Music For Films III and Laraaji's terrific Flow Goes The Universe.
WNYC has put up an archive of some of its past New Sounds shows, including a 1992 interview with Brian by John Schaefer marking the release of Nerve Net and The Shutov Assembly. The show includes an unreleased piece, "Cross Crisis in Lust Storm". Thanks to David Beardsley on the newsgroup.
Brian appeared on Channel 4 News on Saturday 22nd March to talk about the war in Iraq.
Nothing directly to do with Brian as far as EnoWeb knows, but Daniel Lanois has a new album out in April, titled Shine.
On Saturday 1st February at 21:00 GMT, BBC Radio 2 broadcast A Quantity of Stuff - The Brian Eno Story. According to Radio Times, "the likes of David Bowie, Bryan Ferry, David Byrne and Bono ... describe how this man made them all re-evaluate how they created their music ... the extremely funny and utterly self-effacing interview Eno gives to [presenter Stuart] Maconie makes for one of Radio 2's most entertaining documentaries to date." The programme ended with an extract from an as-yet-untitled song, like some sort of downbeat meld of "Under" and "Bottom Liners". Thanks to Rory Walsh & Kevin Dunnill.
If you're an Obscure type tuning in your wireless, you might want to warm up the valves earlier in the day -- on 1st February at 11:00 GMT over on Radio 3, there's a 60th birthday interview with Gavin Bryars.
Radiocitizen has provided a 2002 interview from Kataweb which explains the choice of venues for the Drawn from Life tour.
Not content with that, Radiocitizen writes: Eternally Yours plans time in design, a new conference due october 2003. It will be a cooperation with the Long Now Foundation and other institutes. Several speakers intend to contribute: Alexander Rose and/or Brian Eno, Fumi Masuda, Tim Cooper.
Brigham writes: Here are the chart positions for three Brian Eno albums.
(All positions are top positions and are from the Billboard Pop Chart). The following information was taken from allmusic.com.
== Here Come The Warm Jets # 151
== Before and After Science # 171
== My Life In The Bush of Ghosts # 44
Brian has written an article for the European edition of Time magazine on what he sees as the dangers of US isolationism. The article was briefly previewed on the Counterpunch site at the start of the year.
Top writer Neil Gaiman mentions in the Wednesday January 15 entry of his journal that in June 2003 A&E Home Video plans to release Neverwhere in a 2-DVD set. The 6-part fantasy series featured a soundtrack by Brian with some of his earliest explorations of Drop-style music. Until now it has only been available on a PAL video, albeit heavily bootlegged by eBay dealers.
writes: Brian is scheduled to be one of the presenters at the 2003 T.E.D.
Conference, which takes place from February 26-March 1, 2003 at the Monterey
Conference Center, Monterey, U.S.A. The theme is Rebirth and the Registration
Fee just US$4,000 (includes free membership to the TED Book Club). Other speakers
include Danny Hillis, Jeff Bezos, George Dyson & Evelyn Glennie.
TED is owned by the Sapling Foundation. This is a private, non-profit foundation created six years ago. Its vision is to effect beneficial change through the leverage that can be delivered by education, technology, media, design and market forces. All future proceeds of TED will go toward these goals.
And also check out the Quicktime movie at http://www.lefdup.com/htmla/cybeno.html ... The page is in French.
Stephan Decroo writes: The Tom Phillips website will publish some info on Brian Eno in January.
Onymous writes: a fragmented link from an interview (supposedly) with syd
nephew. About 3/4 down, we see:
sTc: I've heard rumor that Brian Eno and Jimmy Page have been friends of Roger's through the years and/or still are... do you know of any truth to this?
IB: I know that in one of the books on Roger's life it is claimed that both Eno and Page have expressed desire to work with Rog. and I assume that this was the reason for the rumor starting. I don't know fore sure but I wouldn't imagine either men have ever met Roger.
R Yacuk writes: Here's a little snippet. Sound and Vision, a hi-fi audio/home theater magazine, has published a wishlist of albums they believe deserve re-release in multichannel (DVD-A/SACD) format. On Land, as well as Joshua Tree, are listed. Hmmm, I wonder if the remastering of the ambient stuff I read about 2 years ago is being delayed for this reason? One can only hope...
Mark Harrop writes: I found this and thought about you. No idea why :-)
- glam -- a variation on Minesweeper. Note that if you uncover all the safe windows, you have to click on one of the safe windows again to run the successful Eno end sequence.
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