: updated 14th November 02012 :
On Saturday 17th November Warp is running "Day of Light", a one-day online audiovisual experience with Brian Eno's LUX. The album will be streamed four times during the day and listeners can join in sending "images and photos ... under the general theme 'play of light' ... These photographs will be curated by our team in real-time, and the results made viewable to the world as an evolving, live and user-generated accompaniment to the music".
Brian has willingly participated in interviews, sometimes with a bladder-emptying theme. (Thanks largely to Radiocitizen.)
How many reviews of LUX can you read? (Thanks largely to Radiocitizen.)
- The Guardian
- FT (sometimes viewable without a subscription, sometimes not; perhaps more easily found using a Google search)
- The Independent
- The Arts Desk
- Irish Independent
- The Independent On Sunday
- The Observer
- The Sunday Times (its modesty part-concealed by a paywall)
- New York
- AV Club
- Something Else
- The Quietus
- Consequence Of Sound
- Knoxville Metro Pulse
The Royal Society for Arts has named Brian as one of its 12 new Royal Designers for Industry. (Thanks to Radiocitizen.)
MTV looks at some people who have worked with Brian Eno, and apparently five of his strangest songs.
David Whittaker writes: Some of your audience might be interested to read a revised version of my piece linking Stafford Beer, Eno and Allende’s Chile now accessible on my Wavestone Press web site (it also includes a couple of previously unseen photos).
We had failed to note that the soundtrack album for Dario Argento's film Opera is available on iTunes, giving access to "From The Beginning" by Brian Eno and "Balance" by Roger Eno (Roger's "White Darkness" is available as Theme From Opera on Music For Films III).
Fans of Mustard The Tortoise may be interested in his brief supporting role in this video, in which Tom (as The Major) takes on a dodgy PPI Claims telesales cold-caller.
Our previous update was on 7th November when we wrote:
LUX is now out in Japan. Jason Newton writes: LUX went on sale here today (6th Nov, one day earlier than advertised in the Japanese Press). I have a selection of pictures of the album in its SHM-CD edition. These include the insets, front and back cover pictures and other goodies. Please feel free to let people on enoweb see them.
Brian has contributed an anonymous work of art to a fund-raising exhibition in Dublin for the Chernobyl Children's Charity. (Thanks to Radiocitizen.)
Brian is interviewed by Marketplace Radio.
It will be non-stop Brian Eno action on the wireless next week, as Brian appears on two (count 'em) BBC radio programmes. Broadcasts will be available for streaming for a week afterwards, and Front Row programmes are normally available until The End Of Time.
- Radcliffe and Maconie, BBC 6 Music -- Thursday 15th November between 13:00 and 16:00 GMT: "Today's show features a Brian Eno exclusive to coincide with his first solo album since 2005"
- Front Row, BBC Radio 4 -- Friday 16th November between 19:15 and 19:45 GMT: "including an interview with musician Brian Eno"
UPDATE: Don't know what happened, but there was no Front Row interview.
More LUX reviews.
Brian talks about his 77 Million Paintings installation in Rio de Janeiro (Thanks to Dominic Norman-Taylor).
Brian speaks regarding Guimba Kouyate at the Punkt Festival.
Brian sings of No Orders on J. Peter Schwalm's SoundCloud.
Brian chats with Paul Morley in the Past at Winchester School of Art for iTunes U.
Our previous update was on 30th October when we wrote:
Brian Eno's forthcoming album LUX is now being streamed on selected web-sites. Not for long though.
Just a reminder that Icebreaker will be performing Apollo plus music by Conlon Nancarrow, Michael Nyman and Michael Gordon at the Science Musem's IMAX Cinema in London on 12th November.
Brian's lecture in Rio de Janeiro is available to view.
Uncut has a review of LUX and a brief Q&A with Brian; MOJO has an interview with Brian and a brief review. (Thanks to Rory Walsh, Radiocitizen and Richard Mills.)
Our previous update was on 19th October when we wrote:
With the release of Brian's new album LUX rapidly approaching, Warp is organising LUX Listening Events in London (26th October) and New York (27th October). The Quietus has two tickets to the London event to give away; so does Wired. And on 5th November, MixMaster Michael Engelbrecht will include "LUX 2" in his lineup on the Deutschlandfunk Klanghorizonte programme which runs from 01.05 to 02.00 German time (streamed but not podcast).
Brian is currently in Rio de Janeiro, where -- as is traditional at press conferences -- he was asked about rejoining a band he left 39 years ago. He also talked about his presentation of 77 Million Paintings which runs from 19th to 21st October in Arcos da Lapa, and a free lecture at Circo Voador on Saturday at 13:00.
Brian has written the foreword to a new collection of essays: Artefacts: Material Culture and Electronic Sound, in which a dozen authors reflect on the extent to which electronics has transformed music. Contributors include composers, performers, musicologists, and scientists, providing diverse insights into the nature of music. It should be published just in time for Christmas. (Thanks to Tim Boon.)
Georgina Godwin interviewed Brian Eno for Monocle, to be broadcast on Saturday 20th October, and available as a podcast afterwards. (Thanks to Radiocitizen.)
Scape news. The iTunes "Meet The Developers" podcast with Brian and Peter Chilvers is now available in video and audio formats. They also spoke to Reuters and The Telegraph.
As all this chit-chat doesn't quite illustrate the type of music that can be created with Scape, Tom from EnoWeb has posted some examples. These are from quite early on in the app (6 stripes on the left and 5 on the right), so they don't reflect anything like the full musical palette. The mood of the album is perhaps along the lines of The Shutov Assembly, Curiosities and Music For Films.
Meanwhile, the Keeper Of The Oblique Strategies, Gregory Taylor, has completed all the end-of-level Boss Fights and has a full 8/8 Scape -- enabling him to review the app with more understanding than we are likely to muster.
Talking of generative music, Intermorphic's Pete Cole writes: I thought you'd be intrigued to hear that the new version of Noatikl out today, marks the 20th anniversary of Koan, and as a treat for our long-standing users, this version allows old Koan files from the archives to be opened for further exploration.
- Noatikl at Intermorphic
Icebreaker's Apollo is coming home, as the group returns to the place where the music had its premiere, London's Science Museum IMAX cinema, on November 12th 2012 at 7.30pm.
The Venus febriculosa blog has chosen the winners in its competition for a new cover for Music For Films.
Bryan Ferry talked to BBC Radio 4's Today programme about his forthcoming 78.
David Byrne has a new book out, How Music Works. (Thanks to Richard Joly.)
Our previous update was on 9th October when we wrote:
Brian may be participating in the Serpentine Gallery's Memory Marathon which takes place over 12th-14th October in London. It might be worth keeping an ear out at The Space which will be streaming some live audio from the marathon.
On 7th October Brian took part in the "Afghanistan: Naming of the Dead" event at Trafalgar Square.
The Japanese release of LUX will be on 7th November, a few days earlier than for the rest of the world. There isn't room or appropriateness for a Japan-only bonus track, so Japanese customers have the option of a limited edition of 2000 on SHM-CD which apparently offers better quality audio (EnoWeb does not understand these things) and (we think) the 4 prints on art paper.
- Amazon.co.jp and in Googlenglish as Amazon's own English translation left most of the text in Japanese. We like the Googlenglish version:
Artist fell in love for the first time, Elvis Presley. But he was attracted was made to the sound of the echo sound, not the person Presley Presley. - Brian Eno, and indeed with the episode, the debut on the scene as a member of Roxy Music in the early 1970s. Enlightened to ambient music, rather than music to enjoy the melody and rhythm, eliminating the sex drama, after the withdrawal / ... murmur of the trees he is a closer look at Brian Eno's Amazon Store
Hardly a scoop, but Brian and Peter Chilvers have been busy skipping around discussing the scope of Scape (not by Skype).
- Wired Podcast has an excerpt from the interview (27 minutes in)
- BBC News with Rory Cellan-Jones
- BBC Mundo cut-down report with Spanish commentary
- BBC report on YouTube if you can't see it on the BBC's site
- BBC World Service Click (available for a year -- also available as a podcast for 30 days, search for "9 Oct 12: Taiwanese email entrapment")
- CultOfMac review
- TUAW review
- The Verge review
Brian and Peter also gave a "Meet The Developers" presentation at London's Regent Street Apple Store on 5th October. This was filmed so it may well appear on iTunes soon. (Thanks to Radiocitizen, Roland/Encym and Rory Walsh.)
The BBC report included an intriguing shot of Eno's CD collection, which EnoWeb can match for tidiness and strict A-Z organisation.
- Between Us And It (Part 1) -- Brian Eno and J Peter Schwalm live in 2001... (that's play live, not reside permanently) Part 2... Part 3 -- this often scary work includes some of Brian's experiments with voices, work he would continue in the following decade with Rick Holland
- The Voices of Robert Wyatt (available until 13th October)
- Unreleased Music For Films-era tracks from Sebastiane: Water Dance I, Water Dance II, Desert Sun, The Pearl Shell (thanks to John Emr)
Stephan Decroo writes: Found a couple of links to a book by Fernando Ortega & Brian Eno : Music for a Small Boat Crossing a Medium Size River (2012).
EnoWeb explains: This is a slim book of photographs by Fernando Ortega (presumably the ones that appeared in the exhibition Alex drew our attention to in July), in an edition of 800. There is a page of text by Ortega explaining about the ferryman and the one-minute journey, plus a page of text by Eno to accompany the short piece of music he wrote for the one-off CD he created. There is a photo of the CD, but the book does not include a CD as the only copy is on the ferry boat in Mexico!
Dagon James e-mails: I'm writing to tell you about the next issue (#15) of my magazine Lid which features Mr. Eno on the front cover. This cover version will be limited to only 350 copies and is available here:
Our previous update was on 26th September when we wrote:
Less than a week on from the release of Scape, Warp has announced a new solo album from Brian: LUX. According to the Press Release, "LUX is one of Eno's most ambitious works to date; it is a 75-minute composition in twelve sections that evolved from a work currently housed in the Great Gallery of the Palace of Venaria in Turin, Italy".
The album is slated for CD/download release on 12th November 2012 (13th in North America), and on LP on 10th December 2012 (11th in North America). The CD is housed in a gatefold sleeve with 4 x 120x120mm prints; the double 180g DMM-cut vinyl LP in a gatefold sleeve with 4 x 300x300mm prints plus a download redemption code card; and the download is... a download.
Here's a tracklisting that perhaps reveals too much and might be considered a spoiler:
1. LUX 1 (19:22)
2. LUX 2 (18:14)
3. LUX 3 (19:19)
4. LUX 4 (18:28)
So what can we expect from the album? Apparently "Eno sees it as a continuation of his 'Music for Thinking' project that includes Discreet Music (1975) and Neroli (1993)". There might be some hints in his remarks about the installation a few months ago:
"I started writing 12 Seasons: Music for the Great Gallery in my studio in London. I had seen pictures and plans of the Reggia di Venaria and I was confident I had found the right approach: I worked for a few weeks on a track that I brought to the Reggia for testing in May 2012.
When I listened to it in the extraordinary context of the Great Gallery, however, I realized that it was not right. What I had composed - in my studio in London, wrapped up in England’s grey climate - was introspective and somewhat dark. There was not doubt in my mind that it was an "interior" track. What is most striking about the Great Gallery - and you realise as much only when you step into it - is that it is soaked in light and space: nothing further from an "interior" feeling. Juvarra had designed it to invite the world to get in, so it seemed appropriate that music should exist inside as well as outside of space, almost like a cloud or an atmosphere that would envelop the construction from the outside.
Conceptually, this music is similar to other works I did around forty years ago (e.g., Discreet Music, 1975). I am still deeply fascinated by the range of transformations that are possible starting with a limited "stock" of original notes, and this piece is a perfect example in this sense. Nevertheless, there is also a new starting point. Building on the Reggia’s "classical" imprint, I wanted to make sure that the track was made up of several "movements" rather than a single block. Thus only 4 or 5 or 6 of the original 7 sounds I had decided to work with will eventually be used in each section. This means that the emotional quality of each section is slightly different, and as it progresses, the piece evolves and takes on different overtones.
I love the Great Gallery of La Venaria, it is a sort of secular cathedral, and I hope that my music will encourage more people to spend time in the Gallery than it is normally the case."
There is now a video narrated by Brian explaining how Scape works; in addition, Stuart Dredge from The Guardian interviews Brian and Peter Chilvers.
An interview with Gavin Bryars (thanks to Rory Walsh).
Our previous update was on 20th September when we wrote:
Brian and Peter Chilvers have just released Scape, a new generative music album/app for the Apple iPad only (thanks to Jane at Opal). The dynamic diatonic duo say:
"Scape makes music that thinks for itself ... Scape is a new form of album which offers users deep access to its musical elements. These can be endlessly recombined to behave intelligently: reacting to each other, changing mood together, making new sonic spaces.
Can machines create original music? Scape is our answer to that question: it employs some of the sounds, processes and compositional rules that we have been using for many years and applies them in fresh combinations, to create new music."
That dinner with J. Craig Venter we mentioned in the last round-up can now be seen and heard at Edge.org. The talk part of it, anyway. (Thanks to Radocitizen).
- Edge.org -- Brian asks some questions and is depicted twice in the slideshow
Video of Brian's 2007 talk at Design Indaba has also surfaced.
News of sometime collaborators and co-conspirators.
- John Foxx writes about Roxy Music to mark the release of Roxy Music: The Complete Studio Recordings 1972-1982
- Amanda Palmer talks a bit about Brian Eno
- Tom Phillips is interviewed (thanks to Radiocitizen)
- John Cale is interviewed (thanks to Radiocitizen)
- David Byrne is interviewed (thanks to Radiocitizen)
- John Cale is interviewed by BBC Radio 4's Front Row (audio)
- David Byrne is interviewed by BBC Radio 4's Front Row (audio)
- Harold Budd will be performing at Moogfest with Keith Lowe on 24th October 2012
Our previous update was on 3rd September when we wrote:
Just a reminder that Brian is Artistic Director of this year's Punkt Festival in Norway, running from 6th to 8th September. He will also do a live remix. Regular artistic collaborator Nick Robertson will give a seminar, too, and there's music from J. Peter Schwalm and Marconi Union amongst many others.
Brian contributed to Composing Controversy, a documentary on John Cage presented by Gavin Bryars, on BBC Radio 4, 20:00, 1st September 2012 (thanks to Bob).
- Composing Controversy (available until 7th September)
77 Million Paintings will be displayed at the Arcos da Lapa in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from September 7 to November 2, 2012 (thanks to Radiocitizen).
It seems that although Music for The Great Gallery has a 5-year running time, it will close on 14th October. Here's a final round-up of related stuff.
- La Republicca and in Googlenglish
- ArtTribune and in Googlenglish
- CasertaNews and in Googlenglish
- GiornaleDellaMusica and in Googlenglish
- IlGiornaleDellArte and in Googlenglish
- Panorama.it and in Googlenglish
- OndaCalabra.it and in Googlenglish
- ContemporaryTorinoPiedmonte and in Googlenglish
- A brief clip of the installation
- A trailer for the installation with a good sample of the music at Venaria Reale, Music For The Great Gallery
Italy wasn't all music, music, music, though. A report of a dinner with J. Craig Venter and Brian in attendance.
The Observer has an article about Roxy Music (thanks to Radiocitizen). And in Newcastle newspaper The Journal, Geoff Docherty -- perhaps the top rock promoter in the North East of the UK during the 1970s -- recalls his early impressions of Roxy Music including Eno.
Estonian World had a scoop interview with Brian.
Robert Fripp talks to the Financial Times (thanks to Gregory Taylor).
A review of the Science Museum's Oramics to Electronica exhibition.
Some ancient coverage of Brian's 2008 installation in Napoli.
- A performance of "Caught Between" by Brian Eno and J Peter Schwalm (2002) with different lyrics from the released version
- From 1977, David Bowie discusses his work with Iggy Pop and Brian Eno
- Phil Manzanera, Charles Hayward and Bill MacCormick talk about Quiet Sun (thanks to Jon Wertman)
- From an unaired 1992 Channel 4 comedy pilot by Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer, a most unconvincing portrayal of Brian Eno...
- The original home of Brian Eno's Music For Films track "Alternative 3" was this Science Report "documentary" from 1977 on the topic of Alternative 3.
- The Q Inspiration Award from 1995
- Brian Eno's Moogfest talk (2011) has cropped up on SoundCloud (audio) in a probably unauthorised capacity
Our previous update was on 8th July when we wrote:
The title for Brian Eno's new installation has been revealed. Here are the details cut and pasted from lumenlondon.com:
Eno has been commissioned to exhibit a unique composition for the spectacular Great Gallery at La Venaria Reale, just outside Turin, northern Italy.
TWELVE SEASONS - MUSIC FOR THE GREAT GALLERY
LA VENARIA REALE
Sunday, 8th July 2012 to Saturday, 8th July 2017
Closed on Mondays and Public Holidays
- La Venaria Reale's Twelve Seasons page in Italian and Googlenglish
- La Stampa in Italian and Googlenglish
- YouTube video as Brian explains some of the thinking behind the installation before being cut off in his prime
- Brian dropped in to the Pelissero vineyard as he was in the area -- La Stampa in Italian and Googlenglish
- La Stampa's first interview in Italian and Googlenglish
- La Stampa's short soundbite from Brian with a sample of the installation in the background
- Rolling Stone interview in Italian and Googlenglish -- Brian mentions some current projects
- ANSA.IT article in Italian and Googlenglish
- Volumina.net, purveyors of fine books, have information on the installation and pics of Brian, plus some other pics of Brian
- Guido Harari's photographs
- More of Guido Harari's photographs -- we challenge you not to smile at some of these
- La Venaria Reale
- Possible installation flyer
The Eno piece at SNAP 2012 at Aldeburgh was called Iceland, dating from 1974 (thanks to Richard Mills).
Here's a really obscure sounding artistic contribution by Brian (thanks to NerveNet head honcho Alex Rubli for digging this up). From what we can make out, it seems that a ferryman in Mexico likes to play music to his passengers as they cross the river, but as the journey is short the music gets interrupted. Brian created a one-off CD for him with short music on it to suit the journey time. In another part of the world (Paris, France), artist Fernando Ortega has an exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo, which includes (we think) a picture of the CD.
Brian Eno and others talk about the work of Conny Plank, in this Frieze article by Geeta Dayal (thanks to Mark Alberding).
A review of Brian's discussion with James Thornton at the How The Light Gets In Festival.
John Emr, keeper of all things Peter Schmidt, writes: Peter Schmidt's The Thoughts Behind The Thoughts (long out of print) have now been published as a chap book by Mindmade Books of Los Angeles, with an afterword by me. Another Eno connection: Mindmade Books also published Hansjörg Mayer’s alphabet.
Reviews of Icebreaker's Apollo album.
Meanwhile, Dog Gone Blog has some audio from the New York Guitar Festival's Apollo Project.
GoingThruVinyl recently interviewed Harold Budd (thanks to Jason Hoffer).
Stewart Brand has uploaded his 6-part 1997 BBC series How Buildings Learn to YouTube (it was previously on Google Video). The series featured title music and some soundtrack music by Brian.
San Francisco Bay Guardian interviewed Philip Glass, and Brian was briefly discussed.
The Venusfebriculosa blog is running a competition to design a new cover for Brian Eno's album Music For Films. Get judged by Geeta Dayal, Frith Kerr, Brad Laner, Russell Mills and Rick Poynor, and if your design is the one chosen you'll win $500.
Talking of Geeta, she is interviewed by Solipsistic Nation.
Cinefile and Indiewire review the unofficial documentary Brian Eno: The Man Who Fell To Earth.
St Vincent covers "Some Of Them Are Old".
In the latest episode of The Eno Detective, Rory Walsh investigates HUS.
I recently contacted Lucy Shortis at Tom Phillips' studio about a talk he was giving and during the e-mail exchange that followed she mentioned the Just For HUS print which she had read about in David Sheppard's book Some Faraway Beach. I had forgotten it and as I could not find an image on the web she searched his archive for it. The good news is she found a copy. Attached is an image of the print.
Since then I have been digging into HUS and this is a summary of what I have found to date.
James (Jim) Johnston had intended to apply to Winchester’s College of Music when in September 1968 he was introduced to Brian Eno, who was at that time a student at Winchester Art College. Together they formed a band called Dandelion and the War Damage. Johnson played keyboards and Eno provided the vocals. The other members of the band included Dave Hallows (bass), Tony Grafton (guitar) and Alf MacDonald (drums). They played a number of gigs on the University circuit and in 1969, following the break-up of Eno’s first marriage, the band moved to London where they formed an arts commune.
They were able to find accommodation at 100 Grove Park, Camberwell through a tip from Eno’s friend and former lecturer Tom Phillips who was at that time living next door at 102 Grove Park. The collective also had a warehouse studio at 2 Wilkes Street in London’s Spitalfields. The commune was called HUS (though no one appears to know why) and included the band members, Rob Johnston, Viv Mainwaring, Rob Neely and John Wells. Tom Phillips recalls that to accommodate so many people at Grove House, they built platforms above the doors where people could sleep; with the shifting entourage of drifting people it was difficult to tell who actually lived there at the time.
A contemporary arts directory Catalyst published in 1970 by Joe Tilson’s wife Jos had three listings for HUS:
Equipment: Manufacture of pop amplifiers, strobes, and other audio visual equipment (Pop-films, lectures, music);
Films and Lectures: Lecture/performances on pop, a mixed media event concerned with pop;
Research: available to do research of any description in any field.
During this period Eno worked as Phillips' painting assistant and the artist was asked to design an emblem for the commune. A limited edition of twenty prints called Just For HUS was produced based upon Phillips’ A Humument. It was intended that the prints would be sold in order to fund the collective however by the time the print was finished they had changed their name.
Phillips had begun A Humument in the 1960s and it was published in 1970 though the Just For HUS page did not make it in to the final book.
Rory means business, he's even got some References:
David Sheppard – On Some Faraway Beach p.58
Lucy Shortis – Tom Phillips Studio
Jos Tilson – Catalyst 1970 1
Our previous update was on 6th June when we wrote:
A specially created musical installation by Brian will appear at La Venaria Reale (Torino, Italy) as part of the HOP.E exhibition, 7th-15th July 2012.
The May issue of The Stool Pigeon has a comic strip showing how Brian might use Oblique Strategies in the creation of a pot of tea. It's not online on their site yet, but DGM has a scan (thanks to Rupert Loydell and Kevin Eden).
Brian won a BAFTA Craft Award for his Top Boy soundtrack (thanks to Radiocitizen and Richard Mills). The award was collected by Top Boy producer Alasdair Flint.
In April Brian Eno's Notting Hill studio turned salon as it hosted an Edge.org presentation and Q&A with British research psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen. Edge has video, audio and a transcript (thanks to Radiocitizen).
Brian performed "Disasters of War" with Ebe Oke and David Barbenel at the Don't Iraq Iran event on Friday 25th May 2012 (thanks to Radiocitizen).
Rory Walsh writes: Billed as a 'Musical Mystery interlude' the piece was performed with Ebe Oke on vocals/keyboards and David Barbenel on cello. Against the musical backdrop Eno read out the horrifying statistics of the Iraq War and Oke responded by giving the details of the rewards that those who arranged the war had gained since leaving office.
- YouTube -- This is an audience recording but a better one may be made available in coming weeks/months according to Stop The War (thanks to Richard Mills).
The Jun Lee/Icebreaker/BJ Cole version of Apollo was released on iTunes on 5th June and will be available worldwide on 26th June, on the Cantaloupe Music label (thanks to Radiocitizen and Rory Walsh).
Brian's "Inheritance Tracks" from a 2008 edition of the Radio 4 programme Saturday Live is/are available as a podcast.
- Inheritance Tracks -- scroll down to Sat, 27 Dec 08
Carina Round explains how Brian contributed to Tigermending, her new album (thanks to Radiocitizen).
Eno biographer David Sheppard talks about Music For Airports.
Serdar Yegulalp writes about Music For Films.
Intermorphic has just released a new version of Noatikl, the generative music software and successor to SSEYO Koan -- with which Brian created his famous Generative Music 1 floppy disk album. Noatikl now includes the Partikl synth and Noatikl music can also be played using another of the company's apps, Mixtikl (some versions of which are free).
Rick Holland discusses collaboration and writing with Brian at the University of Hull; Nick Robertson also contributes.
Roger Eno has written Music for a Victorian Museum, to be played at Ipswich Museum, Suffolk, UK, from 15th June to 18th July 2012 (thanks to Richard Mills).
Phil Manzanera has a new album out, Nth Entities, with poet Anna Le (thanks to Rory Walsh).
Daniel Lanois talks about the Infinite Sustain Guitar.
Timothy Andres has composed "Paraphrase On Themes Of Brian Eno" (thanks to Radiocitizen).
Steve Reich talks to MusicRadar about tape loops, drumming and Eno (thanks to Radiocitizen).
A report on the New York Guitar Festival's Apollo Project.
Tom Phillips, artist and friend of Brian Eno, was 75 in May. He gave an interview to BBC Radio 4's Front Row.
BBC presenter Mark Coles, who has interviewed Brian on occasion, has his own Internet music programme which could well be of interest to EnoWeb readers. Oh, and Brian has described him as "A DJ Britain should be proud of."
A Harold Budd chat, tribute album, string quartets and reviews of Winter Garden.
Ultimate Guitar interviews Leo Abrahams.
Marconi Union have a new album out on 18th June, Different Colours. CD orders get a free download of the otherwise unavailable Ambient Transmissions Vol 2.
Holger Czukay speaks about early experimental recording & techniques.
If you've read this far, scientific research shows that you have time on your hands. So why not give it up to this new recording as Tom from EnoWeb takes on another Call Centre scammer?
Our previous update was on 29th April when we wrote:
Brian will be in conversation with James Thornton at 7pm on Saturday 9th June at the How The Light Gets In festival at Hay-on-Wye -- presumably the successor to the Crunch Festival. (thanks to Richard Mills).
Brian was one of the panellists for an event called What can liberals learn from conservatives about human nature? on 11th April at The British Academy. The speaker was Jonathan Haidt, discussing his book The Righteous Mind. The panellists don't get a big opportunity to comment so there's not a lot of Eno input, but it's a thought-provoking talk and EnoWeb recommends downloading the audio (thanks to Dario).
Brian will be on the panel of judges for the Information Is Beautiful Data Visualization Awards (thanks to Dario).
Brian will participate in a Stop The War Coalition anti-war benefit in London on 25th May 2012 (thanks to Dario).
Moving away from news stories that begin with the word "Brian", it appears that during the Punkt Festival in Norway in September (which you'll recall Eno will be curating), Faction Films will be making a film called Eno@Punkt about Eno being at Punkt, musical performances, Eno's views and so on (thanks to Rory Walsh).
BBC Radio 4's Front Row spoke to Ben Okri on 26th March about dedicating poems to people, with contributions from one such dedicatee, B. Eno.
- Front Row (Chapter 4) (plays audio automatically)
NME named Brian 7th out of the 50 greatest producers evah (thanks to Dario).
Rick Moody has a long essay on Eno's music.
Mark Kerstetter writes about Before And After Science.
Jes Benstock, director of The British Guide To Showing Off, talks about Brian Eno's cat (thanks to Dario).
Rick Holland's second collaboration with Old Man Diode has now been released.
- "Still Silver"
- Rick writes about "West Bay" -- apparently there was a version voiced by Brian
- A collection of poems for Depression Awareness Week, including the original "West Bay"
Daniel Lanois talks with Rich Terfry about the making of Apollo.
- CBC (thanks to Dario)
On 12th April The Wire magazine spoke to Robert Wyatt, who discussed some of his tracks including those recorded with Brian.
- The Wire (thanks to Rory Walsh)
Icebreaker's rendition of "An Ending (Ascent)" from Apollo can be found on Soundcloud.
- Icebreaker (thanks to Gregory Taylor)
Also on Soundcloud, Laraaji with Blues Control.
Some quotes from Ernaldo Bernocchi about working with Harold Budd and Robin Guthrie on Winter Garden.
Our previous update was on 13th March when we wrote:
More Dark Than Shark's Radiocitizen has tracked down possibly Brian's earliest published article, a 2-page description of a tape delay/decay system which appeared in the Summer 1968 issue of Clare Market Review, the student magazine of the London School of Economics. It gives an intriguing insight into the thinking of the 19/20-year-old Eno and the content of his early lectures.
Brian's lecture at the Architectural Association School of Architecture is now available for viewing online. But not before Richard Mills reviews it!
Thanks again for the heads-up on Brian Eno's talk at the Architectural Association last Friday. A very entertaining talk, once more, from Eno with some common elements from previous presentations.
Once again, Eno brought out 5 screwdrivers to emphasise that the business end is rarely different, yet the handles can be stylistically varied by designers.
Not for the first time, Eno referred to content found in Man's Rage for Chaos by Morse Peckham and Grooming, Gossip and the Evolution of Language by Prof Robin Dunbar.
Brian reiterated his theory of Surrender to include art, religion, sex and drugs - but added sports to the list this time.
There was, as usual, some flirting: Lorenzo, introducing the speaker, said looking at Brian Eno's Wikipedia page was like looking at a woman's naked body for the first time, a mix of wondrous ingredients, some familiar, some less so. Brian later said, to illustrate the Theory of Mind, he could imagine that Lorenzo was thinking Diego was excited to be sitting next to the admittedly stunning Mary in the front row.
Asked for advice to any student leaving art college, Brian Eno recommended they select a period of time, say 3 months, during which they say Yes to absolutely everything and see where that leads. "Of course, you may get pregnant". The sexual tension was palpable.
Eno showed how hairstyles through the ages have increasingly involved stylistic decisions since the first caveman decided to hack away at his hair. The final question in the Q&A was "Music innovation has usually ushered in a new hairstyle. Is there any correlation in the inspiration you have had and the changes of your hair through the years?" Brian answered "Yes, as one has increased, the other has got less".
- AASA (starts playing automatically)
Brian will be one of the contributors to SNAP 2012, part of the Aldeburgh Festival, from 8th-24th June 2012. Location: Snape Maltings, Saxmundham, Suffolk IP 17 1SP UK (thanks to Dario).
The Science Museum has announced the winner of the OraMIX competition, for which Brian was one of the judges.
The final episode of comedian Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy Channel 4 television programme included a Brian Eno Frisbee along with a Kite Headed Bryan Ferry (thanks to Dario).
- 4OD (UK only)
J. Peter Schwalm has some new Untitled music.
Daniel Lanois has a new web-site design. EnoWeb can't get it to display properly in Internet Explorer, though it's okay in Firefox.
It's spring again, and far from bringing again Tulips from Amsterdam, Mustard The Tortoise has emerged from his Hibernaculum, cutting a swathe through the insulating and insulting e-mails sent to EnoWeb...
Peters writes: Beloved, I am drenched with tears while writing this short
message to you.
Mustard replies: I am too, although mine are tears of mirth.
Mrs.Elizabeth Peters: I have mapped out the modalities on how the fund will be apportioned.
Mustard: This business transaction sounds very formal indeed.
Mrs.Elizabeth Peters: 35% of the principal amount of the money will be dished out to you.
Mustard: You dazzle me with your expert financial jargon. Who's next?
Champion: If you need a copy of D&G watch, you will find it here cheaper..
Mustard: I don't, I'm afraid.
Grady Champion: Your suit will look better if you wear Hublot watch with it.
Mustard: Well which is it, the D&G or the Hublot?
Grady Champion: The first online watch shop announces the great watch sale! See that!.
Grady Champion: A copy of a Guess watch will be a good present for your lady.
Mustard: So now it's a Guess watch? I'm afraid this first online watch shop has turned out to be very unreliable.
Grady Champion: Click this minute
Mustard: Which minute? I haven't got a watch so how can I tell?
Pettit: Look like a new coin when you buy Hermes cufflinks.
Mustard: I am perfectly content with my appearance, thank you, and I have no intention of ending up inside a till at the Tesco checkout.
Vaughn: Good Morning, In our casino money will be strewed to you to hands
as snow, without a stop.
Mustard: Are you a secret cabal dedicated to causing a new Ice Age? I can't be party to that.
Kent Vaughn: Check your value here
Mustard: Priceless. I don't need to check that.
Rapport: Your account was accesed by a third party.
Mustard: How very troubling that the third party was unable to spell their heinous crime.
Trusteer Rapport: We detected irregular activity on your Santander Online banking account ... ... If you choose to ignore our request, you leave us no choise but to temporaly suspend your account.
Mustard: Ignorance about spelling aside, do you mean that you want to suspend my nonexistent account in Time? The implications for compound interest could be devastating.
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Mustard: Where is it, then? I can't see it.
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Mustard: Not to mention all the other things you'll be downloading at the same time...
ClubVIP Wager: Craps, roulette, poker, slots, blackjack are but the tip of the proverbial iceberg here.
Mustard: Do you think that iceberg-based metaphors are wise in a business context, given their Titanic associations?
Frood: hi there How are you.
Mustard: Hello. I'm alright, thank you.
Derek Frood: Hi Friend!
Mustard: I just said hello. Are you deaf?
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Mustard: Clearly anything is not possible. Take punctuation, for example.
Derek Frood: see you later
Mustard: How much later did you have in mind? You've already seen your future fading fast.
jimmy desanta: HELLO FRIEND, PLEASE BEAR WITH ME FOR NOW AND DO NOT ASK
Mustard: I have a hunch that it might be Mr Jimmy Desanta. What do I win?
mr jimmy desanta: WHAT I HAVE MAY BE OF INTEREST TO YOU. IT IS A BUSINESS PROPOSAL THAT WILL BE BENEFICIAL TO YOU AND I.
Mustard: Don't count on it.
mr jimmy desanta: MY AIM OF CONTACTING YOU IS TO SOLICIT YOUR CO-OPERATION AND ASSISTANCE BASED ON ONE OF THE ACCOUNTS UNDER MY MANAGEMENT CONTAINING $18.5MILLION (EIGHTEEN MILLION & FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS)WHICH HAS REMAINED DORMANT FOR THE LAST TWELVE YEARS.
Mustard: So you see the word "Dormant" and you think you'll just get in touch with a tortoise, do you? Typical of the chelonianist attitude that is sadly still prevalent in Society today. Get lost.
Visa Europe: Dear account holder, This is an automatic message by the system to let you know that you have to confirm your account information.. Your account will be frozen temporary after 48 hours in order to protect it.
Mustard: Brrr! I'm not going anywhere near that frozen account. I'm more interested in basking in nice warm sunshine.
Visa Europe: please click on the link below and follow the instructions that will pe required.
Mustard: How odd - most people just want a signature or proof of ID. In my opinion you're asking too much.
Nduka: Hello, Pardon me for not having the pleasure of knowing your mindset
before making you this offer and it is utterly confidential and genuine by virtue
of its nature.
Mustard: You are pardoned, my child. I too am genuine by virtue of my nature. What troubles you?
George Nduka: I write to solicit your assistance in a funds transfer deal involving US$3.5M.This fund has been stashed out of the excess profit made last 2years by my branch office of the International Commercial Bank of Ghana which I am the manager.
Mustard: I don't care what it's been stashed out of. US$3.5M isn't nearly enough to tempt me. You didn't even spell it out in words or anything.
Hatch: When our customer wants to receive the qualitative goods without
the recipe we offer our goods
Mustard: That seems very wise.
Patricia Hatch: Hospitable personal stuff is glad to say that every medicine which is in a list of our drug-store can be delivered to your house without any medical documents such as prescription.
Mustard: That doesn't.
Ramey: Preserve from obesity. Glorious Abatements. Enormous insomnia remedy
allowances just these sunny days
Mustard: It's almost Haiku. What a pity I have no idea what you're on about.
NATIONAL LOTTERY ORGANIZATION of 58 Queen sway Suite 161, London --
Mustard: Oh yes, I know Queen Sway Suite, it's named after that Garden Party when Her Majesty's fruit punch got spiked with a little too much Pimm's. I swear my knocking that bottle into the punchbowl was a complete accident.
UK NATIONAL LOTTERY ORGANIZATION: If you are the correct owner of this email address then be glad this day as the result of the UK lottery online e-mail address free-ticket winning draws of 6th March 2012, held in Bangkok Thailand has just been released and we are glad to announce to you that your email address won you the sweepstakes in the first category.
Mustard: Oh yes, the UK lottery is famous for being held in Thailand.
UK NATIONAL LOTTERY ORGANIZATION: To file for your claim, please contact our claims agent; Name: Dr. Felix Length
Mustard: You just made that name up!
UK NATIONAL LOTTERY ORGANIZATION: Just in case you are thinking of how you won without entering, then know again that this very draw of the UK Lottery Organization in which you have emerged as a winner was a free ticket online email address draws.
Mustard: It all makes sense now.
UK NATIONAL LOTTERY ORGANIZATION: you may receive e-mail from people claiming to be 'UK NATIONAL LOTTERY ORGANIZATION'. they are trying to extort your personal information,and ask you to pay for your winnings.
Mustard: So you've just e-mailed me to say that you are a criminal fraudster? Very kind.
Free dollars beckon – yours when you sign up.
Mustard: I fear that you may be hallucinating, Burt. Money is inanimate and there is no way that it could be waving at you and shouting "Coo-ee!"
De Gaulle: Compliment of the season to you.
Mustard: And a Merry March to you too! Mince Pie, anybody?
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Mustard: Mmph. I really shouldn't be eating this sugary pastry-and-mincemeat confection.
Charles De Gaulle: I got your contact through Internet and wish to contact you for assistance. I offer my friendship and I hope this letter meets you in good time,however strange or surprise,
Charles De Gaulle: .... In this Box My father kept this money because of emergency in our family save,we are lucky not to be around when this attack came,right now we are inside the ship that brought us here in Buenos Aires Argentina,we dont know anyone here to give this money to save for us And we cant do Anything with this money here even to put it in a bank or invest it Here because we are immigrant
Mustard: MMphwhat? I think I dozed off there. Ah. Having assessed your situation, my considered opinion is this: you're stuffed. Also your ship is about to sink because of the weight of the money in that safe. Byee!
Mustard: Er, yes?
rushomancy: you ever heard of those win a dell xps things?
rushomancy: if so i am pretty sure you thought they were lying completely..
Mustard: Really? Does that kind of thing happen on the Internet?
rushomancy: i thought so too but i was like whatever.. what do i got to lose lol.
Mustard: Possibly the chance of ever finding gainful employment, if you insist on speaking like that.
rushomancy: so i just went ahead and filled it out, did a few surveys and what do you know? within a week they had shipped out my laptop and im using it right now lol.
Mustard: How unfortunate that they sent you a reject laptop without a Shift key. They clearly saw you coming. I wouldn't normally say this, but as it's you, Rushomancy: LOL.
Our previous update was on 16th February when we wrote:
On 24th February Brian will be giving a lunchtime lecture at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, 36 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3ES. He's talking about the topic of the book he's been writing, off and off, for the past several years (thanks to Dario).
Brian recently talked to Madeleine Morley & Louise Benson for Varsity, The Independent Cambridge Student Newspaper since 1947 (also thanks to Dario).
Voice of America's This is America program spoke to Steven Berlin Johnson who talks a bit about Brian. This is America is broadcast in VOA Special English, so the presenters speak slowly and deliberately but their interviewees don't.
Here's a probably unauthorised chance to hear Brian's talk at London's Science Museum in glorious surround-bootleg-o-vision. This was on 10th October 2011 at the opening of Oramics to Electronica: Revealing Histories of Electronic Music.
Roxy Music's 40th anniversary will be marked with the release of The Complete Recordings 1972-1982, a box set, on 2nd April (once again, thanks to Dario).
Brian will contribute to a track called "The Secret Of Drowning" on Carina Round's album Tigermending, due out on 1st May.
Beep Beep Gallery, 696 Charles Allen Drive, Atlanta GA 30308, is currently hosting an exhibition of artworks inspired by the titles of Another Green World tracks (Dario again).
Daniel Lanois will be performing with Brian Blade at the Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario on Friday 23rd & Saturday 24th March. Daniel's updated web-site will be launched on 17th February, too.
Our previous update was on 16th January when we wrote:
A new year (ish) and a new Edge.org question. Eschewing such faves as "Why do birds suddenly appear Every time you are near?", "What are the Thirty-Nine Steps?", "Why ask why? For by the by and by, All mysteries are just more Needles in the camel's eye", "Do You You Know the Way To San José?" and "Do you hear voices? You do, so you are possessed", 2012's brain-teaser is "What is your favorite deep, elegant, or beautiful explanation?" Apparently the answer is not "I was drunk, I was lonely, and kumquats were on a 3-for-2 offer at the supermarket". Sheesh.
While you're over the Edge, you can read or watch Brian in conversation with Jennifer Jacquet last November. For shame!
Underworld have rereleased some more-or-less rare tracks, including "Beebop Hurry" with Brian on A Collection.
Some reports from the Apollo and Here Come The Warm Jets tribute concerts in Hip'n'Happenin' New York (thanks to Dario).
Harold Budd will be performing It's Only A Daydream with Keith Lowe at the 17th Other Minds Festival. It takes place on Friday 2nd March at Kanbar Hall which is at or part of San Francisco Jewish Community Center which is located at 3200 California Street, an address in San Francisco in the United States of Amerrrricky.
Brian is a pioneer, claims the Financial Times. He really doesn't look like that any more, claims EnoWeb.
Just a reminder that Brian does not have a Twitter account or appear on Facebook. Anybody claiming otherwise is an impostor and wasting your time.
In one of the less likely invitations to cross EnoWeb's desk, long ago the site's Head (and let's be honest, only) Honcho Tom Boon was urged to contribute to popular music group Cyber Zen Sound Engine's fifth album. A mere 10 years later, Cooperation is finally released on 17th January (US time... we'd give it another day if you're elsewhere). The album is available as a CD or MP3 download from CD Baby, with iTunes & Amazon downloads available shortly. If you've ever wondered what happens when you put together a mixture of desolate ambience, engaging guitar, a dash of Koan and some sleet, maybe this will be your answer. It can't hurt to check out the audio previews at CD Baby anyway.
Our previous update was on 1st January when we wrote:
16th January sees the release of Far Off Country by Letka, which includes a guest appearance from Brian. Letka is made up of Peter Chilvers (musician, coder, digital archaeologist etc etc) and Sandra O'Neill (breathy vocalist on Air) (Thanks to Peter Chilvers and Dario).
On January 6th -- the first night of the New York Guitar Festival -- the "Apollo Project" performs a "live re-imagining" to mark the 30th anniversary of Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks (Thanks to Richard Nensel and Dario).
Two days later in the same city, there will be a live performance to mark the 40th anniversary of the release of Here Come The Warm Jets, compered by John Schaefer of WNYC.
A teaser for Rosa Roedelius' documentary on Chance which includes Brian as one of the interviewees. And look! Lene Lovich!
Dave Gresalfi writes: You may be very interested to know about this recently posted essay in the well-respected UK film site Scope about the films that Eno and Byrne had Bruce Conner make for 'America is Waiting' and 'Mea Culpa'. The author is David Laderman, who has written books on punk films and road movies and presented this essay earlier in the year at a Los Angles film conference. I believe it's the most in-depth thing ever written about these films and I'm guessing your readers will find it interesting. Thanks and keep up the great work - I've been visiting your site regularly for many years.
Erik Honoré e-mails: Legendary artist and producer Brian Eno is confirmed as Artistic Director of 2012's Punkt Festival. Eno will curate all 18 concerts and live remixes during the three day festival (updated thanks to Rory Walsh, now running from 6th to 8th September). Limited edition "earlybird" passes at a reduced price are available now. Last time Eno curated a whole festival was at the Sydney Opera House. Then, the New South Wales Government called the festival "the biggest event of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere". Now, in 2012, Brian Eno curates the Punkt Festival at the new Kilden Performing Arts Centre in Kristiansand, where he will present some of his current favourite artists. The Punkt Festival, started in 2005, is based on two main pillars: The combination of main stage concerts and the immediate live remixes of these on a second stage, and the extensive musician network of directors/musicians/producers Jan Bang and Erik Honoré. This year's Artist in Residence was David Sylvian, and all concerts were sold out.
Despite EnoWeb's attempts to persuade you to the contrary, there were some interesting links kicking around between 9th November and 31st December last year. Luckily Dario keeps an eye on these things, even if we don't.
- Brian spoke to WNYC New Sounds' John Shaefer about his recent projects in December
- As the 2010-11 Rolex Mentorship came to an end, Rolex offered a video and a downloadable article by Paul Morley
- Brian and Ben Frost spoke to WNYC
- Ben Frost talked to The Village Voice about his year as a Rolex Mentee
- Brian talked to The Daily Telegraph
- Brian talked to Le Figaro -- or Google Translate version
- At fora.tv Brian Eno, Anish Kapoor and Peter Sellars can be viewed in a recording of their conversation at the New York Public Library from Sunday, November 13, 2011
- Brian and Laurie Anderson went to Occupy Wall Street: MissNTertainment interview, song, song
- KPFA's Brian Eno Day at OtherMinds.org -- of course, every day is Brian Eno day at EnoWeb, but in 1988 KPFA decided to devote a whole day (that's 11¼ hours in American Dollars) to talk to Brian, play some of his music, and repeat its 1980 interview; OtherMinds is now streaming this event. You can also find it at archive.org.
- The Stool Pigeon played a game of Consequences, to which Brian contributed a couple of sentences
- Brian wrote about the track sequence for Drums Between The Bells
- The BBC unarchived its edition of Desert Island Discs with Brian, recorded in 1991
What might be ahead in 2012, Enologically speaking? Possible: A release of some of the music recorded at the Pure Scenius concerts. Not overly likely judging by previous years but you never know: The collaboration with Herbie Hancock; Brian's book if he's still writing it.
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