: updated 13th March 02017 :
Thanks to Dario, Nuno, Rory, Paul and EnoWeb's own newsbot Tom Boon for these news links in no particular order.
Paul Stolper has announced the publication of Light Music, a new 100-page book that presents a comprehensive overview of Brian Eno's exhibition at the gallery last year.
Light Music features colour photographs of Eno's lightboxes and lenticulars, graph paper drawings, etchings, plus installation shots of the exhibition. There's a major essay by Brian charting his work in light and its influence on his music, plus a short commentary by Michael Bracewell.
Light Music is limited to 1,500 copies, each individually numbered by stamp. The first 250 copies will be accompanied by "Lapis Center", a signed, numbered and dated lithograph print measuring 29x29cm, and will be sold on a first come, first served basis starting at £295.00. Numbers 251-1,500 don't include the print and will be priced at £45.00.
The book will be officially launched at the gallery with a signing on Monday 20th March. For more information and ordering information, visit Paul Stolper.
The National Gallery in Prague will be hosting The Ship and Brian's video works Thursday Afternoon and Mistaken Memories of Mediaeval Manhattan from 17th March to 10th September.
Meanwhile, in another part of the planet, Michael Benson's Otherworlds: Visions of our Solar System with music by Brian is running at Queensland Museum, South Brisbane, Australia, until 2nd July. Even without the Eno soundtrack, this comes highly recommended by EnoWeb.
"If you want to live a longer life you need to live more dangerously." Those were Brian's words to Flaunt magazine in January, and one plucky Guardian interviewer apparently thought he would give it a go. This is not a particularly edifying read. Interviewers are routinely told that Brian prefers not to answer questions about the past (as he has already done that multiple times earlier in his career), and it's a pity that Simon Hattenstone didn't get the memo.
Brian took issue with The Guardian's headline and wrote a message posted on his Warp Facebook page to explain what he really thinks about the US Prez.
Two days after the interview was published, The Guardian picked ten of the best Brian Eno tracks. Odd timing.
Philip Sherburne shows how it should be done with an interview at Pitchfork.
What makes us human? Brian answers this poser, plus lots of questions about his life and career. It all depends on the interviewer and the context, y'see.
- Whatte maketh us humanne? (audio)
German-language magazine Galore also interviewed Brian. This good interview can be read free if you don't mind signing up to Blendle, though it's a bit of a faff then to get Google to translate it.
Mastering engineer Mandy Parnell recently spoke to Cerys Matthews, including mention of working with Brian and Rick Holland on Drums Between The Bells just after 1:17:00.
- Cerys Matthews (audio, available until 10th April)
Brian appears in a couple of videos for OpenDemocracy.
Continuing his revolutionary campaign to bring down World Government and Stick It To The Man, 28th January saw Brian speaking at the launch event for DiEM25 UK at Conway Hall in London.
- DiEM25 UK (includes links to audio)
On 23rd February it was Barcelona's turn to tremble, as Brian and Evgeny Morozov discussed technology and sovereignty.
It was a different story on 21st February, when Brian was interviewed by Professor Tanya Byron for one of The School Of Life's Life Lessons events. This appears to have been quite a personal discussion. The post-interview audience Q&A was streamed on Facebook for those who miss NYPD Blue's hand-held camerawork... EnoWeb's advice is to look away from the screen and just listen to the audio.
Altar, the Gift's album with Brian, is out on 7th April/5th May.
Other videos to fill up more of your time.
- The Mystery of Lanois – a documentary on Daniel Lanois from 1990 when he still had his very sensible Acadie hairstyle; the video includes singing by Brian. There is lots of related material on this channel including interviews with Laurie Anderson.
- Brian gives the third annual Andrew Carnegie Lecture at Edinburgh College of Art in 2016
- Deutsche Welle – Music apps: Better Listening – includes appearances by Brian and Peter Chilvers
Our previous update was on 18th January when we wrote:
Thanks to Dario, John, Nenad Georgievski, Alex, and EnoWeb's own newsbot Tom Boon for these news links in no particular order.
Brian's new album Reflection was released on 1st January as a CD, LP, digital download and Apple app, accompanied by a small snowmaggedon of publicity. The app has just been updated with improvements including a sleep timer and new colours.
- Jarvis Cocker – Reflecting on Ambient Music with Brian Eno (available until 30th January) – keep listening after the interview, as near the end of the show Brian reads new output from Mister Chilvers' Patented Electric Word Mangle, this time using old pop songs as the source.
- Flaunt Magazine: "Time passes quickly when you're not having fun or when you're not paying attention. So if you want to live a longer life you need to live more dangerously."
- Start Making Sense with Jehnny Beth – Brian is interviewed in programmes 39 and 40 for this Apple Radio Beats 1 show, which has the super-power of only being able to be heard by Apple Music subscribers (new listeners can get a free 3-month trial). Seen Star Wars, Brian has not.
- The Next Track podcast talks to Peter Chilvers about the Reflection app
- There's still time to hear The Life of Brians with Shaun Keaveny, Brian Eno and Brian Cox, even if Brian (Eno) resolutely refuses to promote Reflection during it (stream expires 24th January)
A few reviews.
- A.V. Club Live (39 minutes in) – odd that Brian's Windows 95 intro is still used as a cultural reference. That was 22 years ago, guys! It's like articles that assume his short time in Roxy Music was the high point of his career. Sad!
- All About Jazz
- Bangkok Post
- The Arts Desk
- Good Gear Guide
- Billboard (Not a review, just mentioning Eno's in the Number 2 slot)
- Metro Weekly
- New Zealand Herald
- The Straits Times
- Village Voice
- Vancouver Sun
- The Morton Report
- Stuff – App of the week
- Irish Independent
- Belfast Telegraph
- The Times (subscription)
- The Guardian
- Thump Vice
- New Hamburg Independent
- The Quietus
- Brooklyn Vegan
- The Observer
Although he has not been seen in public for several years because he is conserving his energies for the coming battles against our enemies, Chairman Eno has issued a new year message to motivate the fortunate citizens of Enoland and ensure another year of record-breaking productivity in our lucky and blissful nation. Workers unite!
This year's Edge.org question is "What scientific term or concept ought to be more widely known?" Brian's response makes real sense, and at EnoWeb we couldn't help nodding vigorously in agreement at something that is so much in accordance with our own opinions.
"At this time, you could think of me as a Syllannibal: someone who eats their own words." Several years ago, about 20 minutes of extracts from the recording sessions for David Bowie's album 1.Outside escaped – but when some miscreants started selling them on eBay, the bootlegger stopped leaking... although from what we understand, he compiled a CD-R of longer pieces for a few trusted contacts in the Bowie fan community. We thought that the low-res MP3 extracts were all we would ever hear of this material, but it appears that during 2016 Bowie fans merrily started trading copies of the CD-R recording under the title The Leon Suites. It consists of over an hour of alternative takes and previously unheard creativity: music, wordplay, fun, chaos, darkness, dystopia, and characters old and new, as Bowie plays his Eno-ordained role of Griot. There's even a shout-out for one of Brian's albums: "I think we're stuck in a web. A sort of... Nerve Net." Unlike Windows 95, this doesn't sound anything like 22 years old.
Brian's work with The Gift continues with the release of the new track "Clinic Hope".
It's 40 years since Low was released.
Lunch with Laurie Anderson.
Radiocitizen's Dark Shark Facebook Page. EnoWeb has been the sole updater of that page since late January 2014 owing to a problem; while we always hoped normal service would be restored soon, it didn't happen -- so there are fewer updates than in yesteryear and days of yore. There is also a Brian Eno Facebook Group which may need an invitation to join.