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Brian Eno

Brian Eno
"Repetition is a form of change"

This nOde last updated April 11th, 2004 and is permanently morphing...
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"artist as curator".

An artist is now a curator. An artist is now much more seen as a connector of things, a person who scans the enormous field of possible places for artistic attention, and says, What I am going to do is draw your internal linkattention to this sequence of things. If you read art history up until 25 or 30 years ago, you'd find there was this supposition of succession: from Verrocchio, through Giotto, Primaticcio, Titian, and so on, as if a crown passes down through the generations. But in the 20th century, instead of that straight kingly line, there's suddenly a broad field of things that get called art, including vernacular things, things from other cultures, things using new technologies like photo and film. It's difficult to make any simple linear connection through them.

Now, the response of early modern art history was to say, Oh, OK. All we do is broaden the line to include more of the things we now find ourselves regarding as art. So there's still a line, but it's much broader. But what postmodernist thinking is suggesting is that there isn't one line, there's just a field, a field through which different people negotiate differently. Thus there is no longer such a thing as "art history" but there are multiple "art stories." Your story might involve foot-binding, Indonesian medicine rituals, and late Haydn string quartets, something like that. You have made what seems to you a meaningful pattern in this field of possibilities. You've drawn your own line. This is why the curator, the editor, the compiler, and the anthologist have become such big figures. They are all people whose job it is to digest things, and to connect them together.

internal linkKevin Kelly interviews Brian Eno in internal linkWIRED.

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PZ:     Do you think the musicians will recognize it when you're done with it?

BE:     Oh yeah, because what I will do then is link those pieces together.  Maybe a 16-bar fragment, make a part out of that, then take a bit from another song and put it in.  I call this body of work internal linkJu-Ju Space Jazz.  It has the sort of discoördination that you sometimes get in jazz which I like very much.  You get this formula where they play the riff together, and then it all falls apart for 20 minutes,  and they play the riff again.  And then everyone goes home.  [laughter]  I'm trying to get that feel of that middle bit.  But with the threat that there might be some kind of coming
together at some point.

- interview with Brian Eno - _Ambiguity, Yams & Ju-Ju Spacejazz_ By Pamela Z

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"Walter Benjamin's concept of 'Rezeption in der Zerstreuung,' originally conceived for film, is as valid for radio and records. According to Benjamin the mass reception of art is accompanied by a steady decline in the internal linkattention given to the individual work of art: music has become environmental sound, the radio produces ambience, the quality of which can be measured by the ease with which it goes in one ear and out the other.  Continuos and omnipresent, radio generates habituation and demands no more than an absent minded attention. With radio it's often less a matter of what there is to hear than that there is something to hear. The radio is on. The question is whether artists are satisfied with this and, imitating Brian Eno, will make 'ambient music' ridiculing the dispersal of attention." Max Bruinsma, Talking Back to the Media, Amsterdam, 1985. Also, see Freud's paper On Narcissism and Ovid's The Story of Narcisus & Echo.

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Brian Eno and David Byrne - Jezebel Spirit 7inch (1981) Davidy Byrne and Brian Eno polaroid


Devo - Are We Not Men? We Are Devo! EBN - Telecommunication Breakdown

 _A Year With Swollen Appendices_

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Slacker - Teacup Sculptor, Having A Breakthrough Day, Cadillac Crook
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Having a Breakthrough Day  Hey man you want a card?  They're um... Oblique Strategies... no two cards are alike, you can think about whatever you want, and you take a card...

Cadillac Crook  Sure..

Having a Breakthrough Day  what did you get?

Cadillac Crook  it says uh... "withdrawing in disgust is not the same thing as apathy..."

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In an interview (first published on the web) conducted while Eno was promoting his album _Nerve Net_ a few years ago, the interviewer noted that Eno described his music as "godless." He  responded "Well, I'm an atheist, and the concept of god for me is all part of what I call the last illusion. The last illusion is someone knows what is going on. That's the last illusion. Nearly everyone has that illusion somewhere, and it manifests not only in the terms of the idea that there is a god but that it knows what's going on but that the planets know what's going on.  Astrology is part of the last illusion. The obsession with health is part of the last illusion, the idea that there's that if only we could spend internal linktime on it and sit down and stop being unreasonable with each other we'd all find that there was a structure and a solution underlying plan to it all, for most people the short answer to that is god."

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Sparkling Eno at India Sweets & Spices in Culver City

"Our artists no longer try to put us in touch with god and the eternal, but with the internal linkinfinity of our own archives." - James Flint on Brian Eno

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solo albums:

        1973 . Eno . HERE COME THE WARM JETS .

        1974 . Eno . TAKING TIGER MOUNTAIN (BY STRATEGY) .         1975 . Eno . _Another internal linkGreen World_ .  12"atomjacked inventory cache         1975 . Eno . DISCREET MUSIC . Obscure

  1976 . Eno . MUSIC FOR FILMS (limited edition of 500)

The Black Dog - Music For Adverts (& Short Films) on Warp (1996)


        1977 . Eno . BEFORE & AFTER SCIENCE .

        1978 . Eno . _MUSIC FOR FILMS_ .         1978 . Eno . internal linkAMBIENT 1: MUSIC FOR AIRPORTS .

  1982 . Eno . AMBIENT 4 ON LAND .

        1983 . Eno . WORKING BACKWARDS 1983-73 (10-album boxed-set) .
        1985 . Eno . THURSDAY AFTERNOON . cd .

        1986 . Eno . MORE BLANK THAN FRANK (compilation) .
        1986 . Eno . DESERT ISLAND SELECTION (compilation for CD) .
       1992 . Eno . _NERVE internal linkNET_ . Warner Bros.

Brian Eno - Nerve Net


  1992 . Eno . THE SHUTOV ASSEMBLY . Warner Bros.

1993 . Eno . NEROLI . All Saints Records

        solo singles:

        1974 . Eno . _SEVEN DEADLY internal linkFINNS_ MP3 (192k)atomjacked inventory cache .
        1975 . Eno . THE LION SLEEPS TONIGHT (WIMOWEH) .
        1977 . Eno/Snatch . KING'S LEAD HAT/RAF .
        1981 . Eno/David Byrne . THE JEZEBEL SPIRIT .
        1983 . Eno . RARITIES (EP- 'Working Backwards' boxed-set only) .
        1986 . Eno . GLINT (EAST OF WOODBRIDGE) (flexi-disc for Artforum Summer Issue)
        1989 . Eno . ANOTHER GREEN WORLD/DOVER BEACH/DEEP BLUE DAY/2/1 . cd  .
        1992 . Eno . internal linkFRACTAL ZOOM . CDS,atomjacked inventory cache 7" and 12" singles . Warner Bros.  
Brian Eno - Fractal Zoom

        1992 . Eno . ALI CLICK . Warner Bros.

        album production or co-production:

        Sinfonia . Transatlantic
        1974 . HALLELUJAH . Portsmouth Sinfonia . Transatlantic
        1974 . FEAR: . John Cale . Island
        1975 . THE SINKING OF THE TITANIC: . Gavin Bryars . Obscure
        1975 . ENSEMBLE PIECES . Christopher Hobbs/John Adams/Gavin Bryars . Obscure
        Toop/Max Eastley . Obscure
        1975 . LUCKY LIEF & THE LONGSHIPS . Robert Calvert . UA
        1976 . VOICES & INSTRUMENTS . Jan Steel/John Cage . Obscure
        1976 . DECAY MUSIC . Michael Nyman . Obscure
        1976 . MUSIC FROM THE PENGUIN CAFE . Penguin Cafe Orchestra . Obscure
        1977 . ULTRAVOX . Ultravox . Island
        1978 . MORE SONGS ABOUT BUILDINGS & FOOD . Talking Heads . Sire
        1978 . Q: ARE WE NOT MEN? A: WE ARE internal linkDEVO . Devo . Virgin
        1978 . NO NEW YORK . Contortions/Teenage Jesus & The Jerks/Mars/internal linkDNA . Antilles
        1978 . MACHINE MUSIC . John White/Gavin Bryars . Obscure
        1978 . IRMA - AN OPERA . Tom Phillips/Gavin Bryars/Fred Orton . Obscure
        1978 . THE PAVILION OF internal linkDREAMS . Harold Budd . Obscure
        1979 . FEAR OF MUSIC . Talking Heads . Sire

internal link1980 . _REMAIN INinternal linkLIGHT_ . Talking Heads . Sire
        1980 . AMBIENT 3: DAY OF RADIANCE . Laraaji . VIRGIN
        1981 . THE PACE SETTERS . Edikanfo . VIRGIN
        1984 . THE UNFORGETTABLE FIRE . U2 . Island
        1985 . HYBRID . Michael Brook . VIRGIN
        1985 . VOICES . ROGER ENO . VIRGIN
        1985 . AFRICANA . Theresa de Sio . Polydor
        1986 . THE FALLING . Carmel (2 tracks) . London
        1986 . POWER SPOT . Jon Hassell . ECM
        1987 . THE internal linkJOSHUA TREE . U2 . Island
        1988 . FLASH OF THE SPIRIT . Jon Hassell/Farafina . Intuition
        1989 . ZVUKI MU . Zvuki internal linkMu . Land Records
        1989 . WORDS FOR THE DYING . John Cale . All Saints Records
        1989 . INC . Terry Riley . Celestial Harmonies
        1990 . EXILE . Geoffrey Oryema . Real World
        1991 . ACHTUNG BABY . U2 . Island
        1992 . WHEN I WAS A BOY . Jane Siberry . WEA
        1992 . COMPLETE SERVICE . Yellow internal linkMagic Orchestra - live album mix production . Alfa
        1993 . ZOOROPA . U2 . Island
        1993 . LAID . James . Phonogram
        1994 . WAH WAH . James . Phonogram
        1994 . BRIGHT RED . Laurie Anderson . Warner Bros
        1995 . OUTSIDE . David Bowie . BMG
        1996 . WHIPLASH . James . Mercury

1997 - The Drop on Thirsty Ear

        remix production

        1992 . Remix of EMF "Unbelievable" (The Hovering Feet Mix) . Red Hot & internal linkDance album .  Epic
        1992 . Remix of The Grid "Heartbeat" . Virgin
        1993 . Remix of "I Feel You" Depeche Mode . Mute
        1993 . Remix "The River" Geoffrey Oreyama . Real World
        1993 . INXS "I'm Only Looking" . Phonogram
        1993 . Remix of "In Your Room" . Depeche Mode . Mute
        1993 . Brian Eno "BOX I' & 'BOX II' . boxed sets . Virgin
        1994 . Suede "Introducing The Band" . Nude
        1994 . Bryan Ferry "39 Steps" . Virgin
        1994 . Massive Attack "Protection" . Virgin
        1996 . Can "3P" . Mute

        primary collaboration

        1972 . VIRGINIA PLAIN . Roxy Music . VIRGIN
        1972 . ROXY MUSIC . Roxy Music . VIRGIN
        1973 . FOR YOUR PLEASURE . Roxy Music . VIRGIN
        1973 . PYJAMARAMA . Roxy Music . VIRGIN
        1973 . NO PUSSYFOOTING . Fripp/Eno . VIRGIN
        1974 . JUNE 1ST 1974 . Kevin Ayers/John Cale/Eno/Nico . ISLAND
        1974 . EVENING STAR . Fripp/Eno . VIRGIN
        1976 . 801 LIVE . 801 . VIRGIN
        1977 . CLUSTER & ENO . Cluster & Eno . SKY
        1977 . LOW . David Bowie . RCA
        1977 . HEROES . David Bowie . RCA
        1978 . AFTER THE HEAT . Eno/Moebius/Roedelius . SKY
        1979 . LODGER . David Bowie . RCA - plays synthesizer. Adrian Belew on guitar

internal link1980 . _AMBIENT 2: THE PLATEAUX OF MIRROR_ . Harold Budd/Brian Eno .   VIRGIN
   1980 . FOURTH WORLD VOL. 1 POSSIBLE MUSICS . Jon Hassell/Brian Eno .   VIRGIN
   1981 . MY LIFE IN THE BUSH OF GHOSTSatomjacked inventory cache . Brian Eno/David Byrne . VIRGIN
   1983 . _APOLLO - ATMOSPHERES AND SOUNDTRACKS_ . Brian Eno with Daniel Lanois and Roger Eno . VIRGIN

_Understars 1_ MP3 (vK)atomjacked inventory cache

_The Secret Place_ MP3 (192k)atomjacked inventory cache

internal link_Matta_ MP3 (192k)atomjacked inventory cache


_An Ending (Ascent)_ MP3 (192k)atomjacked inventory cache

_Understars 2_

_Drift_ MP3 (192k)atomjacked inventory cache

_Silver Morning_ MP3 (192k)atomjacked inventory cache

_Deep Blue Day_ MP3 (160k)atomjacked inventory cache

_Weightless_ MP3 (192k)atomjacked inventory cache

_Always internal linkReturning_ MP3 (192k)atomjacked inventory cache

_Stars_ MP3 (192k)atomjacked inventory cache

        1984 . THE PEARL . Harold Budd/Brian Eno with Daniel Lanois . VIRGIN
        1988 . MUSIC FOR FILMS III . Eno with Lanois, Budd, Brook, Jones, Laraaji, Mahlin & Theremin . ALL SAINTS
        1988 . YOU DON'T MISS YOUR internal linkwater . "Married To The Mob" . soundtrack (Warner Bros) . USA Film
        1990 . WRONG WAY UP . Brian Eno/John Cale . ALL SAINTS

        1992 . SHUTOV ASSEMBLY on Opal

        1995 . SPINNER . Brian Eno with Jah Wobble . ALL SAINTS [SCHEDA]
        1995 . _ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACKS 1_ 12". Passengers, with U2, Pavarotti, Howie B, and Holi . ISLAND

  1997 . Extracts From Music For White Cube
        1999 . Kite Stories
        1999 . I Dormienti
        2000 . Music For Onmyo-Ji
        2000 . Music For Civic Recovery Center
        2001 . Drawn From Life

        guest appearance / secondary collaboration

        1971 . THE GREAT LEARNING . Cornelius Cardew/Scratch orchestra . Deutsche Gramophone
        1973 . MATCHING MOLE'S LITTLE RED RECORD . Matching Mole . CBS
        1974 . CAPTAIN LOCKHEED & THE STARFIGHTERS . Robert Calvert . UA
        1974 . THE END . Nico . ISLAND
        1975 . DIAMOND HEAD . Phil Manzanera . VIRGIN
        1975 . MAINSTREAM . Quiet internal linkSun . VIRGIN
        1975 . SLOW DAZZLE . John Cale . ISLAND
        1975 . HELEN OF TROY . John Cale . ISLAND
        1975 . RUTH IS STRANGER THAN RICHARD . Robert Wyatt . VIRGIN
        1975 . PETER & THE WOLF . Various Aritsts . RSO
        1977 . LISTEN NOW . Phil Manzanera/801 . VIRGIN
        1977 . RAINinternal linkDANCES . Camel . Nova
        1979 . EXPOSURE . Robert Fripp . VIRGIN
        1979 . IN A LAND OF CLEAR COLOURS . Robert Sheckley (limited editions of 1000 copies with book) . Galeria el Mensajero, IBIZA
        1981 . SONGS FROM 'THE CATHERINE WHEEL' . David Byrne . SIRE
        1982 . ONE DOWN . Material . ELEKTRA/CELLULOID
        1984 . CARIBBEAN SUNSET . John Cale . ISLAND/ZE
        1986 . HAIL . He Said . MUTE
        1988 . THE WHITE ARCADES . Harold Budd . LAND
        1989 . ACADIE . Daniel Lanois . OPAL
        1989 . YELLOW internal linkMOON . The Neville Brothers . A&M
        1989 . RATTLE & HUM . U2 . ISLAND
        1992 . COBALT BLUE . Michael Brook . 4AD
        1994 . MAMOUNA . Bryan Ferry . VIRGIN


        1976 . SPARROWFALL . Alan Drury . UK PLAY
        1976 . SEBASTIANE . Derek Jarman . UK FILM
        1977 . SCIENCE REPORT 'ALTERNATIVE 3' . Anglia . UK TV
        1978 . JUBILEE: Film Soundtrack . Various Artists . VIRGIN
        1978 . JUBILEE . Derek Jarman . UK FILM
        1982 . SILK CUT . Collett, Dickinson, Pearce . UK COMMERCIAL
        1984 . internal link_DUNE PROPHECY THEME_ MP3atomjacked inventory cache . David Lynch . USA FILM
        1993 . MR WROE'S VIRGINS . with Roger Eno . music for television drama serial . BBC2
        1994 . GLITTERBUG . Music for film by Derek Jarman . Arena for BBC TV



        Kitchen Centre, New York, USA

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        Paul Ide Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
        Hallwals, Buffalo, New York, USA
        La Guardia Airport, New York, USA
        Walker Arts Centre, Minneapolis, USA
        New Gallery of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, USA
        Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas, USA
        ARC, Toronto, Canada
        Grand Central Station, New York, USA


        Aluminium Nights, Bonds, New York, USA
        University Art Museum, Berkeley, California, USA
        Harpo's Bazaar, Bologna, Italy
        The New Museum, St. Louis, USA
        St. Louis Arts Museum, St. Louis, USA
        The Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada


        Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
        Espace Lyonnais D'Art Contemporain, Lyon France
        Biennale of Sydney,internal linkAustralia
        Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Holland
        Almeida Theatre, London, England
        ICA, London, England


        Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, England
        Concord Gallery, New York, USA
        Galleria del Cavallino, Venice, Italy
        Festival of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
        La Foret Museum, Akasaka, Tokyo, internal linkJapan (large installation with 36 monitors)
        Centre National D'Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
        ICA, Boston


        Der Hang zum Gesamtkunstewerk Festival, Institute Unzeit, West Berlin, Germany
        Tegel Airport, Berlin, Germany
        Maison D'Accueil, Lille, France
        Maison del al Culture, Grenoble, France
        The Luminous Image, Stedejlijk Museum, Amsterdam
        Church of San Carpoforo, Milan, Italy
        Video Culture Canada, Toronto, Canada
        Century 66, Toronto, Canada


        2nd Internaitonal Contemporary Arts Fair, Olympia, London, England
        Museo del Risorgimento, Rome, Italy
        Another Room, Frankfurter Musikmesse
        Kongresshalle, Frankfurt, Germany
        Galleria del Vavallino, Venice, Italy
        1st Frankfurt Public Design Fair, Frankfurt Germany (audio only)
        Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden
        Art Fair, Zwirner Gallerie, Cologne, Germany


        Husets Udstillinger, Copenhagen, Denmark
        Place #11, Riverside Studios, London, England
        Espace #2, CNAC, Grenoble, France
        Place #13, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Eire
        The Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
        Place #15, Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany
        Place #16, S. Carpoforo, Milan, Italy
        Interaction, Cambden Arts Centre, London


        Place #18, Casino dell'Aurora, Rome Italy
        'In Harmonic Space' Ospedale degli Innocenti Florence, Italy
        Place #19, Crossover Festival, Bari, Italy
        Orto Botanico, Rome, Italy (audio only)
        Sao Paolo Biennale, San Paolo, Brazil ("Mistaken internal linkMemories" & Thursday Afternoon" only)
        Place #20, Palau Solleric, Palma de Majorca Spain


        Place #21, Alhondiga, Bilbao, Spain
        'Latest Flames', The Expoloratorium, San Francisco, USA
        "Mistaken Memories", "Thursday Afternoon" "Portraits", Adelaide Beinnale, Australia
        'Relics, Charms & Living Rooms From The Recent Past Found
        Hidden Among Strange Trees', Werkstatt, Berlin Germany
        'Latest Flames', Santa Monica Museum, Santa Monica, California, USA


        Place #22, Zaragoza, Spain
        'Relics, Charms & Living Rooms', La Base, Paris France
        Seed Gallery, Tokyo "Video Sculptures"
        'Sound & internal linkLight', Xebec Hall, Kobe, internal linkJapan
        'Tropical Rainforest Sound Installation', Winter Garden, New York
        'Haloes On Common Place Objects', Gallerie VVK, Hannover, Germany


        "Contemporary Data Lounge", Todd Gallery Soho, London UK
        "Tropical Rainforest Sound Installation" Barbican, London (audio only)
        "The Quiet Room", Galerie Lavalin, Montreal, Canada


        'Tropical Rain Forest' Sound Installation, Winter Garden, New York


        "Self Storage", with Laurie Anderson and students from the Royal College of Art, Wembley,


        "Generative Roomscape 1", Sonambiente Festival, Berlin, Germany.


        "Music For White internal linkCube", White Cube Gallery, London



        "internal linkPerfume, Defence & David Bowie's Wedding, Lecture and slide installation, Sadlers Wells,
        Lecture Tour of Germany


        Millennium Conference, California

                     SLIDE INSTALLATIONS


        "Natural Selections: Eclipses, Mutations and Living Data", Triennale Building, Parco Sempione, Milan, Italy
        "Natural Selections", Amlux Building, Tokyo, internal linkJapan


        'Geological Cinema': internal linklight, sound and slide installations, Cueva de los Verdes, Canary Islands
        'Scribble' piece and slide installation, Centre d'Art Santa Monica, Barcelona, Spain
        'Geological Cinema', Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art, Copenhagen, Denmark
        "Perfume, Defence & David Bowie's Wedding", Lecture and slide installation, Sadlers Wells,  London


        "The Future Will Be Like internal linkPerfume", Martkhalle, Hamburg, Germany
        "Neroli", Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, Spain

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        Tenkawa Shrine, S.internal linkJapan (rare live performance)


        Designed and produced video images for U2 stage set (World Tour 1992)


        'ONE ENO' television programme made by L'Oeil du Cyclone/Canal+, France


        War Child exhibition "little pieces from big stars", Flowers East, London. (charity exhibition
        and auction in aid of War Child, with contributions from various artists, including Brian Eno)


        "Pagan Fun Wear", Saatchi Gallery, London (fashion show and auction for War Child,
        garments designed by musicians, including Brian Eno)


        "Generative Music 1" out on floppy disc.
        "A Year (With Swollen Appendices)" Brian Eno's diary, published by Faber & Faber.

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