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In this blog post I will discuss Brian Eno – 40 years of changing music, and his magnificent evolution that has come to play in the music industry. He is a man of many abilities and talents with a massive catalog of music, collaborations, installations, and art productions including some of the most acclaimed records in the history of modern music. Artists as pivotal and yet diverse like, Robert Fripp, John Cale, David Byrne, Laurie Anderson, David Bowie, U2, Coldplay and Paul Simon have all chosen to work with Eno. Eno is one of the most pursued and sought after producers in the industry working the gamut of ambient, experimental, and contemporary music, ranging from guitar compelled rock, scoring, soundscapes, synth and various electronic elements. Music is just one faceted element in Eno’s creative endeavors and developments, being also a speaker, visual artist, and writer.
Diving into the mind of Eno, he is not only synonymous with ambient and generative music, but his production techniques, chance music and his collaborations with other musicians are very distinguishable. Brian Eno is recognized as an influential, iconic symbol within music’s global contemporary perspective. He has composed, performed, recorded and produced some of the most brilliant and distinctive music throughout the last forty years and established a certain cultural creation that bonds conceptual art, music, applications and blending them together refined.
Eno’s early inspiration to musical avant-garde was always immersed in wit and an avid affection for classical history and modern music. Brian Eno was inspired by ambient music at a very young age recovering from an accident listening to music and discovering the combinations of natural sounds layered with old 18th century classical compositions. It’s where he first discovered a new musical language that inspired a multitude of creations. Eno’s influences were apparent in minimalism, avant-garde, instrumental, experimental, and ambient compositions created over the years.
In comparing and contrasting particular projects out of the countless creations Brian Eno has done would be only a fraction in mentioning his talents and accomplishments that he has successfully proven throughout the years without writing a book. Starting from the release of Roxy Music in 1972 and shortly after in 1975, he and Peter Schmidt created the oracle like chance cards famously known as the “Oblique Strategies”. It was also in the 70’s that Eno founded the Obscure label. The sequences would include Eno’s own “Discreet Music”, an example of ambient music that’s a comprised recording of modest variations of musical tones.
By the late 70’s, in comparison to his prior work, Eno’s recognized collaboration with David Bowie merged with his own ambient series release “Music For Films” originating Eno as the quintessence of plentiful, expressive post-punk, industrial, synth and electronic music like Devo, Talking Heads, Ultravox, and Snatch to name a few. It has also been contemplated by many that Eno is a Phil Spector-like brand for the original bands that are empowered by this form of punk. As an innovator of extensive methods of musical constructing, Eno’s virtuosity as a producer relies on his knack for varied tone and temperament and inspiring musicians to discover their own creativity in inventive and imaginative ways in the studio.
“My Life In The Bush of Ghosts” collaboration with Talking Head, David Byrne was first released in 1981, then again in 2006 for its 25th anniversary. Eno and Byrne featured it in a website so fans of the song could legally download multi-tracks of two songs, old and new, remix their own version and repost them publicly. An album that’s constructed on chance with Eno altering a drum machine, syncing tape loops to a chorus, various samplings and linear notes intertwining there admired collaboration. In equating projects the Talking Heads “Remain in Light” album demonstrates insight into the diverse artistic approach that Eno applied establishing an inventive, yet diverse style to the vocals and assorted layers and elements throughout the album.
As a producer, musician, composer, singer, keyboardist, guitarist, and multi-media visual artist, Eno’s projects and endeavors have set him apart in the music industry with a unique sound and technique. Pairing art and pop music in a completely different way of rationalizing music as an atmosphere, ambiance and experiment in sound, rather than a statement or expression. Eno’s characteristics combine intellectual, cultural and cerebral qualities of the past with a technological viewpoint of the future. Eno is also responsible for an aesthetic undertaking that encompasses worldly soundscapes.
The impression Brian Eno’s music has on me as a listener and industry professional is inspiring, encouraging and intriguing. It not only stimulates my desire to implement these techniques in my own developments but also expand my horizons in creating and constructing my craft. Eno’s conception of minimal backgrounds and ambient music is reasonably shaped in a sense, even though much of the music previously examined intensifies beyond standard boundaries. The imprint of modern music with subtle atmospheric and impressionistic meditative concepts Eno communicates very expressively in his work. His recording methods have encouraged a change in the way musicians view the studio process with endless possibilities.
I hope you enjoyed my thoughts on Brian Eno. Thank you for reading my post.
By Adrianna Parnagian