Eno’s 70th birthday

Brian Eno turns 70 today. He is still as relevant today as when he stalked the keyboard in his flamboyant precursor to the glam era in his groundbreaking work with Roxy Music way back in 1971.

He is best known for his pioneering work in ambient music and contributions to rockpopelectronic, and generative music. A self-described “non-musician”, Eno has helped to introduce a variety of unique conceptual approaches and recording techniques into contemporary music, advocating a methodology of “theory over practice” throughout his career. He has been described as one of popular music‘s most influential and innovative figures.

4 of his solo albums in the 70’s/ Here come the warm Jets, Taking Tiger mountain by strategy, Another Green World, Before and after science were predominantly Pop/rock albums. These were commercially successful to varying degrees but it is also his work with his ambient/electronic albums which are just as fondly remembered and influential. Its like he was working in 2 streams at the one time.

 

 

Eno’s biggest mainstream successes have been as a member of Roxy Music and, more recently, as the producer of U2 and Coldplay, but his most enduring music may well prove to be among his many solo and collaborative recordings. These span glam rock, art rock, avant funk, electronica, ambient, fourth-world and generative music. Eno self-deprecatingly describes them as “little ships floating on a sea of indifference.”

Eno has also produced over 50 albums for other artists, from U2 and Coldplay to Laurie Anderson, Seun Kuti, Devo, Talking heads, Daniel Lanois, Peter Gabriel, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, and Grace Jones.

His ambience dovetails his pop work but seems to have had its genesis in Ambient 1 Music for airports

 

 

 

Ambient ambient ambuen ambience ambien etc etc etc

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The ambient series

The 4 pack of Ambient albums….collect the whole set, swap with your friends, compare ambient notes

There are so many more things to say about him. His restless artist energy, his witticisms and quotes [my favorite being …”the problem with success is its own momentum”]. The Oblique strategies set of playing cards for studio use founded on the i-ching principle [its still functioning on website]

I will have an explosion radio show soon on the best of him but for now there is a fantastic selection of 10 of his best albums/collaborations on the web from an English store called the Vinyl Factory…ranked thus

  1. Here come the warm jets [Island 1974]
  2. Fripp and Eno  No pussyfooting [Island 1973]
  3. Another green world [Island 1975]
  4. Ambient 1 Music for airports [EG 1978]
  5. Brian Eno David Byrne My life in the bush of ghosts [Sire 1981]
  6. Harold Budd Brian Eno [Editions EG, 1984]
  7. Eno Cale  Wrong way up [Land, 1990)
  8. David Byrne Brian Eno Everything That Happens Will Happen Today [Todo Mundo 2008]
  9. Fripp and Eno The equatorial stars (Discipline Global Mobile, 2014)
  10. Eno Hyde High life [Warp, 2014]

 

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