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Brian Eno (b. 1948)



Albums
Textures (1989)
Obscure No. 3: Discreet Music – Brian Eno (1975)
Brian Eno's Obscure Records Series


Brian Eno Interviewed on KPFA's Ode to Gravity, 1980

Reel 1 (54:30)
Reel 2 (53:36)

Artist/Composer: Charles Amirkhanian & Brian Eno
Date: 1980-02-02
Source: Other Minds Label / Recorded by: KPFA

Charles Amirkhanian and Brian Eno discuss Phonetic Poetry, how Brian writes his lyrics, and the spirit of inquisitiveness at KPFA Radio on Saturday February 2, 1980. Listen to some of Brian Enos pieces; After the Heat, Everything Merges With the Night, Another Green World, Spirits Drifting and sections of other pieces. Brian Eno also discusses the artist Peter Schmidt and their work on the Oblique Strategies Cards, being a producer, Process vs Product and looping. Reel I ends with some thoughts on Steve Reich and his music.

Reel II starts with the history of the recording studio as a compositional tool;" and collaboration with David Byrne on album My Life in the Bush of Ghosts. Eno also talks about and listens to Elvis, The Supremes, Sly Stone, Lee Perry and Jimmy Hendrix. Then he offers some unfinished pieces from his upcoming album with David Byrne.


An Interview with Brian Eno (February 26, 1988), Part 1
An Interview with Brian Eno (February 26, 1988), Part 2

The legendary perspicacity of composer, artist, and producer Brian Eno was everywhere evident in his February 26, 1988 appearance before a sold out audience at the Palace of Fine Arts Theater, in San Francisco, as part of the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series, hosted by Charles Amirkhanian. This is an extraordinary visit with the Englishman who has been widely influential in the development of post-rock music. Eno discusses his video work, “Latest Flames,” commissioned by the Exploratorium, and his development and influences in music. Treasured insights into the life and work of this remarkable artist include: “Music for Airports” is music to make you not care if you die; his success is due to the fact that his parents never seemed too interested in what he was doing; “primitive art” just means it has a level of complexity of which you are unaware; classical music in Europe is pathetic, “it is like wall to wall carpeting”; and MTV music videos are the result of “absolutely huge budgets and absolutely minute intelligence.” Eno also discuses his work with the Talking Heads, and his admiration for the singer Robert Wyatt, as well as playing a selection of the music that he had listened to as a child. This was the first of two consecutive appearances at the Exploratorium.


An Brian Eno on Art and Music (February 27, 1988), Part 1
An Brian Eno on Art and Music (February 27, 1988), Part 2

In the second of two consecutive appearances before a live audience, as part of the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series, Charles Amirkhanian interviews composer and artist Brian Eno, about his latest multi-media installation, and other subjects of interest. Eno had just finished working at the Exploratorium on a video art project called “Latest Flames,” in which he had used video monitors as an ever changing light source to illuminate a selection of paintings, all placed in a relatively dark space, with ambient music playing in the background. Eno describes, in some considerable detail, how he developed this installation. He also discusses his experiences at art school, as well as his ideas about when his “experiments” become music, (when he ceases to feel he has to defend them), the influence recording technologies have had on the history of music, and the way in which the discovery of new sounds has redefined music. Eno highlights his comments with slides and excerpts of songs that influenced him as a child, and takes a number of questions from the enthusiastic crowd. Ever good-natured and humble, yet distinctly thoughtful, intelligent, and quite funny, Brian Eno further cements his reputation as an ever curious and courageous contemporary artist who has managed to never compromise his ideals, while always managing to remaining relevant and popular.


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