: updated 23rd december 02008 :
Gregory Taylor kindly sent these images of the Everything That Happens deluxe CD package.
The Phil Manzanera track "The Unknown Zone", previously available in return for chocolate money via MVine, is now a free download at Phil Manzanera's site (thanks to Richard Mills).
Underworld's latest web-based wireless mix broadcast includes a jam with Brian. As all the tracks are intermingled it is not entirely clear where it starts and ends, but it's definitely happenin', man, at between 59 & 60 minutes in (thanks to Richard Joly).
- Underworld Live - Essex, 11th December 2008
U2 talk to Q about their forthcoming album.
Someone has put the Eno bits of Question Time on YouTube (thanks to Giannis Miliaresis).
Jason Donovan talks a little about working with Brian.
David Byrne stuff.
The original November shipping date for the Everything That Happens deluxe limited edition CD package was missed. David Byrne explained:
"I know, I know, we promised that the deluxe Everything That Happens package would be in everyone's hands who pre ordered it by Thanksgiving - as that's such a family oriented event. But we had to have the little house on the top of the container painted better - in China - and you know how it is with house construction - you can get quality, speed or affordable price - but not all three. So speed was sacrificed. We PROMISE they will be in everyone's hands by Christmas, Channukah, Kwanza.
I did see a preview of the tin the other day and the audio chip hidden inside works beautifully, especially the squeaky door."
Daniel Lanois has a new 3-CD release, The Omni Series. No Eno though.
Jon Hassell + Maarifa Street are on the line-up for the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, TN on February 6th, 7th & 8th 2009 (thanks to Bob Deck).
If you're really at a loose end, Richard Joly points out that Google's books archive also includes some magazines.
writes: Let this Christmas --
Mustard hisses: Go away. I'm hibernating.
Tom says: Don't fret, reptile. I'll take it from here. You were saying, Sexbomarolhoo?
Sexbomarolhoo: Let this Christmas give you the much awaited breakthrough from jinx ridden casino sojourns.
Tom: Can't say I've had much contact with the ill-fated establishments to which you refer.
Sexbomarolhoo: May be your luck has eluded you the long desired breakthrough for long.
Tom: A breakthrough from Spam, that's certainly pretty elusive.
Sexbomarolhoo: But why not to give it a try at Christmas, as Jesus still shines and radiates energy.
Tom: Mainly because I doubt that helping me win at the craps tables is going to be high on the good Lord's list of priorities -- especially at this time of year which is a very busy one for Him.
Sexbomarolhoo: Be a Prime member at EuroPrimeCasino.
Tom: Prime Chump, more like!
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Tom: Surely there's nothing unique about the experience of being ripped off by an online casino?
Sexbomarolhoo: Multi-lingual version to make you feel more homely
Tom: I already feel very homely.
Sexbomarolhoo: It’s not necessary that you need to be in the long queue of the festive season just to quench your thirst of playing casinos.
Tom: Phew, that's a relief. To have to queue to be ripped off really would be a tad irksome.
Sexbomarolhoo: Rather, bring the exclusive Vegas ambiance at your home.
Tom: Ah, Eno's much-rumoured Ambient 5: Vegas Blackjack album...
Doctor Fishpaw writes: People will respect your more for wearing a respectful watch.
Tom: Absolutely. My last watch was extremely uncivil to me on numerous occasions when we were out together, so I understand exactly the point you are making.
Doctor Fishpaw: Every hot woman will ask you about the time.
Tom: What, every hot woman in the world? Looks like I'm going to be busy.
Hot woman: Hi, I'm a hot woman. Hey Tom, what is Time?
Tom: Guess you spotted the respectful watch on my wrist, huh? I regret that as a gifted procrastinator I am not qualified to explain what Time is. I just spend it answering Spam e-mails.
Tom's watch: Yeah, shove off. You're too good for him anyway.
Mustard: Can you keep the noise down please? Some of us are trying to have a kip here.
That wraps it up for this year. Merry Christmas to those of you who celebrate it, and happy holidays or something to those who don't.
Our previous update was on 23rd November when we wrote:
Brian's Resurgence essay on the joys of a capella singing has been recorded for NPR's This I Believe feature (broadcast 23rd November), complete with brief examples of him singing. (Thanks to John Diliberto & Reilly Morse).
Miliaresis e-mails: One Eno documentary about Brian Eno with Japanese
While we're linking to possibly unsanctioned Eno video, here's some of the Paladino-Eno installation.
- Ara Pacis (see Vimeo sidebar for other clips)
Coldplay offers an ActiveX widget to promote its Prospect's March EP released on 25th November. In a similar fashion to EnoWeb's own Ask Eno feature, you can click the graphic and you may hear some Eno/Dravs-produced audio. It took rather a long time for EnoWeb to get to hear anything.
The National has an interview with Brian on recent and future activities including The Lovely Bones soundtrack.
Robjn writes: I thought you might be interested by my dissertation based mostly on Brian Eno's works.
Phil Manzanera has a new album out, Firebird V11, and 2009 should see the re-release of 801 Live and other albums from his back catalogue.
Our previous update was on 2nd November when we wrote:
Brian is due to be one of the panellists on Question Time on BBC1, Thursday 6th November at 22:35 GMT. Afterwards the programme will be available for viewing on the BBC's site for a week for UK residents. (Thanks to Richard Mills).
Rory Walsh writes: I ventured up to the big smoke to visit the Manifesto Marathon and having sat freezing in Frank Gehry Smoking Shelter for 5 hours I eagerly awaited sitting at the feet of the master. Eno was scheduled to appear at 6:40 but as the time approached and then passed it was announced that owing to an "emergency" he would not be appearing. Hans Ulrich Obrist read extracts from his manifesto for "The Thank You Party". One idea was Tax Payers being allowed to decide where their money goes and that progressively, in blocks of say 2%, it would come under their control up to say 30% of what they pay.
- Dazed Digital has a report
Francesco Lo Forte e-mails: Twenty Systems, the new album by Benge aka Ben Edwards, is described by Brian Eno as "A brilliant contribution to the archaeology of electronic music".
Marc Greuther says: Here's an interview with Tim Booth from James with a couple of mentions of Eno.
The Tech had a feature on Brian in 1990. EnoWeb brings you all the latest news as it happens!
Just a reminder that there's an artwork by Brian at the Dulwich Gallery exhibition What Are You Like?
Our previous update was on 14th October when we wrote:
EnoWeb's lobbying to get the short film ENO released --
please click here to give your opinion if you haven't already done so.
Brian will be participating in the Serpentine Gallery's Manifesto Marathon on Sunday 19th October.
The introduction to the Eno & Byrne interviews in the November issue of The Word mentions that Brian has been working on the soundtrack for The Lovely Bones, as wondered about by an EnoWeb visitor in April.
Leo Abrahams writes about working on a soundtrack with Brian. Dunno if it's the same one though.
- Leo's Webdiary -- 8th October entry
331/3's blog has posted a draft of the introduction to Geeta Dyal's forthcoming Another Green World book. (Thanks to Bernd Kretschmar & Richard Joly).
Thomas Dolby briefly mentions Brian in his blog. The charity was a beneficiary of the auctions for Eno-signed Nokia 8800 Sirocco phones last year, continuity fans.
Brian is a patron of Client Earth.
- Client Earth -- Brian turns up on the Patrons, Join and Design Team pages
Our previous update was on 9th October when we wrote:
It's always phones with that Brian Eno, isn't it? In 2006 he did the ringtones for the Nokia 8800 Sirocco Edition, and now his generative project with Peter Chilvers mentioned in our 18th August update has been released. Called Bloom, it runs on Apple iPhones and iPod Touches. (Thanks to Robert Dansby, Radiocitizen and Francesco Lo Forte).
- Bloom at iTunes Store
- Bloom page at Generativemusic.com
- Apple Blog
- Demo on YouTube
- Create Digital Music has a review with sound samples
- Gizmodo also has a review
- Generativemusic.com -- EnoWeb recommends the unsettling "Claude" (plays automatically)
- Intermorphic -- current generative projects from the former SSEYO Koan team
Dido's album release date has been delayed to 17th November (18th in USA), but the good news is that you can hear the Dido-Eno track "Grafton Street" now on Dido's site player. On the topic of release dates involving contributions from Brian, Richard Mills says that the Grace Jones album Hurricane is due out 3rd November.
- Dido (player plays automatically)
See Brian & David Bowie interviewed for the "Little Pieces From Big Stars" exhibition in aid of War Child in 1994.
Goatied Guy e-mails: There's one of the rare Peter Norton Fourth Edition Oblique Strategies sets on eBay.
- eBay -- should be interesting to watch
Our previous update was on 6th October when we wrote:
Following recent discussion of the ENO film, EnoWeb has been in touch with its director, Alfi Sinniger, who would certainly consider a DVD release if there is enough interest.
So EnoWeb's question to you is: would you buy a DVD of a 24-minute film from 1973 that takes a unique look at Brian Eno right at the start of his solo career, including some of the recording sessions for Here Come The Warm Jets with Phil Manzanera, Chris Spedding and others, Eno at home and the Portsmouth Sinfonia? What better way to celebrate 35 years of Here Come The Warm Jets and 60 years of Eno?
Please click the button below that you agree with and it will fire up an e-mail to EnoWeb. Then click send. Clicking "Yes" wouldn't commit you to anything; it's just a way for EnoWeb to gauge how much enthusiasm there might be for this project. But if you're not 100% sure then please choose "Possibly". And if you hate the idea, click "No" as that's still useful feedback. E-mail addresses will be used for the sole purpose of letting the Yes & Possibly people know any updates there might be on the project, and then deleted.
Coldplay's site has a track listing for the band's EP Prospekt's March, which is apparently due out in November and features more songs from the Eno/Dravs produced Vida la Vida sessions which have only just been completed. As it has a version of "Lost!" with Jay-Z on it, maybe this is the record previously reported as the "Lost!" EP? [Update: no, that's a separate EP with 4 versions of the song]. Vida La Vida was declared Best Album of 2008 in the Q Awards on 6th October, and the band Best Act In The World Today.
Radiocitizen writes: Apparently Jason Donovan has a new album out on 10th November, and the iTunes version will include a track called "Nobody But Me" co-written with Brian Eno.
Roger Eno has mentioned Brian in a couple of recent news items.
- Roger Eno ("Naples" & "Plague Songs Continued" entries)
The Los Angeles Times has an interview with David Byrne about Everything That Happens.
Alan Knight e-mails: There is an interview with Brian & David Byrne in the new edition of Word magazine (subscribers' copies delivered early Oct, in the shops second week of Oct). In addition David Byrne is playing some dates in the UK billed as 'songs of David Byrne and Brian Eno', tickets are in the eye watering bracket of 36 to 45 pound range, all seated by the looks of it.
Brian's equation for Hans Ulrich Obrist's book Formulas For Now can be found on The Independent's web-site. It's the one that appeared at last year's Serpentine Gallery Experiment Marathon.
Our previous update was on 2nd October when we wrote:
Michael Flaherty e-mails: Robert Fripp discusses Eno in a recent diary entry.
The Jazzlander has a round-up of the 2008 Punkt Festival.
The BBC4 Roxy Music Story documentary included some brief early footage of Brian.
There was also a short sequence from the day in 2005 when Roxy Music got back in the studio. Who'd've thought that would be caught on camera?
Brian recalled: "It was only one afternoon, I think. It was so peculiar, because it was atomically identical to thirty-five years ago. It was as if not an atom had been moved -- in any direction. Everybody seemed to have exactly the same roles in the dynamic of the whole situation; the chemistry was precisely the same. It was funny actually."
Dave Knight writes:
I was Googling around trying to find some reference to this film [ENO], and about the only mention I found was on EnoWeb - I think there's some date confusion, British Film Institute's website database lists it as 'ENO (1973)'.
I have seen it a couple of times - back in about 1975(-ish) - they used to show it on a regular basis at The Essential Cinema, just off Wardour Street in London's Soho, along with a revolving programme of films such as Easy Rider, Woodstock, Monterey Pop and films by Herzog and Fassbinder etc.
It's a complete gem of a film - I remember the Paw Paw footage - the film is centred around the recording of Warm Jets. There's also a section where we see Eno coming out of a music shop clutching a Play Clarinet In A Day book, and heading straight over to a Portsmouth Sinfonia session! The footage of him with his Revox's in his home studio which was recently used in the BBC4 Roxy Music Story also comes from this film.
Lobby for a DVD release now! I wonder why it's disappeared without trace?
Publicity is gearing up for the release of Dido's new album Safe Trip Home in November. There is a 3-part studio film on Dido's web-site; right at the end of Part 1 and at the start of Part 2 you can hear some of "Grafton Street", which Brian co-wrote.
- Dido (video player starts automatically with Part 3)
The release of Daniel Lanois' signed Acadie Goldtop Edition has been slightly delayed because "Daniel had to go to New York to finish the mix of U2's new album". Pah! What sort of excuse is that???
- Acadie (plays audio automatically)
Jane Evans writes: about
enoweb - and contacting brian eno (how to): your website contains some useful
information but it is replete with slanderous trash. he's a person, brian eno
- he was born in 1946. think about it.
Mustard responds: As a fierce wild tortoise, I have given this a great deal of thought, and I concur that it might be considered slanderous (or more accurately, libellous) trash to suggest that Brian is two years older than he actually is. He was born in 1948. I'm beginning to think that sending an e-mail in all lower case is the Internet equivalent of writing letters in green ink.
Tyler writes: Sax
life can be improved by giving her more ecstasy.
Mustard responds: EnoWeb always recommends Andy Mackay for an unparalleled sax life.
Natalya C. writes:
I’m someone else!
Mustard responds: How can you tell?
Natalya: Aloha, my gentleman!
Mustard: Ah, if I'm not mistaken that is a traditional Russian greeting!
Natalya: What can I tell about myself?
Mustard: Not a great deal if you think you're someone else.
Natalya: I don't like winter and cold.
Mustard: Try hibernation. I can wholeheartedly recommend it.
Natalya: I hate loneliness which is associated with cold winter into my mind. I have not yet met a person who will have place into his heart for me.
Mustard: Do you always talk in crossword clues? "Place into his heart for me" is obviously an anagram for "I am a coherent shoplifter".
Natalya: People say that I am beautiful and clever, why I can't find my soul mate?
Mustard: Because you are someone else, their description does not apply to you -- and nor does the soul mate. Simple.
Natalya: I don't like parties where are a lot of people,
Mustard: No, the parties where nobody turns up are the best.
Natalya: I don't like discos.
Mustard: But Discos is one of the loveliest Greek Islands! I frequently dream of retiring there.
Natalya: I like quite rest, for example, theatre, cinema, coziness of sweet home where I feel in protection.
Mustard: That last bit sounds a little like prison.
Natalya: I feel that you are calm and kind-hearted and you want to create family too. Am I not mistaken?
Mustard: That's not fair. How can one reply to "am I not mistaken"? "No, you are not mistaken" and "Yes, you are not mistaken" both mean "you are correct". I am calm, true, but I leave it to others to decide if I'm kind-hearted or not. As for family, it's pretty much a case of laying eggs and legging it, hoping they stay safe until they hatch, with my progeny's gender being determined by incubation temperature. But all that was a long time ago and in another country, before I was kidnapped in the early 1970s and brought here: cut off from my homeland, remote from my kinsmen.
Natalya: I want to create my native home, to take care of someone who will love me.
Mustard: I must caution you that the keeping of Natives is nowadays frowned upon as excessively Colonial. It's political correctness gone mad!
Natalya: I want to hear from somebody "my Darling wife, my Beloved Woman" and to feel the happiest in the world.
Mustard: I'm sure I heard Tom trying that as a chat-up line once... Didn't go well...
Natalya: If you have some place for me in your heart, write me please and you will see that in my heart you will take all free space.
Mustard: Great! Parking round here is a nightmare.
Our previous update was on 29th September when we wrote:
John Walliser writes: Very quietly, dgmlive.com has added the remasters of No Pussyfooting and Evening Star to its online shop. EnoWeb adds: No Pussyfooting got subjected to a variety of unorthodox playing methods on its first release, whether it was John Peel accidentally broadcasting the tapes backwards or eager Frippnenophiles playing it at 16rpm. You couldn't do that with a compact disc. Or rather, now you can, as the album includes reversed versions of "The Heavenly Music Corporation" and "Swastika Girls"plus a half-speed "The Heavenly Music Corporation". No extras on Evening Star though.
Coldplay will be releasing a four-track, digital-only Lost! EP on November 10th. Probably some Eno on that somewhere.
Danel Lanois' Goldtop re-release of Acadie is now available for pre-order.
- Acadie (plays audio automatically)
Francesco Lo Forte e-mails: Phil Manzanera mentions Brian Eno on the new Roxy Music album...
Bernd Kretzschmar says: I found this article about the production of the SPORE music.
Ady from Keyboard Choir writes about playing at Brian's 60th Birthday party.
Goran Vejvoda e-mails: Quick news of Brian's contribution to the new book by Serpentine Gallery - Hans Ulrich Obrist - (co-director of exhibitions and programmes and director of international projects) due to be published in November 2008 by Thames & Hudson.
Exclaim reckons that Brian didn't go to the Arctic after all. He's not good with tropical climates, y'know.
Richard Mills writes: Roger Eno is playing a rare public performance on grand piano and accordion at Norwich Arts Centre on November 13, as part of the Aurora 2008 Festival. Tickets a snip at just £10 (£8 concessions).
Pitchfork has an interview with David Byrne about ETHWHT.
John Carr has sent this playlist for Late Junction's 60th birthday celebration of Brian's music.
Another Green World, Another Green World (2:05)
Strange Overtones, Everything That Happens Will Happen Today with David Byrne(4:35) [strangely mistitled Strange Attractor by presenter Robert Sandall]
An Ending (Ascent), Apollo (4:34)
This, Another Day on Earth (3:31)
Transmitter and Trumpet, Spinner with Jah Wobble(9:01)
2/2, Music for Airports (9:59)
The Secret Life of Arabia, Heroes by David Bowie(4:06)
The Great Learning – Paragraph 7, Scratch Orchestra (20:39)
The Jezebel Spirit, My Life in the Bush of Ghosts with David Byrne (4:54)
Their Memories, The Pearl with Harold Budd (2:40)
Timean Sparkles, Equatorial Stars with Robert Fripp (3:21)
The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, by the Portsmouth Sinfonia (2:46)
1st-14th January 07003, hard bells, Hillis algorithm, Bell Studies for the Clock of The Long Now (5:35)
Grandfather’s House, Wrong Way Up with John Cale (3:32)
Son of Gothic Chord, Machine Music with Christopher Hobbs and John White (10:53)
1/1, Music for Airports, by Bang On A Can All Stars Orchestra (11:53)
A cover of Heroes will appear on a new album supporting War Child. (Thanks to Richard Joly)
Our previous update was on 14th September when we wrote:
Rory Walsh e-mails: Today I visited the Dulwich Gallery to see the exhibition "What are you Like?" as advertised on Enoweb. On display are pieces by Eno and Russell Mills amongst others. In Eno’s artwork he pays homage to his heroes, notes his obsessions and remembers his friend Peter Schmidt. There is a small picture on the House of Illustration site and it is available as a postcard and a limited edition giclée print.
Marc Greuther writes: There is an article called "National Insecurity" in the September/ October print issue of California (the University of California, Berkeley’s alumni magazine). Anyway, the article is about Laurie Anderson and her Homeland show (it’s going to be performed in Berkeley in late October): towards the end she mentions Mr.Eno.
Brian is one of the interviewees on a new BBC4 documentary,The Roxy Music Story, on Friday 19th September at 21:00-21:55 BST.
The 2005 BBC Arena documentary on Francis Bacon, for which Brian wrote original music, has just been released on DVD. The Bacon Estate's site has some short video clips.
Philip Glass briefly discusses his approach to his Low Symphony.
Rolling Stone takes a look at Spore's music.
What has the mailperson dragged in?
A Casino Spammer writes: ONE HAS TO TAKE RISKS SOMETIME IN HIS LIFE!
Mustard The Tortoise responds: How true. However this is not that time: the word "risk" implies that there is at least a possibility of a positive outcome, which, let's face it, you are not offering me.
Casino Spammer: THERE ARE DRAWINGS ALL AROUND, WE OFFER WINNINGS
Mustard: Where are you conducting your business, in an art gallery or something?
beth writes: i believe that your "ratings" are complete
shit (using shit for lack of a better word). i think it should be removed from
the page and allow eno "newbies" to evaluate for themselves. your
opinions should be kept to yourself, as mine would have been had i not stumbled
upon yours. thank you and have a nice day.
Mustard The Tortoise replies: We own this little town of EnoWeb, lady, and we don't take kindly to visitors appointin' themself sheriff. The last two who tried that found themselves stuffed into whiskey barrels on a one-way railroad journey down to Foolsgold Canyon. Think for a moment. Might phrases on the discography page like "The EnoWeb Politburo", "highly subjective grading system" and "the most rabid completists" indicate that EnoWeb does not take ratings (or its own Eno-fandom) entirely seriously, and hopes that visitors will have a similarly questioning attitude about what they read here? I think the answer is self-evident. As for your choice of verbiage, was it not Geoffrey Chaucer who said "For if a preest be foul, on whom we truste, No wonder is a lewed man to ruste; And shame it is, if a prest take keep, A shiten shepherde and a clene sheep"? GC, as I knew him, was a great enthusiast when it came to modern technology and I remember him showing me one of the techie gifts he had just bought from Ye Innovationnes Cattaloggue back in 1393 -- a quill pen with a built-in Shift Key (Create Illuminated Manuscripts In Half The Time!!!). There is much to be learnt from old GC.
Our previous update was on 9th September when we wrote:
Brian is one of the contributors to a new exhibition called What Are You Like? Self Revealing Artworks by Forty People in the Public Eye at the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London from 9th September 2008 to 18th January 2009. "The idea for this exhibition, curated by the House of Illustration, is taken from a Victorian game of describing yourself with images of your favourite things; like a cryptic visual essay, a self-portrait ... Contributors have been asked to illustrate eight favourite things from a list of twelve – their favourite animal, book, clothes, comfort, food, pastime, place, possession, music, shoes, weather and their pet aversion ... The artists' names will not appear on the artwork to allow the visitors the fun of trying to guess their identity..."
Daniel Lanois will be re-releasing Acadie in a souped-up turbo-charged Gold Top edition on 30th September, including 'a rendition of "Still Water" recorded at Brian Eno's house'.
Hector Zazou has died.
Our previous update was on 7th September when we wrote:
Tor Midtbo writes: Here's a picture I took during the seminar at Punkt 08 festival in Kristiansand Norway on 5th September, where Eno and Jon Hassell talked about their books that might appear as Surrender and The North and South of You. Eno's 77 Million Paintings are also on exhibit at the festival. There is an Aftenposten article about Eno and the festival.
EnoWeb asked if Tor had any other information about the talk and the response was:
Well, I think he - and Hassell - wants people to start using their hips rather than their heads... He mentioned western religion and how it does not like us to trust our senses and enjoy sex. I did not find much truly original thinking in this, but they had great fun on stage. Two elderly gentlemen talking about sex, including the joys of masturbating. Eno drew a nude girl for us :-) Well, it was not all about sex - nothing about music, really. And Brian does not like the way the UK art scene is at the moment - where the artist needs to have a big text/lecture to go with the art.
- Aftenposten in Norwegian
- Aftenposten translated by Google
- Punkt 08 publicity photos
- AllAboutJazz Punkt 08 feature -- Page 1 reports on Eno's press conference & 77 Million Paintings; Page 2 the Eno-Hassell discussion (Mustard points out that Brian curiously has difficulty typing "obscurely")
- Dagsavisen in Norwegian
- Dagsavisen translated by Google -- creates several nice quirky phrases: Brian "has had fingers hits", he says of Punkt "This festival makes it sting contrary, therefore, I like it", and he "smiles with gulltanna".
- FVNTV report (short interview & video of installation)
Talking pictures, we keep forgetting to post this Heroes-era photo from Mike Nagy.
Executive producer of the shortly-to-be-released game Spore, Lucy Bradshaw, talks a little about Brian's contribution to the music.
P.N. Ance e-mails: Robert Sandall will be marking Brian's 60th birthday on the BBC Radio 3 programme Late Junction, 11th September 2008 at 23:15 BST, "with music from four decades of his career". EnoWeb thunders: Hopefully that'll be music from the next four decades of his career -- let's face it, Brian's oeuvre hasn't amounted to much so far. ;-)
Nothing to do with Brian, but if you like live sound sculpture then you might like to give Bill Fontana's London-based Speeds of Time a go, especially on the hour or quarters.
Our previous update was on 4th September when we wrote:
Paul Strickland e-mails: Holger Czukay mentions a project involving Ursa Major and Brian.
Production news. Further results of the Coldplay sessions with Brian could be released on an EP in late December, and U2's next album has been shunted into 2009 because they can't stop the music -- nobody can't stop the music (or so it would appear).
Grab another Great Gaiman Giveaway!!! as Neil himself might well put it. The book of Neverwhere, the BBC television series for which Brian wrote the music, is yours to read online or download free although it will self-destruct after 30 days. You may need to install Adobe Digital Editions as well. Worth it for stuff like: "There are little pockets of old time in London, where things and places stay the same, like bubbles in amber," she explained. "There’s a lot of time in London, and it has to go somewhere—it doesn’t all get used up at once."
Punkt - Live Remixes Vol.1, which includes two live remixes by Jon Hassell and friends, is now available. Cover artwork by Russell Mills.
Stephen Miller writes: There is some Eno-ness in the latest issue (No. 295) of The Wire: Print Run reviews On Some Faraway Beach, and in Epiphanies LAFMS founder Tom Recchion enthuses about the Obscure label.
Our previous update was on 28th August when we wrote:
Further to Tore Pettersen's July e-mail, Dominic Norman-Taylor says: Brian's talk at the Punkt Festival, Kristiansand, Norway on 5th September will be with his old friend and collaborator Jon Hassell. It's called Brian Eno and Jon Hassell: A Conversational Remix. He will also be showing 77 Million Paintings for Punkt at Sørlandets Kunstmuseum from 6th-20th September. In addition Jon will be performing Near Far – Bells in Kristiansand, an installation on 4th-6th September, and with his Maarifa Street band on 6th September. J. Peter Schwalm is also on the bill. p.s. Lumen London now has a website.
Renzo Pietrolungo writes: Dido's new album Safe Trip Home will be released on 3rd November. It includes the track "Grafton Street", co-written with Brian.
- Didomusic will have some info soon
Richard Joly says: Here's a BOZAR review with a nice big BE artwork photo. And an old news story with details of a DVD that would be neat collectible for Bowie/Eno completist crazies.
John Diliberto echoes: Former Eno accomplice Michael Brook has a great new CD with Armenian duduk master Djivan Gasparyan. It's called Penumbra. It's out as a download now, with a physical release slated for 23rd September.
David Byrne has a page to save us searching for Everything That Happens press coverage.
Our previous update was on 21st August when we wrote:
Kiran Sande, Deputy Editor, FACT Magazine writes: FYI, there's a new essay by Mark Prendergast about Eno (including an interview with the man himself) on our site.
Brian is one of several Advisers to a new Carillon project. (Thanks to Radiocitizen).
Richard Mills e-mails: Finished only this week, a new unreleased track by Roger Eno, "Western Waltz", is available for your delectation, delight and free download.
J. Peter Schwalm has been busy at work on his web-site. Along with news of his latest projects there are music samples aplenty including some of his work for Fear X and a few things with Brian.
Postbag time. We got a message in Spanish this week, and when we ran it through Google Translate, it turned out to be a very accurate description of EnoWeb:
"Thank you for your web casts so well because it seems that a manual illustrated how is a web page with crumb, science and also looting"
What else? Oh, another Nigerian Spammer.
Attorney.Allen Smith (Esq) writes: Notification
Mustard The Tortoise responds: Looks as if this could be my lucky day!
AAS: On behalf of the Trustees and Executor of the Estate of late Luciano Pavarotti,I hereby attempt to reach you again .
Mustard: Again? First I've heard of it. But fancy my dear friend Luciano thinking of little old me, a total stranger!
AAS: I wish to notify you that Late Luciano Pavoratti made you a beneficiary to His will.
Mustard: Pavoratti? Wasn't he a character in The Wind in the Willows? Or are you just not quite sure of his name? And when we speak of "His will" with that capitalisation, we are generally referring to God's will. Richard Dawkins does it all the time, I've seen him.
AAS: He left the sum of Thirty one Million five Hundred Thousand Dollars.($31,500,000.00 )to you in The codici land last testament to his will.
Mustard: That's not very much money. I was expecting a bit more to be honest. I agree, though, that the codici have a tendency to land last.
AAS: This may sound strange and Unbelievable to you,
Mustard: Yes it does.
AAS: but it is real and true.
Mustard: No it isn't.
AAS: Luciano Pavarotti was known for his humanitarian work. He was the founder and the host of the 'Pavarotti & Friends' annual charity concerts and related activities in Modena , Italy .
Mustard: I suppose the one thing this has going for it is that it's the first bit of Spam with a tenuous link to Eno...
AAS: There he sang with international stars of all styles to raise funds for several worthy UN causes and charity homes. Late Luciano Pavarotti until his death was a very dedicated Christian who loved to give out.
Mustard: I find that last statement in rather poor taste.
AAS: His great philanthropy earned him numerous awards during his life time, late Luciano Pavarotti died at the Age of 71 years.
Mustard: Presumably they didn't call him Late Luciano while he was still alive?
AAS: According to him this money is to support your activities and to help the poor and the Needy.
Mustard: Did he just tell you that? I've got to be honest: as my activities generally involve eating dandelions, basking and complaining about the weather, they may not require as much support as $31,500,000.
AAS: I will like to read more about him on this website (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0667556/bio)
Mustard: Go on then.
AAS: Please you should fill the information below for more clarities and identification of your Information’s we have here so that will direct you on how to contact the paying bank for the release of your (money) fund.
Yours in Service, Attorney.Allen Smith (Esq)
Mustard: Service, the new name for Stupidity.
Our previous update was on 18th August when we wrote:
Everything That Happens Will Happen Today has now been released. You can listen to a stream online using this freely-shared widget, and buy the album at its dedicated site.
It is available in three versions:
- Digital-only MP3/FLAC at $8.99
- CD at $11.99 plus $3.00 postage, available in November with immediate digital download of the music tracks & booklet
- Deluxe limited edition CD package at $69.99 plus $10 postage, available in November with immediate digital download of the music tracks, booklet and a screensaver. This includes four exclusive bonus songs (NEVER THOUGHT, WALKING ALONG THE RIVER, THE EYES, THE PAINTING -- not included in the digital download by the way), a short film about the album, Holding Pattern screensaver for PC & Mac, and an Everything That Happens miniature hardbound book.
(Thank you to Mark Alberding & Mustard The Tortoise for explaining the postage situation. We acknowledge that we are a dolt and a dullard.)
The web-site of musician Peter Chilvers (credited with "digital archaeology" on the new album, possibly implying that he got lumped with the task of going through Brian's ancient Macs to dig up old songs) mentions working with Brian on a generative music project.
Richard Mills e-mails: Does anyone know about the track "Brian Eno" on the album Beyonce Knowles by Mark Macharyas? Unlike some of the other tracks (Laurie Anderson, Marc Bolan or Shakira), the tribute to Prof Sweet Dome is at least sympatico to the subject's music...
Our previous update was on 17th August when we wrote:
More coverage of Everything That Happens Will Happen Today. (Thanks to Michael Poché, Onur Azeri, Richard Mills and David Whittaker)
Stephen Miller points out that DGMlive.com has a poster from a Fripp & Eno concert.
Our previous update was on 12th August when we wrote:
Long Now News. Brian sends a postcard, and there's more from the Mechanicrawl on BoingBoing TV.
Our previous update was on 11th August when we wrote:
Luke Turner e-mails: I hope this email finds you well. We at new UK music site The Quietus put up our review of Everything That Happens Will Happen Today on Friday, and thought you good people at EnoWeb might be interested to read it/link to the piece. Do have a peruse. We also have this feature on the record and will be putting up a feature on My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts later this week.
Stewart Brand has put his fascinating 6-part BBC series How Buildings Learn on Google Video. The programmes feature music by Brian, most of which was released on The Drop and Curiosities volume 2, but there may be the odd piece you haven't heard before (try the start of the third programme, "Built For Change").
Eno biographer David Sheppard is involved in a musical project of his own.
Our previous update was on 8th August when we wrote:
The BBC World Service programme The Beat broadcast an extended version of Mark Coles' interview with Brian on 7th August, with extra words and additional song extracts. In ecological spirit, Mark also wrote up some of his interview for The Times -- making it three reports for the price of one.
John J. Walliser writes: DGMlive reports that the remastered (No Pussyfooting) and Evening Star will be released on 29th September, with extras for (No Pussyfooting).
- DGMlive News -- scroll down to 7th August
- DGMlive scribe Sid Smith's thoughts on Fripp & Eno
Noel Lawrence e-mails: I just produced a DVD for a film that might be of interest to your Eno website and readership. It's a documentary on a John Cale album that Brian Eno produced called Words For The Dying. The DVD will be released by Provocateur Pictures on 26th September and includes a bonus interview with Director Rob Nilsson, a foreword by j. poet and a featurette on Direct Action Cinema.
A revealing cinema verité portrait of the former Velvet Underground musician, John Cale, in creative collaboration with Brian Eno. Director Nilsson follows them to Moscow, London and Wales for the recording of a new album, “Words for the Dying”, built around four Dylan Thomas poems.
This is not your typical "making of" documentary. Once in Moscow, Nilsson discovered that Eno wanted no part of the filming. The film becomes a clash of wills as Nilsson tries to cajole Eno back into the project. It is a subtle internecine battle, the camera crew tiptoeing through a minefield of bursting egos.
- Words For The Dying -- order page with video clip
The web-site of Alex Haas has some information about Sanctum, a 2004 video artwork Alex created which had original music by Brian Eno (Thanks to MG Nagy).
- Alex Haas -- click on words then sanctum artist statements to read about the project; click on video then Sanctum then View Video to see a clip
The Vancouver Courier has a long review of Daniel Lanois' Here Is What Is.
Our previous update was on 4th August when we wrote:
Brian was interviewed by Mark Coles for Radio 4's Today programme (appropriate, eh?) about Everything That Happens Will Happen Today on 4th August; the feature included some extracts from the songs. (Thanks to Rory Walsh). You can now download the single "Strange Overtones" free from the Everything That Happens site, and read the Press Release over at Enoshop.
Richard Joly writes: There is a report on the Long Now Foundation Mechanicrawl event on BoingBoing TV.
He adds: Interesting blog post from composer and former Village Voice critic Kyle Gann.
Eno re-issue re-sequencers and former All Saints Records stablemates Marconi Union have a new album out, A Lost Connection. It's being released digitally exclusively on their web-site as owing to "unforeseen complications ... MU finding themselves without a label, and increasingly disenchanted with the music business decided to take matters into their own hands". They offer a free download every month too.
Our previous update was on 29th July when we wrote:
More coverage of Everything That Happens Will Happen Today. (Thanks to Bob Pearce, and Mark Williamson on Nerve Net).
Our previous update was on 28th July when we wrote:
Werner writes: The new Eno & Byrne album will be called Everything That Happens Will Happen Today and released in August. There is a tie-in web-site which currently has a welcome video from David Byrne and the chance to sign up from more information and a free song on 4th August.
Brian's appearance in the Peter Gabriel Xplora1 Multimedia CD-ROM has appeared on YouTube. It's a fantastic insight into the kind of production advice he's probably giving U2 every day -- and they're paying top dollar, don't forget. He seems very calm about it, if a little indecisive.
Our previous update was on 24th July when we wrote:
In this update: None of yer actual Eno news, just associated artist stories and more prolonged correspondence.
Nenad Georgievski e-mails: There is a review of Daniel Lanois' Here Is What Is at All About Jazz.
The Echoes Blog has an archived interview with Simon Jeffes. (Thanks to John Diliberto).
Richard Mills writes:
Excitedly reading your latest news round-up, I ventured to Gt Titchfield Street (no 83) yesterday to attend the Mummery + Schnelle gallery with greater haste than I thought possible.
The gallery has just a couple of rooms and the front room has one large painting ("Oil Droplet") by Peter Schmidt. Very simple but extremely effective (less is more?). In the back room, there is a companion piece "for Esmee".
Best for me was the showcase of late-60s programmes for mixed media events by Peter Schmidt and his collaborators. One was an evening of celebration of "bodily fluids and functions" in which mucus, pus, blood, sperm, etc are used visually and in sound. Thankfully, only the programme for this event is on show.
But to my mind, the greatest prize in the exhibition (which explores the connections between sound and visual material) must be the six short pieces of stereo audio by Peter Schmidt from 1969 (OK - one from 1978). They may now sound like humdrum feedback noises and tape loops but at the time they were being recorded (and these appear/claim to be among the very earliest of British audio experimental tapes in existence), they were genuinely ground-breaking. They seem quite self-conscious in places, but the naivete and assurance are quite a breath-taking combination.
Also on show are a set of 10 "scores" by John Cage and a colour piece which provides instructions to musicians by Karl-Heinz Stockhausen. The whole exhibition is small but perfectly-formed. The rooms are not exactly welcoming or comfortable, but the curator who is on hand (and was happy to stay open later than the 6pm closing time) is extremely friendly.
Wonder if Peter ever had any idea that these tapes (that were allegedly found in a bag in Norfolk) would re-surface in the 21st Century and be a point of interest, if only for the next few weeks, to a London audience?
Richard also e-mails:
A quite excellent handling of that particular enquiry. However, I might just posit the theory that, while Brian claims he does not know the exact value of his associational projects, methinks he might just have enough nous to know that the new Coldplay or U2 album might profit him more greatly than working with/on say, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly or indeed a solo album? But who cares? I vote in favour of BE being as aristocratic and hyocritical (sic) as he wishes...Ah, but Richard, don't you think Brian might have taken pity on Coldplay and offered them discounted "Mates' Rates"?
Daniel Patrick Quinn requested a right of reply. We said no. Oh all right, we said yes. Here he is again. Mouse scrolling finger at the ready?
Thank you for your reply.
The point you raise suggesting that Eno only ever finds out the wage he is being paid after he has completed a particular project is, without question, only applicable when he can reasonably assume that it isn't less than a small fortune. It is obviously not the case that he'll reach the end of any project to be told his salary 'meets national minimum wage' or that he ought to be glad of the experience for his cv. I agree that people should be paid for their work but I also feel that Eno does his best to remain in a position where he is above criticism and can do as he pleases regardless of the cultural consequences. Many, many people will consider his contemporary credibility to be in need of debate after the Coldplay project. I genuinely cannot believe that there could be an artistic motivation behind the Coldplay work. If it is indeed the case then it is saddening that he is unable to discriminate between worthy projects and vacant corporate nonsense like this.
On the ever-tricky subject of class, you ask whether 'people care about that sort of thing?' I think those in the upper half of social privilege don't (because they don't need to) but those in the lower half probably do see a problem with the fact that they are exempt from the most influential and affluent social circles due to their location or upbringing and in spite of their comparable abilities with those few who are lucky enough to be born into the 'establishment families'. Given Eno's "I'm not interested in hearing the music by people who enjoy my work" brick wall attitude and the wider current music industry climate, the likelihood of any normal (yet extraordinarily talented) person being in a position to be considered to work with Eno, or any of the very few other people with the rare combination of intellect and influence, must be minuscule.
That is why I describe the Coldplay project as 'disgusting' – because it's a wholly self-serving insular project managed and executed by people who have a seeming disregard for, and perhaps ignorance of, their wider cultural backdrop.
Perhaps he just can't be bothered to look where the more vibrant, less bloated, work is currently happening. It must be said that Eno has done more than his fair share of that in the past.
Admittedly, I used the word 'hy(p)ocritical' perhaps unwisely! I think what I was trying to encapsulate in the briefest manner possible is the fact that the vast majority of Eno's principles have, for decades, been to do with innovation, inquisitiveness, progression, excitement, unexpected outcomes etc.... This recent suggestion of his that 'Coldplay are living on the edge' (be it artistically, physically or mentally) is offensive to say the least to ordinary people and, as Andy Gill remarked in the Independent recently, it is blindingly obvious that out of all the projects Eno could choose to get involved with if he so desired, Coldplay would not be high on the list for purely aesthetic considerations!
If I were in Eno's position I would see the huge importance of actively seeking out and aiding, within reason, the innovative music, because that's part of the tradition of craft – like the father to son relationship in industry. By working with acts like Coldplay he is doing the very opposite, and I find it hard to believe he desperately needs the cash. The cultural figures of quality and endurance ought to do their bit to justify their position and help the next generation. Eno is failing, at present, to give much of cultural value back to the system that enabled him to reach his potential and have the often wonderful life that he has led, in order that others may have a similar chance. The next generation are not being allowed a foot on the ladder unless they create bland, turgid, one-size-fits-all 'music' like Coldplay, Snow Patrol, Keane, Travis et al and also happen to be part of an impenetrable social set.
I do have a personal reason for feeling aggrieved, having recorded a great deal of innovative, characterful work, on a budget of zero, for several years now. It has been widely critically-acclaimed, from experimental mags like The Wire to the muppets of Radio One and NME. Despite all my work and all the praise and soundbites I have never once broken even on a project and the door into something approaching a music career has never once been left ajar.
The industry is very different now to when Mr E shot to prominence, but even so there are people out there, Mr E included, who could make an enormous difference for people attempting something culturally comparable. I'm sure he'd be the first to acknowledge that ability and success do not always go hand-in-hand, but Eno is in an incredibly privileged position and can make a difference. The people who most need his help in gaining a foothold in the music world are exactly the same people who would provide him with some of the most original, vibrant, colourful and vital music collaborations of his career. They are not those who you will come across at elite parties in Kensington or at awards ceremonies, and given the present industry climate they will be working on a budget of zero. I care about these people – and I am myself one of them – because at present their voices are largely lost in the seas of permanent MySpace anonymity. At the moment they are writing and recording into the abyss.
Daniel Patrick Quinn
EnoWeb has no wish to antagonise you further by responding to every word, but there are a few comments that deserve a response.
Eno's remuneration: his management know how much he will be paid, so there wouldn't be any unpleasant surprises (though it might be amusing to picture his face in the scenarios you mention). We originally raised the point to dispute your suggestion that money must be the sole reason for him choosing to work with Coldplay.
Coldplay, Coldplay, Coldplay: we are puzzled as to why you keep banging on about them. You clearly don't like them, so why are you allowing so much of your mind to be taken up by them? Why do you give them such power over your thoughts?
Brian Eno is not Coldplay's dad. He did not create the band. Yet you appear to want to blame their existing profile and influence on the World Of Pop And Rock on him (you don't indict Markus Dravs, Brian's co-producer, as his co-accused). In his career he has worked with members of Coldplay, what, on just three occasions -- Viva la Vida, one track on X+Y and the Artists Against AIDS What's Goin' On single. They would keep making records whether he was involved or not. At least with Brian involved their songs are shorter, surely that must make you happy? You don't raise objections to his work with Paul Simon, Robert Wyatt, Harold Budd, Michel Faber, Emergency Broadcast Network, Nokia, Michael Stipe (admittedly unreleased), Laurie Anderson, Joseph Arthur, Bryan Ferry, Geoffrey Oryema, Rick Holland, Cluster, Microsoft, Robert Fripp, Russell Mills, the Metropole Orkest, Fovea Hex, Laraaji, B.R.K., Swarowski, BMW, Unkle, Michael Brook and so on. We argue that it is important to see his work for Coldplay in the context of a man who likes working with a wide range of artists and musicians, and has done so throughout the near-forty years of his career. But the way you present it, Brian had an unblemished career until he suddenly became Baron Lord Eno of Enoshire and decided to produce Coldplay in between dinner parties with his trendy London chums.
There is much to be discovered from the wisdom of the tortoises. Watch and learn. Mustard doesn't like blackcurants, so he doesn't eat them. Not only that, he doesn't even think about them.
Quote: You say "This recent suggestion of his that 'Coldplay are living on the edge' (be it artistically, physically or mentally) is offensive to say the least to ordinary people". At EnoWeb we strive to report quotations accurately so as not to mislead our visitors, so for the record what Q reporter Sylvia Patterson quoted Brian saying was: "The only thing I care about in music, now, is life... it's life that lasts. When you sense somebody living at the edge of their possibilities. And that's something I think you get with this band sometimes. I think you get it a lot on this record". So he never said that Coldplay are "living on the edge": he said that he can sense when musicians reach that cusp of their potential where it all comes together -- something you will have experienced yourself as a musician. Rejoice! For you, Brian's statement doesn't have to mean anything, as you don't think Coldplay have any personal possibilities to be at the edge of. That's fine, but other people's opinions (including Brian's) may well differ.
Class: Our point was that we didn't think people were interested in Eno's class, if he has any. Class divisions certainly exist in our great nation.
Mentoring: We don't agree there should be an obligation on Eno to do anything, just because his combination of luck, judgement, being a chancer, ducking and diving, dodging and weaving, bish-bosh-bash, tortoise-style opportunism etc have given him a reasonably comfortable life.
It may be worth considering that he may be involved in activities that deliberately don't get publicity. Yes, we're talking about Black Projects bankrolled by the CIA, in which Brian teams up with Jack Bauer from 24 to take the fight to the terrorists!!!* Or not, actually; it's just that occasional nuggets come to light about him visiting Mostar or South Africa and working with musicians and artists here and there. Rick Holland, the Re-TROS and B.R.K. don't have the Hit Parade status of that band we won't mention, and Brian's involvement with those individuals may have been small, but it diligent research showed that it happened, it simply didn't get widely reported (and there's no reason why it should have been). Just because you don't hear about it, don't assume it doesn't happen. Or do, if you prefer.
*N.B. this is not a request for Eno fanfic.
We think you are overstating Eno's abilities as an opinion-maker. He has championed bands who have gone on to nothing much. Travis didn't find his production techniques were conducive to achieving what they wanted. His political campaigning has not had much impact: Tony Blair still walks the streets and the military presence continues in Iraq; we await his work with The Youth Of Today for the Liberal Democrats with interest. Art-wise, EnoWeb is surprised that no British or American gallery has a permanent installation of his work.
And of course, there's MUDDA. Four years ago Peter Gabriel and Eno announced the formation of the Magnificent Union of Digitally Downloading Artists, which was intended to offer musicians (established and just starting out) a new, democratic and fair route to market. We all looked forward to the development of this exciting platform. But very little happened. The mudda.org web-site doesn't even work these days. Maybe they couldn't raise the finance; maybe there was little support for it within the music industry. If Brian and Peter couldn't make it happen, they may have concluded that they should devote their interests elsewhere where there's more scope for success.
Not interested in fans' music: We believe the vast numbers of demos he received made listening to them an unsurmountable task. How many tapes or CDs could you listen to in a day? Let's say one an hour, or 24 in Jack Bauer parlance, though there are probably more than that arriving each day. No, that won't work, it doesn't give you any time off to eat or sleep. Okay, 12, then, though that will lead to a bit of a backlog building up after a coupla days. Better add 2 hours for making notes, writing them up, and sending them to the musicians. And the same thing tomorrow. And the same thing the day after that. For the rest of your life. What time would that leave you for your day job at the Gallery, for the music you want to make, for the other things you enjoy doing? And how do you choose which CDs you are going to listen to? How can you tell that this one is going to have the one really striking track, rather than that CD over there, or the one at the bottom of the pile in the next room? EnoWeb wouldn't wish that on anybody, even if we do sometimes hear music that we think Brian might enjoy. So we respect this Boundary Condition.
Eno failing to give good culture: As chief apologists for the vile, despotic Eno regime and its baleful influence, we'll have to disagree on this. We like his installations, 77 Million Paintings, lectures and music.
Your situation: In all creative markets over the last few decades, increasing globalisation and takeovers of smaller players has led to real homogenisation, conservatism and aversion to risk everywhere -- in your musical area, fiction, art, film-making. We are sad that merit alone is not enough and that potential sales are the only yardstick used when a company decides to sign an artist. Also sad that you could not break even on a budget of zero (we find negative numbers rather scary). But this is the world you were born into. The number of musicians, artists, writers and film-makers who actually make it to the Big Time -- or are even able to make their living by their creativity -- is minuscule compared with the number who want to. Most people compromise out of necessity, keeping a day job and making music/ writing/ painting etc out of hours. EnoWeb is sadly aware that nobody owes any of us a living. The situation probably always has been this way, and we don't have any realistic answer for how this state of affairs could be improved.
- Daniel Patrick Quinn on MySpace -- no musical examples, as...
- May 2008: No going back as Daniel Patrick Quinn quits the world of music forever
- 2005 interview with Daniel Patrick Quinn -- complete with Coldplay mention
Our previous update was on 22nd July when we wrote:
Seems that Brian is headed off to the watery wastes of the Arctic.
- SFGate interview with Leslie Feist (we're not sure who "Lori Anderson" is -- possibly a cousin of Taurie Amos?)
Tore Pettersen says: Brian will be appearing at this year's Punkt Festival in Kristiansand, Norway, showing 77 Million Paintings for Punkt and giving a lecture on 5th September.
Billboard has some information on David Byrne's touring plans (thanks to Jim).
Matt Verba e-mails: Just spotted this over at the Toothpaste for Dinner website.
Michael C. Mendelsohn says: I made a YTMND starring Eno. Thought I'd share. Love the site. Ciao.
Richard Joly writes: Fuzzy photo of BE Brussels installation.
John Emr, Curator of all things Peter Schmidt, e-mails: Two pictures by Peter Schmidt are included in the exhibition "To become like music": late modernist painting, performance and the musical avant-garde, 1945-1965, at the Mummery + Schnelle gallery in London from 15th July to 16th August.
Adam Clayton has made a video of Brian. It's for U2.com paid subscribers only though; Mustard wasn't allowed to subscribe so we have no idea what form this exclusive content might take. (Thanks to Richard Mills).
Richard Mills continues: Roger Eno's notes for his new albums have been posted on his MySpace page -- you'll perhaps note that Flood's modus operandi is remarkably familiar -- along with tracks from Anatomy.
The Secret History of EnoWeb, Part 1. Legions of perusers of David Sheppard's magisterial magnum opus On Some Faraway Beach will have been excited to read:
So what's the story behind this spooky brief appearance and almost immediate disappearance? Step forward Mustard The Tortoise with his personal recollection of the incident. "I was out searching for dandelions outside a record shop one day when looking through an open window I saw a puzzled-looking shopkeeper seated in his chair, with gaze abstracted, furrowed forehead, unkempt hair, as Graves put it in somewhat different circumstances (a poem, rather than real life). Ting-a-ling went the bell as I entered the shop. 'What's the matter?' I asked the shopkeeper. 'Any idea what this is? It's fair got me jiggered, and no mistake,' he said, bending down and showing me a bootleg CD called Dali's Car. I was shaken to my very core. The Reptilian Plan For World Domination clearly specified that the first commercial CDs were not meant to be released until the early 1980s, so what was this CD doing here in the mid-70s, a time when there were not even any CD players in existence? It was immediately clear to me that Dark Forces were attempting to shatter the Time Continuum and meddle with humankind's very destiny. If I did not act quickly, the world would be submerged in a flow of unplayable Dire Straits Brothers In Arms CDs, reflecting the warmth of the sun's rays and triggering a new Ice Age. Thinking on my clawed feet, I explained to the shop worker that the CD was in fact a novelty coaster and he should probably chuck it away. This he did -- I had saved the day and set the future of the human race back on track once again." (N.B. Future is malleable and in constant flux. Other destinies are available.)
Pick of the Postbag. Daniel Patrick Quinn writes:
First I'd like to express my admiration and support of your work on the Eno site, and the promotion of his activities. However, I have to ask if you would happily continue supporting BE whatever he did? I know his back catalogue is one of the finest of the 20th century but I feel that many people will consider his work with Coldplay to be quite a disgusting hyocritical aristocratic move and I just wondered if your aim is always to be utterly impartial, or whether you feel that some form of debate about the quality and or reasons behind the sort of activities Mr E is getting involved with (for whatever dubious financial reason) might be rather healthy, instead of blindly supporting whatever he does.
Perhaps it is indeed time for one of those deep "Why Are We Here?" conversations. In its original incarnation EnoWeb was intended to be a hypertext-linked web of information about Brian Eno. Oh, you should have seen the Internet back then! So full of promise! EnoWeb's current form caters to the most pressing interests of its visitors: news and lyrics. As a trade-off for us posting those, most visitors are willing to put up with EnoWeb's occasional forays into quirky humour.
Whether visitors to the site are fans or just have a vague wish to find out more about Brian, they big enough to know their own views and don't need EnoWeb's opinions about Brian Eno. They just want the facts. There are aspects of Brian's career that don't hold a great deal of interest for EnoWeb, but they will interest somebody, so we post them.
Over the years we have encountered some people on the Internet who have a sense of "personal entitlement" or a belief that they should be able to influence the actions of some celebrity or other. While we don't believe Brian is above criticism (no-one is, apart from Mustard The Tortoise), EnoWeb prefers simply to observe, to enjoy the things we like and not fret too much about the things that don't interest us. Have you ever visited one of those sites where people are negative or abusive about something? They are truly dispiriting. We wouldn't want to be like that.
That said, we are a little puzzled by your words: "I feel that many people will consider his work with Coldplay to be quite a disgusting hyocritical aristocratic move". Why would you feel this? Not everybody likes Coldplay, certainly, but clearly Brian Eno does.
Why "disgusting"? It's just a record.
Why "Hy[p]ocritical"? Has he said "I wouldn't work with Coldplay"? If you look at it in the context of his career, why is working with Coldplay any different from working with Travis, U2, J. Peter Schwalm, Jon Hopkins, the Re-TROS, Simian, Suede, Carmel, John Cale, Talking Heads, David Bowie, Leo Abrahams, Derek Jarman, Devo, Jon Hassell, the New Composers, Genesis, James, David Byrne, Belinda Carlisle, Tony Allen, The Grid, Massive Attack, Damien Dempsey, Daniel Lanois, Phil Manzanera, Grace Jones, Herbie Hancock and so on? Surely this comment cannot be driven by some antipathy towards Coldplay and not these other artists -- after all, that would be no basis for a rational argument.
Why "Aristocratic"? Brian came from working-class roots and would probably qualify as upper-middle-class now... do people care about that kind of thing?
"whether you feel that some form of debate about the quality and or reasons behind the sort of activities Mr E is getting involved with"
For debate, EnoWeb always directs vistors to the Nerve Net mailing list where discussions on Brian and his works frequently take place (it goes through phases and is currently a bit quiet). Your reference to "the sort of activities Mr E is getting involved with" sounds rather sinister...
(for whatever dubious financial reason)
Ah, we think we recognise this as the "he must be doing it for the money, there can be no other reason" argument. Here's the thing: Brian does not know what the payment will be for the jobs he takes on. He gets his management to keep that under wraps until the job is completed. That way, he can choose projects on whether he thinks they will interest him, whether he will enjoy them, whether they will stretch him intellectually, whether he can bring something constructive to the table, whether they'll be fun, challenging or whatever criteria pique his interest for five minutes. Fact is, Brian's been a friend of Chris Martin for years. He likes the Coldplay band members. So his decision to work with Coldplay would have been because he wanted to, not because pound signs suddenly appeared in his eyes.
Anyway, for the EnoWeb team, financial reasons are never dubious. We work for a living: there are mortgages to pay and the T-Lady's special Tortoise Seed Mix to buy. There is no shame in fair payment for work performed.
instead of blindly supporting whatever he does.
You may be confusing our attempted impartiality with blind support. We will continue to report on Brian's activities, leaving it to our visitors to make their own judgements -- freely and without bias.
Hope this explains why things are the way they are.
UPDATE: Daniel Patrick Quinn requested a right of reply. See some paragraphs above.
Our previous update was on 1st July when we wrote:
Richard Mills points out that Leo Abrahams has once more updated his WebDiary with information on the progress of the Byrne, Hancock and movie projects he's working on with Brian.
- Leo (28th June entry)
David Honigman e-mails: Brian has an article in the new issue of Resurgence, urging everyone to join an informal singing group. This issue as a whole concentrates on music; guest editor is Annie Lennox.
NME.com reports that Grace Jones' new album (on which Brian performs) is to be called Hurricane and released on 29th October.
Our previous update was on 30th June when we wrote:
Brian has two new installations running at the MADRE in Naples (Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Donna REgina) from 23rd June to 15th September. Reading between the lines, it appears he originally intended to show the Constellations version of 77 Million Paintings plus Lydian Bells, but developed his ideas once he got there. So now he's presenting Surrender Lounge Proposal: 77 Million Paintings in the Museum -- which along with the usual screens includes new light cones and birch trunks -- and another Bells piece that is called either Aurelia or Audelia out in the courtyard. "I found that the music I'd written for Lydian Bells wasn't suitable," he told Corriere del Mezzogiorno's Biagio Coscia. "it was not a very good recording and I made an error of mathematics," he told La Repubblica Napoli; back to CdM, "... So I wrote the music here in Naples with my laptop and it's a lot better." Brian also enthuses about the voices of Maria Nazionale and Vincenzo Pirrotta and talks of using them in one of his current projects.
In clicking Google Translate links for an English version, bear in mind that MADRE translates as Mother. It's not a precise science...
- MADRE -- no info on the installations but has address info
- Il Mattino interview -- or GoogleTranslated into English-ish -- with a mention of another Eno production technique for Coldplay
- Il Mattino review -- or GoogleTranslated into English-ish
- La Repubblica Napoli interview -- or GoogleTranslated into English-ish
- La Repubblica Napoli slideshow -- 9 pics
- Corriere del Mezzogiorno interview -- cut and paste the text into Google Translate if you wish... probably worth it for the explanation of what he did for Coldplay: "I took them into the kitchen of an Italian restaurant and told them: See how long ingredients remain on fire. A moment. The same must go for your music."
Our previous update was on 29th June when we wrote:
Artwork by Brian is included in an exhibition at BOZAR in Brussels, Belgium. The exhibition, It's not only rock 'n' roll baby, runs from 20th June to 14th September 2008. (Thanks to Chris Meert and Richard Joly).
David Bowie has written an article to accompany a personal compilation of his music given away with the Mail On Sunday. He waxes lyrical about the Bowie-Eno track "Some Are". (Thanks to Richard Joly).
Roger Eno has a coupla albums coming out in early July.
The Popoli Dalpane Ensemble has released Enologie, a CD of semi-acoustic versions of some of Brian's songs.
John Emr is continuing to add to his site's PeterSchmidty goodness, including the artist's own description of Portrait of Eno with Allusions.
Gearing up for the release of Spore, Electronic Arts is asking a number of celebrities to design their own Spore life-form, and Brian is among their number. EnoWeb is so uninformed that we recognise only a handful of the "75 of the most creative innovators from around the world" they have chosen. You can vote for the creatures you like.
- Sporevote (Brian appears on page 1 or 2 depending on the order in which they are loaded)
Another review of David Sheppard's biography of Brian...
Our previous update was on 19th June when we wrote:
The Independent has a feature on Grace Jones which briefly mentions Brian's involvement in her forthcoming album, Corporate Cannibal.
Coldplay guitarist Jonny Buckland refers to another of Brian's studio techniques.
Contactmusic has a recent pic of Brian.
Kevin Kelly has dug up the Unthinkable Futures he and Brian concocted back in the day.
- KK (via Boing Boing)
Somebody earns their Eno-Spotters Badge.
Our previous update was on 18th June when we wrote:
Just wanted to share that I attended the ROM in Toronto on 15th June specifically to take in this rendition of "Discreet Music", which was held in the large open lobby of the museum. Wonderful stone walls providing fantastic natural reverb to all of the pieces played.
"Discreet Music" was the finale of the concert. Similar instrumentation as mentioned in the NYC performance. 2 Flutes, Soprano Sax, Violin, Grand Piano, Trombone, Electric Guitar, Bowed Double Bass and Vibraphone/Gongs. Performed totally live with each instrument taking "turns" simulating the various short melodic snippets of the piece and then repeating the parts at progressively lower volumes, emulating the tape delay decay characteristics of the original piece. This translated very beautifully to these instruments.
Interesting how your attention would float from one instrument to another as no single instrument was the main focus. A tribute to the performers' treatment of the piece. Also notable was that the soprano sax (not the flutes as you would suspect) most closely resembled the synthesizer sound Eno originally used.
Hopefully an official recording of this will become available shortly. Perhaps someday they can attempt something else from these same tape delay experiments, like Fripp & Eno's "The Heavenly Music Corporation" from No Pussyfooting. However I spoke to Jerry Pergolesi of the group and he mentioned they are currently working on performing the "Three Variations of Pachelbel's Canon" as well (Fullness of Wind, French Catalogues, Brutal Ardour), which should also be interesting to hear with this instrumentation. Catch them if you can... highly recommended!
Electronic Arts & Maxis have released a demo of the Creature Creator component of Spore. Although the main theme going into the game is by Cliff Martinez (of Solaris & Traffic fame), the generative in-game music is largely by Brian and this is the first opportunity to hear it. (Thanks to Bernd Kretzschmar.)
Counterpunch has an article on the recent anti-George-Bush demonstration in London, with quotes from Brian. (Thanks to Jonathan Coffin.)
A coupla worthwhile Eno links on YouTube...
Thomas Dolby recently mentioned Brian and Low in a PopMatters 20 Questions feature.
There's a brief mention of Seb Rochford contributing to the Eno/Hancock project.
Our previous update was on 16th June when we wrote:
Several members of Coldplay were interviewed on XFM on 9th June by presenter John Kennedy. Chris Martin explained: "Most of the time and most of the record is just the sound of the four of us, or five of us actually, with Brian, just standing in a circle playing in our place The Bakery; it's not a very big room." We enjoyed this helpful tip:
Chris Martin: "You don't want to ever bore Brian, because then he gets bored and the whole energy of the project goes terrible."
John Kennedy: "Is there a way that you can tell Brian is getting a bit bored?"
Chris Martin: "If he starts talking about boobs he's probably got other things on his mind ... but if he says oh yes, this is wonderful, carry on, then you've got to milk that for all it's worth."
- XFM (courtesy link -- programme not archived)
Nicolas Blanmont e-mails: You'll find maybe interesting to hear that Brain Rock, a weekly program on RTBF (Belgian French speaking Public Broadcasting) Classic 21 will dedicate a special two hour program to Brian Eno on 18 June from 10pm to midnight Brussels time. The program is broadcast in Belgium and available everywhere in streaming (www.classic21.be), and will be also available in Radio On Demand on the same website from Friday 20 June for one month.
The New York Times has a feature on No Wave: Post-Punk. Underground. New York. 1976-1980 by Thurston Moore and Byron Coley. There is a slide-show on the left-hand side of the page and the seventh pic shows Brian. (Thanks to Stephen Miller, Richard Joly and Goran Vejvoda)
Nothing to do with Brian particularly, but on Saturday 12th July The Long Now Foundation is presenting Mechanicrawl, a progressive tour through the mechanical wonders of San Francisco's North Shore. This event will showcase several amazing machines that are not normally accessible to the public.
Our previous update was on 3rd June when we wrote:
Brian gets some coverage in new interviews with the members of Coldplay. Q Magazine's new radio station launched on 2nd June with an interview with QPM presenter Samanthi. Amongst other Eno-related topics, Chris Martin was asked how Brian got involved. He said: "We told him there was a Miss Camden contest happening, and would he come and judge it -- and then when he came in, we locked the door behind him and told him it was only a joke and he had to produce our record otherwise we would, you know, cut off his arms." The pre-recorded interview included the Acoustic version of "Lovers In Japan" which iTunes is offering to people who pre-order the album. Meanwhile the July 2008 issue of Q Magazine (264) has a long interview with Coldplay and a short interview with Brian -- he's quoted as saying: "The only thing I care about in music, now, is life... it's life that lasts. When you sense somebody living at the edge of their possibilities. And that's something I think you get with this band sometimes. I think you get it a lot on this record".
Adam Leier writes:
Discreet Music LIVE!!! Thrilling title no? Anyways! I just went to the Bang on a Can all night music marathon here in New York and took in Toronto based group Contact's arrangement and performance of Discreet Music. Bang on a Can did the live version of Music for Airports you will recall.
It was quite good and had much the same effect as the original recording. They used a piano, violin, flute, sax and some guitar and other things, so it was all LIVE not a tape or delay or sample anything.
The whole thing took place in this big glass atrium downtown next the WTC ground zero site. The Eno piece started around 430, so by the time it was done the sun had come up. Not a bad way to start a day!
David Whittaker e-mails: There's a good review in the Sunday Times (25th May) of David Sheppard's new biography On Some Faraway Beach. Though the reviewer seems startled to discover that our lad from Woodbridge has a libido as well as a brain.
- Sunday Times (warning: contains plot spoilers so don't read if you don't want to know what happens)
You can hear an Echoes feature on Brian at KUAR.
No Wave enthusiasts will be interested in two new books. First up is by Thurston and Byron Coley Abrams, No Wave: Post-Punk. Underground. New York. 1976-1980, published by Abrams Image Books on June (US) / July (UK) 1st 2008. It has photos of and interviews with many of the main players. Then there's No Wave, by Marc Masters, out in 2007.
More tracks from the forthcoming Clive Wright / Harold Budd album A Song For Lost Blossoms.
We note that The Guardian's profile for Brian lives up to its reputation for typographical accuracy.
Our previous update was on 20th May when we wrote:
Michael Poché e-mails: Wired has an interview with Brian.
Richard Joly writes: Here is a page with photos of Mimmo Paladino artworks. Nothing much about BE in the text.
Leo Abrahams' latest Webdiary (18th May) describes his work on the Byrne-Eno collaboration.
Our previous update was on 15th May when we wrote:
David Whittaker writes: The SEXtuagenarian Birthday Boy featured in today’s Independent.
Kresin e-mails: German radio station WDR 3 will broadcast this programme
on 17th May (Saturday) at 11.05 pm:
Studio Akustische Kunst
Discrete & Unfathomable
Der unfassbare Brian Eno
Von Björn Gottstein
(Produktion: WDR 2008)
I have been listening to other programmes in the "Studio Akustische Kunst". Maybe we can expect a collage portraying Brian with bits and pieces of his music. Very avantgarde-like and sophisticated . . . but let's wait and listen.
Jeff Towne of Echoes sends news of a page to accompany its set of features on Brian mentioned below. It includes audio of one of the 2003 interviews with Brian [including Kaoss demo] plus other info.
Peter Suchin says: I am writing to bring to your attention an article I wrote relating to Brian Eno's "Quiet Clubs" in 2002 and which may be of interest to your readers. It was first published in the UK journal Two Nine Two in 2002 and subsequently reprinted in the online magazine /seconds.
Bernd Kretzschmar says: the Eno-Paladino installation has been extended to 28th May. I also spotted 3 photos of Brian.
Our previous update was on 6th May when we wrote:
The NME has a short audio clip of the Coldplay track "A Spell A Rebel Yell", produced by Brian, which will appear on its exclusive 7" single.
- NME (scroll down to Coldplay Media Player; requires registration)
Marianne Faithfull's new album Easy Come, Easy Go will include a cover of Brian's song "How Many Worlds". It's due out on 26th September. (Thanks to Richard Joly).
Darla's new compilation CD includes a track from the forthcoming Harold Budd & Clive Wright album A Song For Lost Blossoms: "Forever Hold My Breath".
Daniel Lanois contributes to "Wounded", Chapter 2 of 1 Giant Leap's film What About Me?
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Mustard responds: No, really, thank you. Thank you for sending a 419 fraud message that completely forgets to ask us to get involved. Good luck with your air-lift.
Our previous update was on 29th April when we wrote:
On Some Faraway Beach, the biography of Brian Eno by David Sheppard, should be out in May. Amazon UK reckons it's due on 1st [which was wrong] while Amazon US and Blackwells think it'll be 29th. Brian Eno's "Another Green World" by Geeta Dayal looks as if it's been shunted to 30th June next year though.
More book news. Tore Pettersen writes: DJ Spooky's new book Sound Unbound has just been published. DJ Spooky describes it thus -- "It's a manifesto about sound art, digital media, and what I like to call contemporary composition. It has essays and interviews from people as diverse as Brian Eno, Pierre Boulez, Moby, Chuck D, Saul Williams, Jaron Lanier, Pauline Oliveros, Naeem Mohaiemen, and others." It's published under his name Paul D. Miller. Brian's contribution is a 10-page essay titled Bells and Their History, so maybe there's some crossover with the booklet in January 07003.
Coldplay's playful Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland were interviewed by BBC Radio 1's Jo Whiley. Brian got a mention and the new single was played.
Absolutely nothing to do with Brian, but fans of electronic music might enjoy this trip to the BBC Radiophonic Workshop -- you can see a suitcase synth like the one Brian used to perform with.
Our previous update was on 28th April when we wrote:
Over at Nerve Net, Richard "Total Recall" Mills gives a blow-by-blow account of the Royal Academy event.
Coldplay will be providing their first single "Violet Hill" as a free download on their site for a week from April 29th. It will also be included on a free 7" vinyl single with the NME on 7th May, together with a track unavailable elsewhere, "A Spell A Rebel Yell".
Magda e-mails: hi! I'm wondering if Brian Eno is involved in any way in Peter Jackson's upcoming The Lovely Bones movie. I know a few of his songs have been listed in the script of the movie, but I have also found a little piece of info that refers to Jon Hopkins working with him on the soundtrack.
Kelvin L Smith says: Harold Budd has a new album coming out. Long wait though!
Our previous update was on 24th April when we wrote:
Echoes will be running a series of features in May to celebrate Brian's 60th birthday (thanks to John Diliberto).
Monday 12th May -- AN INTERVIEW WITH BRIAN ENO: ZELIG IN THE MACHINE
Look in any corner of contemporary music, and Brian Eno is there. Brian Eno celebrates his 60th birthday this week. Rarely has an artist made such a monumental impact on modern music with such subtlety. As part of a week long celebration of Eno's music, we look back at his career with interviews from Eno, Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera, and members of Bang on A Can.
Tuesday 13th May -- AN INTERVIEW WITH BRIAN ENO: ON AN AMBIENT JOURNEY
The avatar of ambient music tells us the joys of quiet. Ambient music is all around us. Mark Prendergast even wrote a book called The Ambient Century. All of that comes down to Brian Eno, who coined the term "ambient music" in the 1970s, and released his sonic manifesto, Music for Airports. Eno talks about his concepts for ambient music.
Wednesday 14th May -- THE WIT & WISDOM OF BRIAN ENO
We hear thoughts and musings from the thinking person's musician. Brian Eno is one of the most profound minds of modern music. He's a conceptualist who applies avant-garde principles to pop music by U2 and Paul Simon, and pop principles to the avant-garde. In this wide-ranging meditation, one of the provocateurs of electronic music talks about the virtues of live performance as well as Abba and heavy metal.
Thursday 15th May -- TOUCHED BY ENO
For some musicians, being touched by Eno is like being touched by God. Musicians who weren't even born when Brian Eno recorded his seminal albums have been touched by his music. Artists from across genres, from pop to avant-garde, African to Asian, have found their music shaped by Eno, sometimes directly, often as a life-changing influence. On Brian Eno's 60th birthday, we hear from some of them including Harold Budd, Loop Guru's Dave Muddyman, David Toop, BT and Bluetech.
Friday 16th May -- THE WORLD OF BRIAN ENO
A two-hour soundscape of Brian Eno's music. In this special edition of Echoes, we hear an Echoes soundscape of Brian Eno's music, from his ambient works, pop songs, collaborations and productions.
According to Opal, Brian will not be touring with David Byrne, so it looks like wires getting crossed at Daily Swarm's source.
The first single from Coldplay's new album -- produced by Brian -- will be premiered on BBC 6 Music on 29th April.
Bob Pearce e-mails: Not sure if this has been shared before -- it's a video to accompany the Eno-Byrne track "Moonlight In Glory".
Our previous update was on 18th April when we wrote:
There are some updates further to last December's news item about Brian and David Byrne working together. David describes the type of music and there's a suggestion of a tour -- though who knows if this would include Brian (Paul Simon's Surprise tour line-up didn't feature Brian, after all). (Thanks to Richard Mills, Gerard Devine, Michael Flaherty, Steve Wilson & Jeff Baena).
- The original NME.com story is picked up by Drowned In Sound, which in turn is picked up by Stereogum and The Daily Swarm which mentions the William Morris Agency talking to promoters about a US tour and also links to the NY Daily News' description
- Leo Abrahams' April Webdiary says he's been putting in some more work on the album
Coldplay have announced a track listing and release date for their new album, Viva La Vida (thanks to Richard Mills).
On YouTube now: the 1.Outside EPK, made up of behind-the-scenes studio footage. This was originally Real video format circa 1995, so the video quality is somewhere between Tetris and Brian's Ambient videos. Rather than straightforwardly promoting the album, the EPK includes extracts from various recording and discussion sessions, with some music that didn't make it to the released album. You can see Brian dancing too.
Our previous update was on 7th April when we wrote:
Eclectic "quarterly" music publication Unknown Public sends word that having looked for alternatives to its hardback-book-and-CD format (formerly cardboard-box-and-CD-format), it has joined forces with a "technology partner" -- seemingly wanting to become a musical social network and store. One of its first wares is "The Unknown Zone", a previously unreleased track by Phil Manzanera with Brian, Robert Wyatt and Yaron Stavi.
J. Peter Schwalm recently wrote a bit about recording Music for Onmyo-ji.
Over on Nerve Net, Bernd Kretzschmar describes the Swarowski Krystallwelten exhibition.
Not much new or notable Eno-wise on YouTube, but these might while away a coupla minutes for you...
Over 10 years ago Brian spoke of wanting to write a big theory of culture (here & here). Since then we have wondered when that space on our bookshelves next to the Rev. Casaubon's The Key To All Mythologies would be filled. It seems that moves are afoot, though not a release date or anything.
- Publisher's Weekly mentions 44 Minutes: A Big Theory about Culture
The Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity have chosen Daniel Lanois' song 'The Maker' as their song for April.
Award nominee Rachid Taha is due to perform at the 2008 Awards for World Music on Thursday 10th April (broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 11th April at 19:00 BST)
The Long Now Foundation has a box in a Self Storage exhibition at 300 Treat Avenue in San Francisco, Wednesday to Sunday, 18th April - 18th May. Not to be confused with the 1995 Eno-Anderson Artangel event of the same name.
Mustard, The Tortoise Who Came In From the Cold, has just got time for a look in the postbag...
Tor writes: brianeno.com says "experiment appearing shortly".
Is this his own site?
Mustard replies: We're getting this question a lot at the moment. The domain was registered in 1997 by an Eno fan who we understand was so horrified by the thought that somebody might cyber-squat on Brian Eno's domain that he altruistically decided to safeguard and protect it for evermore. For several years he had a still from Mistaken Memories on the site rather than this new message.
ubeh ben writes: Dear Friend, I'm happy to inform you about my success
in getting those funds transferred under the cooperation of a new partner from
paraguay. Presently i'm in Paraguay for investment projects with my own share
of the total sum. meanwhile,i didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to
assist me in transferring those funds despite that it failed us some how. Now
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him to send you the total of $2.5.
Mustard replies: How tragic! Nigerian 419 spammers have fallen on such hard times that they can only afford to scam us with a measly two-and-a-half bucks!
Nannie Bourgeois e-mails: Re: the secret to bedding her... She let
out a silent scream when I told her that I can go 9 times a night.
Mustard quibbles: As a fierce wild tortoise, I have excellent hearing -- but even I would find it impossible to hear what you describe as a "silent scream". Without noise, how could you tell she was screaming? I think you'll find that she was in fact yawning. For the second part of your question, I would advise that in future you no longer drink 6 litres of water before going to bed in the evening. That will help you avoid having to nip to the loo on quite such a regular basis. Good night!
Our previous update was on 26th March when we wrote:
Scanner samples: Just thought I'd draw your attention to a fine event that I'll be chairing at the Royal Academy in London on 21st April. It includes a performance of 4' 33" and discussions with Brian, Tom Phillips and Vesna Petresin Robert. Looks to be a very entertaining night...
Would you like to sit on Brian Eno? We hope that nobody would dream of suggesting such a thing. However if you're keen, it appears that Brian has named a seat at The South Bank Centre. (Yes, we know somebody's decided to try rebranding it "Southbank Centre" without a "The", but those renamings seldom work: Reading's natives still refer to The Butts Centre rather than The Broad Street Mall, and that was changed years ago.) Perhaps Brian's action is a reference to his suggestion in A Year With Swollen Appendices: "I mean, you should be able to advertise 'Man seeks position as sofa for large lady' and get lots of sensible replies, for example."
- South Bench (scroll horizontally a bit)
Brian is listed as a participant in the Experiment Marathon Reykjavík on 16th May, probably in the Reykjavík Art Museum's Hafnarhús.
- Reykyavík Arts Festival (if this page displays in Icelandic, click on the UK flag in the top right-hand corner, then on Visual Arts 2008 in the left-hand menu bar, then The Reykjavik Art Museum - Hafnarhusid / Experiment Marathon Reykjavik in the middle of the page)
Jeffrey Morgan enthuses about Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy).
Francesco Lo Forte e-mails: Daniel Lanois is taking part in a Q&A for GearSlutz until 31st March. He answered a question on Apollo.
Our previous update was on 25th March when we wrote:
Richard Mills opines:
Good times to be had last Monday night (March 17 2008) as Brian Eno, the "brains behind Roxy Music" - OK, OK, my quote, not actually said by anyone other than me - gave another of his unfathomable talks, together with New Yorker professor and chief lecturer Clay Shirky. I must be getting the hang of these as it made much more obvious sense than some of the previous events where subjects matter has included things from... well, what HASN'T it included? They seem to ramble aimlessly on enjoying the view while nerdily recording the rise and rise of technology in modern worlds (real and virtual) and the power networks that inevitably spring from their loins.
Still with me?
Brian started grumpily enough and totally in keeping with his public face-to-face persona by criticising the hosts ICA for using too small a room and therefore "for the 19th time" selling out weeks in advance. "Would someone from the ICA please take note and hire a larger space next time?" he bleated. He had a point - the Nash Room seems like a destination for people who enjoy the longest route to a long-forgotten loft in the rafters of an old mansion-house.
But warming to what is potentially a very cold sterile subject in the wrong hands, Brian softened up and talked about the origins of the Internet, the WELL project, how dentists co-ordinating their diaries were responsible for online bulletin boards, how the Internet "became established as this huge masturbation machine... sorry, I mean marketing tool", flash-mobbing, the formation of the 2006 passenger charter created in USA by the revolt by users of airlines who incarcerate them when flights are grounded using the Web to network and exert their commercial influence, etc etc... we could have talked long into the night but the talk was curtailed after 70 minutes because naturally Brian and Clay have products to sell and sign in the bookstore downstairs - Brian's 2nd edition of 77 Million Paintings DVD and Clay's Here Comes Everybody book.
What was mesmerising between snatches of information was the physical similarity of the two speakers. There may be decades between them in age but both are dome-headed beshaven bespectacled intellects on human legs...and almost interchangeable but for the evident characteristics embued in each by upbringing in Woodbridge, Suffolk and New York respectively. Magic (as Paul Daniels might say).
- Scratchy MP3 bootleg (Mark A.M. Kramer proves the power of networks)
- Video clips (more proof)
Fabio Anile e-mails: Thanks for hosting this huge web site about Mr. Eno. If you're interested, I have posted some photos I took at the recent exhibit "OPERA PER L'ARA PACIS" on my web site.
Bernd Kretzschmar writes: I just found this video excerpt with unreleased Eno / Schwalm music Heart Pulse, composed and recorded by Brian Eno and J. Peter Schwalm.
Onur Azeri e-mails: Thought you’d be interested in a nice mention of Brian over at the New York Times today regarding music he did for a film called Boarding Gate. It’s at the end of the movie review. EnoWeb adds: Maybe this is the soundtrack Leo Abahams mentioned recently. However, the Press Kit & IMDB don't mention who is responsible for the music.
Kaon Koo says:
Have something new that Mark Harrop and I hope you will enjoy.
I have been working with Mark on a pair of related non-commercial video productions since mid-January, 2008, and am pleased to announce the public launch of these extended length productions, presented in full screen high definition HD resolution 1280 x 720P progressive scan format, each about 37 minutes total running time, at Vimeo:
These productions are, to the best of my knowledge, probably the first extended length derivative works (in high definition quality and all original music) that are based on Eno's 77 Million Paintings, made possible by the non-commercial images usage permission as included / stated in the 77-MP software (both 1st and 2nd editions, i.e. versions 1.0 and 1.1). I am happy to say that it has been yet another enjoyable production experience collaborating with Mark Harrop again, who has, through my audition and selection of some of his recent unreleased works, brought forth one of his original algorithmic / generative pieces titled Porthemeor Evening for use with the first video in this pair - 7 Hours in 77 Million Paintings. We are both very happy with the final result of the audio track for 7-HOURS, providing a very different aural mood for the entire piece.
For the second video in the pair, I've decided to revisit Mark's minimalistic ambient piece Dusk Bells, originally released in the Flash based FAME Music Capsule back in 2000.
Rory Walsh writes: I just got back from a cold but enjoyable weekend in Bath. Whilst there I read that Harold Budd will be performing at the Bath Music Festival. Even better it's free! Even better than that you can follow in the footsteps of Brian and Roger Eno, Robin Guthrie, Hector Zazou, Andy Partridge, Bill Laswell, John Foxx, Jah Wobble, Bill Nelson and loads of others by performing with the man himself. For those of us who trekked down to Brighton in 2005 for his farewell concert and jammed the Harold Budd Retires helpline afterwards for comfort, this must be a pavilion of dreams come true. And another thing, at the Here Comes Everybody talk at the ICA Eno appeared fit and well and during the course of the discussion talked about the website Flickr. I checked it out and it has it a number of Eno related pictures including Eno at the Eno Wines.
Our previous update was on 15th March when we wrote:
Brian spoke about the Clock of the Long Now on the Radio 4 programme Nowhere Fast? on Saturday 15th March.
- Nowhere Fast? (available until Saturday 22nd March 2008; Brian's bells play at the beginning and he speaks towards the end)
Our previous update was on 13th March when we wrote:
Here's some info on the Eno/Paladino installation at the Museo dell'Arra Pacis in Rome. (Thanks to Renzo Pietrolungo & Francesco Lo Forte)
Bernd Kretzschmar writes: There was some Italian radio coverage of Eno's & Palladino's new collaboration.
Daniel Lanois' film Here Is What Is, which as you'll remember includes chats with Brian and an alternative version of a track from Apollo, is released on DVD by Red Floor Records on 17th March. This is an "exclusive Goldtop Edition" with CD and the DVD includes over an hour of extra footage, including alternate versions of songs from the film, plus other stuff.
Ellen Mallernee e-mails: Hey, I’m an Editor at Gibson Guitar, and we just posted a really great story about Brian Eno and Ambient Guitar, and I thought you might to link to it from your site.
Niki van Schnabel alias Bulli Pulver writes: Hello Great Brian Eno Webmasters! The last time I mailed you to give you the chance to see the sweet Paintings of famous Popstars from Herrn Bulli Pulver (bullipulver.de). Today I would like to show you some of the delicious Paintings of his friend Herrn Niki van Schnabel (Dutch Ornithologist). He has painted his special “Top of the Pops 2008”. Among those great songs you will also find one great song of our friend Brian Eno. Now you have to find out – which one:
Leo Abrahams keeps mentioning Brian.
Here's a bit more information on Brian's involvement with the Spore game music.
In a shock move, EnoWeb has updated a page other than this news page. The discography and film, video & tv pages are now up to date. Ish.
Just a reminder that Peter Schmidt Web has plenty of intriguing stuff.
Neil Gaiman, writer of Neverwhere for which Brian wrote the music, has made his novel American Gods available to read for free on the site of his publisher Harper Collins.
Our previous update was on 18th February when we wrote:
On 17th March, Brian will be in conversation with Clay Shirky, discussing "The Power of Networks" at the ICA in London. (Thanks to Richard Mills).
But before that, Renzo Pietrolungo writes: Nine years on from their first collaboration, Brian and Mimmo Paladino are again joining forces for a collaborative project at Rome's Museo dell'Arra Pacis. It runs from 11th March to 11th May.
Bernd Kretschmar writes: The Swarovski Kristallwelten site now has full information about its new installations. Brian's is called 55 Million Crystals and he also contributes to another installation in Crystal Worlds.
- Swarovski Kristallwelten Artists Page (click on Brian's name)
- Swarovski Kristallwelten Tour Flash site: Click forward to 02, The Crystal Dome by André Heller & Susanne Schmögner with new music by Brian -- click on the inset images to hear other loops
- The man himself at the reopening of the Wattens museum -- Click on Neueröffnung 30.11.2007 and then click to 6 of 81 for an image of Brian, then click-click away to 75 of 81 to see his installation room; also click on Kristalline Vision 11.04.2007 and click to 7 of 11 for another image of Brian
Paul Callanan e-mails: I recently emailed Canongate asking for an update on The Margin: A Canongate Diary and A Year With Swollen Appendices. Here is the response I received:
These two titles have unfortunately been canceled for the time being. We have no date.
Bang on A Can All-Stars have released (digitally) a live recording of Music For Airports.
A date of 7th September has been set for the release of Will Wright's new game Spore, which includes a generative musical soundtrack by Brian. (Thanks to Bernd Kretzschmar).
On the same topic, Brian's Long Now chat with Will, Playing With Time, is available on DVD in the USA. (Thanks to Kevin Eden).
On a similar topic, further to 2007's coverage of Noatikl, the new generative music software follow-up to Koan, Tim Cole e-mails: With the release of V1.5 of noatikl, its generative music engine has been transformed into a powerful trans-generative music engine through the addition of functionality allowing it to be totally controlled by a combination of Lua scripts and external MIDI events, either live -- e.g. from MIDI keyboard, MIDI guitar or other MIDI instrument --or from a MIDI file. This major extension means that noatikl can now harmonise and flux around an overall external musical structure, creating MIDI notes and events which can be used to drive samplers, synths and FX units.
John Diliberto says: I thought you might be interested in Avant to Pop, a web article I wrote on the flow from avant-garde music into popular music, including Eno. At the end there's links to a quintet of 5 minute meditational interviews with Eno, Stockhausen, Cage, Keith Jarrett and a bunch of Minimalists that's in a series called Thoughts in Sound.
Michael Staley points out that Leo Abrahams once again mentions his work with Brian in his Webdiary (23rd January 2008 entry).
Leo's new album The Unrest Cure was released in January, featuring a host of stars from stage and screen including Brian on "No Frame" and "2000 Years from Now" (backing vocals). (Thanks to Michael Staley & Leo Abrahams). Michael adds: When you buy the album on iTunes (at just over a fiver - bargain!), it comes bundled with a music video for "2000 Years from Now" (Brian isn't featured) and a 10-minute documentary video about the making of the album (Brian is mentioned).
Scrooby says that in our round-up of news on Brian being given a day job by Nick Clegg last year, we missed an article in The Independent.
More recently in the Indie, Brian was one of the signatories for a letter about curbing nuclear arms on Saturday 16th February.
- The Independent Letters -- scroll down a bit
Richard Joly writes: Here's a very thorough interview with Mark Mothersbaugh of DEVO. GREAT STUFF. Some way down he talks a bit about woring with Brian. (Thanks also to Rich Lindsay).
- Fecal Face -- scroll down a long way
Rupert Loydell e-mails: There's a review of David Whittaker's book Stonelight, which - as you know - includes Eno and Stafford Beer stuff, up at Stride in a review entitled 'Mapping Out the Terrain'; also covered is Michael Bracewell's Remake/Remodel.
Rich Henderson says: Just wanted to let you know, The Thing Is... An Interview, Paul Morley's 1992 Channel 4 interview with Brian is up on YouTube in three parts:
Theodor e-mails: We are radio producers from Greece with a morning show in best radio (92.6) (www.bestradio.gr for liveradio every morning 06.00-08.00 english time). Last July (7/7/2007) we released our first collection with EMI records with our favourite songs by the title God Save the Kings - with a Brian Eno song (Deep Blue Day). You can visit our blog for the cd cover and more details.
Our prevous update was on 3rd January when we wrote:
What do we have to look forward to this year, Eno-wise? On Some Faraway Beach, David Sheppard's biography of Brian, will be published in May, and Geeta Dayal's Brian Eno's "Another Green World" is out in September. Canongate's The Margin and re-release of A Year with Swollen Appendices are still currently Missing In Action. It seems possible that Brian's projects with Herbie Hancock and David Byrne might come to fruition; the new Coldplay and U2 albums and the DVD of Daniel Lanois Film Here Is What Is should be out anyway. January 21st sees the release of Leo Abrahams' album The Unrest Cure which features Brian on one track. As 2008 marks Brian's 60th birthday we might see some media coverage, bunting, public holidays etc in May as well.
Will Cate writes: I just ran across Edge.org's "World Question Center," which asks, to several interesting people, "What have you changed your mind about?" Here's Brian's response.
David Evans e-mails: You may have heard this -- Brian talking about nuclear weapons (he's against them) as part of Damon Albarn's guest editorship of the Today programme on 27th December 2007.
- Today (RealAudio)
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