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In January and February 2021, Angeleno Eno fans can enjoy a public screening and sound installation of A Quiet Scene, over 100 videos accompanying Roger and Brian Eno's music from Mixing Colours and its subsequent Luminous EP. The videos will be exhibited on LED screens on The Music Center's Jerry Moss Plaza in Los Angeles, in collaboration with non-profit radio station dublab from 22nd January to 21st February 2021. At the same time, Mixing Colours Expanded will be released, combining the original album and EP. Film Music 1976–2020 will also see the light of day in the good ol' U.S. of A. on 22nd January, as will a limited edition CD of Brian's soundtrack for RAMS (previously a Record Store Day exclusive vinyl LP) worldwide.


Michael Engelbrecht's DFR Klanghorizonte show will feature an interview with Brian on 26th December during its 3:05–4:00am slice (Germany time), which will be streamable for a week afterwards. Shaun Keaveny will be hosting Brians Eno and Cox for their traditional festive pre-recorded chit-chat on 1st January 2021 from 1pm, and streamable for 30 days thereafter. Shaun normally tries to get a third Brian to take part but like most things in 2020 that couldn't happen.


The Royal Academy has a piece of music by Brian playing in its Vestibule called Flowers 2018-2020, as a sort of amuse-bouche for its annual Summer Exhibition (now Winter Exhibition) – which was due to run until 3rd January 2021 but is currently closed owing to Tier 4 CoVID-19 restrictions (so maybe its season will change again, who knows?). Khnum, one of Brian's lightboxes, is also on show. The BBC made a documentary about the exhibition which includes an extract from Flowers 2018-2020, footage of Khnum, plus a short interview with Brian.


During 2021 the Science Museum Group will be hosting a series of Climate Talks; the discussion on 15th February will feature Brian and James Thornton discussing the work of ClientEarth. It's a free online event though museum donations are welcome.


Brian's Condenser lightbox and his first outdoor sculpture (Sing Tree) are on display at the Museo Marco in Monterrey, Mexico until April 2021.


Brian has continued to participate in Zoom and audio conversations, sometimes to promote Film Music 1976–2020. Not all of these have made it to YouTube, e.g. the Rough Trade/ video Q&A with Miranda Sawyer, and a 2-hour discussion with architecture students at Archizoom/EPFL during which Brian declined an invitation to dance on camera because he was wearing his pyjama trousers.


Yup, really scraping the barrel with these headlines. It's been a long year. Anyway, Brian spoke about Film Music 1976–2020, and Warp commissioned a video.


We now go back to the Eighties, as interviews and panels with Brian have been disinterred by Phil South and Other Minds.


Harold Budd died in early December. Although he wasn't keen on labels, EnoWeb thinks that Harold was as important to the genre of ambient music as Brian. Many words have been written about him and his unique work; he always came across as totally genuine with a great sense of playfulness. As Matt Smith in a 2011 Independent profile put it, "Sat in the corner of a west London pub, surrounded by empty pint glasses and laughing like a drain, Harold Budd is nothing like you'd anticipate." Some years ago, Opal's Lin Barkass told me (Tom) that the track on The Pearl called "Dark-Eyed Sister" has that title because when Harold met Charmian, sister of Anthea and Dominic Norman-Taylor, he said – and whenever I think of this, my mind's ear can't help hearing it in Harold's voice with a hint of reverb – "You have the darkest eyes of any white chick I've ever seen."




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Film MusicOn 13th November we're getting another album from Brian. In a shocking break from tradition following Music for Films, Music for Films Volume 2, Music for Films III, and More Music for Films, the new album is called Film Music 1976–2020. As its name half-suggests, it's a compilation of music written for films and television (also true of 1978's Music for Films which included "Alternative 3" from the Science Report documentary of the same name). There are seven previously unreleased tracks alongside old favourites like pieces from Apollo and other completist-only tracks that deserve a wider hearing, such as Eno's cover of "You Don't Miss Your Water", and the "Prophecy Theme" from Dune.

13th November is the date for worldwide streaming and download, plus the CD/vinyl release throughout the world apart from North America, whose denizens have to wait until January 22nd 2021 for physical product owing to some obscure Rock'n'Roll Music Biz reason.

Film Music 1976–2020 can be pre-ordered from your local record store, or here.

Film Music 1976–2020 Tracklisting († indicates previously unreleased )

  1. “Top Boy (Theme)” from Top Boy - Series 1, directed by Yann Demange, 2011 †
  2. “Ship In A Bottle” from The Lovely Bones, directed by Peter Jackson, 2009 †
  3. “Blood Red” from Francis Bacon’s Arena, directed by Adam Low, 2005 †
  4. “Under” from Cool World, directed by Ralph Bakshi, 1992 (previously released on Eno Box II, My Squelchy Life, and Another Day On Earth)
  5. “Decline And Fall” from O Nome da Morte, directed by Henrique Goldman, 2017 †
  6. “Prophecy Theme” from Dune, directed by David Lynch, 1984
  7. “Reasonable Question” from We Are As Gods, directed by David Alvarado / Jason Sussberg, 2020 †
  8. “Late Evening In Jersey” from Heat, directed by Michael Mann, 1995 (previously released on Curiosities Volume I, and in a different mix on The Drop under the name "Hazard")
  9. “Beach Sequence” from Beyond The Clouds, directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1995
  10. “You Don’t Miss Your Water” from Married to the Mob, directed by Jonathan Demme, 1988
  11. “Deep Blue Day” from Trainspotting, directed by Danny Boyle, 1996 (and For All Mankind / Apollo)
  12. “The Sombre” from Top Boy - Series 2, directed by Jonathan van Tulleken, 2013 †
  13. “Dover Beach” from Jubilee, directed by Derek Jarman, 1978
  14. “Design as Reduction” from RAMS, directed by Gary Hustwit, 2018
  15. “Undersea Steps” from Hammerhead, directed by George Chan, 2004 †
  16. “Final Sunset” from Sebastiane, directed by Derek Jarman, 1976
  17. “An Ending (Ascent)” from For All Mankind, directed by Al Reinert, 1989

Mixing It

Deutsche Grammophon appears to have been so happy with Mixing Colours that it rapidly released a follow-up vinyl EP Luminous on 14th August, both as a limited edition yellow disc and in a double black Mixing Colours vinyl album. The EP features 7 new tracks; they are also available digitally and for streaming.

Luminous Tracklisting

  1. Moss
  2. Violet
  3. Manganese
  4. Vermilion
  5. Marble
  6. Pewter (previously a bonus track for the Japanese release of Mixing Colours)
  7. Malachite

The Mixing Colours video contest got over 1700 entries, which were pared down to 200; the final selection process is still on-going.


All Saints Records rereleased Wrong Way Up and Spinner in expanded editions on 21st August. Wrong Way Up includes the single tracks "Grandfather's House" and "Palinquin", while Spinner features a new track by Jah Wobble, "Lockdown" and a stray track from Brian, "Stravinsky". Meanwhile, Brian's soundtrack for the RAMS documentary was released as a white vinyl LP on Record Store Day on 2020's first Record Store Day, 29th August. Glitterbeat re-released Edikanfo's Eno-produced album The Pace Setters. The HELP album in aid of War Child was re-released, too. As will be From Brussels With Love, in November, which includes an Eno interview/monologue.


Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria is currently hosting Brian Eno. Reflected, which features three of Brian's new lightbox works in dialogue with Old Masters (ends 21st January 2021). He also has some lightboxes, lenticulars, speaker flowers, and prints on show at Galleria Michela Rizzo in Venice (ends 21st November).


Since CoVID-19 hit our shores, Brian has concentrated on growing a protective BeardShield™ and taking part in video conversations where he occasionally proves he didn't need that expensive voice-stretching software for Kite Stories-style glitched vocals, just a dodgy Internet connection.

Brian also posed for Paul Stolper Gallery's 'The View from Where I Am' here and here.


In book news, Brian's 1995 diary, A Year with Swollen Appendices, is to be republished by Faber in November; earlier this year a new book was published about the Portsmouth Sinfonia. Brian is listed as a contributor for the first issue of INQUE Magazine, a forthcoming crowdfunded annual publication.


Brian has provided the music for two videos plus a Starmus initiative. And we have the usual round-up of old appearances in sound and vision, including a great interview from 1974.



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Who amongst us hasn't dreamed of collaborating with Brian and Roger Eno? Rattling a tambourine in an isolated part of the studio because they "don't think you're quite ready yet" for a triangle... nodding blankly as they talk about books by people you've never heard of... stifling a yawn as they embark on yet another "amusing" anecdote about their "outrageous" rockstar lifestyles and "hilarious" backstage antics...

Well, sometimes dreams really do come true, in a way. Following the recent release by Deutsche Grammophon of Mixing Colours, Roger and Brian Eno are inviting fans to submit videos of their post-lockdown world to a new website. It's an idea inspired by the films made by Brian and Peter Chilvers for four tracks – ‘Celeste’, ‘Sand’, ‘Ultramarine’ and ‘Blonde’. The Eno brothers will choose eleven videos as official accompaniment for music from the album: "We want to ask people in the next few weeks to take a single shot of a quiet scene, at home, or out the window, or in their garden. Clouds passing, rustling tree leaves, a bird nesting, people conducting activities in the house: quiet moments that we are all enjoying, together, in isolation." With lockdowns continuing across the globe, the videos have taken on a greater sense of poignancy and timeliness, and the Eno brothers now encourage us to document and appreciate our own newly confined surroundings.

Just shoot a video in landscape format and slow motion mode, with a duration of 3 to 5 minutes to match your chosen track. Upload it to YouTube, Vimeo or Instagram, then fill in the form at to submit your entry. Closing date is 29th May 2020. The aim is to find value in contemporary, more restricted landscapes, and to share these across the globe – a reminder that despite current circumstances, we share more in common with one another than ever... not least music.


Brian wrote an article about a leaked report.


Brian has remixed the Headie One x Fred again.. track 'Told'


Two films from DAU are available to stream online if you're willing to pay over your kopeks. But we have no idea if they are likely to include Eno music.


One film for which Brian has definitely provided the original score is We Are As Gods, a new documentary about Stewart Brand. Alas, the cancellation of the SXSW Film Festival means that its prospects are up in the air at the moment, but you can see a clip on the film's Twitter feed.



Fourth World musician Jon Hassell now has long-term health issues, and so a group of his friends and fans have started a GoFundMe project to support him financially. Brian is up for it – you can read a note from him on the fund page.


Robert Fripp will be releasing a new Soundscape every Friday in a "Music for Quiet Moments" series.


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Mixing Colours, the new album by Brian and Roger Eno, has been out for a few weeks – tranquil material with a deckled edge of tension that makes it admirably suited to the Zeitgeist of many people's Weltanschauung. Roger and Brian indulged in a modest amount of publicity to support the release.



LemsipBrian was also interviewed by Sissi Makropoulou for  Apartamento magazine (with a photo that inadvertently revealed shocking evidence of drug use in the Eno studio), looked to the future with Yanis Varoufakis from lockdown in Norfolk, and is/was scheduled to be a remote witenagemote keynote speaker at the 2020 International Music Summit (the main event has been postponed to 2021, but organisers still plan a 2020 virtual edition). He also spoke at an event on behalf of Julian Assange in February.


The Institute of Art and Ideas has released some videos of Brian at past HowTheLightGetsIn events, where people were allowed to sit close to each other. The very idea!


RAMSGary Hustwit is making the RAMS documentary free to view until Tuesday 14th April. In addition, the RAMS soundtrack is to be released on vinyl including a download code on Record Store Day – whenever that is. Probably June 20th, but who can claim to know what the future holds? The track listing is:
A1. Bright Clouds of Metal
A2. Harmonic Guitar
A3. Unusual Temperament
A4. A Warm Sweet Bed
A5. Beautiful Metals
A6. Designer Piano
B1. Generative Lounge
B2. Design as Reduction
B3. Al’Khwarizmi Piano
B4. Shimmering Future
B5. For A New Design 


Brian has written the foreword to Client Earth's book Guardians of the Planet: How to be an Eco-Hero.


Stuff from YouTube.


The forthcoming issue of DEK magazine will have a lengthy feature on David Bowie's photo shoot for 1.Outside.


Wavepaths is looking for investment to develop its therapeutic music experiences. Brian is still listed as one of the contributors on its website. There's a new video explaining what they want to achieve, presented by Founder and CEO Mendel Kaelen, a man who blinks perhaps less often than one might expect .


Richard Kadrey's Passive-Aggressive Oblique Strategies


While searching trhough an old CD-R yesterday, I came across an unexpectedly topical article dated August 30th 1999 by the Express' Consumer Affairs Correspondent Mark Townsend. Headed STOCK UP YOUR LARDERS NOW, it claimed "EVERY household in Britain will be urged this week to stockpile emergency food rations to last them through the millennium celebrations" because of predictions "that every grocery store in the land will close for at least two days at New Year" and the havoc due to be wrought by the Millennium Bug. Supermarket Tesco, for example, would be "stockpiling champagne and toilet rolls". I wasn't quite sure why I had kept this piece of flim-flam until I got to the penultimate paragraph.

Canned music


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Brian and Roger Eno will be speaking on Michael Engelbrecht's radio programme Klanghorizonte on 15th February, albeit in separate segments. For the first time on air, they will be discussing aspects of their forthcoming album Mixing Colours. Brian will also speak about two tracks – and their context in his work – from Drums Between The Bells (with Rick Holland) and High Life (with Karl Hyde), as part of the show's third themed hour titled Das Dunkle Leuchten or Homegrown Sounds for Future Space Retreats – a mixtape of Brian’s work between 2010 and 2020.

Klanghorizonte is broadcast on the Deutschlandfunk radio station in Germany from 1:05am CET, and will thereafter be available for streaming on demand during  the following 7 days for those of us who need our beauty sleep at the actual time it goes out.

Peter Chilvers has made seven short films to accompany tracks from Mixing Colours, in some sort of collaboration with Brian. The first is available now.

Víkingur Ólafsson got a photo with Brian and Roger last November.


Paul Stolper Gallery is publishing a new set of postcards by Brian Eno. There are 29 litho printed cards in the collection featuring reproductions of his work, and Brian has written an introductory essay for the accompanying booklet. The postcards are presented in boxes with a choice of four colours.

  • Paul Stolper
  • 13+ minutes of offcuts, insets, noises off, and snatches of music, from a report on Light Music at Paul Stolper in 2016


He speaks, and he is recorded.

He writes, and he is rendered in pixels.


21st February sees the release of The Book, the autobiography of musician and artist Hans-Joachim Roedelius in English-language translation. He's had a long life and strange career, of which his work with Brian is only a tiny fraction. You get a Foreword by Brian, a signed art print, and a unique telling of a life story. The book is exclusively available from Curious Music. 


Appearing under the names of Musiker J. Peter Schwalm and Film-maker Sophie Clements is this Schwalm-Eno track "One Side" from 2004.


Brian is apparently one of 50+ artists invited to propose artworks and projects in response to the climate emergency by Serpentine Galleries. But we don't know any more about that. It's even possible that this is just a reference to the We Make Tomorrow summit mentioned below.



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Mixing ColoursMixing Colours, a new album of music by Roger Eno and Brian Eno, will be released worldwide on 20th March on the Deutsche Grammophon label. The musicians followed the same way of working as on 2002's EnoShop release, 18 Keyboard Studies by Hans Friedrich Micheelsen: Roger recorded individual pieces using a MIDI keyboard, and then sent the MIDI files to Brian to manipulate.

“We weren’t directing this towards an end result," Roger says. "It was like a back-and-forth conversation we were having over a 15-year period. I’d wake up, go straight upstairs, put my equipment on and improvise, then I sent things to Brian that I thought he might be interested in. The idea for a full album emerged as the number of pieces kept increasing and the results kept being interesting. It’s something that neither of us could have arrived at alone ... The more you listen to this album, particularly with the fabulous worlds that Brian has created, you can really walk into its enormous landscape and stay.”

Brian says: “With classical instruments the clarinet represents a little island of sound, the viola another, and the grand piano yet another. Each instrument is a finite set of sonic possibilities, one island in the limitless ocean of all the possible sounds that you could make. What’s happened with electronics is that all the spaces in between those islands are being explored, yielding new sounds that have never previously existed. It has been a huge pleasure for me to explore that ocean with Roger’s unique compositions.”

The track titles invoke colours and textures, matching the album's deep meditation on shifting tonal shades and contrasts in timbre:

  • Spring Frost
  • Burnt Umber
  • Celeste
  • Wintergreen
  • Obsidian
  • Blonde
  • Dark Sienna
  • Verdigris
  • Snow
  • Rose Quartz
  • Quicksilver
  • Ultramarine
  • Iris
  • Cinnabar
  • Desert Sand
  • Deep Saffron
  • Cerulean Blue
  • Slow Movement: Sand

The album artwork features abstract paintings by Dom Theobald, including a piece that Roger gave Brian.

Bonus points trivia: This is a homecoming of sorts for Brian: his first LP appearance was on Deutsche Grammophon as part of the anonymous chorus performing Paragraphs on Cornelius Cardew's The Great Learning in 1971.


Brian will manifest himself both physically and virtually during the coming months.

Not necessarily an appearance – the website doesn't say – but Brian has proposed a Vision Makers initiative for Campfire Convention, with the chance to share new ideas during its Winter Gathering.


In November 2016, Brian Eno, Laurie Anderson and Ebe Oke met in cold, rainy Copenhagen for Dokument #2, for a week of improvisation using computers, guitars, organ, drums, violin, paper, elastic, and apparently neoprene hammers as well to round it all off. 10 hours of recordings were boiled down to 11 tracks running at just over 40 minutes, pressed on Nordsø Records in a limited edition of 500 numbered 180 gram vinyl Dokument #2 records. UK pre-orders from Rough Trade have sold out although it's possible some Rough Trade branches and shops in Denmark may still have copies.

  • Rough Trade including a short video of sound extracts
  • Artist talks: recycling our links from 2016, here are Eno, Anderson and Oke at Dokument#2, Copenhagen Library: Part 1 — Part 2 — Part 3


Over on the Brian Eno Before And After Ambient Facebook Group, Thomas O'Neill wrote: "Being a major fan of Eno's recorded work as of spring 1981, I got wind that he was going to be doing a radio interview with host Lynn Samuels on WBAI, an NYC independent radio station. I managed to get the whole thing (with minor gap for reel change near the end) onto 7-1⁄2 ips IPS reel to reel tapes (!). I haven't re-listened to them in decades. I have to pull my old Revox out of the closet, bake the tapes, and transfer them to digital ... I'm pretty sure I have the only existing copy of this interview. Now you have it too, digitized and cleaned up. It's a snapshot of where Eno was at around the time after Remain In Light and My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts. Later in the program he indicates he had started work on what would eventually be released as On Land. Note: At an hour and 38 minutes in, there is a short gap. It was at this point that the tape ran out and I had to switch to another reel. At the end of the interview, Lynn Samuels played a record that had just arrived at the station, she opened it up for the first time and played it. Laurie Anderson's 7" single on 110 Records, Walk The Dog / Oh Superman. This may have been the first time it was played on any radio station."


The Gift's Instagram account posted "a recording of one of the most beautiful memories in our life" in Brian's studio, Tony Visconti talked about Subterraneans, and Faber will republish Michael Bracewell's book Remake/Remodel.


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