NEWS UPDATE: 14TH JULY 2019
Thanks to Dario, Alex, Rory, Martina, Richard, Gary, Samantha, Tony, and EnoWeb's own newsbot Tom Boon in no particular order for these news items.
With the imminent launch of Apollo/For All Mankind on 19th July, there's a bit of publicity flying around.
- "Capsule" with Daniel Lanois' thoughts on it at Consequence of Sound
- "An Ending (Ascent)" at The Quietus
- For All Mankind full album stream at NPR (geolocked to US visitors only)
- The Long Now Foundation's listening event, The Interval, San Francisco, USA (23rd, 24th, 30th and 31st July)
- For All Mankind film followed by Q&A with Roger Eno, Regent Street Cinema, London (21st July)
- Icebreaker Ensemble performs Apollo in Brighton (21st July)
Film buffs may be interested to know that the new track "The End of a Thin Cord" on For All Mankind is a version of the much requested love theme from The Jacket.
Brian will also be appearing on the wireless on BBC 6 Music; broadcasts will be streamable for a month afterwards. Apollo is the station's Album Of The Day on 19th July.
- 19th July: Shaun Keaveny at the Bluedot Festival
- 21st July: Eno and Cox On The Moon brings together the Two Wise Brians in a non-Christmas-related programme
Before we move onto other news, Gary informed us a long while back that one of the many versions of For All Mankind included an otherwise unreleased track by Brian called "Black Sedan". We were never able to find out why it got cut.
Continuining the Apollo/coloured vehicular manifestations theme, it's also worth pointing out that Daniel Lanois' film Here Is What Is has a track called "Blue Bus" which turns out to be a variant of "Deep Blue Day".
Icebreaker and B.J. Cole performed "An Ending (Ascent)" in Prague.
In late June, Brian was a guest at the Starmus V Festival in Zürich, the annual event celebrating everything to do with Space exploration. He was awarded the Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication, and also got an asteroid named after him thanks to astronomer Marc Buie. Brian has a spider named after him, too, but footling Customs regulations meant that it was unable to accompany him to Starmus.
- Brian talked about the award beforehand, apparently having interrupted his lunch (or breakfast bowl of Coco Pops, we're not sure when it was filmed)
- Peter Gabriel presented the medal
- The asteroid certificate
- Medal awardees got a free Omega wristwatch
- Pic on Brian May's Instagram
- The Daily Mail has lots of pix
- Brian talked to Monocle 24 Radio
- Deutsche Welle interview and German version
Audio of 14th May Brian's chat with Srećko Horvat on 14th May.
Apparently Brian provided a soundtrack for this 1987 public information film on AIDS.
Moving swiftly on from one apocalyptic vision to another, Warp Records celebrated its 30 year anniversary with a selection of special broadcasts, including one that featured members of Extinction Rebellion backed by music from Apollo.
Brian took the time to contradict President Trump.
Brian has created an audio/video composition called Philadelphia Dorian for the rooms at the new Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia. It could be a bit loud, as the report concludes with the sentence "Data shows Philadelphia will be able to support the boom in hotel rooms."
Michael Benson's Otherworlds is now showing at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottowa; the music by Brian for the show now has a title, Deep Space. An old report from the beginning of the Natural History Museum run of Otherworlds appears to have an earlier version of the soundtrack.
Reverb Machine (Dan Carr) has an article deconstructing Music for Airports.
Brian now possesses an official Twitter account, operated by his record label.
Cybernetics fans! A new illustrated guide to the solutions of Stafford Beer has just been published: Stafford Beer The Father of Management Cybernetics: Big Data Analysis including Cybernetic Glossary. There's a picture of Brian in it.
Miscellaneous clips and snippets
- Lightbox man
- "Emerald and Stone" performed by Mari Samuelsen
- "By This River" performed by Mari Samuelsen
- A rare vinyl-only remix by Brian of the Slop Shop track "Stay... And Come!"
- Brian makes a very brief appearance towards the end of this Rachid Taha video
- Chance and collaboration with Leo Abrahams
Finally, a look at the postbag. A disgruntled acupuncturist writes:
"Why does every commentary concerning Brian Eno always end up an endless diatribe of idiotic attempts at wit.
You are not Brian Eno, so stop trying so damn hard to talk and act like him, it is repulsive. He doesn't talk like that anyway.
You do not have to make desperate attempts to sound 'cerebral' in EVERY SINGLE FREAKING SENTENCE on your website.
hope this helps"
Naturally this message was passed over to me by EnoWeb's Customer Care Team as quickly as possible, partly because we place such great emphasis on client satisfaction, and partly because he wanted to get back to lounging in the sunshine and fulminating about the dearth of dandelions in the garden at this time of year. What you appear to be referring to is EnoWeb's House Style. Right from the site's inception in 1993, Malcolm Humes adopted an irreverent attitude towards its subject, and when I took over in 1996 I continued that. It's an expression of the belief that while you may be serious about an artist and their work, you don't have to take your fandom entirely seriously. In no way is this "trying so damn hard to talk and act like" Brian Eno; as you've so cleverly spotted, "He doesn't talk like that anyway". Nor is it "desperate attempts to sound 'cerebral'". The horrifying truth is that this is how I write, and in no way is it 'cerebral' – it's just a few Category Error gags harnessed to a not-particularly-extensive vocabulary. Humour is subjective, and what you find "idiotic attempts at wit" and "repulsive" may well be interpreted by others as merely an amiable way of passing a few minutes. It is a matter of great personal regret that I cannot please all my site visitors all of the time, and that you got so needled, but in the words of the late Rabbi Lionel Blue, "Don't take it too heavy, dearie, don't take it too heavy".