: updated 7th July 02014 :
With High Life now released, Brian and Karl will be talking to Mark and Stuart on Radcliffe and Maconie, BBC 6 Music, on Tuesday 8th July at 13:00 BST. The programme will then be streamable worldwide for a week afterwards; those who experience problems using portable devices may have more success using a PC or Mac. (Thanks to Radiocitizen.)
The track "Lilac" from the album is available to stream, accompanied by visuals from the Eno • Hyde app (which has been updated to include "Lilac".
There have been some reviews, as you can readily imagine.
Literary news. Leonardo Vittorio Arena writes: I'd like to let you know that a book of mine on Eno's philosophy of music has been published: Brian Eno, Filosofia per non musicisti, Milan, Mimesis editions, 2014, 66 pp. I teach History of modern and contemporay philosophy at the University of Urbino, Italy. And Rupert Loydell writes about himself in the third person: Rupert Loydell & Kingsley Marshall of Falmouth University recently presented a new paper on Eno at the Music and the Moving Image conference in New York. 'THINKING INSIDE THE BOX: Brian Eno, music, movement and light' (which will be published in an academic journal) is the follow up to their 'CONTROL & SURRENDER. Eno Remixed: Collaboration and Oblique Strategies' chapter, which is forthcoming in the Brian Eno - Oblique Music book later this year.
Dylan Howe has released some new arrangements of Berlin-era Bowie-Visconti-Eno music.
Our previous update was on 20th June when we wrote:
In the very early hours of 21st June German time, Michael Engelbrecht's Klanghorizonte radio programme will premiere two tracks from the forthcoming Eno • Hyde album High Life: "Moulded Life" and "Cells & Bells". The show runs from 1am to 4am and is streamed but not archived, although it looks as though the site has some kind of online recorder.
Brian Eno may have something at The Barbican's Digital Revolution event (July-September). If it's Digital it might be 77 Million Paintings, who knows?
- The Barbican (thanks to Richard Mills)
The Interval at Long Now in San Francisco definitely has a 77 Million Paintings light painting behind the bar.
Brian recently spoke at an event celebrating the life of Tony Benn. Richard Mills writes: "Brian Eno once invited Tony Benn to join his acapella choir and was told, 'But the only songs I know are about either work or love'. To which Brian replied, 'That about sums up our repertoire'. On another shared taxi journey, as they were nearing their destination in slow London traffic, Tony Benn asked Brian Eno, 'Have you ever noticed that as you approach your destination, you need to go to the toilet?' Brian says he replied: 'At our time of life, enlarged prostate, I know the feeling'. Tony then said, 'The nearer you get, the greater the need becomes'. Brian was also interviewed at the venue for Going Underground about British interventions and other political issues (thanks to Radiocitizen).
News of various friends and former collaborators of Eno:
- Laraaji in concert (Sun Araw solo, Sun Araw & Laraaji, Laraaji solo)
- Dublab Laraaji Special
- Rick Holland at Curious (thanks to Richard Mills)
- Rick Holland Mixtape components
- Daniel Lanois Timestalk
- Daniel Lanois' My Music For Billy Bob
- Roger Eno 21st June (thanks to Richard Mills)
- Ben Frost talks to ClashMusic
Ultimate Classic Rock looks at June 1, 1974.
Another opportunity to hear Brian's donation to The Museum of Curiosity (available until 27th June 2014). If it won't work on your mobile device, try a PC or Mac.
Our previous update was on 28th May when we wrote:
There's another Eno • Hyde album on its way. High Life consists of 6 tracks, unless you get the download version (in which case it consists of 7 tracks), or you get the double vinyl version (in which case it consists of 8 tracks). Apparently it returns to the original plan for the album that became Someday World before the musicians went off at a tangent (longer polyrhythmic funk) -- and this time Rick Holland is along for the ride! Is EnoWeb making it sound like a sequel to a buddy film? Anyway, the track "DBF" is available to whet appetites until the release date of 30th June/1st July (Vinyl is in August).
The publicity for Someday World is of course continuing. Warp released a new tie-in app for Apple iPhones, iPod Touches and iPads. The free Eno • Hyde app "takes the classic medium of vinyl and fuses it with image recognition and AR (augmented reality) technology in a melding of analogue and digital worlds ... fans can use their iOS device to watch and explore as new 'outsider architecture' metropolises spring into life around their vinyl copy of the album (or if you have a different format of the album, at www.enohyde.com/app). The experience is soundtracked by the Someday World song 'Strip It Down'." (Thanks to Steven Hill.)
People on Facebook asked what tha meant, so here's the text EnoWeb wrote:
The app is for iOS devices only, not Android, Windows or Symbian.
Having installed the app, you point the iPod/iPhone/iPad camera at the record label, or the picture on the web page -- and after a bit of experimentation, I see it also works with the 2-CD version with the circular hole in the cover. It has to be a circular image to get recognised.
A "play" triangle appears on the screen. After that is touched, the built-in song "Strip It Down" plays and geometric building-y shapes appear and rotate. Touching or tapping the screen apparently affects them. If you move the device too far away from the source picture then the music will fade and the animation disappears.
Warp's video shows that the app gives you the power to walk into a record store and then monopolise their record deck as you point your phone at it for five minutes -- without the owner shouting "Oi! Clear off if you aren't going to buy anything!" at you. This is clearly a vital super-power to have, and could be useful in all manner of record-store scenarios.
There was a performance, and some interviews and reviews.
- "Daddy's Car" on Later... (UK only; they also performed "Witness" but that's not online)
- Rolling Stone
- Sydney Morning Herald (warning, includes autoplaying video)
- Western Front
- Under the radar
- Echoes blog
- Music Times
- Irish Times
A museum official writes: Your intrepid reporter was present at the Barbican Centre on 17th May for Session Two of the Explorations Weekend, marking the 50th anniversary of Nonesuch Records. In the midst of pieces by Terry Riley, a premiere Steve Reich piece and a performance by Brad Mehldau, came a short piece by Timo Andres, Paraphrases on Themes of Brian Eno. The current writer thought he heard quotations from "Becalmed", "Julie With...", "Sparrowfall" and "By this River". The whole piece can be heard online here.
Past Eno suffers a meltdown in this bizarre too-hot-to-handle video.
Mustard The Tortoise shuffles through the mailbox.
Gary Stallings writes: Good Day!
Mustard: I'll be the judge of that.
Gary Stallings: A new advanced vacant position is available!
Mustard: Oh. I'm only interested in primitive vacant positions, really.
Gary Stallings: I am a chief personnel officer of an Australian consulting company. We deal with non-typical business solutions.
Mustard: Me too, especially when they involve dandelions. I think I'll skip to the end of this e-mail.
Gary Stallings: Our managers work 24 hours for you!
Mustard: They haven't really got the hang of this management concept, have they?
Patriot Survival Plan writes: Obama has just signed Executive Order 16303, which gives him the right to institute Martial Law whenever he wants to.
Mustard: Why should that bother me? I don't live in the USA. Or the delusional world you inhabit.
Patriot Survival Plan: This is the beginning of the end.
Mustard: No, it looks as though your e-mail goes on for a while yet.
Patriot Survival Plan: But YOU can make your own happy ending...and laugh in Obama's sorry face.
Mustard: Oh good, that's cheered me up. How, exactly?
Patriot Survival Plan: It's easier than you think. American Patriots are already doing this...and Obama's got NOTHING on them. On our first visit, we opted for the 10-course tasting menu, and every course was outstanding. It's not often that I taste something I've not had before, but here it happened many times. From the tea service (tea and pork broth with smoked lemon!) to snacks of trout beignets and gin/celery popsicles, to an incredible parsnip soup with ice cream... everything was perfect. Our server was attentive, friendly and informed. Cocktails were creative and delicious.
Mustard: It all seems to have gone very well. Perhaps you were just in a bad mood because you were hungry?
Simona writes: Have an electrifying direct chat session with Stunning-Russian-Singles using our Brand New Cam-Talk.
Mustard: But I don't want to be electrified.
Dirty Pearl writes: Dirty Pearl needs YOUR HELP
Mustard: Sounds more as if Dirty Pearl needs A BATH.
Mona writes: My dear Kayden
Mustard: That's not my name. What do you want?
Mona: I am a kind, affectionate, sociable, caring, nice, humorous, reliable, devoted, passionate and reliable person with a good taste.
Mustard: You forgot modest, self-effacing, and never boastful.
Mona: I like traveling, sport, music, cars, comfort and romantic candlelight dates with my special one.
Mustard: What a coincidence! I don't like any of those things.
Drop couple of WORDS to KINKY Mrs. Wileen Queenan
Mustard: How about "Go" and "Away"?
Patriot Survival Plan writes:
Just found out something crucial and rushed to let you know.
Mustard: Great to hear from you again, PSP! Thank you for keeping in touch so assiduously.
Patriot Survival Plan: Martial law has gotten dangerously close. Right now, we're literally one step from having feds knock down our doors.
Mustard: Literally, you say? Are you sure? Literally? Not metaphorically? Not figuratively? Literally? Litter, more like. Patriot Survival Plan: Almost all the steps leading to martial law are now completed...
Mustard: But you just said it was "literally one step" away. Now it's "almost all the steps" that have been taken. Are you backtracking? Or is your home on wheels?
Patriot Survival Plan: all it takes is one more spark to ignite the disaster.
Mustard: How scary.
Patriot Survival Plan: And the match has just been lit.
Mustard: I think you'll find that a lit match is rather greater than a spark. Yet nothing has ignited. The situation has all turned out to be a bit of a damp squib, hasn't it?
Our previous update was on 07th May when we wrote:
The new Eno • Hyde album Someday World has now been released worldwide.
The Eno • Hyde interview and session for Lauren Laverne is now available for streaming, and will be for the next four weeks.
- BBC 6 Music (try a PC or Mac if this won't work on a mobile device)
Brian Eno & Karl Hyde will be performing on Later... With Jools Holland, BBC 2, Tuesday 13th May at 22:00 BST. Extended version on Friday 16th May at 23:05. (Thanks to Bob.)
Some one-time Obscure artists will be performing on 26th May at Second Home, Britannia House, 68-80 Hanbury Street, Spitalfields, London E1 5JL. (Thanks to Richard Mills.)
All Saints Records has a trailer for the Laraaji remixes.
Another link from All Saints: a live performance by the Jon Hassell Performance Group, in Avignon, France, June 1982.
Our previous update was on 29th April when we wrote:
The Eno • Hyde site now features a promo video filmed at an early rehearsal session for Someday World. (Thanks to Steven Hill.)
Brian Eno and Karl Hyde are due to appear on Lauren Laverne's BBC 6 Music show on Wednesday 7th May (10:00-13:00). The BBC's page says they "will be performing a very special four song session live from our Maida Vale studios". The show should be available for streaming for a week afterwards. BBC streams generally work on PCs & Macs worldwide, but people sometimes report problems when using phones or other portable devices.
A review by The Arts Desk.
Jon Hopkins was interviewed...
...as was Chris Martin...
...and Michael Nyman will be, on Monday 5th May, according to the Radio Times (nothing on the BBC web-site yet).
Our previous update was on 28th April when we wrote:
NPR is now streaming the Eno • Hyde album Someday World.
Germany's foremost Enologist, Michael Engebrecht, has been serialising his interview with Brian and Karl at the Manafonistas music blog.
- Manafonistas.de (1 May 2014 entry)
Thefourohfive reviews the album.
The Edge and Howie B talk a bit about Passengers, and there's some information about the re-release of Jon Hassell's City: Works of Fiction.
Our previous update was on 24th April when we wrote:
Three tracks from the upcoming Eno • Hyde album Someday World will be included on Michael Engelbrecht's Klanghorizonte radio programme. It can be found on the Deutschlandfunk radio station on Saturday 26th April at 04:05 in the morning, Germany time. The show will be streamed at time of broadcast, but not archived -- so if you snooze, you lose.
Warp has released some photos of the album, and somebody had a copy that they reviewed. There's a limited edition vinyl edition with a print, too. (Thanks to Rory Walsh.)
BBC Africa's Manuel Toledo reports on Brian's recording of a performance by Tiemoko Sogodogo.
- De klokkenluider van de nieuwe wereld (a 1999 interview)
- Jonathan Ross interviews Brian Eno in 2001
- Richard Skinner interviews Russell Mills and Brian Eno in 1983
- An extract from the Hammerhead documentary (2004) with music by Brian including a track that became "Passing Over" on Another Day On Earth
Three articles on Harold Budd. One on Seun Kuti.
Other All Saints artist information. (Thanks to Rory Walsh.)
Richard Mills writes: "The music by Brian Eno used for the BBC2 Arena series was whistled live for the channel's 50th birthday celebration All About Two by DJ Bob Harris and 'the Whistlettes' (children's TV hero Johnny Ball, Tommy Walsh from Ground Force, Peter Martin of Royle Family and snooker player Denis Taylor). Host Dara O'Briain called it the most miserable theme music in BBC2's history."
Our previous update was on 07th April when we wrote:
"Daddy's Car", the second track from the forthcoming Eno • Hyde collaboration Someday World, is now available to pre-orderers and streamable.
- Warp (including picture of beardless Brian whose legs have apparently been stolen)
Two Fripp & Eno LPs from the 1970s are to be re-released on
b) 14th April
Our previous update was on 06th April when we wrote:
"Daddy's Car", a new track from the forthcoming Eno • Hyde album Someday World, has been played on the wireless. Mustard The Tortoise felt that the introduction reminded him of the theme from OutRun for some reason (he likes OutRun). We couldn't hear it ourselves. Marc Riley says he believes that the pair will play a session for a future edition of Lauren Laverne's programme.
Michael Engelbrecht -- music journalist and longtime friend of Brian Eno (EnoWeb visitors may recall his knack for getting highly detailed responses from Brian 24 years ago and Rick Holland just 3 years past, but we digress) -- was in London recently and more by accident than design ended up interviewing Brian and Karl Hyde... and listening to them performing in the studio. The resulting interview will appear on 1st May on Manafonistas.de, the eclectic music blog for which Michael writes, and on 26th April he will also include some tracks from the album on his Deutschlandfunk show Klanghorizonte which runs from 4:05 to 5:00 (German time) on Saturday mornings. This is not part of Warp's promotional activities, so it's an extra treat for us.
- Manafonistas.de (see various postings from 1st to 6th April, including a photo of Brian disguised with a hat and a beard)
Some watermarked images from the opening of 77 Million Paintings in Madrid. Also for Spanish speakers, there's a podcast with simultaneous Spanish translation of Brian talking (he's in the background and occasionally foreground but probably not enough to avoid frustration for those of us Spanishly challenged).
FACT Magazine reviews "The Satellites" and its critics are cross.
A Record Store Day LP (19th April) of the Africa Express album Maison Des Jeunes includes a bonus track of Tiemoko Sogodogo's "Man Nyale Totebereye" produced by Brian. This will be more widely available on CD and digital on 21st April.
Damon Albarn's track "Heavy Seas Of Love", which includes vocals from Brian, is now available without audio watermarking. Two tracks from Owen Pallett's album In Conflict with involvement from Brian are also available as videos.
We think we forgot to post this 1987 archive article by Rick Poynor last year.
Brian selected some books for the Long Now's Manual for Civilisation. (Thanks to Radiocitizen.)
Laraaji is playing in London on 5th June. (Thanks to Dominic Norman-Taylor.)
Our previous update was on 25th February when we wrote:
Warp Records has announced a new album from Brian Eno and Karl Hyde. Someday World will be released on 5th May (6th May in North America) and is already up for pre-ordering. It includes "nine songs composed and sung by Eno & Hyde together with a distinguished cast of musicians, including Tessa Angus, Nell Catchpole, Marianna Champion, Will Champion, Kasia Daszykowska, Don E., Darla Eno, Georgia Gibson, Andy Mackay, John Reynolds and Chris Vatalaro."
The track listing is:
1. The Satellites
2. Daddy’s Car
3. A Man Wakes Up
5. Strip It Down
6. Mother Of A Dog
7. Who Rings The Bell
8. When I Built This World
9. To Us All
A special edition CD with casebound book & slipcase will also be available with four additional tracks. Unusually for this special edition malarkey, it's only £5 more than the standard version:
1. Big Band Song
2. Brazil 3
4. Titian Bekh
Underworld is currently slightly more expensive than Bleep & EnoShop. Pre-orders from Underworld, Enoshop, Bleep and iTunes include 2 album tracks delivered to you (in MP3 format) pre release of the album, the first of which will be available from 4th March 2014.
On January 21st 02014 Brian talked to Danny Hillis in a talk entitled The Long Now, now, moderated by Stewart Brand. The audience was given a preview of the final track from the new album before the discussion got going. It is not included in audio of the event, but Brian does talk about it.
The latest version of 77 Million Paintings is still running at Sala de Exposiciones Alcala 31 -- Calle de Alcala 31, 28014 Madrid, until Sunday 30th March 2014.
- 77 Million Paintings PDF flyer (Thanks to Dominic Norman-Taylor)
Red Bull Music Academy has released a free digital film called What Difference Does It Make? A Film About Making Music -- which includes talks with Brian and other musicians. Entertainment Weekly has some off-cuts of Brian that didn't make the final film.
Brian will pop up on two other albums this year: Owen Pallett's forthcoming album In Conflict will include vocals, synth and guitar contributions from Brian, and he sings on the track "Heavy Seas of Love" to be included on Albarn's forthcoming album Everyday Robots (28th April). And back in September last year, J. Peter Schwalm released Wagner Transformed to which Brian contributed.
Brian is the NOISE Festival 2014's Curator for Music and Arts. Anyone can take part, as it is a digital thang.
- Look at me, I was only trying to feel you through the NOISE (video interview)
Harold Budd news: Jane 1-11 is now a CD & DVD set, with films for each track by Jane Maru.
Kevin Eden points out that in January Robert Fripp spoke of forthcoming Fripp & Eno releases.
All About Jazz reviews Christopher Scoates' book Brian Eno: Visual Music. (Thanks to Nenad.)
Also on the cards is what the Warp-driven All Saints Records describes as "Epic 3 disc version of [Jon Hassell's] City: Works Of Fiction coming in the next couple of months ft. Eno-mixed live concert."
- John Walters interviews Brian Eno in 1982
- The Neverwhere Theme (1996)
- Striking Chords (1995) (runs as a playlist)
- Brian's Turner Prize speech (1995)
- The Dove from Music For Films III started life in a faster version for a Silk Cut televison commercial -- that's something we didn't know before (thanks to Tony Marshall)
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