Brian Eno

Born 15 May 1948.
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Brian Peter George St. John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno, RDI (born 15 May 1948 and originally christened Brian Peter George Eno), professionally known as Brian Eno or simply Eno, is an English musician, composer, record producer, singer, and visual artist, known as one of the principal innovators of ambient music.

Eno was a student of Roy Ascott on his Groundcourse at Ipswich Civic College. He then studied at Colchester Institute art school in Essex, England, taking inspiration from minimalist painting. During his time on the art course at the Institute, he also gained experience in playing and making music through teaching sessions held in the adjacent music school. He joined the band Roxy Music as synthesiser player in the early 1970s. Roxy Music's success in the glam rock scene came quickly, but Eno soon became tired of touring and of conflicts with lead singer Bryan Ferry.

Eno's solo music has explored more experimental musical styles and ambient music. It has also been immensely influential, pioneering ambient and generative music, innovating production techniques, and emphasising "theory over practice". He also introduced the concept of chance music to popular audiences, partially through collaborations with other musicians. Eno has also worked as an influential music and album producer. By the end of the 1970s, Eno had worked with Robert Fripp on the LPs No Pussyfooting and Evening Star, David Bowie on the seminal "Berlin Trilogy" and helped popularise the American band Devo and the punk-influenced "No Wave" genre. He produced and performed on three albums by Talking Heads, including Remain in Light (1980), and produced seven albums for U2, including The Joshua Tree (1987). Eno has also worked on records by James, Laurie Anderson, Coldplay, Paul Simon, Grace Jones, James Blake and Slowdive, among others.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Panic of Looking

    Panic of Looking 2011

    Reviewed by David Stubbs
    The duo explores an inverted, shifted relationship between words and music.
  2. Review of Drums Between the Bells

    Drums Between the Bells 2011

    Reviewed by Wyndham Wallace
    Veteran musical pioneer teams up with “thinker and writer”.
  3. Review of Another Day On Earth

    Another Day On Earth 2005

    Reviewed by Mike Barnes
    Latterly best known as an ambient composer, Eno's never been that far from the song...
  4. Review of Music For Films / Apollo / Thursday Afternoon / More Music For Films

    Music For Films / Apollo / Thursday Afternoon / More Music For Films 2005

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    The Eno series has been garlanded with high praise and rightly so...
  5. Review of Here Come The Warm Jets, Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy), Another Green World, Before And After Science

    Here Come The Warm Jets, Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy), Another Green World, Before And After Science 2004

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    He succeeded because he knew nothing about how to make pop records. And he failed...
  6. Review of Curiosities Volume 1

    Curiosities Volume 1 2003

    Reviewed by Peter Marsh
    Unreleased, unfinished and unrealistic tracks from the Eno lab, curated by his...
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