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Robert Sandall celebrates Brian Eno at 60, with music from four decades of Eno’s career, from the art-pranks of the Portsmouth Sinfonia to collaborations with David Bowie, Robert Fripp and Harold Budd

Robert Sandall celebrates Brian Eno at 60, with music from four decades of Eno’s career. Eno first came to fame as the synthesizer player in glam-rock band Roxy Music, but he already had experimental credentials from playing with the avant-garde Scratch Orchestra. After Roxy Music he pursued more artistic concepts, coming up with the idea of Ambient Music in 1975, and bringing his high-concept approach to collaborations with David Bowie on the albums Low and Heroes, as well as ex-King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp, ex-Velvet Underground member John Cale and Californian minimalist Harold Budd. He's also credited with pioneering sampling culture with the album My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts, made with ex-Talking Heads singer David Byrne in the 1980s. You can hear music from all these collaborations in this programme, along with some of Eno's ambient classics including Music For Airports and Apollo; and a track from his brand-new album with David Byrne.

Thursday 11th September

Eno: Another Green World
Brian Eno
Taken from the album Another Green World

Byrne/Eno: Strange Attractor
Brian Eno; David Byrne
Taken from the album Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
Available for download Aug.18 at

Eno: An Ending (ascent)
Brian Eno
Taken from the album Apollo
Virgin 7243 563647-2

Eno: Thsi
Brian Eno
Taken from the album Another Day on Earth

Eno/Wobble: Transmitter and Trumpet
Brian Eno; Jah Wobble
Taken from the album Spinner
All Saints ASCD 23

Eno/Connie Plank: Music For Airports
Taken from the album Ambient 1: Music for Airports
Virgin ENOCD6

Bowie/Eno/Alomar: The Secret Life of Arabia
Taken from the album Heroes
EMI 7243 5219080

Cardew: The Great Learning, Paragraph 7
The Scratch Orchestra/Cornelius Cardew
Deutsche Grammophon 2561 107

Byrne/Eno: The Jezebel Spirit
Brian Eno; David Byrne
Taken from the album My life in the bush of ghosts
Nonesuch 79894

Budd/Eno: Their Memories
Brian Eno; Harold Budd
Taken from the album Ambient (A brief history of ambient) Vol.1
Virgin AMBT 1

Fripp/Eno: Timean Sparkles
Taken from the album Beyond Even
DGM 0702

Tchaikovsky, Arr. Portsmouth Sinfonia: Sugar Plum Fairy
Taken from the album Portsmouth Sinfonia Plays Popular Classics
Transatlantic TRA275

Eno: 1-14 January 07003, hard bells, Hillis Algorhythm
Taken from the album Bell studies for the Clock of the Long Now

Eno/Cale: Grandfather’s House
Brian Eno; John Cale
Taken from the album Wrong Way Up
All Saints HNCD 1485

John White: Son of Gothic Chord
Christopher Hobbs (piano)
Taken from the album Machine Music
Obscure OBS 8

Eno, Arr. Michael Gordon: Music For Airports (1/1)
Taken from the album Bang on a Can All-Stars
Point 5368472

1 hour, 45 minutes

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Thu 11 Sep 2008 23:15


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