Brian Eno

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Date and place of birth: 1948, Woodbridge, UK

Living place: UK

Theme: music, multimedia

ECC Participation: artist

Known to the entire world as a composer, record producer and rock artist. Even though he performed with Roxy Music, U2, Talking Heads, David Bowie, Bill Laswell, David Byrne, John Cale and many, many others, Eno claims not to be a musician. It is hard to believe, especially when critics refer to him as to an artist who left his stamp on every genre of music – from punk, through techno to new age. He was also the one to create the term “ambient”.

“We can use instruments and devices according to their destiny or according to imagination.”

Eno is not “professionally” trained in music, he was a student of fine arts. He does not want to be called a musician, for he considers this term limiting and perceives himself rather as a creative person with a tendency to innovation. Eno realizes his artistic potential in various fields of audiovisual activity.

Experiment is his natural habitat. As a teenager he got a first cassette player (of which he has dreamt for years) from his parents and started to fiddle with recordings. He is a lover of all sorts of electronic and computer devices and never reads the user’s guide. Eno claims that due to this he is able to discover new effects and new implementation for the equipment. He hates routine and gets inspired by the unpredictability. That is why his works, especially the multimedia installations, are often based on chance and accidentality. In 1975 he created, together with Peter Schmidt, a system of “Oblique Strategies” consisting in the aleatory choice of cards with sentences which determined the direction of artistic activities. It was the origin of e.g. record entitled Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy). “Oblique Strategy” exists also in the digitalized version.

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TAGS: Brian Eno, ambient, audiovisual art