Tag: Brian Eno

  • Atmospheres and soundtracks

    When I was a child, 25 years ago, landing on the moon not only seemed cool — it seemed like a totally normal expectation. 25 years on, my feelings are more mixed. One thing I haven’t changed my mind about is the brilliant Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks.

    Lunar surface detail
  • Rainbow — Battles

    Their single Atlas may have got the most attention, but for me it was Rainbow that was the centrepiece of Battles’ extraordinary 2007 album Mirrored. It mixed cartoonish melodies with prog rock hardness. I first came across Battles on the release of EP C/B EP, a compilation of their early EPs. Hearing SZ2 for the […]

    Mirrored cover
  • Aus – Ein — Jon Brooks

    Gary Hustwit’s new documentary Rams, about the designer Dieter Rams, is released digitally today. It’s bound to be good — not least because it features original music by Brian Eno. But perhaps it would have been more apt to include music from the Jon Brooks album Music for Dieter Rams. Every sound on this record, […]

    Music for Dieter Rams cover
  • The newly issued half-speed remastered edition of Brian Eno’s Ambient 1 / Music for Airports is very welcome

    The newly issued half-speed remastered edition of Brian Eno’s Ambient 1 / Music for Airports is very welcome. The CD version I bought about 15 years ago sounded rather poor quality, with a distracting tape hiss running throughout. A bit frustrating when it’s one of the greatest and most important pieces of music of the […]

    Ambient 1 / Music for Airports playing on my record player, with the record sleeve in front of it
  • I’ve been writing an article that I’ve been thinking about for well over a year

    I’ve been writing an article that I’ve been thinking about for well over a year. Upon writing it, it’s turned out to be surprisingly short. So I turned to my two favourite block-busters — and they both told me to do things I was thinking about doing anyway. Oblique Strategies told me to tidy up. […]

    Oblique Strategy card: "Tidy up"; Blockbox card: "Write it on a train."
  • “Brian Eno’s ideas have resonance for architecture” says Finn Williams

    “Brian Eno’s ideas have resonance for architecture” says Finn Williams Where is here? And what is now? The answers are more complicated than you might think. Eno’s realisation that “people live in different sizes of here” led him to the idea of The Big Here and Long Now – a way of thinking that asks […]

  • A conversation with Brian Eno

    A conversation with Brian Eno Always interesting to see an interview with Brian Eno. Here he talks to author David Mitchell. I was particularly interested on the section about why people like music. And that is truly a mysterious question, which many learned books have utterly failed to answer. Why do I like one composer’s […]

  • The gardens where ideas grow

    The gardens where ideas grow We tend to think of musicians as architects, who fully control the sound they compose. But here, Austin Kleon outlines how it is in fact more like gardening. Top musicians like Prince, Ralf Hütter and Brian Eno appear to subscribe to this approach. Brian Eno says: One is carefully constructing […]

  • 1/1 — Brian Eno

    Ambient 1 / Music for Airports is 40 years old this month. It is spurious to claim that Brian Eno invented ambient music. Erik Satie’s furniture music deserves mention. Eno himself recognised the role of Muzak. Music for Airports is not even Eno’s first ambient album, despite its Ambient 1 moniker. But it certainly is […]

  • Strategies for dealing with creative block

    It’s a puzzle that has haunted writers, artists and other creatives since the caveman first applied ink to a wall. Blockbox is one brilliant way to tackle difficult creative problems.

    Blockbox