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Brian Eno: Visual Music

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Brian Eno: Visual Music Christopher Scoates 416 pages ISBN: 1452108498 Chronicle Books 2013 To say that polymath Brian Eno is one of the most influential figures of our time would be a severe understatement. Eno has been one of the pivotal figures of the 20th century music as he introduced a popular voice to a century of musical change, and he has continued to do so in the next one he has helped to envision. Innovative, exuberant and controversial, Eno has, during any point of his illustrious career, found both popular appeal ...

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Punkt Festival 2008: Day 2-3

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Punkt 08's first day of full programming was a full one. In addition to five concerts and three live remixes, festival goers were treated to a lengthy public discussion between Brian Eno and Jon Hassell that proved as entertaining as it was enlightening. Punkt has also been running daytime seminars since inception, but this year another rare and equally enlightening event was Gavin Bryars' lunchtime session, with a performance later that evening that was, along with Nik Bartsch's Ronin, one of the most eagerly anticipated shows of the festival. And ...

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Punkt Festival 2008: Day 1-3

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Every year the anticipation of returning to Kristiansand, Norway and its unmatched Punkt Festival begins earlier. A beautiful town of 75,000 people with a devotion to culture that exceeds many North American cities ten times its size, it's in many ways the only place where a festival like Punkt could emerge.

Kristiansand may be small, but its people think big. Punkt, now in its fourth year, is a festival with more than an identity, it's a festival with a philosophy--one that has continued to garner more notice with each passing ...

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Brian Eno and David Byrne: My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts

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Brian Eno and David Byrne My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts Nonesuch 2006 (1981) A lot of people get called geniuses, and not all of them deserve it. But if a genius is someone with that rare gift of transforming the intangible into the tangible, of turning ideas into reality, then Brian Eno is a genius. One of the far-reaching innovations he helped bring about was the transformation of studio technology into a musical instrument. This is brilliantly realised on My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts, made with Talking Heads' ...

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Brian Eno / David Byrne: My Life in the Bush of Ghosts

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My Life in the Bush of Ghosts was rightfully heralded as groundbreaking when it was first released in 1981. Ambient forefather Brian Eno and Talking Heads singer/songwriter David Byrne created an innovative blend that set precedents for numerous trends, including electronica, sampling and world music. The cerebral concept was also remarkably physical--dance music for thinking people, as it were.

25 years later it remains important, and Nonesuch's remastered reissue has only improved it with the addition of seven tracks that, according to Byrne, would have been originally included had it not been for the limitations of vinyl.

But this is ...

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Brian Eno: The Soundtracks Reissues

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While ex-Roxy Music keyboardist Brian Eno was establishing a distinctive and new style of music that he called Ambient Music--which investigated the potential of making music as an integral part of the listenerâïïs aural landscape--he was also finding ways to mold the concept, albeit in sometimes a more direct way, to integrate it with other media including film. Like the Ambient Works series, where Astralwerks and Virgin recently reissued Enoâïïs seminal Ambient recordings in beautifully remastered form, the new Soundtracks Reissues group together four releases by Eno, containing music that was used for real films, or conceived for ...

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Brian Eno: Ambient Forefather

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When Roxy Music keyboardist Brian Eno and King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp first put together two Revox tape recorders in 1973, making it possible to build layer-upon-layer of sound, the result was a kind of music the likes of which had never been heard before. On the landmark recordings No Pussyfooting ('73) and Evening Star ('75) Fripp created a multitude of guitar loops over which he could then add improvisations, the result being something that was trance-inducing yet, at the same time, demanding of attention; music which could either stand at the forefront of the listener's consciousness or become a ...



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