Wednesday, September 9, 2009


"I suppose people here (in the U.S.) might think it's strange to regard doo-wop as magical music, but i did, because in England we had no tradition of it whatsoever...It could have been from another galaxy for all i knew. I was absolutely entranced by it, from the age of seven or eight, when i first heard those early songs like "Get A Job" (The Silhouettes, 1958). I thought 'This is just beautiful'. I had never heard music like this, and one of the reasons it was beautiful was because it came without a context. It plopped from outer space, in a sense. Now, in later life i realised that this removal of context was an important point in the magic of music. One of the things i've been concerned with a lot is to deliberately dismantle or shift contexts around so that something comes from an area where you didn't expect it, or something appears and it has a certain mysteriousness to it."

I can go on and on about Eno, but i won't. Instead i'll just give this:

Brian Eno - His Music And The Vertical Color of Sound

This guy wrote his thesis on Eno and then came up with the above well researched book that features a large amount of compact Eno wisdom, straight from the source.

Also, this is really interesting:

Brian Eno on KPFA

a great radio interview from the early '80s, where he discusses music and comes across as a really gentle and simple person - nothing like what i ever imagined him to be. With his output and status, i used to think that he would have the rather appaling "too cool for you" attitude (that many sad people carry around, even when releasing a single record) multiplied by a thousand. I was so wrong.

1 comment:

μελ said...

brain one.

and _THOSE_ four records, are the best pop records ever made.