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Brian Eno

Brian Eno was born in Woodbridge, England, in 1948, graduating in Fine Arts from Winchester in 1969. He expressed an interest in painting and sculpture from childhood, but later focused on sound experimentation through the new technical means of recording. The term ‘ambient music’ was coined from his series of albums inspired by Muzak, including Ambient 1: Music for Airports and Ambient 4: On Land, where the notes are subject to the timbre producing new electronic sounds.

Eno began his career in 1971 as part of the Glam Rock group Roxy Music. In 1973 he left the group to pursue a solo career, producing albums such as Before and After Science, 1978, which, starting from art rock, initiated his most important contribution, that of so-called ‘ambient music’. Eno has been a sought-after producer since beginning his solo career and has worked with Talking Heads, U2, Devo, Coldplay or Ultravo. In 1994 and 1996 he won the BRIT Awards prize for best producer, and in the latter year cofounded The Long Now Foundation to educate people on the very long-term future of society.

His musical work focuses on creating pieces whose pretext is to provide musical performances to places and situations of daily life. From 1999 he performed the ‘environmental facilities’ that, in addition to generative music (created by a system), include a selection of objects chosen for their expressive qualities; sand, stone sculptures and lighting elevate the listening experience as simultaneous organic languages that are occasionally completed with visual projections: performance of ‘music in various dimensions’ or ‘music for the senses’, he explains. He currently works in his studio in London and is columnist for The Observer.

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