I have lived in countries that were coming out of conflict: Ireland, South Africa, the Czech republic. People there are overflowing with energy.

— Brian Eno

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Ambient music must be as ignorable as it is interesting.

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Stop thinking about art works as objects, and start thinking about them as triggers for experiences.

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The first Velvet Underground album only sold 10,000 copies, but everyone who bought it formed a band

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I had wanted a tape recorder since I was tiny.

I thought it was a magic thing. I never got one until just before I went to art school.

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My guitar only has five strings 'cause the top one broke and I decided not to put it back on: when I play chords I only play bar chords, and the top one always used to cut me there.

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Well, I am a dilettante. It's only in England that dilettantism is considered a bad thing. In other countries it's called interdisciplinary research.

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Everything is an experiment until it has a deadline.

That gives it a destination, context, and a reason.

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Ambient Music must be able to accommodate many levels of listening attention without enforcing one in particular; it must be as ignorable as it is interesting.

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Anything popular is populist, and populist is rarely a good adjective.

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American television really is pathetic.

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I felt extremely uncomfortable as the focal point, in the spotlight.

I really like the behind the scenes role, because all my freedom is there.

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I don't like headphones very much, and I rarely listen to music on headphones.

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About Brian Eno

Quotes 211 sayings
Nationality British
Profession Musician
Birthday 15 May 1948

I often work by avoidance.

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If you had a sign above every studio door saying ‘This Studio is a Musical Instrument’ it would make such a different approach to recording.

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Whenever you listen to a piece of music, what you are actually doing is hearing the latest sentence in a very long story you’ve been listening to - all the pieces of music you’ve ever heard.

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A part of me has become immortal, out of my control.

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Every collaboration helps you grow.

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We are increasingly likely to find ourselves in places with background music.

No composers have thought to write for these modern spaces, which represent 30% of our musical experience.

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I think we're about ready for a new feeling to enter music.

I think that will come from the Arabic world.

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What matters in modern music is not the part you can write down, the words and the tune, but the rest - the texture, the atmosphere, the references and associations.

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I think that sex, drugs, art and religion very much overlap with one another and sometimes one becomes another.

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The trouble with New Age music is that there's no evil in it.

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The basis of computer work is predicated on the idea that only the brain makes decisions and only the index finger does the work.

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Good teachers realise that the students are the antenna;

they are sensing things that the teachers don't yet sense.

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The philosophical idea that there are no more distances, that we are all just one world, that we are all brothers, is such a drag! I like differences.

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It's not the destination that matters. It's the change of scene.

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I believe in singing. I believe in singing together.

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I'm struck by the insidious, computer-driven tendency to take things out of the domain of muscular activity and put them into the domain of mental activity.

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I hate the way CDs just drone on for bloody hours and you stop caring.

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If you're in a forest, the quality of the echo is very strange because echoes back off so many surfaces of all those trees that you get this strange, itchy ricochet effect.

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I have a definite talent for convincing people to try something new.

I am a good salesman. When I'm on form, I can sell anything.

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Rationality is what we do to organize the world, to make it possible to predict.

Art is the rehearsal for the inapplicability and failure of that process.

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Agressive music can only shock you once. Afterwards its impact declines. It's inevitable.

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I don't live in the past at all; I'm always wanting to do something new. I make a point of constantly trying to forget and get things out of my mind.

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For me it's always contingent on getting a sound-the sound always suggests what kind of melody it should be. So it's always sound first and then the line afterwards.

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People assume that the meaning of a song is vested in the lyrics.

To me, that has never been the case. There are very few songs that I can think of where I remember the words.

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Admirers can be a tremendous force for conservatism.

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The reason conservatives cohere and radicals fight: everyone agrees about fears, no one about visions.

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If you watch any good player, they're using different parts of their body and working with instruments that respond to those movements. They're moving in many dimensions at once.

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One often makes music to supplement one's world.

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Musicians are there in front of you, and the spectators sense their tension, which is not the case when you're listening to a record. Your attention is more relaxed. The emotional aspect is more important in live music.

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Since I have always preferred making plans to executing them, I have gravitated towards situations and systems that, once set into operation, could create music with little or no intervention on my part. That is to say, I tend towards the roles of planner and programmer, and then become an audience to the results

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Every collaboration helps you grow. With Bowie, it's different every time. I know how to create settings, unusual aural environments. That inspires him. He's very quick.

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At the beginning of the 20th century, the ambition of the great painters was to make paintings that were like music, which was then considered as the noblest art.

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I'm very good with technology, I always have been, and with machines in general.

They seem not threatening like other people find them, but a source of fun and amusement.

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I enjoy working with complicated equipment.

A lot of my things started just with a rhythm box, but I feed it through so many things that what comes out sounds very complex and rich.

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Ambient music is intended to induce calm and a space to think.

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Most big concerts sound disgusting and awful and insultingly bad.

It's like going to the cinema and been shown a scratchy film which is upsidedown and the bulb had gone on the projector. The quality of large-scale live music is so shocking.

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Most of those melodies are me trying to find out what notes fit, and then hitting ones that don't fit in a very interesting way.

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