Brian Eno, an introduction.
Written by Max Vella on May 29, 2020
The first time I heard anything from Brian Eno was in 1985, I borrowed a cassette from a friend that had some now forgotten musician that I was into at that time on one side and Brian Eno’s Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks on the other. I started playing the B side by mistake and it took me a few minutes to realize that music was playing. What happened next was momentous for me, music could be non-linear and rhythm-less yet still have a forceful, emotional impact.
Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks is the ninth solo studio album of Brian Eno. It was composed as the soundtrack for the documentary Apollo, later re-released as For All Mankind, with narration (Apollo was released with no narration and the public response was not great). The documentary is a beautiful tribute to the ingenuity of NASA and the vision of space exploration of John F. Kennedy.
Brian Eno started with Roxy Music in the early ’70s, a collaboration that only lasted a couple of years; Both front men, Brian Ferry and Brian Eno quickly realized that there was only room enough for one of them.
Eno started his solo career, collaborating with fellow artists such as Robert Fripp of King Crimson, Harold Budd, David Bowie, David Byrne and so many others. Eno’s career does not end there, he also successfully produces artists, plays with sound shaping, and writing. He also collaborates with Peter Schmidt, the author of Oblique Strategies, a card-based creativity and inspiration tool.
Eno is considered by many as one of popular music’s most influential artists.
He also has an asteroid named after him, although it is not as glamorous as it appears (Yoko Ono has one also)…