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Brian appears on Comedy Central's The Colbert Report on Thursday 10th November at 11:30pm EST aka 10:30pm CT (thanks to Dario).

Edge.org has posted a video and a downloadable MP3 of the Serpentine Gallery talks, including Brian's contributions.

Warp has now released the Holland-Eno Panic of Looking EP.

ASDA Direct -- definitely always our first port of call for obscure music -- had problems locating the EP:

panic

That first suggestion is very true, what is EnoWeb going to cook for dinner? Getting worried already.

Rick Holland has written about working with Brian.

Pitchfork interviews Chris Martin.

Tim Murphy e-mails: Hi, this is Tim from Chicago, Illinois, USA - I really enjoy your Eno site – public radio station WBEZ here in Chicago originates and syndicates a show called Sound Opinions (the world’s only rock ‘n’ roll talk show), and this past weekend they aired a very recent interview with Brian Eno that I think you and your readers would greatly enjoy.

More about Rick Holland's new collaboration with Old Man Diode. Following Open Blue with Beth Rowley, there will be further episodes with Chris James (lead vocalist with Stateless), Onallee (from Reprazent), and multi-instrumentalist/jazz composer/vocalist Andrew Plummer.

Tom Phillips news: Tom was interviewed about Leonardo da Vinci (one of Brian's contemporaries at Art School) for the BBC Radio 4 programme Front Row, and Raphael Revisited, a silkscreen print based on Tom's picture After Raphael, is available from CCA Galleries -- as you'll no doubt recall and don't need reminding, a detail from this appears on the cover of Another Green World.

Just a remider that Roger Eno and others will be setting silent films to music on 4th December.

Our previous update was on 25th October when we wrote:

Brian is listed as providing Original Music for the new Channel 4 drama series Top Boy which will be broadcast from 31st October to 3rd November at 22:00. To EnoWeb's ears the music on the trailer doesn't sound particularly like Eno though.

The Science Museum's OraMIX competition is now running. "Imagine that the producer of Our World, the 1967 TV programme that first linked the world via satellites, had commissioned Daphne Oram, the pioneer of electronica, to make its soundtrack." If you make it through to the final with a track using Oramics samples, your music could reach Brian's lugholes.

Members of Coldplay spoke to BBC 6 Music's Steve Lamacq on 25th October; they began by talking about working with Brian.

Contrary to what we said in our previous update, the BBC site does house the Newsnight feature that preceded its interview with Brian.

This is worth a read: Radiocitizen has an old interview with Brian in which he talks about Taking Tiger Mountain.

Reports on Moogfest, where Brian is set to appear.

List has two appreciations of Music for Airports.

Brett Anderson talks to The Quietus about his favourite albums (thanks to Richard Joly) including:

Rick Holland has a new collaboration, this time with Old Man Diode.

Our previous update was on 15th October when we wrote:

On Monday 10th October Brian gave a talk at the opening of the Science Museum's new exhibition, Oramics to Electronica: Revealing Histories of Electronic Music. Here's an exclusive grainy photo! The centrepiece of the exhibition is the Oramics Machine, a truly curious contraption that allowed the user to create sounds by drawing on photographic film. There's also a VCS3 and Koan.

According to the Museum's blog, coming soon is "OraMix", a competition that will enable musicians to create their own compositions using Oramics samples. Once all the entries have been whittled down, a group of finalists will have their pieces placed for judgement before a solemn group of praetors and domesmen including DJ Spooky and Brian.

It's that time of year when London's Serpentine Gallery holds its 2-day talkathon, and Brian will again be taking part. This time the theme is Gardens and on Sunday 16th October Brian will discuss Composers as Gardeners before talking to Edge.org's John Brockman and other panellists.

Here's Brian's talk at the Antiwar Mass Assembly in London on 8th October (thanks to Dario and Richard Mills).

The BBC has preserved its Newsnight interview with Brian, although not the feature that preceded it.

Steven Berlin Johnson has a new book out, The Innovator's Cookbook: Essentials For Inventing What's Next. It includes a conversation with Brian, an excerpt from which appears on SBJ's site.

People in Asheville for Moogfest at the end of October will be able to pick up a copy of the new Eno-Holland EP Panic of Looking before it goes on general release.

Audiophile Audition looks at 6 Eno albums.

Jaime Lees has a close encounter with Brian at CBGB's Final Show 5 years ago (thanks to Dario).

Our previous update was on 5th October when we wrote:

Brian appears on Newsnight on Wednesday 5th October at 22.30 on BBC2, when "Jeremy [Paxman] talks to musician Brian Eno about art and music in an age of turbulence". The programme should be watchable for a week afterwards for those in the UK (thanks to Jane at Opal).

Brian will be at the Antiwar Mass Assembly in London on 8th October (thanks to Richard Mills and Dario).

Back in the past, Brian mimes to "Seven Deadly Finns" in an early solo performance for Dutch television (thanks to Ben House).

Coldplay will release their new album Mylo Xyloto on 24th October, with Brian credited for "enoxification and additional composition".

Brian is interviewed in the latest issue of Tape Op magazine (an unfamiliar name to us) (thanks to Dario).

Coverage of Brian's Future Perfect installation in Wroclaw.

Brian's 1997 Big Theory of Culture essay is reprinted in John Brockman's anthology Culture: Leading Scientists Explore Societies, Art, Power, and Technology.

BBC America is producing a special edition of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere, the 1996 BBC series which featured music by Brian. According to his tweets, Neil seemed to be having touble getting clearance for "I'm A Believer" though.

Lord John Emr of the Peter Schmidt Plantations sends word that he has harvested a fine crop of artworks including a recently unearthed music track.

Eno Junior is playing live (thanks to Richard Mills).

Carina Round (also an unfamiliar name to us) will have a collaboration with Brian.

Brian will be talking about things and stuff at the Rolex Arts Weekend in New York on 13th November (thanks to Ben House and Dario).

Our previous update was on 14th September when we wrote:

Brothers in music Brian Eno and Rick Holland have announced a new 6-track EP called Panic Of Looking, due for release on 7th/8th November in digital/CD/vinyl formats. It includes "in the future", a track previously available only on the limted edition Japan CD.

1. in the future
2. not a story
3. panic of looking
4. if these footsteps
5. watch a single swallow in a thermal sky, and try to fit its motion, or figure why it flies
6. west bay

The Japanese version will have a bonus track 7 called "this climate".

In October Brian will be Stateside, furiously pedalling the 77 Million Paintings Roadshow Rickshaw towards Asheville (North Carolina)-based Moogfest. The show will run from 28th October to 30th November. Brian will also be taking the opportunity to give one of his popular humorous monologues Illustrated Talks on Saturday 29th October at 2:00pm Eastern Time in the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. (Thanks to Dario, António Cebola and Richard Mills)

Staying in Stars'n'Stripesville, the Rolex Arts Weekend takes place from 11th-13th November at the New York Public Library. Brian's protégé Ben Frost will be presenting a new arrangement of his work Music for 6 Guitars, and maybe Brian'll be taking part too.

77 Million Paintings appeared for a few days at the European Culture Congress in Wroclaw, Poland, together with a new multimedia sculpture called Future Perfect projected onto fountains. (Thanks to Dario.)

Hans Morgenstern writes: I think you would like to share a stimulating, in-depth interview series I did with Rick Holland on Drums Between the Bells. He even offered comments on some of Eno's very early lyrics from Here Come the Warm Jets and Taking Tiger Mountain (thanks to your lyric page, which I link to!).

100 Songs That Changed HistoryDuncan Nichols e-mails: At Time Out we've just launched a new feature on the 100 Songs that have changed the world – and Brian Eno's "1/1" has been included in the list! To let as many people as possible know that "1/1" is one of the most important tracks ever recorded, we'd love for you to put an exclusive badge on your website that links through to the feature. The badge will give visitors to your website the opportunity to find out which other songs made the list and share their thoughts with other music fans.

Brian is a patron of Collide@CERN. (Thanks to Dario.)

Having spent the whole of 2011 without being a music festival artistic director, Brian leapt at the chance to curate Norway's Punkt Festival in 2012. (Thanks to Dario and Kevin Eden.)

BBC Radio 4 recently broadcast a feature on the Portsmouth Sinfonia. (Thanks to Dario.)

Richard Joly says: I am not sure if you are familiar with Rock Scene magazine -- it covered rock, glam and newwave/punk -- I used to love it. This one has Eno on page 31, article by Lenny Kaye -- I am sure other issues will have some related content too. Slightly annoying Flash based interface.

Harold Budd is touring the UK on a double bill with The Necks in November. (As ever, thanks to Dario.)

You come to EnoWeb for some good quality time-wasting. But have you ever wondered how we waste people's time when we're not chronicling the Wonderful World Of Eno? Find out here.

Our previous update was on 24th July when we wrote:

One of the more suprising things about the publicity for Drums Between The Bells was that Brian and Rick were not interviewed together. Now Warp is giving them the freedom to chat about stuff, or in other words, "Re-view is an ongoing dialogue between the two about the project, drawing on material from interviews, reviews, features and listener comments." Listeners don't get the opportunity to comment on the site, though you can click the speech bubble underneath each entry to read the response of either Rick or Brian. The two talk about the silent track that has afrighted some reviewers in a discussion about the running order; they could perhaps have put it in the context of Brian's use of spacer silence on other records: the separate silent tracks on 18 Keyboard Pieces by Hans Friedrich Micheelsen, the minutes of silence at the end of "Bloom" and "Two Voices" on Drawn From Life, and going back 16 years, the long silence before the "hidden" track on Spinner. Hmm, come to think of it, it's probably just as well they don't allow listener comments. (Thanks to Steven from Warp and Dario.)

Brian and Jarvis have a rematch on BBC 6 Music, Sunday 24th July, at 16:00 BST. It should be available to hear for a week afterwards.

Drums turned to Gongs when Brian was recently awarded an honorary degree by Southampton University (thanks to Dario), for his expertise in needlepoint, basketwork and weaving*.

*This may not be 100% accurate.

Rick Holland speaks.

There are now fewer reviews of Drums Between The Bells.

Kirkville reviews Brian Eno - 1971-1977: The Man Who Fell to Earth.

Goran also writes: This French book just came out, called: The Bowie-Eno Trilogy - The influence of Germany and Brian Eno on the albums of David Bowie between 1976 to 1979.

Mike Garson talks a bit about 1.Outside (thanks to Richard Joly).

Our previous update was on 9th July when we wrote:

Mark Coles talks to Brian for the BBC World Service programme The Strand.

ClashMusic has an interview with Rick Holland about making Drums Between The Bells.

Reviews 'twixt opinions.

In a new feature he calls Rick's Round-up, Rick Holland "rounds up" various blog postings he has made relating to the album.

Brian has an e-mail exchange with novelist David Mitchell, published in The Believer magazine and also accessible through the McSweeney's Small Chair app for iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad. (Thanks to António Cebola and Dario.)

Gary Scott e-mails: On August 6th in Austria, at the More Ohr Less festival, there is to be a showing of a film by Rosa Roedelius of a conversation with Eno, entitled Chance. I believe that this was shot in London in April this year.

Kaon Koo says: Stumbled across this recent CBC Q radio show interview with Eno (12th January, around the time he was exhibiting 77 Million Paintings in Canada).

Alan Stubbindeck writes: Seems a bloke in the States loves Music for Airports so much he had some of the liner note art tattooed on his wrist. I only wish I had thought of it first!

Our previous update was on 7th July when we wrote:

Brian is interviewed.

Drums Between The Bells tolls for more reviews.

Peter Chilvers writes about the album.

The National has contributions from Rick Holland.

NPR has a feature on Seun and Femi Kuti.

David Eagleman is interviewed (thanks to Dario).

Another review of Brian Eno - 1971-1977: The Man Who Fell to Earth.

Our previous update was on 3rd July when we wrote:

Wired is streaming Drums Between The Bells (thanks to Dario).

The album is now available for purchase from iTunes.co.uk -- a day early. This includes the bonus track "Instant Gold".

Brian is interviewed.

More reviews of Drums Between The Bells peal out (thanks to Dario).

Brian contributes to Afrobeat Rebellion, an online documentary video about Fela Kuti (thanks to Dario).

Rick Holland tells the Huffington Post about his Top 10 Poetic And Aural Delights.

David writes about Voluntary Work at the Eno Installations during the Brighton Festival.

Our previous update was on 30th June when we wrote:

Brian will be talking to BBC 6 Music's Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie on Wednesday 6th July, sometime between 13:00 and 16:00 BST. The programme should be streamable for seven days thereafter.

The Die Zeit interview with Brian is now online and is well worth a read. Apparently he likes to get up at 3am. Google Translate reckons that Brian claims 2 hours' sleep would be enough for him, while to EnoWeb's eyes the German text actually says that 2 hours' sleep would be too little. Anyway, differing interpretation aside, Brian definitely talks about Internet downloads, My Squelchy Life and not releasing bonus material.

Brian is interviewed by Telerama.

Some reviews of Drums Between The Bells roll in (thanks to Dario and David Klimek).

EnoShop will be selling 24-bit WAVs of Drums Between The Bells, as well as 16-bit WAVs, MP3s and CDs.

You think you know much about the holy path of Eno. But are you truly ready to attain the next level of Enolightenment? If you replied "yes" then you are not truly ready: your pride will cloud your mind. If you replied "no" then your negative attitude will block your receptiveness to new ideas. If you replied "look, I'm just in clicktrance wasting time on the Internet, so get off my case, okay, Learned Master?" then YouTube has just the thing for you.

Harold "Don't Call Me Ambient" Budd has a new album due out in September (thanks to Stephan Decroo).

Daniel Lanois is interviewed.

Seun Kuti is interviewed too (thanks to Dario).

Our previous update was on 24th June when we wrote:

The full Frankfurter Allgemeiner Sonntagszeitung article is now available free online, so that would've been 2 euros well spent, wouldn't it? The interviewer notes that Brian "has no desire to talk about what is behind him, his feather boas and the make-up with Roxy Music". At EnoWeb, we say "pish-tush!". We know for a fact that Brian never lets a day go by without reminiscing about what he considers the peak of his career. Indeed, if there is nobody else in the studio to bend the ear of, Brian keeps Mustard The Tortoise on speed-dial so he can shoot the breeze about all the crazy antics the Roxy boys got up to, back in his glory days. Glancing out of the window, we can see that Brian's been on the phone again and Mustard has jotted down a few notes in the form of earth and leaves: ostrich plumes... tinsel... forgotten laundry... No wonder Mustard is always asleep when EnoWeb gets back from the office.

While the album is taking its time to arrive at iTunes in the UK, it is stocked in the Japanese store with a bonus track called "Instant Gold". You can hear a short extract.

Two sharply differing reviews of Drums Between The Bells.

The Echoes Blog has audio of an early version (2003) of Rick Holland's poem "Predestined Connection", with Brian on Kaoss pads. From his speakers to their microphone.

Here's a little information about Brian at Cantos earlier this year (flick to page 5).

We keep forgetting to mention that Phil Manzanera re-released a re-mastered version of Diamond Head earlier this year. Brian sings on "Miss Shapiro" and "Big Day" shortly before being hit by a taxi and consolidating his ideas about ambient music whilst prone, moving to New York, thinking back to his career zenith of make-up and platform boots etc etc.

Marc Gabriel Amigone interviews Seun Kuti. As does Michaelangelo Matos.

On 26th June Coldplay will release their "Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall" EP with two other tracks, "Major Minus" and "Moving To Mars". Previews appear on their site (Thanks to Richard Mills).

Our previous update was on 22nd June when we wrote:

Here's our first look at Drums Between The Bells. Click any image for a larger version.

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Thoughtbites

There is an impressive amount of variety here Perhaps for the first time since Music For Films you can't anticipate what mood you will encounter next yet nothing seems out of place The words and music meld the effect is impressionistic As Laurie Anderson told us on Drawn From Life's "Like Pictures" some things are just pictures they're scenes before your eyes That's the effect Drums Between The Bells creates It's not all spoken Brian sings on "Cloud 4" and "Breath Of Crows" and some other voices are treated musically In case you were wondering the album title comes from a line in the track "Sounds Alien" We speculate that the grey slipcase cover and the different artistic treatments of the buildings may pay homage to Eno's Obscure Records series The instrumental tracks are in a different sequence from the spoken word versions Standout tracks for EnoWeb are currently "Fierce Aisles of Light" "Dreambirds" and "The Real"

He is a DJ, he is what he plays, and additionally Michael Engelbrecht regularly writes about music. He recently conducted a long interview with Professional Poet Par-excellence Partner-in-crime Rick Holland on poetry, worldview, and working with Brian on Drums Between The Bells.

Goran Vejvoda writes: There was an interview with Brian for the French daily newspaper Le Figaro, in the section Culture&Vous, on the 20th of June 2011.

Ulrich Kresin e-mails: Die Zeit published an interview with Brian on June 16th. Brian talks about making and publishing music in our modern digital times and praises the inspiring qualities of green tea. EnoWeb adds: the article "Ein Gespräch mit Brian Eno" doesn't appear to be online on Die Zeit's site but someone does have a short extract on their blog.

Sound On Sound's 2005 interview with Brian is online. And according to their search engine they have some other Eno-related material as well.

There's a slightly longer version of Brian's YOTA lecture over at YouTube, in glorious black and white shaky bootleg-o-vision. Running at 1:24:31 rather than Vimeo's 1:10:04, it includes some technical problems that were edited out of the Vimeo version -- these explain how the YOTA lectern vanished from centre stage in such a mysterious manner.

Another review of Brian Eno The Man Who Fell To Earth.

A video interview with Bryan Ferry.

Our previous update was on 19th June when we wrote:

The John Peel session with Eno and the Winkies was rebroadcast on BBC 6 Music's The Live Music Hour on 19th June 2011. The site seems undecided as to whether it was recorded in June 1975 or February 1974. Bootleg recordings of the three tracks ("Fever", "Paw Paw Negro Blowtorch" and "Baby's On Fire/Totalled") have been around since the 1970s -- most recently on Dali's Car which somehow managed to get itself passed off as a legitimate album sold in record shops. However, this rebroadcast gives us the opportunity to hear Eno and the Winkies in audio quality that doesn't sound as if it was recorded from inside a sock.

The BBC has also posted a long extract from an interview with Brian broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Kaleidoscope Extra on 1st January 1986. Well worth a listen, though as the original programme was under 15 minutes it seems a bit odd to cut it off at just under 12.

An interview with Brian appeared in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung on 19th June. It's free to subscribers and also available if you shell out €2... which we aren't and haven't, so all we know from the preview is that Brian is swimming on a wave of optimism, and for the first time in thirty years he thinks the future will be really good (thanks to Michael Engelbrecht).

A Long Now clock is being built in Texas, although plans are still in motion for the Foundation's Nevada site (thanks to Richard Joly).

Daniel Lanois talks to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

A book on the work of David Byrne was published last year. Song and circumstance: the work of David Byrne from Talking Heads to the present is by Sytze Steenstra and includes coverage of the projects with Brian (thanks to Richard Joly).

The Leisure Society mention Brian.

In April Little Atoms spoke to David Eagleman.

Marconi Union, now a trio, have a new album due in July.

Our previous update was on 14th June when we wrote:

Warp's Brian Eno site has two new tracks to listen to from Drums Between The Bells: "Bless This Space" and "Pour It Out". There's also a sample page from the book, cover images of each format, plus Brian's comments on the cover art.

Brian has been interviewed by Riz Khan for Al Jazeera English (thanks to Dario).

Stephan Decroo writes: I would like to THANK YOU for keeping the ENOWEB up to date.Here are links to Amazon Japan concerning the new release. The regular edition has 1 bonus track (as always). You will also find the tracklisting for the hardback 2 CD edition.

The top Deutschlandschallplattenexpert, Michael Engelbrecht, will play four more tracks from the album on his programme Klanghorizonte, which is on Deutschlandfunk DLF-Nachtradio, on Monday 20th June 2011 from 1.05 to 2.00am CET. The songs are "Pour It Out", "Bless This Space", "The Airman" and "cloud 4". Meanwhile, German translations of three Rick Holland poems from DBTB will be posted each day from June 24th at manafonistas.de.

Here's an interview Michael conducted with Brian when Another Day On Earth was released.

Graphics time.

The Bang On A Can SuperGroup Ensemble plays 2/2.

Someone's grabbed a few Eno quotes on creativity from Eric Tamm's book.

More reviews of Brian Eno: The Man Who Fell To Earth.

The DVD of Ride, Rise, Roar has now been released (thanks to Dario & Richard Joly).

And here's something from the mailbox:

Dear EnoWeb creature,

Well I wasn't going to email but then I saw that the site has been serving my needs with impunity since 1993 (when I was born) and decided that Fate had called upon me.

While writing the last paper of my very dull four years in high school, I had to read Wordsworth's Preface to Lyrical Ballads, and found the following:

"The Man of science seeks truth as a remote and unknown benefactor; he cherishes and loves it in his solitude: the Poet, singing a song in which all human beings join with him, rejoices in the presence of truth as our visible friend and hourly companion Poetry is the breath and finer spirit of all knowledge; it is the impassioned expression which is in the countenance of all Science. Emphatically may it be said of the Poet, as Shakespeare hath said of man, 'that he looks before and after.'"

Could it be? Do you think that Eno in all of his immense and glorious learningitude took the album name Before and After Science from old Wordsie?

Thank you for your time. Although the anonymous Internet astrophysicists never responded to my question, I have a little more hope in this case.

Fondly,

Amanda Purcell

Mustard The Tortoise says: I well recall discussing Lyrical Ballads with Billy Wordsworth. Particularly this verse:

High on a mountain's highest ridge,
Where oft the stormy winter gale
Cuts like a scythe, while through the clouds
It sweeps from vale to vale
Not five yards from the mountain-path,
This thorn you on your left espy;
And to the left, three yards beyond,
You see a little muddy pond
Of water, never dry,
I've measured it from side to side:
'Tis three feet long, and two feet wide.

Those last two lines provide a fantastic rhyme that even the Modern Wordsworth, Master Rick Holland, would surely be proud of -- and this reptile for one can't understand why Eno has not yet set "The Thorn" to music.

Our previous update was on 3rd June when we wrote:

Coldplay have released a new single, "Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall", which may well have some co-production involvement from Brian. UPDATE: Apparently Brian provides "Enoxification and additional composition" according to YouTube.

Brian's Rolex Mentee Ben Frost presents his Solaris before a Reykjavík audience on 4th June, and Brian himself may well be manning the projector (thanks to Dario).

Grace Jones' album Hurricane, which involved Brian to a certain degree, will be released in the U.S. of A. with a bonus disc.

Our previous update was on 2nd June when we wrote:

This week Brian is Guest DJ for NPR's All Songs Considered. Amongst other things he discusses working with Rick Holland and plays the track "Pour It Out" from Drums Between The Bells. (Thanks to Dario).

Talking of DJs, Germany's Top DJ Michael Engelbrecht will be playing three tracks from the album on his programme Klanghorizonte, which is on Deutschlandfunk DLF-Nachtradio, on Monday 6th June 2011 from 1.05 to 2.00am CET. The songs are "A Title", "Sounds Alien", and "Dow".

Brian is mentioned by Gang of Four in this video.

Russell Mills speaks at the Ulster Festival on 8th June.

Radiocitizen's interview archive has an interview from the Japanese magazine Sound & Recording from January 2009.

Our previous update was on 24th May when we wrote:

Warp's Brian Eno site is offering a free download of , a track from the Rick Holland-Brian Eno Drums Between The Bells sessions which won't be on the album. Simply give them your e-mail address again, get the download link, and then you can just keep it looping. (Thanks to Bernd Kretzschmar.) Brian's delivery is reminiscent of his 1999-era installations -- perhaps fittingly, as one of them ran at the Holland Festival. Very droll if we do say so ourselves!
Mustard The Tortoise: You're embarrassing yourself.

Top music journalist Michael Engelbrecht has the world's first review of Drums Between The Bells.

Meanwhile, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto have two cover versions of "By This River" on their new album Summvs (thanks to Gary Scott, Kevin Dunnill, Finn Brunton & Richard Mills).

One of Brian's 1974 concerts with Nico and John Cale was videoed.

An interview with Jon Hopkins.

Jono Schneider writes about Harold Budd.

Talking of Harold, there's a new collaboration between him, Ruben Garcia and John Foxx due at the end of June: Nighthawks. It will be bundled with remastered versions of Translucence and Drift Music, two of the very best ambient albums ever.

Scott Snibbe writes about Music of Chance and meeting Brian.

Nick plays Another Green World.

Reviews of Brian Eno: The Man Who Fell To Earth.

A review of Small Craft on a Milk Sea.

The Leisure Society mention attending one of Brian's parties.

An old Keyboard interview with Brian appears in the book Synth Gods.

David Whittaker, Stafford Beer Biographer Extraordinaire, writes: I have a new web site with a Beer/Eno page. Aside from the books it includes some snaps taken on the day we filmed with the BBC Arena team.
EnoWeb:
In an exclusive coup, this includes the first known picture of Eno's kitchen area!
Mustard: It's rubbish. There isn't even any dandelion coffee.

Bernd Kretzschmar has found yet more information on the Self Storage installation.

Adam writes:

Love Enoweb, have for years.

I stumbled across something that blew my mind today. I ordered an archival box set of Marc Bolan's early Tyrannosaurus Rex recordings. Set called A Whole Zinc of Finches. (highly recommended!).

It includes a 1970 pop rock experiement he did under an alias Dib Cochran & The Earwigs. Little impromptu band session with Rick Wakeman, Tony Visconti and John Cambridge.

Anyway, I was listening to the recording and the song sounded very familiar... It's a dead ringer for "Third Uncle". The resemblance is uncanny.

You can hear the sample - track 5 on Disc 5 - called "Jam session" here - it drones on and on for 4 minutes just like that. You'd mistake it for a live Eno/Winkies bootleg!

Some people have a little fun at the expense of Brian's mate Malcolm Gladwell.

Our previous update was on 19th April when we wrote:

Brian has a new album out on 4th July -- Drums Between The Bells. It's a collaboration with the poet Rick Holland, with 15 tracks:

1. bless this space
2. glitch
3. dreambirds
4. pour it out
5. seedpods
6. the real
7. the airman
8. fierce aisles of light
9. as if your eyes were partly closed as if you honed the swirl within them and offered me ... the world
10. a title
11. sounds alien
12. dow
13. multimedia
14. cloud 4

Silence

15. breath of crows

Brian and Rick have been working together for years; Brian has previously played extracts from their collaborations in his interviews with Jarvis Cocker (2010) and Echoes (2003), and performed two of them at the Bath Festival (2006), so this release has been in the pipeline for a good long time. It is available in four formats: CD, 12" Double Vinyl, Hardback 2CD Edition, and Download.

David Eagleman talks about stuff, including mention of Brian (thanks to Radiocitizen).

Apparently Brian danced in Edinburgh.

Brian contributes to two tracks on Fovea Hex's new album Here Is Where We Used To Sing: Clock of the Long Now Bells on "Falling Things (Where Does A Girl Begin?", and Starry Keyboards on "Every Evening".

Some audience video of the Eno-Robertson visuals accompanying the Frost-Bjarnason Music for Solaris.

Gresham College has posted the Long Finance seminar on Vimeo.

Just as well the College didn't post it on Google Video, as that's shutting up shop forever on 29th April. So, this could be your last chance to watch Stewart Brand's 6-part BBC series How Buildings Learn (with music by Brian).

Same name, different face Rory Walsh points out that when the scrupulously researched DVD documentary Brian Eno 1971-1977: The Man Who Fell To Earth namechecks Peter Schmidt, it uses a picture of a German designer, not Brian's friend. How curious!

Our previous update was on 14th April when we wrote:

Mmph. What? Must have dozed off there for a minute or two. We blame that ambient music. Can't imagine anything of great interest has happened in the exceedingly short time since our last update.

Monday 11th April saw the release of a DVD documentary about Brian in the UK (out 17th May in the US). Brian Eno 1971-1977: The Man Who Fell To Earth has an excellent pedigree, coming as it does from the same company as Justin Bieber Xposed, Katy Perry The Girl Who Ran Away and AC/DC - And Then There Was Rock. Rather surprisingly EnoWeb's copy arrived from Amazon on the day of release despite our opting for Super Cheapskate Delivery. Since then we've been watching it, pacing ourselves, and this is the sound that we heard:

EnoWeb FastFacts... EnoWeb FastFacts...

  • Running Time: 2 hours 36 minutes
  • Format: DVD
  • Region: 0 (All)
  • Status: "this film is not authorised or sanctioned by Brian Eno, or by any party representing him" -- not a good start, as we were promised a party with balloons and jelly and everything
  • Main commentator: David Sheppard
  • Musicians who worked with Eno: Brian Turrington, Lloyd Watson, Percy Jones, Chris Spedding, David O’List, David Toop, Jon Hassell & Hans-Joachim Roedelius
  • Other commentators: Geeta Dayal, Eric Tamm, Robert Christgau, Mark Prendergast, Simon Reynolds, Robert Rich & Johnny Rogan
  • Sub-set of contributors who are fully paid-up members of the Society For Men Who Wear Hats Indoors: 2
  • Full, exhaustive, unexpurgated, no-holds-barred list of the "many extra features including extended interviews, digital biographies and more" hyped on the back of the DVD:
    1) Lloyd Watson on the 801 [4 mins]
    2) Short text biographies of the contributors
    We see. That can be defined as "many", can it?
  • Video glitches that bypassed quality control: 2
  • Number of times we see the same clip of 1973 Eno twiddling with tape machine and mixing desk from Alfi Sinnger’s film ENO: 5*
  • Other archive footage of Eno: Clips of Roxy Music performances, clip of "China My China" from YouTube, very brief ENO clips probably from BBC
  • Appearances from Eno himself: 2 (sourced from BBC’s The Roxy Music Story and a YouTubed South Bank Show)
  • Where's Fripp? (2hrs 8 mins in) They've left his arm in for some reason...Strangest omission: the 1975/76 release of Music For Films [director’s edition], surely important for context with Another Green World and Eno's work with Cluster and Bowie
  • Strangest inclusion: a picture of Bowie and Eno in the studio from which Robert Fripp has been removed, Stalinist-style, even though the full version appears right at the start of the film (compare the original here)

*We think some acknowledgement of Mr Sinniger's work in the credits would have been nice. Just because these particular clips have previously been included in BBC documentaries, that doesn't make them public domain.

(Thanks to Giannis Miliaresis, Dario, Richard Mills, Kevin Eden, David Evans and Alan Knight).

Ipswich Art School Gallery is holding a charity auction to raise funds on Friday 15th May. The lots include two poems Brian wrote while he was a student. (Thanks to Alex Rubli.)

Brian has been earning some pin-money co-producing Seun Kuti, Andrea Corr and Coldplay.

Edge.org asked "What scientific concept would improve everybody's cognitive toolkit?"

Brian and Jon Hassell had another Conversation on 3rd March, this time in Paris. (Thanks to Goran Vejvoda and Dario).

Gary Scott writes: Just to let you know, if you don't already, the Lumen website is now selling copies of Making Space, which I've just ordered. For £12.50 - great I thought, but then they add £2.50 VAT & £3.53 postage, so £18.53 really. Mind you, for £3.53 postage, I expect Mr Eno or one of his postman relatives to hand deliver it! His father would have been appalled I'm sure!

Rory Walsh writes:

I managed to catch Andrew Logan's Rejoice show at the Flowers East Gallery on New Years Eve before it closed.

The Four Flowers of the Apocalypse (2008) is a piece fashioned from old hubcaps and is described in the catalogue as being constructed from 'Glass, resin, glitter, clay, CD player'. It plays a soundtrack written by Eno.

In fact the one and a half meter high sculptures of giant flowers in flower pots include two MP3 players attached to stereo speakers. The gallery had forgotten to recharge the batteries in the MP3 players so I had to wait around until they managed to get it up and running. However this allowed me to extract some information from the embarrassed gallery attendant. The Eno soundtracks comprised two identical 1 minute 50 second loops entitled 'Four Flowers: Andrew Logan' which are played together at different volumes. The result is a generative piece that sounded not unlike Kite Stories I. The cheap speakers, located in two of the flower pots, could not handle the high frequencies and so distorted very badly. Each of the flower pots were positioned in one of the four windows at the front of the gallery which was unfortunate as the noise breaking in from the traffic outside totally drowned out the soundtrack at times.

Brian appears on Anna Calvi's new record (thanks to Richard Joly and Dario).

Brian was namechecked in a riff about David Bowie's Christmas Morning on Adam and Joe's Christmas radio show. The fun begins at 15:25 in. As ever, you can rely on EnoWeb to bring you absolutely the most up to date news.

Further coverage of Mr Eno's Canadian Cavalcade of Curiosities.

While he was on that side of the world, it was a case of Co-pa, Co-pa-ca-ba-na, as Brian took the opportunity to leg it to Rio de Janeiro. Music and passion were always the fashion for him.

Ulrich Kresin e-mails: Since a couple of years the German newspaper DIE ZEIT has been featuring the column "Ich habe einen Traum": Artists, intellectuals, politicians and other people can inform the readers about their dreams and visions. In this week's ZEIT edition (February) it's Brian's turn. His dreams, Brian claims, are usually rather dull since his days are often really exciting. Proving that reality can sometimes outdo weird night-stories he concludes with an anecdote. Some time ago he visited a dentist in New York. Unable to escape Brian had to listen to the dentist's self-made music - all under the influence of laughing gas!

James Topham, Opal Factotum From Long Ago, talks about War Child and Brian.

Sarah Kornfeld recalls Wiredís 1996 Imagination conference.

Peter Chilvers recalls Pure Scenius.

Bernd Kretzschmar e-mails: You referred to the Self Storage slideshow last year. Now the audio works!

Other Eno-related stuff that might pique your curiosity.

There's a new Fovea Hex album out on 18th April, with a contribution from Brian.

Ben Frost and Daníel Bjarnason performed "We don't need other worlds. We need mirrors" -- Music For Solaris at New York's Unsound Festival. As with last year's show in Krakow this included projected film manipulations by Brian Eno and Nick Robertson.

Harold Budd and Robin Guthrie have a new album out (thanks to Kelvin L. Smith). As does Tim Booth. And Jon Hopkins.

Daniel Lanois coverage.

Tom Phillips' A Humument app is now available for the iPod Touch & iPhone, complementing the iPad version previously released.

John Emr is in the process of updating PeterSchmidtWeb.

Robert Fripp and top Eno album masterer Simon Heyworth contributed to the gaiety of the nation with this feature on 3D radio.

Kelli Richards interviews Ty Roberts, once of Headcandy creators ION.

Time for a rummage in the postbag.

Blue Jay writes: hello, excuse me can you tell how to get Eno to produce my music?
EnoWeb replies: Haven't a clue.
Blue Jay: and how to contact him and how much does it cost to hire him and get him to come from uk to us work and collaborate with me? thank you
EnoWeb: Expanding our previous answer, first of all you should put all thoughts of making music out of your head for at least two years. We have observed that Eno's busy schedule means that he is booked up with projects several years in advance, so he would not be able to commit to working with you before that. He is not really contactable directly, so you would have to go through his management who have a fair idea of what they believe he would be interested in doing. It might well be that he would not have much inclination to produce any other musicians at the moment. Regarding cost we have no idea; sometimes he is happy to work pro bono and othertimes he is very well remunerated for his services. Probably the best way to make contact with Eno is to bump into him accidentally, which by its nature is not something you can cause to happen. Alternatively, read about his production techniques and apply them to your music for free!

8178239885 writes: When and where is the next concert?
EnoWeb: I'm sorry, you've lost us.

Stephen Lindow writes: When the More Music For Films CD was released, the track entitled "Climate Study" was actually "Approaching Taidu", or does the song go by two titles? I thought I'd read months after the release that there was going to be a re-issue because of the recording mistake.
EnoWeb: It was certainly supposed to have been corrected, yes. "Climate Study" is a different track from "Approaching Taidu".

Barton Starks writes: Look serious...
Mustard The Tortoise replies: I always do. It goes with being a reptile. No smile muscles, just a cake-hole.
Barton: ...and raise your status by having a branded pen in pocket.
Mustard: There is an obvious line waiting to be said there, but I am not an obvious tortoise.
Barton: Your new Armani wallet will make ladies stare at you.
Mustard: For all the wrong reasons.
Barton: A Mont Blanc watch will add a raisin to your businesslike style.
Mustard: Will it, indeed? I'm afraid I can't even work out what you are trying to say.
Barton: Longing for your visit
Mustard: It's no wonder business is slow if you're relying on raisins for a sales pitch.

Mr Crawford writes: GOOD DAY..
Mustard: That seems unlikely.
Mr Crawford: I Am Mr. Crawford Spain ,a private loan lender am offering a loan at a maximum low rate of 4%, both secure and unsecure, every interested applicant should contact us via E-mail for more information.
Mustard: You're already making me unsecure.
Mr Crawford: Your smile is our concern.
Mustard: Strangely, your smile is my concern too...

King Spin 777 writes: You are heir to the Casino fortune - The King pays out huge prizes
Mustard: But if it's my fortune, the King has no right to pay it out. It's mine, I tell you, MINE!!! I could buy a lot of dandelions with that, I can tell you.
King Spin 777: You have arrived at your Palace and you will be treated like royalty!
Mustard: What, wake up one day to find my Palace surrounded by a baying mob, then get dragged out by the revolutionaries, told "this is how we treat royalty", and executed in the name of "democracy"? No thanks, I think I'll stick to my quiet rural life instead. I could still buy a lot of dandelions with that fortune, though.

Our previous update was on 7th January when we wrote:

Brian has gained some press coverage of his trip Oop North.

Jarvis Cocker's BBC 6 Music chat with Brian was recently repeated, so you can grab it as a podcast for the next few weeks.

Our previous update was on 6th January when we wrote:

A question for you to start off the still reasonably new year. What is the connection between Small Craft On A Milk Sea and "King's Lead Hat"?

We'll come back to that later... Brian is currently in Canada, giving An Illustrated Talk at Calgary's Jack Singer Concert Hall on 6th January, and Vancouver's Vogue Theatre on 10th January. 77 Million Paintings is also being exhibited at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary from 6th January to 20th March.

DGM has released Fripp & Eno: May 28, 1975, a concert performed at the Olympia in Paris, France. Formerly only available as an nth generation bootleg, this has now been cleaned up -- retaining the screaming audience but removing the French announcement asking people not to smoke or take pictures at the express request of Monsieur Fripp. You get 3 CDs' worth of often sinister noise in MP3 or FLAC format including Eno's stage loops, plus some jolly pics of a youthful Fripp'n'Eno from times long gone on the site. A CD release is planned for later in the year. (Thanks to Microbunny, Mike Nagy and Dario.)

Brian's talk to the YOTA festival in December is available to watch online. (Thanks to Ivan Razumovsky.)

You can also witness the discussion between Brian and Paul Morley at the 2010 Crunch Festival.

Libération conducted an interview with Brian to mark the release of Small Craft On A Milk Sea. (Thanks to Goran Vejvoda.)

Here's the answer to the "King's Lead Hat"/Small Craft conundrum that you've already forgotten. You'll find an interview with UK's Top Designer Nick Robertson at Planet Notion, the site of Notion Magazine, where Nick discusses working with Brian and reveals "The cover image is of a motorboat turning round". This your Eno-associative mind will no doubt immediately cross-reference with the KLH line "A ship is turning broadside to the shore"... and Third's your uncle, your store of useless Eno information and speculation has increased by one unit, yet it's still only early January! What does it mean???? Absolutely nothing!!!! Or does(n't) it????????????

Brian's Rolex Mentee Ben Frost discusses their approaches to creative work, apparently none of which involves excessive punctuation. Shame.

Petra Schweppe e-mails: Repackaged by Zero FM is a group on flickr where each week the members post their interpretation of a cd album cover. Week 49 is Brian Eno's Another green world.

Brian co-produced Coldplay's Christmas Single "Christmas Lights". (Thanks to Richard Mills.)

Brian's chum Tim Booth has a new web-site.

Catching up with Brian's chum Daniel Lanois:

Brian's chum Michael Brook now concentrates on film scores and has re-done his website with masses of music to hear and licence. (Thanks to Richard Mills.)

Brian's chum David Eagleman has released Why The Net Matters, news that will matter little to anyone apart from iPad owners as that is the only available format.

Talking of iPads, apparently there is a video included on a Stella McCartney iPad app with music by Brian, but we don't know if it's new or previously released...

Dario writes: Here's a link to a Norwegian magazine called Eno with guess-who on the cover (!!!). I think it may include an interview with Eno but I'm not sure. As it turns out, they also have a Facebook page ...all in Norwegian.

Brian's chum(s) Fovea Hex is/are finalising a new album, with a single released in December.

Brian's chummy brother Roger released a short-term single, "Lonesome Cowboy Christmas" on iTunes. (Thanks to Richard Mills.)

Jim Thompson e-mails:

Years back, I saw a VHS copy of Land Of The Minotaur (1976; UK title The Devil's Men). It was really surprising to see Brian Eno credited for the soundtrack, as I had already long been a fan of his early solo work and Roxy Music contributions. I recorded the audio, in full, and thought of it as very lightweight, hardly a reason to mention. At that time, it seemed hard to correspond its synthesized fart noises with the guy who made Here Come The Warm Jets, one of the finest LPs by anyone, ever.

Today, though, I was looking it (the film) up online, twenty years later, just to refresh my memory. I was really surprised. There are people out there who actually liked the film...it was mediocre at best, really, at least in the US release... and those who rave about the soundtrack, which was not indicative of Eno's talent in any way. And I'd still like to hear it again to make certain my critical faculties are in order, as apparently all sorts of people actually liked it, or at least they do now. Weird. It does not turn up online on many Eno sites, and I added a bit of info to the Eno Wikipedia entry, too.

In the midst of reading about it, apparently a DVD release is out that allegedly includes a bonus flexidisc of Eno's soundtrack, and the film can also be found on some multi-film collections. So some know about it, while others apparently did not try to find out about it or perhaps are trying to suppress this low-rent Eno entry, I just don't know. Those who rave about it make me want to hear it again to learn whether my memory is faulty or their views could be so. The flexi recording, at least just the audio, is something I'd like to get; maybe in that format, Eno could be less diluted than in the final film. If you can get the flexi info, that would be another discography addition, as it apparently was not issued in a soundtrack LP format. A 12-movie budget collections containing the movie is named Cult Terror Cinema. It's also on the 50(!)-movie collection, Chilling Classics, and a double-feature DVD called Crypt Of Terror (title lifted from an EC comic) and apparently released on DVD, as well, under the brand Drive-In Cult Classics.

The new issue of UNCUT has a feature on Roxy Music. We don't think Brian participates though.

So, what else do we have to look forward to from Brian in 2011? Possible: A release of collaborations with poet Rick Holland. A release of some of the music recorded at the Pure Scenius concerts. A cover of a Peter Gabriel song for I’ll Scratch Yours, part of Peter's Scratch My Back project. Production work for Seun Kuti's album due early-ish this year. Production work for Coldplay's album due when they're good and ready. Something Rolex-Mentor-related. Possible but looking less likely each year: The collaboration with Herbie Hancock; Brian's book if he finishes it. We did list those two in 2009 & 2010, you may recall!


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