Brian Eno

24 03 2010

Brian Eno is an English musician, composer, record producer, music theorist and singer, who, as a solo artist, is best known as one of the principal innovators of ambient music.

BBC Arena 2010

For this documentary, Another Green World, Brian Eno has given Arena unprecedented access to observe him working in his studio and talking with friends and colleagues.

Eno engages with fellow influential minds, including Richard Dawkins, Malcolm Gladwell, David Whittaker and Steve Lillywhite, in a series of conversations on science, art, systems analysis, producing and cybernetics.




Artscape: Brian Eno in Conversation

Honouring his 30-odd years of creative achievements, Artscape’s Brian Eno In Conversation features a Q&A interview between Eno and ABC arts presenter Andrew Frost. Discussing Eno’s artistic inspirations, ideas and views on contemporary art, the program profiles an artist who continues to be at the forefront of not just music – but also art and technology.

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Paul Morley interviews Brian Eno in this 1992 programme ‘The Thing is…’




Imaginary Landscapes, a 40-minute documentary from 1989, directed by Duncan Ward and Gabriella Cardazzo. Rather ironically the sound on this video is too loud and quite distorted. Fair warning.

A better one-part version can be seen here






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Name: Ode To Gravity: Brian Eno (Special Edition, I of IV)
Item Type: Sound Recording
Duration: 116 min
Event Type: Interview and Music
Program Origin: KPFA

original description:

“In an interview recorded before a live audience on Saturday February 2, 1980, as part of the Speaking of Music series, Charles Amirkhanian and Brian Eno discuss phonetic poetry, how Brian writes his lyrics, and the spirit of inquisitiveness at KPFA Radio. The two also listen to some of Brian Eno’s pieces, including “After the Heat”, “Everything Merges With the Night”, “Another Green World”, “Spirits Drifting” and sections of other works. Brian Eno also discusses artist Peter Schmidt and their work on the Oblique Strategies Cards, being a record producer, process vs. product, and looping. Part I ends with some thoughts on Steve Reich and his music.

Part II starts with a discussion of “the history of the recording studio as a compositional tool;” and Eno’s collaboration with David Byrne on the then yet-to-be-released album, “My Life in the Bush of Ghosts”. Eno also talks about, and listens to, songs by Elvis Presley, The Supremes, Sly Stone, Lee “Scratch” Perry, and Jimi Hendrix. Eno then offers some unfinished pieces from the album with David Byrne.


Discreet Music (1975)

1 02 2010

Discreet Music (1975) is an album by the British ambient musician Brian Eno. While (No Pussyfooting) may be his first ambient album and Another Green World features many ambient pieces, this is Brian Eno’s first purely ambient solo album.

Brian Eno’s concept of ambient music builds upon a concept composer Erik Satie called “furniture music”. This means music that is intended to blend into the ambient atmosphere of the room rather than directly focused upon.

The inspiration for this album began when Eno was left bed-ridden by an accident and was given an album of eighteenth century harp music. After struggling to put the record on the turntable and returning to bed, he realized that it was turned down toward the threshold of inaudibility and he lacked the strength to get up from the bed again and turn it up. Eno said this experience taught him a new way to perceive music.

This album is also an experiment in algorithmic, generative composition. His intention was to explore multiple ways to create music with limited planning or intervention.

It also sounds nice.

A Brief History of Haiti & the US (Chomsky).

26 01 2010

History of Haiti MP3


Extract from Noam Chomsky’s talk ‘The Uses of Haiti.
Student Pugwash Northeast Regional Conference. February 22, 2002.

more Chomsky media:

PALAOA – Transmitting live from the Ocean below the Antarctic Ice

22 01 2010

Map of the PALAOA area

Overview PALAOA area

You can listen to the underwater sound of the Antarctic Ocean with a delay of a few seconds here.

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Please note, this transmission is not optimized for easy listening, but for scientific research. It is highly compressed (24kBit Ogg-Vorbis), so sound quality is far from perfect. Additionally, animal voices may be very faint. Amplifier settings are a compromise between picking up distant animals and not overdriving the system by nearby calving icebergs. So you might need to pump up the volume – but beware of sudden extreamely loud events.

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Providing an acoustic live stream of the Antarctic underwater soundscape is a formidable challange. After all, more than 15000 km lie between Antarctica and our institute in Germany. Underwater sound is recorded by means of two hydrophones by PALAOA, an autonomous, wind and solar powered observatory located on the Ekström ice shelf (Boebel et al., 2006). The data stream is transmitted via wireless LAN from PALAOA to the German Neumayer Base. From there, a permanent satellite link transmits the data to the AWI in Germany.

A constant hiss pervading the signal is partly due to electronic noise as we push the hydrophone amplifiers to their limits, but also the natural ocean background noise made audible here through the use of ultra sensitive hydrophones. Additional broad band noise caused by wind, waves and currents adds to it on occasion. There a three sources of click-like interference: switching relais, electrostatic discharges caused by snow drift, and sferics produced by thunderstorms ten thousands of kilometers away. Due to the limited bandwith of the satellite link, jamming of the WLAN link due to storms, or energy shortage, the connection might temporarily be down or scrammed. In this case, please dial in later!

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