A Bit of Eno

I’m so very excited – just a few days ago I was browsing Discogs and by a sheer stroke of luck happened upon the newly-released first-ever vinyl pressing of Fripp & Eno’s Equatorial Stars.

Recorded in 2004, the album marked a 30-year reunion for the two musicians, who last collaborated on the Evening Star LP in 1975. Evening Star was the follow-up to their premiere frippertronic album – the monumental classic, (No Pussyfooting).

My Eno LPs to date…

Eno Collection 1Eno Collection 2Eno Collection 3

Brian Eno is an incredible hero of mine. From his genre-defining masterpiece, Music for Airports to his 77 Million Paintings project, from his zen-like Oblique Strategies deck to The Long Now Foundation, I’ve been following his work for more than 15 years and loving each new discovery.

One of my favorite (and sadly lesser-known) works by Eno was his January 07003 / Bell Studies for the Clock of the Long Now which features chimes for a timepiece that operates with minimum human intervention for ten millennia.

I’m still missing a few of the albums from Eno’s primary discography on vinyl, such as Ambient 3: Day of Radiance, Music for Films 2 and 3, and Thursday Afternoon, but I do maintain a 64-album digital discographic archive for added accessibility.

Eno’s recent collaborative projects with my other hero, Karl Hyde were a dream come true. Both are highly-acclaimed visual artists as well as musicians and have been wonderful inspirations for my own creative ventures.

Their collaboration drew inspiration from the repetitive minimalism of my other favorite composers like Steve Reich and Phillip Glass, and from the polyrhythmic music of Fela Kuti and funk.  For those who missed my post from the album’s debut, check out the fractured groove of “DBF.”

At age 66, Eno has no intention of slowing down, and I look forward to his next innovative project.

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  1. Hi I just found your blog and was really interested by this post. I’m only a youngun (16) so my knowledge of music is pretty lacking, especially in terms of experimental music. Brian Eno is a name that I’ve heard time and time again but I’ve always been intimidated by his gigantic discography (same goes for bands like Swans) so I’d love if you could recommend a good starting point. Bear in mind that the most experimental my music gets is King Crimson, Sonic Youth and Death Grips so take it easy on me.

    Also, long live vinyl! I got into it a couple of months ago and I only have a couple of albums but I love the medium so far and plan to buy as many as can.

    Lastly, my blog is music related (as well as books and film) and I was just wondering if you any other music blogs. So far I haven’t found any (well, other than Pitchfork and the like) and it’d be great if you could point me towards some.

    • Wonderful to hear from you! You’re right – a catalog as vast as Eno’s can be daunting at first-glance. Fortunately, his discography offers many varied styles so you’re bound to find something that grabs you.

      For his glam rock, try Here Come the Warm Jets.

      For art rock, Before and After Science is a magnificent record.

      For his tape delay guitar experiments with Robert Fripp, listen to (No Pussyfooting).

      And for his ambient music, you absolutely must begin with Music for Airports.

      The albums above will serve as a proper introduction to Eno. Be sure to blog your findings and shoot me a message when you do!

      Quite sadly, all the amazing blogs I’ve followed in years past have been removed as the users shared vinyl rips of their favorite rare recordings. These days, I primarily follow music journals and articles written by users in private/closed music communities, but I know that NPR’s music page and WFMU’s Beware of the Blog have been wonderful resources for music news for many years.

      Happy listening!


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