Tag Archives: Brian Eno

COUCH MUSIC

I was looking for a particular kind of music. The head being fuzzy and the legs a little shaky, instead of wandering around the shelves, it seemed more self-caring to let the fingers do the walking. So opening up the ever useful Vinyl Connection database, I engaged the ‘find’ function and typed in ‘music’. Surely […]

A WEEK OF ENO INSTALLATIONS — DAY 5

DAY FIVE / DISC FIVE Making Space  Holy beatbox Batman! I hear clicky percussion, bass; structure, barlines, time signatures…  The opening track of Making Space, “Needle click”, is nothing even remotely like most people’s understanding of ambient music. Ah, but the box isn’t called ‘Ambient’, my precious, it’s called Music for Installations. So this must […]

A WEEK OF ENO INSTALLATIONS — DAY 1

Readers may have noticed a couple 2018 releases in these pages of late. It’s nice to be able to write about current albums, and doing so somehow gives a more contemporary feel than is really justified, but it is not always an easy task. Several times over recent years I have dropped new releases from […]

DUNE, CHAPTER TWO

It is a rule of cinema that any successful novel will eventually be made into a film, no matter how challenging the translation from page to screen might appear. It is a rule of the known universe that any film adaptation of a beloved book will disappoint bibliophiles. It is a rule of pop that […]

INNER RADIANCE

Edward Larry Gordon was a part-time actor and occasional zither player who supplemented his thespian income by busking in New York. In possibly one of the finest synchronicities in popular music, Brian Eno—in the Big Apple to work with avant-garde trumpeter Jon Hassell—placed a note in the busking Larry’s hat that read, ‘Would you like […]

A NEW COLLABORATOR AND A NEW SOUND

In 2001 David Bowie released what is without doubt the oddest compilation of his career. Which is saying something, there having been over 40 collections of his music across five decades. This one was called All Saints, with the subtitle telling you exactly what you were getting: Collected Instrumentals 1977 – 1999. The story goes that […]

ENO ON THE BEACH

On the Vinyl Connection coffee table is On Some Faraway Beach, David Sheppard’s 2008 biography of Brian Eno. It is a substantial and thoroughly researched tome covering the birth, growth, education and unfolding of non-musician Brian Peter George Jean-Baptiste de la Salle Eno. Sheppard even demystifies the preposterous name. Now Mr Eno is a most interesting […]