Brian Eno

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Brian Eno (1948, Melton, UK) is a musician, producer, visual artist and activist. He first came to international prominence in the early 1970s as a founding member of the band Roxy Music, followed by a series of solo albums and collaborations.

His work as producer includes albums with Talking Heads, Devo, U2, Laurie Anderson, James, Jane Siberry and Coldplay, while his long list of collaborations include recordings with David Bowie, Jon Hassell, Harold Budd, John Cale, David Byrne, Grace Jones, Karl Hyde, James Blake and most recently with his brother, Roger, on the album, Mixing Colours. In August 2021, they performed together for the very first time, and to a rapturous audience at the Acropolis in Athens.

Brian Eno’s visual experiments with light and video continue to parallel his musical career, with exhibitions and installations all over the globe. To date he has released over forty albums of his own music and exhibited extensively, as far afield as the Venice Biennale, St. Petersburg’s Marble Palace, Ritan Park in Beijing, Arcos de Lapa in Rio de Janeiro and the sails of the Sydney Opera House. He is a founding member of the Long Now Foundation, a trustee of Client Earth and patron of Videre est Credere. In April 2021, he launched EarthPercent, which raises money from the music industry for some of the most impactful environmental charities working on the climate emergency. (2023)


  • Music for Non-Musicians, c1970. privately published in 25 copies none of which are known to exist today, according to Eno’s management, Opal Ltd., London. The essay is discussed in Eno and Mills, More Dark than Shark.
  • [Text for a lecture to Trent Polytechnic], 1974. Quoted in Eno and Mills, More Dark than Shark.
  • "Shedding Light on Obscure Records", Street Life, 15-28 Nov 1975.
  • with Peter Schmidt, Oblique Strategies, London, 1975; rev., London, 1978; 1979, ARG. [1]
  • "Generating and Organizing Variety in the Arts", Studio International 984, Nov/Dec 1976, pp 279-83; repr. in Breaking the Sound Barrier: A Critical Anthology of the New Music, ed. Gregory Battcock, New York: Dutton, 1981, pp 129-141; excerpts repr. in Systems, ed. Edward A. Shanken, London: Whitechapel Gallery & Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2015, pp 166-171.
  • with Peter Schmidt, "Peter Schmidt and Brian Eno", Arts Review 29, 9 Dec. 1977, pp 737-738.
  • "Ambient Music", liner notes for Ambient 1: Music for Airports, Ambient Records / EG Records, 1978. LP/cassette. [2] [3].
  • [Self-Regulation and Autopoiesis in Contemporary Music], 1978. Unpublished paper. Slated for appearance in an anthology that never materialized, this essay is quoted in Eno and Mills, More Dark than Shark.
  • Video-installatie Mistaken Memories of Medieval New York, 1981, Amsterdam: Stedelijk Museum, 1982, 2 pp.
  • "Pro Session: The Studio as Compositional Tool", in two parts, Down Beat 50, Jul 1983, pp 56-57, and Down Beat, Aug 1983, pp 50-52.
  • Works Constructed with Sound and Light: Extracts from a talk given by Brian Eno following the opening of his video installation, Copenhagen, January 1986, London: Opal, 1986.
  • Brian Eno: Place #13, The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Dublin: Douglas Hyde Gallery, 1986, 15 pp.
  • with Russell Mills, More Dark than Shark, London: Faber and Faber, 1986, 144 pp. With commentaries by Rick Poynor.
  • A Year With Swollen Appendices: Brian Eno's Diary, Faber & Faber, 1996, 424 pp; 25th anniv.ed., London: Faber & Faber, 2020.
  • with Mimmo Paladino, I dormienti, Alberico Cetti Serbelloni, 2002, 112 pp. With CD. (Italian)
  • "Ambient Music", in Audio Culture: Readings in Modern Music, eds. Christoph Cox and Daniel Warner, Bloomsbury, 2004, pp 94-97. Written in 1996.
  • with John Thackara, Eternally Yours: Time in Design, 010 Publishers, 2005, 288 pp.
  • with Harold Pinter, John Le Carré, Richard Dawkins, Michel Faber, Haifa Zangana, Not One More Death, Verso, 2006, 69 pp, ARG.
  • "How the Sahel was turned into a desert by good intentions: Western medical aid, the introduction of cash crops, the drilling of deep boreholes and tons of free grain were all supplied to avert disasters, only to become the engines of greater disasters", in Formulas for Now, ed. Hans Ulrich Obrist, Thames & Hudson, 2008. [4]
  • "Foreword", in Stafford Beer, Think Before You Think: Social Complexity and Knowledge of Knowing, Wavestone Press, 2009.



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