mono.kultur #34 / 25 TL
mono Kultur # 34 - Brian Eno (Re-valuation A Warm Feeling)
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'The Brian Eno of today – a cultural figurehead, famed for his prolific cultural output and maverick intellect – seems a world away from the flamboyantly dressed figure who became a defining part of the onstage aesthetic of Roxy Music in the early ’70s, clad in leopard prints, peacock feathers and exquisitely applied mascara. But Eno’s role as band ‘technician’, mixer and synth wizard not only helped Roxy Music’s newfangled glam rock sound become a solid part of British music history, but anticipated a pivotal function in modern music: that of the producer and sonic engineer.
It was upon leaving the band in 1973, however, that Eno really began to explore his interest in technical and cultural innovation and the application of experimental philosophies to pop music. Quick to embark on solo projects, he released a series of critically acclaimed albums, celebrated for their originality, and became the pioneer of what he termed ‘ambient music’, starting with his 1975 record Discreet Music, followed by the seminal John Cale, Talking Heads and U2 – with whom he worked on The Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby, among many others. Maybe unsurprisingly, Eno has since become one of the most sought-after producers in the industry, working on prominent records with, for example, Grace Jones, Coldplay, Depeche Mode and, most recently, James Blake. With a chameleon-like ability to adapt to a musician’s idiosyncrasies and a knack for consistently keeping ahead of the times in the face of significant technological change, Eno has developed a body of work that is as eclectic as it is extensive.'