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By Anonym 13 Sep

Brian Eno

If you had a sign above every studio door saying ‘This Studio is a Musical Instrument’ it would make such a different approach to recording.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Brian Eno

People always focus on people like me who use synthesizers, right, which are explicitly electronic and therefore obvious. "Ah, yes, that's electronic music." But they don't realize that so is the concept of actually taking a piece of extant music and literally re-collaging it, taking chunks out and changing the dynamics radically and creating new rhythmic structures with echo and all that. That's real electronic music, as far as I'm concerned.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Brian Eno

There's a kind of edge to what you're doing, the kind of leading edge of what you're doing. Inside that edge [are elements you] are familiar with, and are probably becoming slightly bored with, as well, over a period of time. "I've pulled that one out before. Oh, no, I can't I'm just fed up with that. Let's do something else."And you always think "Oh my God I've never done anything at all like that before." But, of course, in retrospect, and to an outsider, they'll say, "Oh, yeah that's typical Eno.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Brian Eno

In England and Europe, we have this huge music called ambient - ambient techno, ambient house, ambient hip-hop, ambient this, ambient that.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Brian Eno

Look closely at the most embarrassing details, and amplify them.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Brian Eno

Except in a few cases like Music for Airports, which was a very clear case of noticing a niche [and] saying, "Okay, there's this situation in which people always play music, and nobody has written music for that situation so I'm going to." So, that was a very clear example of spotting a niche and working for it. I have done that occasionally.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Brian Eno

People do dismiss ambient music, don't they? They call it 'easy listening,' as if to suggest that it should be hard to listen to.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Brian Eno

I've always thought that art is a lie, an interesting lie. And I'll sort of listen to the "lie" and try to imagine the world which makes that lie true...what that world must be like, and what would have to happen for us to get from this world to that one.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Brian Eno

The problem with computers is that there is not enough Africa in them.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Brian Eno

It's amazing how quickly people get used to bad quality.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Brian Eno

Musicians are there in front of you, and the spectators sense their tension, which is not the case when you're listening to a record. Your attention is more relaxed. The emotional aspect is more important in live music.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Brian Eno

Stop thinking about art works as objects, and start thinking about them as triggers for experiences.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Brian Eno

I occasionally meet people and they say, 'Oh, I was born to Discreet Music'... They always have very weird eyes, those people.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Brian Eno

If you grow up in a very strong religion like Catholicism you certainly cultivate in yourself a certain taste for the intensity of ideas.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Brian Eno

You can't do anything interesting with cutting-edge technology except not make it cutting-edge.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Brian Eno

I think we're about ready for a new feeling to enter music. I think that will come from the Arabic world.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Brian Eno

I want to make things that put me in the position of innocence, that recreate the feeling of innocence in you.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Brian Eno

A studio is an absolute labyrinth of possibilities - this is why records take so long to make because there are millions of permutations of things you can do. The most useful thing you can do is to get rid of some of those options before you start

By Anonym 15 Sep

Brian Eno

The seven white notes on the piano - each section of the piece (there are 12 sections) is five of those seven white notes. If you calculate it, there are 21 groups of five notes in any group of seven notes. And although there are 12 sections, this piece actually uses nine of those groups because some of the sections repeat earlier ones. So that's the formula. It's very simple as a way of generating something. It's my inner minimalist.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Brian Eno

I think very often producers are really trying to repeat things. When they hear something in the new songs that they recognize as being a bit like something that was a success on a previous record, they're inclined to encourage that.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Brian Eno

The time I like listening to music most on headphones is, I have a game I play with my brother, he's a musician as well.And he sends me MIDI files of keyboard pieces. So, these are pieces where I just get a MIDI file; I don't know what instrument he was playing them on; I know nothing about his section of the sound of the piece, and then when I'm sitting on trains I do a lot of train travel I turn them into pieces of music. And I love to do that; it's my favorite hobby.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Brian Eno

You have 62 people worth the amount the bottom three and a half billion people are worth. Sixty-two people! You could put them all in one bloody bus… then crash it!

By Anonym 13 Sep

Brian Eno

In terms of what has been happening recently, there have been, I think, some really interesting new instruments that have come out that sort of show me the direction of the future. Korg has introduced the - they've had a whole series now of these things called Kaoss Pads. They're wonderful because they do get your muscles working again. And what DJs do, of course, with their DJ turntables now, the CD turntables, which have pitch change and speed change and everything else. They're doing something that I think is interestingly physical.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Brian Eno

It's not the destination that matters. It's the change of scene.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Brian Eno

A big ego isn't necessarily a bad thing. A big ego means that you have some confidence in your abilities, really, and that you're prepared to take the risk of trying them out.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Brian Eno

Every collaboration helps you grow.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Brian Eno

Everybody thinks that when new technologies come along that they're transparent and you can just do your job well on it. But technologies always import a whole new set of values with them.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Brian Eno

I always use the same guitar; I got this guitar years and years ago for nine pounds. It's still got the same strings on it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Brian Eno

I think that's very significant that we're so attached to the idea now of - it was something I advocated for years, that you can make music in studios, music doesn't have to be made as a real-time experience. But now you see the results of that in people who are completely crippled unless they know that they have the possibility of "cut and paste" and "undo." And "undo" and "undo" and "undo" and "undo" and "undo" again.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Brian Eno

Reggie Watts is a most unusual talent: a huge vocal range, a natural musicality, and a sidesplitting wit. Is he a comedian? A singer? A performance artist? I've seen him a few times since then and I still can't decide. Whatever, he ain't like nobody else.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Brian Eno

A lot of the so-called systems composers have this thing that the system is always right. You don't fiddle with it at all. Well, I don't think that. I think the system is as right as you judge it to be. If for some reason you don't like a bit of it you must trust your intuition on that. I don't take a doctrinaire approach to systems.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Brian Eno

My guitar only has five strings 'cause the top one broke and I decided not to put it back on: when I play chords I only play bar chords, and the top one always used to cut me there.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Brian Eno

Often, I think you find that you're enjoying certain things, you've got this new way of listening, and you find that you really enjoy the way that sounds on it and the way this other thing sounds on it and the way that other thing sounds on it. So, you're finding a new pleasure that you didn't know about before.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Brian Eno

Agressive music can only shock you once. Afterwards its impact declines. It's inevitable.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Brian Eno

What people call unemotional just doesnt have a single overriding emotion to it. The things that I like best are the ones that ambiguous on the emotional level.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Brian Eno

In the wake of the events of 11 September 2001, it now seems clear that the shock of the attacks was exploited in America.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Brian Eno

I prefer to shoot the arrow, then paint the target around it. You make the niches in which you finally reside.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Brian Eno

The great benefit of computer sequencers is that they remove the issue of skill, and replace it with the issue of judgement

By Anonym 13 Sep

Brian Eno

I hate the rock music tradition. I can't bear it!

By Anonym 15 Sep

Brian Eno

We are increasingly likely to find ourselves in places with background music. No composers have thought to write for these modern spaces, which represent 30% of our musical experience.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Brian Eno

I always have wanted to know how the whole thing was done, what the process involved. And I don't particularly enjoy that my music is stripped of ancillary details, and it just sort of comes out of this big tap called the Internet like water. I like some of my water to be neatly presented in a bottle. With a label on it.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Brian Eno

The tools are evolving, and people's interests are evolving as well. So, suddenly people like to hear bands, people like Devendra Banhart or the xx, bands that make a kind of virtue of sloppiness. That isn't what they would describe what they're doing, but the fact is they make a virtue of the sort of hand-made nature of what they're doing.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Brian Eno

I had an interesting day. I was in the studio with a group of musicians, who shall remain nameless, and I said to them "Our exercise today is not to use 'undo' at all. So, there's no second takes. Or, if you do a second take, you have to do the whole take. There's no sort of drop in, change that little bit". The session broke down in, I'd say, 40 minutes. It was impossible for people to work in that restriction any longer.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Brian Eno

If there is a new fascism, it won't come from skinheads and punks; it will come from people who eat granola and think they know how the world should be.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Brian Eno

Whenever there's a new music, there's a new way of listening. And whenever there's a new way of listening, there are new musics that follow from that. And people start listening differently - that can either mean in different places or at different volumes or in different social groups or through different technologies.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Brian Eno

I think one of my pursuits over the years is trying to answer the question of 'what else can you do with a voice other than stand in front of a microphone and sing?'

By Anonym 14 Sep

Brian Eno

I've noticed a terrible thing, which is I will agree to anything if it's far enough in the future.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Brian Eno

Stop thinking about art works as objects and start thinking about them as triggers for experiences. What makes a work of art good for you is not something that s already inside it but something that happens inside you.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Brian Eno

We're going through this super-uptight era, which I think comes entirely from literacy, actually. It's the result of machines that were designed as word processors being used for making music.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Brian Eno

You just make different music on a computer. And you can make wonderful music on a computer, but don't pretend that the machinery is transparent. It makes as much difference to what you're doing as it does if you play an acoustic guitar as opposed to a kettledrum. You're not going to make the same music.