Brian Eno

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Legal name: Brian Peter George Eno, Brian Peter George St. John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno


Brian Peter George St. John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno, RDI (/ˈn/; born 15 May 1948 and originally christened Brian Peter George Eno), professionally known as Brian Eno or simply Eno, is an English musician, composer, record producer, singer, and visual artist, known as one of the principal innovators of ambient music. Born in Suffolk, Eno studied under Roy Ascott at Ipswich Civic College and later attended Colchester Institute art school in Essex, England, taking inspiration from minimalist painting, cybernetics, and experimental music techniques during his time there. He joined the band Roxy Music as synthesiser player in the early 1970s. The group's success in the glam rock scene came quickly, but Eno soon became tired of touring and of conflicts with lead singer Bryan Ferry, leaving the group in 1973 to record innovative solo albums that would explore various styles and help pioneer ambient music.

Throughout the 1970s, Eno also worked as an influential collaborator and music producer, collaborating with Robert Fripp on the LPs (No Pussyfooting) (1973) and Evening Star (1975), David Bowie on his acclaimed "Berlin Trilogy," avant-garde musicians Jon Hassell and Harold Budd on several respective projects, and David Byrne on My Life in the Bush of Ghosts (released 1981), and further producing the acclaimed "No Wave" compilation No New York (1978), three albums by New York post-punk group Talking Heads, and albums by new wave bands Devo and Ultravox, among others. In subsequent decades, he has produced or worked on albums by U2, James, Laurie Anderson, Coldplay, Paul Simon, Grace Jones, James Blake and Slowdive, among others. Eno has also pursued multimedia ventures in parallel to his music career, including his mid-1970s development of "Oblique Strategies" (written with Peter Schmidt), a deck of cards featuring cryptic aphorisms intended to break creative blocks and encourage lateral thinking.

Eno has been described as "one of popular music's most important and influential figures." A self-described "non-musician," Eno's work has advocated the emphasis of "theory over practice" and helped to pioneer ambient, electronic, and generative music styles and novel production techniques and approaches. His work also introduced the concept of chance music to popular audiences, partially through collaborations with other musicians. He continues to collaborate with other musicians, produce records, release his own music, and write, as well as pursue non-musical work, such as art installations and a regular column on society and innovation in Prospect magazine.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1973 Here Come the Warm Jets Brian Eno 4 8
1974 Taking Tiger Mountain (by Strategy) Brian Eno 3.5 7
1975 Another Green World Brian Eno 4 8
1975 Discreet Music Brian Eno 3.5 6
1977 Before and After Science Brian Eno 3.5 7
1977 Cluster & Eno Cluster & Eno 5
1978 Music for Films Brian Eno 4
1978 After the Heat Eno, Moebius & Roedelius 5 5
1978 Ambient 1: Music for Airports Brian Eno 4.35 11
1979 In a Land of Clear Colours Brian Eno & Peter Sinfield 1
1980 Fourth World, Volume 1: Possible Musics Jon Hassell & Brian Eno 3
1980 Ambient 2: The Plateaux of Mirror Harold Budd/Brian Eno 4.5 6
1981 My Life in the Bush of Ghosts Brian Eno & David Byrne 4 10
1982 Ambient 4: On Land Brian Eno 4.5 6
1983 Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks Brian Eno 4 8
1984 The Pearl Harold Budd/Brian Eno 3.5 6
1985 Thursday Afternoon Brian Eno 5 4
1989 Textures Brian Eno 1
1990 Wrong Way Up Eno/Cale 2 5
1992 Nerve Net Brian Eno 3 7
1992 The Shutov Assembly Brian Eno 5 6
1993 Neroli Brian Eno 5 6
1994 Headcandy Brian Eno 1
1995 Spinner Brian Eno & Jah Wobble 4 4
1996 Generative Music I Brian Eno 1
1997 The Drop Brian Eno 4 4
1997 Lightness: Music for the Marble Palace Brian Eno 1
1997 Music for White Cube: London, 1997 Brian Eno 1
1997 Tracks & Traces Harmonia & Eno '76 2
1999 I dormienti Brian Eno 1
2000 Music for 陰陽師 Okano Reiko, Yumemakura Baku, Reigakusya, Brian Eno with Peter Schwalm 1
2000 Music for Civic Recovery Centre Brian Eno 1
2001 Music for Prague Brian Eno 1
2001 Drawn From Life Brian Eno & J. Peter Schwalm 2
2003 January 07003: Bell Studies for the Clock of the Long Now Brian Eno 1
2004 Curiosities, Volume 2 Brian Eno 1
2005 More Music for Films Brian Eno 4 2
2005 Another Day on Earth Brian Eno 3
2006 77 Million Brian Eno 1
2008 Everything That Happens Will Happen Today David Byrne & Brian Eno 4.65 4
2010 Making Space Brian Eno 1
2010 Small Craft on a Milk Sea Brian Eno with Jon Hopkins & Leo Abrahams 6
2011 Drums Between the Bells Brian Eno and the words of Rick Holland 9
2012 LUX Brian Eno 5
2014 Someday World EnoHyde 5
2014 High Life EnoHyde 4

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1984 Begegnungen Eno - Moebius - Roedelius - Plank 3
1985 Begegnungen II Eno - Moebius - Roedelius - Plank 2 3
1985 Old Land Cluster & Brian Eno 1
1986 More Blank Than Frank Eno 1

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