Famous Quotes By Brian Eno


  1. Agressive music can only shock you once. Afterwards its impact declines. It's inevitable.
  2. At the beginning of the 20th century, the ambition of the great painters was to make paintings that were like music, which was then considered as the noblest art.
  3. Avant-garde music is sort of research music. You're glad someone's done it but you don't necessarily want to listen to it.
  4. Editing is now the easiest thing on earth to do, and all the things that evolved out of word processing - 'Oh, let's put that sentence there, let's get rid of this' - have become commonplace in films and music too.
  5. Everybody is entertained to death.
  6. For instance, I'm always fascinated to see whether, given the kind of fairly known and established form called popular music, whether there is some magic combination that nobody has hit upon before.
  7. I don't like headphones very much, and I rarely listen to music on headphones.
  8. I don't live in the past at all I'm always wanting to do something new. I make a point of constantly trying to forget and get things out of my mind.
  9. I felt extremely uncomfortable as the focal point, in the spotlight. I really like the behind the scenes role, because all my freedom is there.
  10. I got interested in the idea of music that could make itself, in a sense, in the mid 1960s really, when I first heard composers like Terry Riley, and when I first started playing with tape recorders.
  11. I had a lot of trouble with engineers, because their whole background is learning from a functional point of view, and then learning how to perform that function.
  12. I had wanted a tape recorder since I was tiny. I thought it was a magic thing. I never got one until just before I went to art school.
  13. I hate talking about music, to tell you the truth.
  14. I hate the rock music tradition. I can't bear it!
  15. I make a lot of pieces of music that I never release as CDs.
  16. I take sounds and change them into words.
  17. I think most artists would be happy to have bigger audiences rather than smaller ones. It doesn't mean that they are going to change their work in order necessarily to get it, but they're happy if they do get it.
  18. I think we're about ready for a new feeling to enter music. I think that will come from the Arabic world.
  19. I wanted to get rid of the element that had been considered essential in pop music: the voice.
  20. I would like to see a future where artists think that they have a right to contemplate things like global warming.
  21. I'd love it if American kids were listening to Muslim music.
  22. If you are part of a religion that very strongly insists that you believe then to decide not to do that is quite a big hurdle to jump over. You never forget the thought process you went through. It becomes part of your whole intellectual picture.
  23. If you grow up in a very strong religion like Catholicism you certainly cultivate in yourself a certain taste for the intensity of ideas.
  24. I'm actually an evangelical atheist, but there is something I recognise about religion: that it gives people a chance to surrender.
  25. I'm always interested in what you can do with technology that people haven't thought of doing yet.
  26. I'm very good with technology, I always have been, and with machines in general. They seem not threatening like other people find them, but a source of fun and amusement.
  27. In England and Europe, we have this huge music called ambient - ambient techno, ambient house, ambient hip-hop, ambient this, ambient that.
  28. It's nice, I think, when people use your music for things you didn't think of.
  29. It's not the destination that matters. It's the change of scene.
  30. I've got a feeling that music might not be the most interesting place to be in the world of things.
  31. I've had quite a lot of luck with dreams. I've often awoken in the night with a phrase or even a whole song in my head.
  32. I've noticed a terrible thing, which is I will agree to anything if it's far enough in the future.
  33. Law is always better than war.
  34. Lyrics are always misleading because they make people think that that's what the music is about.
  35. Lyrics are the only thing to do with music that haven't been made easier technically.
  36. Most game music is based on loops effectively.
  37. Music in itself carries a whole set of messages which are very, very rich and complex, and the words either serve to exclude certain ones or point up certain others.
  38. 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.
  39. Once I started working with generative music in the 1970s, I was flirting with ideas of making a kind of endless music - not like a record that you'd put on, which would play for a while and finish.
  40. Once music ceases to be ephemeral - always disappearing - and becomes instead material... it leaves the condition of traditional music and enters the condition of painting. It becomes a painting, existing as material in space, not immaterial in time.
  41. One of the interesting things about having little musical knowledge is that you generate surprising results sometimes you move to places you wouldn't if you knew better.
  42. One of the things you're doing when you make art, apart from entertaining yourself and other people, is trying to see what ways of working feel good, what feels right.
  43. One often makes music to supplement one's world.
  44. 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.
  45. Perhaps when music has been shouting for so long, a quieter voice seems attractive.
  46. Something I've realized lately, to my shock, is that I am an optimist, in that I think humans are almost infinitely capable of self-change and self-modification, and that we really can build the future that we want if we're smart about it.
  47. Sometimes you recognize that there is a category of human experience that has not been identified but everyone knows about it. That is when I find a term to describe it.
  48. The basis of computer work is predicated on the idea that only the brain makes decisions and only the index finger does the work.
  49. The lyrics are constructed as empirically as the music. I don't set out to say anything very important.
  50. The prospect of music being detachable from time and place meant that one could start to think of music as a part of one's furniture.
  51. The smart thing in the art world is to have one good idea and never have another.
  52. The whole history of pop music had rested on the first person singular, with occasional intrusions of the second person singular.
  53. There are certain sounds that I've found work well in nearly any context. Their function is not so much musical as spatial: they define the edges of the territory of the music.
  54. 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.
  55. You can't really imagine music without technology.

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