Brian Eno Oblique Music

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2017-01-12
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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On the back of his published diary Brian Eno describes himself variously as: a mammal, a father, an artist, a celebrity, a pragmatist, a computer-user, an interviewee, and a 'drifting clarifier'. To this list we might add rock star (on the first two Roxy Music albums); the creator of lastingly influential music (Another Green World; Music for Airports); a trusted producer (for Talking Heads, U2, Coldplay and a host of other artists); the maker of large-scale video and installation artworks; a maker of apps and interactive software; and so on. All in all, he is one of the most feted and most influential musical figures of the past forty years even though he himself has consistently downplayed his musical abilities, describing himself as a non-musician on more than one occasion.

This volume examines Eno's work as a musician, as a theoretician, as a collaborator, and as a producer. Brian Eno is one of the most influential figures in popular music; an updated examination of his work on this scale is long overdue.

Author Biography

Sean Albiez is the Programme Group Leader for Popular Music at Southampton Solent University, UK.

David Pattie is Professor in Drama in the Department of Performing Arts at the University of Chester, UK.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Eno the Musician: Instruments, Atmospheres, Soundtracks
Cecilia Sun - Brian Eno and the Experimental Tradition
David Pattie- Taking The Studio (by Strategy); Brian Eno 1973-77.
Mark Achtermann - Yes, But Is It Music? Brian Eno and the Definition of Ambient Music
Patrick O'Grady - Brian Eno: the Producer and Composer
Sean Albiez - The Voice of Brian Eno
Chris Atton - Between the avant-garde and the popular: the discursive economy of Brian Eno's musical practices
Dr. Hillegonda Rietveld - Lovely Bones: Ambient Music and the Uncanny in Leitmotiv and Underscore
Part 2: The University of Eno: Productions and Collaborations
Rupert Loydell and Kingsley Marshall - Eno Remixed: Collaboration & Oblique Strategies
Elizabeth Lindau - Avant-gardism, "African rhythm," and Appropriation in My Life in the Bush of Ghosts
Jonathan Stewart - Eno and Devo
Ed Montano - Brian Eno and James
Arthur Lizie - U2 and Brand Eno: Collaboration and Authorship in the Age of Studio (Re)Production Discography

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