One on One
Brian Eno
The musician and producer discusses the inspiration behind his pioneering of ambient and generative music styles.
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2011 13:56

As the pioneer of ambient music, Brian Eno's experimental music style over the past three decades has made him one of the most influential producers and artists.

From David Bowie to Coldplay to U2, he has collaborated with a wide range of musicians from around the globe to produce award-winning pieces that challenge traditional melodies by incorporating sounds that cross cultures and environments.

His professional music career began in London as a member of the rock band Roxy Music where he was known for his flamboyant and artistic costumes, while incorporating electronic sounds through synthesisers and tape recorders. He then launched a solo career and also became a prominent member of the Portsmouth Sinfonia.

A life-threatening accident enlightened him to the beauty of everyday sounds that are often taken for granted, which he has since incorporated into a unique genre known today as generative music.

As an artist in other fields, Brian Eno also pursues diverse opportunities in film scores, visual art and soundscapes.

"For the world to be interesting," he says, "you have to be manipulating it all the time."

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