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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (September 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452108498
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452108490
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.8 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A magnificent monograph spanning more than four decades of Eno's music projects and museum and gallery installations, contextualized amidst a wealth of exhibition notes, sketchbook pages, and other never-before-revealed archival materials.. beautiful and compelling." - Brain Pickings

"For more than 40 years Brian Eno 'has explored the complex relationship between light and sound,' Christopher Scoates writes in Brian Eno: Visual Music, a beautifully designed analysis of how Eno became 'completely enveloped in new and unorthodox ways of thinking about the world, visual ideas and music.' This is a catalog of awesome accomplishments, in which we see how Eno's 'parallel practices have often informed each other.'" - New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Christopher Scoates is director of the University Art Museum at California State University, Long Beach.

Brian Eno is an award-winning musician, producer, and artist.

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I've always appreciated his music, since the '70s, but now have a greater understanding of his art and ideas.
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The book looked very nice, well-bound and full of interesting stuff.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Ericson Allen on October 7, 2013
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It seems almost inconceivable to have a discussion about ambient music without mention of Brian Eno--it was, after all, he who coined the very term. Most bios of ambient musicians (including my own) claim him as an influence, even a dominant force. All of this from a man who does not like to be called a musician at all, preferring to think of himself as an engineer or precipitator of aesthetic experiences with light, shape and sound (he has spent much time experimenting with scent, too, but found this realm too elusive as an artistic medium).

This new book by Brian Scoates is a visually stunning examination of Eno's work as a an artist, musician and philosopher. It's a hefty tome, textbook-sized and exceeding 400 pages (on heavy paper), more than half of which consist of images. Dozens of Eno's light/sound installations are magnificently reproduced, along with facsimiles of many of his handwritten journal entries (well worth study in themselves). The text is by several different authors, each of whom has a unique perspective on this seminal artist. Various themes are covered in detail: Eno's early training at the process-oriented art school in Ipswich, his involvement with Cagean "happenings" and his response to the "anything goes" school of thought, his use of repetitive / recursive patterns and mathematical algorithms to derive interesting and beautiful imagery and sound, his quest for art that creates a quiet space for contemplation. From beginning to end, the book is an insightful peek into the mind of ambient music's most influential player. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in art--of any kind--and consider it a must-read for ambient music enthusiasts, who may discover in it, as I have, a wealth of inspiration. Yesterday afternoon, after turning the last page, I went into my studio, hauled out my old deck of Oblique Strategy cards, and drew the following: Make a blank valuable by putting it in an exquisite frame
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Henry on November 18, 2013
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This book is a monolith of material filled with astounding artwork. It’s hilarious that the bookmark bound into the pages (with thought-provoking little tidbits like “repetition is a form of change”) ends in the phrase “distorting time” - because that’s exactly what it feels like when I sit down to digest another chunk of it. Suddenly the sun has went down, it’s pitch black outside and I’m still in my chair all consumed by everything Eno. I love the section entitled, “Perfume, Defense, and David Bowie’s Wedding” which has some valuable insight into the question, “what is art?”

I had the amazing opportunity to attend the Brian Eno event at the Royal College of Art a few weeks ago, where he was promoting this book. I also spotted Gabe Bartalos, the Los Angeles based special effects guru talking with Eno. I know Bartalos has worked with musicians in the past, I wonder if the two could be considering a project together? I know I for one would be ecstatic if they were!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gloria SpurgeonSmith on October 21, 2013
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Am loving reading this book. A delve into the creative life of Brian Eno. I've always appreciated his music, since the '70s, but now have a greater understanding of his art and ideas. Fascinating. Very Inspiring.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D-Electronica on June 23, 2014
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Gave this to a friend for his birthday (huge Eno fan). He's already mentioned it several times in passing. The book looked very nice, well-bound and full of interesting stuff. Perfect for any music aficionado!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ross Jones on July 28, 2014
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Brian Eno, genius, a man who is not bogged down with the rigid intellectualisation that some people apply to art......super book, and very opening for closing minds.....get amongst it!!
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