Brian Eno: 77 Million Paintings
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As art it's great. The music is solid Eno ambient. As software, it's more than a little frustrating. Once loaded and run, it goes into full screen mode and the user can only adjust the speed at which the art changes (very slowly through extremely slowly). Apart from that, there's no interactive element whatever. Worse, it won't run in a window or in the background. So, you have to surrender your computer to the art show. This product would be SO much improved if it were possible to:
1. Run it in Window, so you could use the computer while it's running.
2. Press a button to clear and refresh the display.
3. Even dreamier, if it could run so that the visual art could be the desktop background.
But, I don't want to leave on a negative note. What this software provides is so lovely and interesting, if I had sufficient funds, I'd buy a computer with a nice-sized flat screen monitor and run the thing constantly in my home and I'd put another one in my office.
I was interested in this product of Eno's for several reasons, the foremost being that I've often found Brian Eno to present work from what seems a unique and elegant aesthetic sensibility. I also attended an exhibit of his visual work many years ago that involved something like gradually transmuting neo-Constructivist light-shapes in a series of darkened rooms. I found it quite beautiful and hoped that this might be in a similar vein.
There are two discs included. One with software you install on your computer to have the experience Eno has designed for you. There is also an extra DVD on which Eno gives a roughly five minute history of the events that brought him to release this disc. The rest of this extra DVD consist of roughly 25 minutes of samples of the images the software will generate.
I first watched the DVD with the brief introduction and demo previously mentioned. Based on the samples seen there I thought the software might not live up to my expectations. As Eno says in his introduction the images used have been drawn or painted by hand, not generated using a computer. These hand-painted images seemed to me overly simplistic, most probably because they have been calculated to overlap. Too much complexity in the images once layered could lead to a visually busy effect Eno hoped to avoid. I'm obviously just guessing here. But my initial reaction was, um... perhaps a little less interesting that I would have hoped for.
Then I installed the software and started it up.Read more ›
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A 77 Million Dollar Instalation Piece in the privacy of your own home. I found out about this before it's release from a trade publication. The idea was/is genius. Read morePublished 23 months ago by josh
If you appreciate the diversity of Eno's efforts, then you have to love this multi-media piece that you can experience with or without your PC or Mac.Published on June 26, 2013 by Henry Musikar
Unfortunately, the software no longer runs on Macs with updated operating systems. It's too bad there is not a version downloadable from the App Store.Published on February 24, 2013 by W's mom
I'm very happy with 77 million paintings. I love running it when I'm not using the laptop and just taking a look once in a while to see what's there. Read morePublished on March 1, 2010 by S. THOMPSON
We recently had a party of 20 people and before they arrived I loaded 77 Million Paintings on my windows laptop, outputting the VGA video on my 50" plasma (I fiddled with the... Read morePublished on November 23, 2008 by S. Kalil
Not a DVD!!! It's software. Only can be loaded on a computer. That being said; It's a wonderful everchanging piece of work. Read morePublished on July 22, 2008 by M. Ho
This software is awesome. This is a beautiful "painting" that slowly morphs into a completely different image every few seconds. Read morePublished on January 11, 2008 by Glyn Styler
This, the second edition of Eno's "77 Million Paintings", came in the mail today, and I have either been watching the piece or thinking about it all day. Read morePublished on January 5, 2008 by Thomas J. Park
This really is a piece of art rather than a piece of software - deserves it's own computer and flat-screen monitor on the wall to be left running in the living room! I love it.Published on July 13, 2007 by Paul Bianchi