Brian Eno Quotes


43 Brian Eno quotes:



"I have lived in countries that were coming out of conflict: Ireland, South Africa, the Czech republic. People there are overflowing with energy."
"I've discovered this new electronic technique that creates new speech out of stuff that's already there."
"I take sounds and change them into words."
"I thought it was magic to be able to catch something identically on tape and then be able to play around with it, run it backwards; I thought that was great for years."
"I wanted to get rid of the element that had been considered essential in pop music: the voice."
"If you're in a forest, the quality of the echo is very strange because echoes back off so many surfaces of all those trees that you get this strange, itchy ricochet effect."
"My lyrics are generated by various peculiar processes. Very random and similar to automatic writing."
"People assume that the meaning of a song is vested in the lyrics. To me, that has never been the case. There are very few songs that I can think of where I remember the words."
"The lyrics are constructed as empirically as the music. I don't set out to say anything very important."
"The reason I don't tour is that I don't know how to front a band. What would I do? I can't really play anything well enough to deal with that situation."
"Set up a situation that presents you with something slightly beyond your reach."
"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."
"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."
"I have a definite talent for convincing people to try something new. I am a good salesman. When I'm on form, I can sell anything."
"I see TV as a picture medium rather than a narrative medium."
"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."
"If you want to make someone feel emotion, you have to make them let go. Listening to something is an act of surrender."
"Robert Fripp and I will be recording another LP very soon. It should be even more monotonous than the first one!"
"Agressive music can only shock you once. Afterwards its impact declines. It's inevitable."
"As soon as I hear a sound, it always suggests a mood to me."



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