Posts Tagged ‘Brian Peter George St. John Le Baptiste De La Salle Eno’

ROXY MUSIC- A LOOK AT THE PREMIER PROG-GLAM BAND WITH THE VIDEO STORY MORE THAN THIS

July 21, 2018

Gaze upon the glam! You can with the DVD More Than This, The Story Of Roxy Music. Photo courtesy of Amazon

My long time mentor back in the 80’s (Storkasaurus Maximus) had introduced me to one Brian Peter George St John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno, RDI, mostly through his Ambient works. If you feel like you are harried, unravelling, uncontrollable, put everything you have aside and just listen to any of his Ambeint series, Music For Airports is a particular pulse calmer. A more commercial route to Avant Eno would be his Music For Films, Vol. 1. There are shorter “songs” with equal amounts of signal-mutation, time-altering melody mangling but in three to five minute increments.

So Imagine my shock when I saw my first Roxy Music video (Virginia Plain) and I was hooked. Then, as the shots hop around the band FOLY FUCK THAT’S ENO! A long blond-ish-colored hair, heavy glam make up, and an outfit to rival future co-conspirator, the late David Bowie. And if that weren’t enough, and by gawd it ought to be, every time the song comes to the measure or so of rest, it’s Eno raping a synthesizer unaccompanied!

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BRIAN ENO – LUX (A MINIMALIST TITLE FOR A MINIMALIST ALBUM)…

May 8, 2013
The delightful cover of the delightful CD by the delightful Brian Eno, the delightful Lux.

The delightful cover of the delightful CD by the delightful Brian Eno, the delightful Lux.

Brian Peter George St. John Le Baptiste De La Salle Eno, better known to Roxy Music, U2 and Coldplay fans as Brian Eno, is one of the most multi-faceted art creators in modern society today.  His most recent accomplishment is completing an installment of a ‘comfort room’ at the Montefiore Hospital in Hove England which is comprised of some comfy chairs and a few wall mounted tablets arranged in an artful pattern, a large screen TV which is synched to the tablets and all display colorful, mutating patterns that change with the music which is piped in.  All of the music is Ambient in nature.

What is ambient music?

For the uninitiated, Eno created a genre of music which is best compared to ‘New Age’ in that the music subtly changed and the changes were often unobtrusive.  Usually in ridiculously slow tempos, and minimalist arrangements, Eno pioneered the Ambient movement with his development of Frippertronics with innovative guitarist Robert Fripp.  Eno strung together two Revox  multi-track  tape recorders with one length of tape running through the two sets of heads onto which Fripp would record individual guitar parts and bounce them down and continue to add parts to a piece.

The Frippertronics rig that launched a thousand loops.  Photo courtesy The Crimson Collectors Club.

The Frippertronics rig that launched a thousand loops. Photo courtesy of The King Crimson Collectors Club.

Eno further pioneered the genre of Ambient music by composing a series of pieces which were groundbreaking in that they were so minimalist, sound so subtle, they were often introduced into normally stressful situations such as airports, etc., in an effort to calm stressed-out travelers.

Much akin to what Eno is doing at Montefiore…

His latest album, Lux, is said to be a watered down version of the earlier Ambient series but with some significant differences.  The main difference being everything is now done digitally.  Eno is not one to eschew the new technologies of the times.  Although he does enjoy analog instruments, having said that he marvels at how in the second decade of the twenty-first century much of the music being made is with analog instruments.

So I am prepared to launch the disc for it’s flagship journey in the player.  I have juiced myself full of caffeine in case this is too soothing, too mellow, too ambient for such an early listening in the day, I don’t need to be lulled to sleep before the sun sets.  I’m not THAT old…

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