Music for Installations – Brian Eno

Brian Eno announced he is releasing a CD box set, “Music for Installations,” on May 4, 2018. It features works he has composed since 1986 for mixed-media installations in galleries, airports, hospitals and other public spaces.

The set will be available as a six-CD box and on vinyl, with super deluxe editions of both versions containing a 64-page book that features rare exhibition images and a new essay by Eno.


One piece, “Kazakhstan,” for example, was written to accompany the artist Asif Khan’s 360-degree movie, “We Are Energy,” in the British Pavilion at the World Expo in Kazakhstan.

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Music For Installations is a collection of new, rare and previously unreleased music, all of which was recorded by Brian Eno for use in his installations,” reads the press release for the set. “He has emerged as the leading exponent of ‘generative’ music worldwide and is recognized as one of the foremost audio-visual installation artists of his time. Eno’s visual experiments with light and video have proved to be the fertile ground from which so much of his other work has grown and they cover an even longer span of time than his recordings, paralleling his musical output in recent decades.”

Bloom Open Space, A Mixed Reality Installation by Brian Eno + Peter Chilvers

Bloom: Open Space,” is an art and music installation created by the influential producer and music pioneer Brian Eno and his frequent collaborator, the musician and software designer Peter Chilvers. It was situated inside an enormous warehouse in the Westergasfabriek, a city park and cultural complex in Amsterdam that was once a gas factory from February 21-25, 2018.

Brian Eno and Peter Chilvers are among the first major musical artists to explore the artistic potential of immersive technologies developed primarily for the video game industry. Other musicians, such as Thom Yorke of Radiohead and Tarik Barri, are entering this “immersive” realm, using tools such as virtual reality headsets, holographic mixed-reality goggles, and immersive surround-sound systems.



Bloom: Open Space, is a generative audio-visual installation brought to life with Microsoft HoloLens. Based on the award-winning app, Bloom, from the innovative mixed reality installation blurs the lines between the physical and virtual, exploring uncharted territory in the realms of both applications and generative art.

Ideas at the intersection of music and technology, you will find Microsoft’s MusicXTech. Discover forward-thinking artists who are using Microsoft technology to transform the way we create and experience music.

Brian Eno: Visual Music By Christopher Scoates

I have a Barnes & Noble birthday gift card (thank you dear) that is burning a hole in my pocket. I decided on the last day of 2013 to peruse the music book section at my local Barnes & Noble Store hoping to find a book to add to my music book collection. I cautioned myself, acknowledging this is the time of the year that store inventories are seriously depleted due to holiday shopping aftermath. My expectations were minimal that I would find a book title that would satisfy the music of our heart.

I conducted a diligent search of the music book shelves and I couldn’t find a book to buy. So I left firm in my conviction that I have plenty of books and magazines that still need to be read in my home office. I told myself as I walked to my car, “I’ll be back.” 😉

I am thinking today that I did look over a book from the shelf that I contemplated buying. The book is titled, Brian Eno: Visual Music. It was wrapped in cellophane so I couldn’t thumb through the pages or sit with it for a while to see if I bonded with the book. One of my goals with this book is to increase my depth perception and appreciation of Brian Eno the technology artist.

I attempted to do the next best thing to get closer to this book. I received an Apple iPad Air for Christmas (thank you again, dear). I downloaded a sample of the iBook edition to my Library. This allowed me to page through the Table of Contents along with various chapters, figure illustrations, photos, etc. I began to get a better “feel” for the visual nature of the book.

I then gave thought to comparing the nook for iPad App vis-a-vis the iBook App. Realizing I could buy the Nook Book eBook with my gift card I contemplated that alternative. My 2014 technology goal is to shift to the iPad as a more “dedicated” reading device. I have proclaimed 2014 as my year of digital content. The price of the eBook is attractive $21.99 vs. the hardcover price of $33.77 from a B&N Marketplace Vendor.

So I stand at a crossroad I wasn’t expecting, which “edition” of the Brian Eno: Visual Music book should I buy? I don’t think I can rationally make that choice until I can hold and review the hardcover edition in my hands, do you agree?

Well in any case that’s a decision for another day on earth 😉

Scratch My Back / And I’ll Scratch Yours

Peter Gabriel will release the reciprocal “response” to the original covers recording he did called Scratch My Back (February, 2010) . The album, And I’ll Scratch Yours is the concluding part of a series of song exchanges in which he and other leading artists reinterpret each other’s songs. It will drop on September 23rd.

Scratch My Back / And I’ll Scratch Yours offers both sides of Peter’s song-swap project in one place, as was originally conceived. The album cover is shown below.

1. “I Don’t Remember” David Byrne
2. “Come Talk to Me” Bon Iver
3. “Blood of Eden” Regina Spektor
4. “Not One of Us” Stephin Merritt
5. “Shock the Monkey” Joseph Arthur
6. “Big Time” Randy Newman
7. “Games Without Frontiers” Arcade Fire
8. “Mercy Street” Elbow
9. “Mother of Violence” Brian Eno
10. “Don’t Give Up” Feist feat. Timber Timbre
11. “Solsbury Hill” Lou Reed
12. “Biko” Paul Simon

Red Bull Music Academy 2013 – New York City

I receive The Red Bulletin, “A Beyond The Ordinary Magazine” every month. The April 2013 US issue finally achieved that “objective” for me. 😉

Red Bulletin April 2013

Pictured on the cover is “The Guru” Questlove who I find factoring more and more into my music equation. He is a college professor at NYU Tisch School of Music. My family got to see him live last year at a Late Night with Jimmy Fallon TV taping as The Roots are the house band.

I recently wrote about the public discussion that took place with Questlove and David Byrne at NYU (see Related Articles below). I enjoy and respect seeing Questlove’s logical ascension in musicology circles.

Questlove is a Mentor for the Red Bull Music Academy 2013 that will be taking place all around New York City from April 28-May 31. This month-long plus annual international music event is where up and coming producers, singers, arrangers, DJs and musicians get the opportunity to learn from top industry professionals. Who better to school ya than Questlove and others I am thinking?

I hope to attend one of their events. Stay tuned to which ones I get tickets for 😉

Brian Eno – Lux – Day of Light

I received a very cool e-mail message from Brian Eno this morning.

→ Participate in 

LUX is being broadcast at four times TODAY, to capture different lighting. During each play – listeners are invited to take photos wherever they are, and upload onto the site or send in, as part of an evolving public audio-visual project.

The third of four live broadcasts has just begun. Learn how to participate at the website

See you online at 4:00 p.m. today 😉

I am loving this recording!!!!!

Brian Eno – Lux

I was informed today about the forthcoming Brian Eno solo album, Lux, which drops in North America on November 12, 2012. Information is scant now but this is what his record label shared in the latest Brian Eno mailing. I love his genius ability and the stimulation he generates as a visionary artist. I hope to write more about Lux as information comes to light.

Brian Eno

LUX is Brian Eno’s first solo album on Warp Records and his first solo album since 2005’s Another Day On Earth. Eno sees it as a continuation of his ‘Music for Thinking’ project that includes Discreet Music (1975) and Neroli (1993).

LUX is one of Eno’s most ambitious works to date; it is a 75-minute composition in twelve sections that evolved from a work now housed in the Great Gallery of the Palace of Venaria in Turin, Italy. The album is Eno’s third for Warp, following two collaborative albums Small Craft on a Milk Sea (with Jon Hopkins and Leo Abrahams) and Drums Between The Bells (with Rick Holland).

Cultivating Creativity – Brian Eno, The 99% and Behance

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Brian Eno appeared again today on my Web browser radar screen. I viewed this as a significant occurrence in the alignment of creative matter. (See yesterday’s blog post, Brian Eno, Drums Between The Bells, Collaborative Art).

The new Web article I am referring to about Brian Eno is entitled “Developing Your Creative Practice: Tips from Brian Eno by Scott McDowell“. It appears on a Web site I became immediately enamored with called, The 99% by Behance, It’s Not About Ideas. It’s About Making Ideas Happen. This Web site is the home of Behance’s research arm and think tank. The Behance Network is the world’s leading platform for creative professionals across all industries. This is something I continually strive to meet in my professional and personal life. 🙂

As a visual/creative person I find Behance is ideally suited to my evolving quest for techno-creative influences. I support Behance’s mission unequivocably. Behance’s mission statement states:

We empower creative individuals to make ideas happen.” motivates me to do and become more proficient with my ideas and visions.

Do your creative self a practical favor and read The 99% article about Brian Eno for starters. It will show why creative ideas occur to us in the shower or when we are walking. Perhaps you are like myself and always wondered how this happens to us. Then cultivate, harvest and grow 😉

Look for the hidden gem in The 99% Brian Eno article,  Eric Tamm’s book, Brian Eno: His Music and The Vertical Sound of Color, which delves deeply into Eno’s “creative process.” Its a 200+ page free e-book that is very insightful.

Brian Eno, Drums Between the Bells, Collaborative Art

Very soon (July 5th) we will have a new recording from Brian Eno entitled Drums Between the Bells. It is a collaboration between the music/techno of Brian Eno and the words of Rick Holland.

You can sample the track, “glitch” or you can download the session song “Imagine New Times” from Brian Eno’s site     (Note: This track is not on the Drums Between the Bells recording.)

I am eager to acquire this artistic work as I have gained a strong sense of appreciation for poetry and music collaborations of late. The special hardcover edition of Brian Eno’s Drums Between The Bells includes a second disc with instrumental versions of tracks, and a 44 page book containing an essay by Eno as well as further images.


  1. bless this space
  2. glitch
  3. dreambirds
  4. pour it out
  5. seedpods
  6. the real
  7. the airman
  8. fierce aisles of light
  9. as if your eyes were partly closed as if you honed the swirl within them and offered me … the world
  10. a title
  11. sounds alien
  12. dow
  13. multimedia
  14. cloud 4


  1. breath of crows
  • Original imagery by Brian Eno. Design by Nick Robertson.
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