Brian Eno – Film Music 1976 – 2020 – UMC

Strange that I’d never really thought of Brian Eno in terms of defining timelines, although of course history plays a very big part in his existence. That attachment is all the more ready as this selection of his work for film and television is collated here (including seven unreleased numbers) between 1976-2020. Eno’s music has always been about evocation and picture forming which is most apt here. In ways it seems slightly odd however that your thoughts are guided by a title of a moving picture rather than what’s created by your own imagination, as so often occurs through experiencing his overlapping electronics. The list of directors and accompanying works are never less than impressive too from David Lynch to Derek Jarman to Danny Boyle, plus a host of other significant names. This is very much the sound of an artist fully-fledged embracing traditional elements of piano, guitar and even Bono’s voice on the hauntingly beautiful Passengers – Beach Sequence (from Beyond The Clouds). Likewise is the treatment of the studio and its abundance of creatively charged effects as a radical instrument in itself, which he has shaped full of the future. The music is wide and varied, touching upon a wealth of influences, caressing the sumptuous just as it does the more introspective as you will witness on – An Ending (Ascent). Which is also perfect.

Release: November 13



Brian Eno – Music For Installations – UMC

When you activate Play it could mean any number of things when it comes to hearing Brian Eno. Gathered from this his more reflective palate, collating pieces from installations between 1986 to the present day, here it is about the sense of movement. Of time not standing perfectly still as seemingly familiar patterns of sound sheer off, dissipate and disperse in different directions. Yet the upmost important factor is always the most constant one. And that is the emotional resonance emanating from the music itself. And it is always about the music in and of itself. It is also about uncertainty. About human existence. When time comes back into play it does so fused with a gentle nostalgia for memory, yet this music is neither a nostalgic cash-in, nor reviving. It simply is. Beautiful, though-provoking, wondrous paths of exploration that may lead nowhere as they do somewhere. Music For Installations is what you want it to be. You feed your own experience into its formless constructs and the resulting emotions are probably unique to the individual listener. Or, perhaps it just feels that way. Spread across 6 CD’s (or slabs of vinyl) which total as 5:25:02 (plus accompanying book etc) the release seems very much like an occasion to be cherished and remembered. Almost ghost like. Although, devastatingly tuned into mind and body. After all it is easy to say that Eno is our most important composer for decades: future and/ or past.

Or: “If you think of music as a moving, changing form, and painting as a still form, what I’m trying to do is make very still music and paintings that move. I’m trying to find in both of those forms, the space in between the traditional concept of music and the traditional concept of painting.” Brian Eno

Release: May 4

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