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The big message of gospel is that you don't have to keep fighting the universe; you can stop, and the universe is quite good to you. There is a loss of ego. -- Brian Eno
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I used to think that, given enough goodwill, anybody would be able to 'get' any music, no matter how distant the culture from which it came. And then I heard Chinese opera. -- Brian Eno
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Whenever you listen to a piece of music, what you are actually doing is hearing the latest sentence in a very long story you've been listening to - all the pieces of music you've ever heard. -- Brian Eno
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The prospect of music being detachable from time and place meant that one could start to think of music as a part of one's furniture. -- Brian Eno
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I have the '77 Million Paintings' running in my studio a lot of the time. Occasionally I'll look up from what I'm doing and I think, 'God, I've never seen anything like that before!' And that's a real thrill. -- Brian Eno
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I would like to see a future where artists think that they have a right to contemplate things like global warming. -- Brian Eno
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I think, if you spend a day or as many people do a life working only with that aspect of your being, the cerebrum connected to a finger, I feel that the rest of you atrophies, essentially. -- Brian Eno
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I love San Francisco and Brighton has something of San Francisco about it. It's by the sea, there's a big gay community, a feeling of people being there because they enjoy their life there. -- Brian Eno
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You feel as if you're not living a full life. Which, of course, is why it's my theory about why so many people who are heavily into computers are also into extreme sports and S&M. It's because their bodies are crying out for some kind of action. -- Brian Eno
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It's insane that, since the Beatles and Dylan, it's assumed that all musicians should do everything themselves. It's that ridiculous, teenage idea that when Mick Jagger sings, he's telling you something about his own life. It's so arrogant to think that people would want to know about it anyway! -- Brian Eno
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Sometimes something intrigues me about particular sounds, how they work together, and I think "Okay, I've found something here; I'm going to take it somewhere." And sometimes just to find a name for that sound, whatever it is, ends up becoming a title of the piece or becoming part of the title. -- Brian Eno
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When I first started making ambient music, I was setting up systems using synthesizers that generated pulses more or less randomly. The end result is a kind of music that continuously changes. Of course, until computers came along, all I could actually present of that work was a piece of its output. -- Brian Eno
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I love the sort of ambivalence of this, the ambiguity of something being, for instance, in a quite busy Mexican restaurant with one of these very gentle tracks playing I remember as being particularly nice. -- Brian Eno
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Of course, like anybody I repeat myself endlessly, but I don't know that I'm doing it, usually. -- Brian Eno
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People like Frank Zappa and Bryan Ferry knew we could pick and choose from the history of music, stick things together looking for friction and energy. They were more like playwrights; they invented characters and wrote a life around them. -- Brian Eno
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The smart thing in the art world is to have one good idea and never have another. -- Brian Eno
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Editing is now the easiest thing on earth to do, and all the things that evolved out of word processing - 'Oh, let's put that sentence there, let's get rid of this' - have become commonplace in films and music too. -- Brian Eno
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The philosophical idea that there are no more distances, that we are all just one world, that we are all brothers, is such a drag! I like differences. -- Brian Eno
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Although cover notes for classical music albums tend to say that the trill of flutes suggests mountain streams and so on, I don't think anybody listens to music with the expectation that they're going to be presented with a sort of landscape painting. -- Brian Eno
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Complexity and intelligence grow from simplicity, not from greater complexity. -- Brian Eno
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Ambient music must be as ignorable as it is interesting. -- Brian Eno
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I believe in singing. I believe in singing together. -- Brian Eno
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The trouble begins with a design philosophy that equates 'more options' with 'greater freedom.' -- Brian Eno
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The great benefit of computer sequencers is that they remove the issue of skill, and replace it with the issue of judgement -- Brian Eno
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If you are part of a religion that very strongly insists that you believe then to decide not to do that is quite a big hurdle to jump over. You never forget the thought process you went through. It becomes part of your whole intellectual picture. -- Brian Eno
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The most important thing in a piece of music is to seduce people to the point where they start searching. -- Brian Eno
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Once music ceases to be ephemeral - always disappearing - and becomes instead material ... it leaves the condition of traditional music and enters the condition of painting. It becomes a painting, existing as material in space, not immaterial in time. -- Brian Eno
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You shoot your arrow and then you paint your bulls eye around it, and therefore you have hit the target dead centre. -- Brian Eno
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The difficulty of always feeling that you ought to be doing something is that you tend to undervalue the times when you're apparently doing nothing, and those are very important times. -- Brian Eno
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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. -- Brian Eno
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Composition is a way of living out your philosophy and calling it art. -- Brian Eno
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I think most artists would be happy to have bigger audiences rather than smaller ones. It doesn't mean that they are going to change their work in order necessarily to get it, but they're happy if they do get it. -- Brian Eno
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The whole history of pop music had rested on the first person singular, with occasional intrusions of the second person singular. -- Brian Eno
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The reason conservatives cohere and radicals fight: everyone agrees about fears, no one about visions. -- Brian Eno
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We're going through this super-uptight era, which I think comes entirely from literacy, actually. It's the result of machines that were designed as word processors being used for making music. -- Brian Eno
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The Marshall guitar amplifier doesn't just get louder when you turn it up. It distorts the sound to produce a whole range of new harmonics, effectively turning a plucked string instrument into a bowed one. -- Brian Eno
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Any constraint is part of the skeleton that you build the composition on - including your own incompetence. -- Brian Eno
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The trouble with New Age music is that there's no evil in it. -- Brian Eno
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The way 'Lux' was made is that there are 12 sections in here, though two of them are joined together. So there are really 11 sections, in a sense, and each one uses five notes out of a palette of seven notes, and my palette is all the white notes on the piano. That was the original palette. -- Brian Eno
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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. -- Brian Eno
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I believe that singing is the key to long life, a good figure, a stable temperament, increased intelligence, new friends, super self-confidence, heightened sexual attractiveness, and a better sense of humor. -- Brian Eno
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All cultures have these feelings about non-functional areas of activity. And the more time people have on their hands, the more they commit it to those areas. -- Brian Eno
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It's not the destination that matters. It's the change of scene. -- Brian Eno
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I think I've committed the one really bad English crime, which is I've risen above my station. I was supposed to be a pop star, and suddenly I'm claiming that I'm an artist of some kind. -- Brian Eno
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I enjoy working with complicated equipment. A lot of my things started just with a rhythm box, but I feed it through so many things that what comes out sounds very complex and rich. -- Brian Eno
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Although designers continue to dream of 'transparency' - technologies that just do their job without making their presence felt - both creators and audiences actually like technologies with 'personality.' -- Brian Eno
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Agressive music can only shock you once. Afterwards its impact declines. It's inevitable. -- Brian Eno
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The biggest crime in England is to rise above your station. It's fine to be a pop star. 'Oh, it's great, lots of fun, aren't they sweet, these pop stars! But to think you have anything to say about how the world should work? What arrogance!' -- Brian Eno
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I don't live in the past at all; I'm always wanting to do something new. I make a point of constantly trying to forget and get things out of my mind. -- Brian Eno
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I cant duplicate my own successes, because part of the creation of that effect is making something happen that you didn't expect -- Brian Eno
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Make an exhaustive list of everything you might do & do the last thing on the list. -- Brian Eno
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Musicians are there in front of you, and the spectators sense their tension, which is not the case when you're listening to a record. Your attention is more relaxed. The emotional aspect is more important in live music. -- Brian Eno
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I'd love it if American kids were listening to Muslim music. -- Brian Eno
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I think generally playing live is a crap idea. So much of stage work is the presentation of personality, and I've never been interested in that. -- Brian Eno
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Look closely at the most embarrassing details, and amplify them, -- Brian Eno
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I do love being in my studio. Especially at night. -- Brian Eno
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I have lived in countries that were coming out of conflict: Ireland, South Africa, the Czech republic. People there are overflowing with energy. -- Brian Eno
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Try to make things that can become better in other people's minds than they were in yours. -- Brian Eno
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Once I started working with generative music in the 1970s, I was flirting with ideas of making a kind of endless music - not like a record that you'd put on, which would play for a while and finish. -- Brian Eno
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Sometimes you recognize that there is a category of human experience that has not been identified but everyone knows about it. That is when I find a term to describe it. -- Brian Eno
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Nearly all the things I do that are of any merit at all start off just being good fun, and I think I'm sort of building up to doing something else quite soon. -- Brian Eno
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I often say to people that producing is the best-paid form of cowardice. When you produce things, you almost always get credit if it's a good record, but you hardly ever get the blame if it's not! You don't really take responsibility for your work. -- Brian Eno
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Not many people bought Velvet Underground LPs, but those who did, started a band. -- Brian Eno
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The first Velvet Underground album only sold 10,000 copies, but everyone who bought it formed a band -- Brian Eno
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When I started making my own records, I had this idea of drowning out the singer and putting the rest in the foreground. It was the background that interested me. -- Brian Eno
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Honor thy error as a hidden intention. -- Brian Eno
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I think the idea that people walk around to music is very interesting. They are actually creating the soundtrack to their lives as they walk around to it. -- Brian Eno
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If you've spent a long time developing a skill and techniques, and now some 14 year-old upstart can get exactly the same result, you might feel a bit miffed I suppose, but that has happened forever. -- Brian Eno
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One of the great breakthroughs of evolution theory is that you start with simple things and they will grow into complexity. -- Brian Eno
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If you want to make computers that really work, create a design team composed only of healthy, active women with lots else to do in their lives, and give them carte blanche. -- Brian Eno
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Songs that don't depend on composition depend instead on performance - so the fire has to be there in the playing. -- Brian Eno
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I set up situations that involve abandoning control and finding out what happens. -- Brian Eno
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When I was young, an eccentric uncle decided to teach me how to lie. Not, he explained, because he wanted me to lie, but because he thought I should know how it's done so I would recognise when I was being lied to. -- Brian Eno
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Robert Fripp and I will be recording another LP very soon. It should be even more monotonous than the first one! -- Brian Eno
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The problem with fine art is that in most cases people have to make a special excursion to go and look at it: they can't afford to own it. So it isn't really part of their life in the way that music can be. -- Brian Eno
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I'm very opinionated. -- Brian Eno
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I do sometimes look back at things I've written in the past, and think, 'I just don't remember being the person who wrote that.' -- Brian Eno
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If you watch any good player, they're using different parts of their body and working with instruments that respond to those movements. They're moving in many dimensions at once. -- Brian Eno
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I describe things in terms of body movements. I dance a bit to describe what sort of movement it ought to make, and that's a good way of talking to musicians. Particularly bass players. -- Brian Eno
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I know that if I had a television in my flat I would convince myself that everything on it was really interesting. I would say, 'I'm a Celebrity - Get Me Out of Here!' is so sociologically fascinating that I think I'd better watch. -- Brian Eno
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Our experience of any painting is always the latest line in a long conversation we've been having with painting. There's no way of looking at art as though you hadn't seen art before. -- Brian Eno
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I never wanted to write the sort of song that said, 'Look at how abnormal and crazy and out there I am, man!' -- Brian Eno
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Set up a situation that presents you with something slightly beyond your reach. -- Brian Eno
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If I tried to make a commercial album, it would be a complete flop. I have no idea what the world at large likes. -- Brian Eno
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Everything is an experiment until it has a deadline. That gives it a destination, context, and a reason. -- Brian Eno
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At the party, Rob Partridge said to me, "You gave hope to other balding men." My new epitaph: "Co-wrote a couple of decent songs and went bald shamelessly. -- Brian Eno
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I think that sex, drugs, art and religion very much overlap with one another and sometimes one becomes another. -- Brian Eno
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I'm bloody awful at multi-tasking. -- Brian Eno
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The dominant theory coming out of Hollywood is that peoples' attention spans are getting shorter and shorter and they need more stimulation. -- Brian Eno
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I think there's a lot of similarity between what people try to do with religion with what they want from art. In fact, I very specifically think that they are same thing. Not that religion and art are the same, but that they both tap into the same need we have for surrender. -- Brian Eno
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People tend to play in their comfort zone, so the best things are achieved in a state of surprise, actually. -- Brian Eno
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A way to make new music is to imagine looking back at the past from a future and imagine music that could have existed but didn't. Like East African free jazz, which as far as I know does not exist. -- Brian Eno
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Put out as much as you can. It doesn't do anything sitting on a shelf. -- Brian Eno
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Singing aloud leaves you with a sense of levity and contentedness. -- Brian Eno
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Most game music is based on loops effectively. -- Brian Eno
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The point about working is not to produce great stuff all the time, but to remain ready for when you can. -- Brian Eno
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Most big concerts sound disgusting and awful and insultingly bad. It's like going to the cinema and been shown a scratchy film which is upsidedown and the bulb had gone on the projector. The quality of large-scale live music is so shocking. -- Brian Eno
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Ambient music is intended to induce calm and a space to think. -- Brian Eno
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When you make something you are always offering some choices and denying others. -- Brian Eno
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Most of those melodies are me trying to find out what notes fit, and then hitting ones that don't fit in a very interesting way. -- Brian Eno
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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. -- Brian Eno
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Honour thy error as a hidden intention. -- Brian Eno
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Repetition doesn't really exist -- Brian Eno
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I take sounds and change them into words. -- Brian Eno
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I've got nothing against records - I've spent my life making them - but they are a kind of historical blip. -- Brian Eno
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The most important thing is the thing most easily forgotten. -- Brian Eno
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The problem with computers is that there is not enough Africa in them. -- Brian Eno
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I'm always interested in something when it isn't familiar to me. -- Brian Eno
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Be the first to not do what nobody has ever thought of not doing before. -- Brian Eno
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For the world to be interesting, you have to be manipulating it all the time. -- Brian Eno
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The lyrics are constructed as empirically as the music. I don't set out to say anything very important. -- Brian Eno
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With all fashion, what we do is play at being somebody else. We play at inhabiting another kind of world. -- Brian Eno
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For instance, I'm always fascinated to see whether, given the kind of fairly known and established form called popular music, whether there is some magic combination that nobody has hit upon before. -- Brian Eno
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I think we're about ready for a new feeling to enter music. I think that will come from the Arabic world. -- Brian Eno
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I can see the use and value of religion, just as I can see the use of mud wrestling, yoga, astronomy and sadomasochism. but I reject the idea that you can't be a deep human being without it or any of them. -- Brian Eno
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American television really is pathetic. -- Brian Eno
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I've discovered this new electronic technique that creates new speech out of stuff that's already there. -- Brian Eno
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Once you've grown to accept something and it becomes part of the system you've inherited, you don't even notice it any longer. -- Brian Eno
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I think everyone's inherently snobbish. Things that are very popular are not taken seriously, because the snobbish side of one says, 'Well, if everyone likes it it can't be that good.' Whereas if only I and a couple of other people like it, then it must be really something special. -- Brian Eno
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Cultural objects have no notable identity outside of that which we confer upon them. Their value is entirely a product of the interaction that we have with them. -- Brian Eno
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I'm actually an evangelical atheist, but there is something I recognise about religion: that it gives people a chance to surrender. -- Brian Eno
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Some people say Bowie is all surface style and second-hand ideas, but that sounds like a definition of pop to me. -- Brian Eno
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Gospel music is never pessimistic, it's never 'oh my god, its all going down the tubes', like the blues often is. -- Brian Eno
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The point about melody and beat and lyric is that they exist to engage you in a very particular way. They want to occupy your attention. -- Brian Eno
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If you want to make someone feel emotion, you have to make them let go. Listening to something is an act of surrender. -- Brian Eno
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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. -- Brian Eno
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When I started working on ambient music, my idea was to make music that was more like painting. -- Brian Eno
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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. -- Brian Eno
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Possessions are a way of turning money into problems. -- Brian Eno
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At the beginning of the 20th century, the ambition of the great painters was to make paintings that were like music, which was then considered as the noblest art. -- Brian Eno
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When I finish something, I want it out that day. Pop music is like the daily paper. Its got to be there then, not six months later. -- Brian Eno
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All music has political dimensions because it suggests a way of being. -- Brian Eno
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Attention is what creates value. Artworks are made as well by how people interact with them - and therefore by what quality of interaction they can inspire. -- Brian Eno
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I don't like headphones very much, and I rarely listen to music on headphones. -- Brian Eno
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I had a lot of trouble with engineers, because their whole background is learning from a functional point of view, and then learning how to perform that function. -- Brian Eno
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Ideas reflect the moment, and so you have to use them. If you store ideas, they wither. -- Brian Eno
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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. -- Brian Eno
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As struggles go, being an artist isn't that much of one. -- Brian Eno
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It's actually very easy for democracy to disappear. -- Brian Eno
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I don't want to do free jazz! Because free jazz - which is the musical equivalent of free marketeering - isn't actually free at all. It's just constrained by what your muscles can do. -- Brian Eno
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I suppose I am reluctant about being any sort of 'star' and I didn't particularly want to be portrayed as one. -- Brian Eno
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What people call unemotional just doesnt have a single overriding emotion to it. The things that I like best are the ones that ambiguous on the emotional level. -- Brian Eno
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Every increase in your knowledge is a simultaneous decrease. You learn and you unlearn at the same time. A new certainty is a new doubt as well. -- Brian Eno
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Every band I've worked with also wants to be countercultural in the sense that they want to feel that they've gone somewhere that nobody else has been. -- Brian Eno
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Of all the things you can now do, which do you choose to do? -- Brian Eno
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If there is a new fascism, it won't come from skinheads and punks; it will come from people who eat granola and think they know how the world should be. -- Brian Eno
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You can't really imagine music without technology. -- Brian Eno
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Everybody thinks that when new technologies come along that they're transparent and you can just do your job well on it. But technologies always import a whole new set of values with them. -- Brian Eno
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Honor your mistake as a hidden intention. -- Brian Eno
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I've always thought that art is a lie, an interesting lie. And I'll sort of listen to the "lie" and try to imagine the world which makes that lie true ... what that world must be like, and what would have to happen for us to get from this world to that one. -- Brian Eno
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My shows are not narratives. -- Brian Eno
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I'm kind of an evangelical atheist. -- Brian Eno
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Lyrics are the only thing to do with music that haven't been made easier technically. -- Brian Eno
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It's amazing how quickly people get used to bad quality. -- Brian Eno
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I want to rethink 'surrender' as an active verb. -- Brian Eno
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When I went back to England after a year away, the country seemed stuck, dozing in a fairy tale, stifled by the weight of tradition. -- Brian Eno
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People who are very confident in themselves aren't hurt by criticism. They make use of it. -- Brian Eno
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One of the things you're doing when you make art, apart from entertaining yourself and other people, is trying to see what ways of working feel good, what feels right. -- Brian Eno
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In England and Europe, we have this huge music called ambient - ambient techno, ambient house, ambient hip-hop, ambient this, ambient that. -- Brian Eno
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Pop is totally results-oriented and there is a very strong feedback loop. -- Brian Eno
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Music in itself carries a whole set of messages which are very, very rich and complex, and the words either serve to exclude certain ones or point up certain others. -- Brian Eno
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Law is always better than war. -- Brian Eno
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My interest in making music has been to create something that does not exist that I would like to listen to. I wanted to hear music that had not yet happened, by putting together things that suggested a new thing which did not yet exist. -- Brian Eno
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What matters in modern music is not the part you can write down, the words and the tune, but the rest - the texture, the atmosphere, the references and associations. -- Brian Eno
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Good teachers realise that the students are the antenna; they are sensing things that the teachers don't yet sense. -- Brian Eno
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I hate the way CDs just drone on for bloody hours and you stop caring. -- Brian Eno
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I trust my taste. I trust it completely and I always have done, and I've always thought it isn't that different from everybody else's. -- Brian Eno
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I've got a feeling that music might not be the most interesting place to be in the world of things. -- Brian Eno
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I think very often producers are really trying to repeat things. When they hear something in the new songs that they recognize as being a bit like something that was a success on a previous record, they're inclined to encourage that. -- Brian Eno
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A studio is an absolute labyrinth of possibilities - this is why records take so long to make because there are millions of permutations of things you can do. The most useful thing you can do is to get rid of some of those options before you start -- Brian Eno
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I'm often accused of being ahead of my time, but it's simply not true. The truth is that everybody else is behind. -- Brian Eno
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In the 1960s, people were trying to get away from the pop song format. Tracks were getting longer, or much, much shorter. -- Brian Eno
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Instruments sound interesting, not because of their sound, but because of the relationship a player has with them. Instrumentalists build a rapport with their instruments, which is what you like and respond to. -- Brian Eno
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I'm not interested in possible complexities. I regard song structure as a graph paper. -- Brian Eno
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You can't have a relationship with a device whose limits are unknown to you, because without limits, it keeps becoming something else. -- Brian Eno
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Zappa was very technical and impressed by things that were musically challenging - weird time signatures, strange keys, awkward chord sequences. Zappa was important to me as an example of everything I didn't want to do. I'm very grateful to him, actually. -- Brian Eno
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I periodically realize every few years that the only person whose taste I really trust is me. -- Brian Eno
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If something is good, you must torture it mercilessly until it is either dead or great. -- Brian Eno
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Everybody is entertained to death. -- Brian Eno
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I've never used a PC in my life; I don't like them. -- Brian Eno
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Something I've realized lately, to my shock, is that I am an optimist, in that I think humans are almost infinitely capable of self-change and self-modification, and that we really can build the future that we want if we're smart about it. -- Brian Eno
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I want to make something that is breathtaking. Of course, you can't make something that is always breathtaking, or you would never be able to breathe. You would collapse. -- Brian Eno
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I love good, loud speakers. -- Brian Eno
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Given the chance, i'll die like a baby, on some faraway beach, when the season's over. -- Brian Eno
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I'd rather hold one note for an hour and modulate it so that it means something than play 3,000 notes in 15 seconds. -- Brian Eno
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With recording, everything changed. The prospect of music being detachable from time and place meant that one could start to think of music as a part of one's furniture. It's an idea that many composers have felt reluctant about because it seemed to them to diminish the importance of music. -- Brian Eno
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My kind of composing is more like the work of a gardener. The gardener takes his seeds and scatters them, knowing what he is planting but not quite what will grow where and when - and he won't necessarily be able to reproduce it again afterwards either. -- Brian Eno
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I remember when in the early days of rock'n'roll, when everything sounded totally different, all amazing and blah blah blah blah blah. Now you can play me one second of any record from that time, and I'll say "1959" or "1961." I can hear precisely. It's like it has a huge date stamp on it. -- Brian Eno
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I'm struck by the insidious, computer-driven tendency to take things out of the domain of muscular activity and put them into the domain of mental activity. -- Brian Eno
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In the 19th century, a lot of people were against outlawing child labour, because to do so would be against the very foundations of a free market economy: 'These children want to work, these people want to employ them ... what is your problem? It's not as if anyone has kidnapped them ... ' -- Brian Eno
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One night, I pissed into an empty wine bottle so I could continue watching Monty Python, and suddenly thought 'I've never tasted my own piss,' so I drank a little. It looked just like Orvieto Classico and tasted of nearly nothing -- Brian Eno
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People do dismiss ambient music, don't they? They call it 'easy listening,' as if to suggest that it should be hard to listen to. -- Brian Eno
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Saying that cultural objects have value is like saying that telephones have conversations. -- Brian Eno
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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. -- Brian Eno
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I think it's a myth that American public or any other public is so stupid that they need to be constantly pricked. -- Brian Eno
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The idea that something is uncool because it's old or foreign has left the collective consciousness. -- Brian Eno
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I have these headphones, which pretty much exclude everything else so that you can really completely control the sound that you're hearing. I don't use them very much, I have to say. I very rarely listen on headphones. -- Brian Eno
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I always use the same guitar; I got this guitar years and years ago for nine pounds. It's still got the same strings on it. -- Brian Eno
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I got interested in the idea of music that could make itself, in a sense, in the mid 1960s really, when I first heard composers like Terry Riley, and when I first started playing with tape recorders. -- Brian Eno
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I think that technology is always invented for historical reasons, to solve a historical problem. But they very soon reveal themselves to be capable of doing things that aren't historical that nobody had ever thought of doing before. -- Brian Eno
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I wanted to get rid of the element that had been considered essential in pop music: the voice. -- Brian Eno
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The only value of ideology is to stop things becoming showbiz. -- Brian Eno
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There is a sort of convergence starting to happen between the computer and musical instruments, but it's still quite a long way off. -- Brian Eno
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Some people are very good at being 'stars' and it suits them. I'm grudging about it and I find it annoying. -- Brian Eno
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Feelings are more dangerous than ideas, because they aren't susceptible to rational evaluation. They grow quietly, spreading underground, and erupt suddenly, all over the place. -- Brian Eno
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I've had quite a lot of luck with dreams. I've often awoken in the night with a phrase or even a whole song in my head. -- Brian Eno
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I wouldn't call myself a synaesthete in the sense that Nabokov was. But I'll talk about a sound as being cold blue or dark brown. For descriptive purposes, yes, I often see colors when I'm listening to music and think, 'Oh, there's not enough sort of yellowy stuff in here, or not enough white.' -- Brian Eno
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Even though I'm known as a pop musician, I have a seriousness about what I do. -- Brian Eno
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I think that there's something that I still like about the fact of a package, like the latest report from somebody. "Okay, this is what they're up to now; this is what they're doing; who's working with them?". -- Brian Eno
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In the wake of the events of 11 September 2001, it now seems clear that the shock of the attacks was exploited in America. -- Brian Eno
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By the mid-'60s, recorded music was much more like painting than it was like traditional music. When you went into the studio, you could put a sound down, then you could squeeze it around, spread it all around the canvas. -- Brian Eno
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Lyrics are always misleading because they make people think that that's what the music is about. -- Brian Eno
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It must be quite mysterious to some people why I bother to carry on. Because, you know, I don't sell that many records. -- Brian Eno
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Rationality is what we do to organize the world, to make it possible to predict. Art is the rehearsal for the inapplicability and failure of that process. -- Brian Eno
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I belong to a gospel choir. They know I am an atheist but they are very tolerant. -- Brian Eno
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Cooking is a way of listening to the radio. -- Brian Eno
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I think audiences are quite comfortable watching something coming into being. -- Brian Eno
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Also something that you don't have to listen to from beginning to end - you can enter at any point and leave at any point. -- Brian Eno
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When I've finally got the title, I think, "Okay, yes, now I know where we are. Now I know what it is. Fine, that must be finished or nearly finished." -- Brian Eno
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Art is not an object, but a trigger for experience. -- Brian Eno
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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. -- Brian Eno
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You can't do anything interesting with cutting-edge technology except not make it cutting-edge. -- Brian Eno
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Genius is individual, scenius is communal. -- Brian Eno
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I wanted to use the studio like a microscope for sound, which is what good engineers do. -- Brian Eno
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A big ego means that you have some confidence in your abilities, really, and that you're prepared to take the risk of trying them out. -- Brian Eno
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I believe in singing. -- Brian Eno
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Well, I am a dilettante. It's only in England that dilettantism is considered a bad thing. In other countries it's called interdisciplinary research. -- Brian Eno
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Most people have no idea what something would sound like if it wasn't an MP3. -- Brian Eno
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I had wanted a tape recorder since I was tiny. I thought it was a magic thing. I never got one until just before I went to art school. -- Brian Eno
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There are certain sounds that I've found work well in nearly any context. Their function is not so much musical as spatial: they define the edges of the territory of the music. -- Brian Eno
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The computer brings out the worst in some people. -- Brian Eno
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One of the things you do when you make a piece of art is you try to make the world you'd rather be in. -- Brian Eno
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I think one of my pursuits over the years is trying to answer the question of, 'What else can you do with a voice other than stand in front of a microphone and sing?' -- Brian Eno
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The basis of computer work is predicated on the idea that only the brain makes decisions and only the index finger does the work. -- Brian Eno
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I do like Burial; he's so curiously clumsy, you can't help but be moved. It's so un-Hollywood, and the rhythms are so un-danceable. -- Brian Eno
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You talk to me as if from a distance And I reply with impressions chosen from another time. -- Brian Eno
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It's easy to forget that your best work is done when your attention is fully engaged. -- Brian Eno
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Well, there are some things that I just can't get out of my head, and they start to annoy me after a while. Sometimes they're of my own creation, as well - and they're just as annoying. It's not only other people's ear worms that bug me, it's my own, as well. -- Brian Eno
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As soon as you externalize an idea you see facets of it that weren't clear when it was just floating around in your head. -- Brian Eno
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I've noticed a terrible thing, which is I will agree to anything if it's far enough in the future. -- Brian Eno
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Reggie Watts is a most unusual talent: a huge vocal range, a natural musicality, and a sidesplitting wit. Is he a comedian? A singer? A performance artist? I've seen him a few times since then and I still can't decide. Whatever, he ain't like nobody else. -- Brian Eno
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In art, you CAN crash your plane and walk away from it -- Brian Eno
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You either believe that people respond to authority, or that they respond to kindness and inclusion. I'm obviously in the latter camp. I think that people respond better to reward than punishment. -- Brian Eno
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I want to make things that put me in the position of innocence, that recreate the feeling of innocence in you. -- Brian Eno
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A culture is the sum of all the things about which humanity can choose to differ. -- Brian Eno
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'Two Voices,' from my album with Peter Schwalm, is an intact dream-poem. I awoke one night with an image of a piece of paper and all the words of the poem written on it, so I just blundered down to the kitchen table and 'copied it out.' -- Brian Eno
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I often work by avoidance. -- Brian Eno
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I hardly ever go into the studio with a work complete in my head. It emerges from communal activity. -- Brian Eno
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The problem with improvisation is, of course, that everyone just slips into their comfort zone and does sort of the easy thing to do, the most obvious thing to do with your instrument. -- Brian Eno
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I'm fascinated by musicians who don't completely understand their territory; that's when you do your best work. -- Brian Eno
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John Cage made you realise that there wasn't a thing called noise, it was just music you hadn't appreciated. -- Brian Eno
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You don't have to act as if you know what you're doing -- Brian Eno
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Don't be ashamed of your own ideas. Most musicians get applauded for sounding like someone else. -- Brian Eno
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As soon as I hear a sound, it always suggests a mood to me. -- Brian Eno
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I'm always interested in what you can do with technology that people haven't thought of doing yet. -- Brian Eno
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If you grow up in a very strong religion like Catholicism you certainly cultivate in yourself a certain taste for the intensity of ideas. -- Brian Eno
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If I had a stock of fabulous sounds I would just always use them. I wouldn't bother to find new ones. -- Brian Eno
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One often makes music to supplement one's world. -- Brian Eno
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Human development thus far has been fueled and guided by the feeling that things could be, and are probably going to be, better. -- Brian Eno
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Admirers can be a tremendous force for conservatism. -- Brian Eno
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Being an artist is a job for life. -- Brian Eno
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I despise computers in many ways. I think they're hopelessly underevolved and overrated. -- Brian Eno
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The biology of purpose keeps my nose above the surface. -- Brian Eno
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I hate talking about music, to tell you the truth. -- Brian Eno
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I'm a painter in sound. -- Brian Eno
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I don't like celebrity programmes - but I do like programmes about how ideas are formed and evolve. -- Brian Eno
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My guitar only has five strings 'cause the top one broke and I decided not to put it back on: when I play chords I only play bar chords, and the top one always used to cut me there. -- Brian Eno
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In my normal life I'm a very unadventurous person. -- Brian Eno
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Being completely free to choose what to do is actually quite difficult -- Brian Eno
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A part of me has become immortal, out of my control. -- Brian Eno
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Every collaboration helps you grow. With Bowie, it's different every time. I know how to create settings, unusual aural environments. That inspires him. He's very quick. -- Brian Eno
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I felt extremely uncomfortable as the focal point, in the spotlight. I really like the behind the scenes role, because all my freedom is there. -- Brian Eno
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It's nice, I think, when people use your music for things you didn't think of. -- Brian Eno
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All the best lyrics are written in ten minutes. -- Brian Eno
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Perhaps when music has been shouting for so long, a quieter voice seems attractive. -- Brian Eno
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Painting, I think it's like jazz. -- Brian Eno
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The artists of the past who impressed me were the ones who really focused their work. -- Brian Eno
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My lyrics are generated by various peculiar processes. Very random and similar to automatic writing. -- Brian Eno
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More and more I find I want to be living in a Big Here and a Long Now. -- Brian Eno
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I occasionally meet people and they say, 'Oh, I was born to Discreet Music' ... They always have very weird eyes, those people. -- Brian Eno
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When people censor themselves they're just as likely to get rid of the good bits as the bad bits. -- Brian Eno
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I hate the rock music tradition. I can't bear it! -- Brian Eno
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It infuriates me that stuff from the Internet routinely doesn't include all the credits. Because as soon as I listen to something, if I like it, I want to know, "Who's the bass player?" "Who did that?" "Who's the engineer on this?" -- Brian Eno
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The thing that obsesses me more than anything is waste - the waste of human intelligence and creativity. -- Brian Eno
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Anything popular is populist, and populist is rarely a good adjective. -- Brian Eno
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For me it's always contingent on getting a sound-the sound always suggests what kind of melody it should be. So it's always sound first and then the line afterwards. -- Brian Eno
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I see TV as a picture medium rather than a narrative medium. -- Brian Eno
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Everything good proceeds from enthusiasm. -- Brian Eno
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I make a lot of pieces of music that I never release as CDs. -- Brian Eno
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Culture is everything you don't have to do. -- Brian Eno
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Think inside the work - outside the work -- Brian Eno
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Nothing so dates an era as its conception of the future. -- Brian Eno