BRIAN ENO

Born May 15, 1948

Brian Peter George St John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno RDI is an British musician, composer, record producer, visual artist, and theorist best known for his pioneering work in ambient music and contributions to rock, pop and electronica. A self-described "non-musician", Eno has helped introduce unique conceptual approaches and recording techniques to contemporary music. He has been described as one of popular music's most influential and innovative figures.
Born in Suffolk, Eno studied painting and experimental music at the art school of Ipswich Civic College in the mid 1960s, and then at Winchester School of Art. He joined glam rock group Roxy Music as synthesizer player in 1971, recording two albums with the group but departing in 1973 amidst tensions with Roxy frontman Bryan Ferry. Eno went on to record a number of solo albums beginning with Here Come the Warm Jets. In the mid-1970s, he began exploring a minimalist direction on releases such as Discreet Music and Ambient 1: Music for Airports, coining the term "ambient music" with the latter.
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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.”

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