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"Craft is what enables you to be successful
when you're not inspired." - Brian Eno
Gibson NOVEMBER 16, 2010 - by Chuck Crisafulli
BRIAN ENO GOES VIRAL
Even with all the labels Brian Eno has managed to accumulate over his long, praiseworthy career - musician, composer, arranger, producer, visual artist, ambient music pioneer - it still seems a little strange to find him in the roll of YouTube sensation. But a strong element of Eno's ethos has always been to confound expectations, and he seems to have done that with an interview video released online as part of a publicity campaign for his new album, Small Craft On A Milk Sea.
In the video, a relaxed though slightly bemused Eno is seen in his studio, where he is being questioned by a reporter from Pork magazine. Flash explains to Eno that the producer is the next "mega-star" to be interviewed in the mag's weekly "Talk to Pork" series. Flash presumably wants to talk up Eno's new album, but after bungling the title as Milk Crate On A Small Sea and talking over Eno's attempt to correct him, Flash asks rambling, wildly digressive questions that barely leave the increasingly agitated Eno time to respond.
The catch is that if one stares at the reporter hard enough, pictures him without his hipster glasses and neo-mop top wig, and takes into account the fact that Eno and Flash are never seen fully in frame together, one begins to suspect that Mr. Flash is actually an ex-synth player for Roxy Music - Mr. Eno himself. Eno, as Eno, proves to be a master of the comic deadpan when Flash hits him with such questions as "Is music really different now from when you got started in the 1930s?"