More Dark Than Shark

ENO & MILLS More Dark Than Shark [1986]

Illustrator Russell Mills has used the music and lyrics of Brian Eno's influential albums of the 1970s as the basis for fifty-seven mixed-media interpretations. Extracts from the notebooks of Eno and Mills illuminate the thought processes and working methods behind the songs and images.


Brian Eno: His Music And The Vertical Color Of Sound

ERIC TAMM Brian Eno: His Music And The Vertical Color Of Sound [1989]

This book draws on Eno's own words, taken from interviews and writings, to examine his influences, his opinions, and his ideas on music and art. Eric Tamm analyses, often note by note, Eno's songs and instrumental pieces, and describes in detail Eno's methods of composition and collaboration. The result is an insightful and absorbing appreciation of Eno's contribution as a composer and producer.


Ocean Of Sound

DAVID TOOP Ocean Of Sound [1995]

Sun Ra, Brian Eno, Kraftwerk and Lee Perry are interviewed in this extraordinary work of sonic history that travels from the rainforests of Amazonas to virtual Las Vegas, from David Lynch's dream house high in the Hollywood Hills to the megalopolis of Tokyo. David Toop has, in Ocean Of Sound, written an exhilarating, path-breaking account of ambient sound, presenting an alternative history of twentieth century music, tracking the passage of organised sound into strange and new environments of vapour and abstraction.


A Year (With Swollen Appendices)

BRIAN ENO A Year (With Swollen Appendices) [1996]

"I've never kept a diary past about 6 January (so I know a lot about the early Januaries of my life), but at the end of 1994 I made a resolution to keep one for 1995." Here are the results.

CONTENTS: vii About this diary x About Anthea, Opal and me xiii People 3 DIARY 291 APPENDICES 417 Autobiography and List of Works 422 Bibliography



ANTON CORBIJN Startrak [1996]

Anton Corbijn has a reluctance to impose on his subjects that they admire, a way of making you feel that you wouldn't mind experimentally making an arse of yourself - because he doesn't either, says Brian Eno, whose eerie portrait is one of the more arresting images in this collection. Eno also wrote the introduction.


Cunningham Good Vibrations

MARK CUNNINGHAM Good Vibrations [1998]

Good Vibrations: A History Of Record Production plots the development of popular music recording from the perspectives of the producers, engineers and session players. Featuring contributions from Sir George Martin, Les Paul, Brian Wilson, Tom Dowd, Tony Visconti, Chris Thomas, Roy Thomas, Midge Ure, Trevor Horn, Hugh Padgham, Pete Waterman, Brian Eno and John Leckie, the fully revised second edition brings the history of record production right up to date. The book has forewords by Brian Eno and Alan Parsons.


Rockers Jazzbos Visionaries

BILL MILKOWSKI Rockers, Jazzbos & Visionaries [1998]

Probing interviews with thirty-six outspoken and significant figures in their respective musical idioms make this book scintillating reading for music fans of any genre.

Drawn from the author's rich interviews conducted from 1980 to the present for various publications, this collection is spiced with wit and insight that often connects musical considerations to the sociopolitical context. Individually, each captures a moment in time; collectively, they present an overview of the thinking that has driven some of music's most interesting and gifted artists, including Keith Richards, Brian Eno, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Wynton Marsalis, and Frank Zappa.


The Clock Of The Long Now

STEWART BRAND The Clock Of The Long Now [1999]

The Clock Of The Long Now is a long-term project designed to encourage people to think beyond the psychological barrier of the millennium and into the future. The Long Now Foundation, founded by some of the world's most influential and cutting-edge thinkers - including Stewart Brand, Daniel Hillis, Kevin Kelly, Esther Dyson and Brian Eno - plan to build a gigantic mechanical clock, perhaps as large as Stonehenge, in the American desert. It is intended to record time for ten-thousand years.


Experimental Music: Cage And Beyond

MICHAEL NYMAN Experimental Music: Cage And Beyond [1999]

First published in 1974, this book is a first-hand account of experimental music from 1950 to 1970, and it has remained the classic text on a significant form of music making and composing. Nyman traces the revolutionary attitudes that were developed toward concepts of time, space, sound, and composer/performer responsibility. This second edition contains a new foreword by Brian Eno, an updated discography, and a historical overview by the author.


I Dormienti


The essays, the conversation between Brian Eno and Mimmo Paladino, and the images in this book are in themselves a further development of the theme of The Sleepers. It comes with a CD of music from the installation.


We Love You

AMBASSADORS We Love You [2000]

We Love You is a unique compilation of sonic artworks featuring collaborations between innovative musical originators such as Brian Eno, Derrick May, Boy George, Hugh Cornwell, Add N To X, Pet Shop Boys, and Arthur Baker with a cross-section of the most cutting-edge British contemporary artists including Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gilbert & George, Jake Chapman, and Angela Bulloch. It is presented in the form of a CD/book, a new format, a "futique" - a collectable piece of the future. We Love You is published in conjunction with Candy Records and contains original pieces of art by all the artists whose sonic artworks are contained on the accompanying CD. All the tracks on the compilation are previously unreleased and exclusive to We Love You.


Small Acts


This is a truly original take on the Millennium Fourteen artists, including Brian Catling, Bobby Baker and Graeme Miller, marking the personal and political resonances of this transition in a series of extraordinary performances, here transformed into works for the page. Brian Eno and others contribute essays exploring questions relating to performance, time and the experience of the Millennium.


The World's Greatest Ideas

NICHOLAS ALBERY The World's Greatest Ideas [2001]

With an introduction by Brian Eno, this unique encyclopedia brings together the best and most creative ideas from around the world for solving social ills and improving the quality of life. This collection of innovations - from the practical to the imaginative to the quirky - is presented by the Institute For Social Inventions whose purpose is to encourage, collect, publicise, and put into action visionary social inventions.


The Ambient Century

MARK PRENDERGAST The Ambient Century [2003]

Prendergast, an internationally published music writer, details the widening of sonic possibilities with advancements in recording, amplification and electronic instruments, and with the creative talents of hundreds of bold, brilliant composers. Brian Eno, whose own music heavily influenced New Age and ambient house music, gives the book his stamp of approval in his foreword.


Painting With Sound

STEPHEN ILIFFE Painting With Sound [2003]

Subtitled The Life And Music Of Hans-Joachim Roedelius, this book is the definitive celebration of one of the godfathers of electronic music. This beautifully-illustrated 120-page collectors' limited edition is packed with insight and analysis including a comprehensive biography, over eighty photographs (most previously unpublished), complete album reviews of all sixty-six Cluster and Roedelius CDs as well as full colour reproductions of all the album covers. The foreword is by Brian Eno.


Stafford Beer: A Personal Memoir

DAVID WHITTAKER Stafford Beer: A Personal Memoir [2003]

Stafford Beer, who died in 2002, was a world famous Professor of Cybernetics specialising in holistic management and organisational transformation. He was also a painter and a poet. This book is based on about fifty of Stafford's lively letters to the author over a twenty year period. The book contains an exclusive ten-page interview with the musician, producer and video artist Brian Eno. Eno talks about his friendship with Stafford and the significance of Beer's cybernetic ideas for music making. The book also features two letters about Stafford Beer by Robert Fripp.


Audio Culture: Readings In Modern Music

CHRISTOPH COX / DANIEL WARNER Audio Culture: Readings In Modern Music [2004]

Audio Culture includes writing by some of the most important musical thinkers of the past half-century, among them John Cage, Brian Eno, Glenn Gould, Umberto Eco, Ornette Coleman, Jacques Attali, Simon Reynolds, Pauline Oliveros, Paul D. Miller, David Toop, John Zorn, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and many others. The book is divided into nine thematically-organised sections, each with its own introduction. Section headings include topics such as Modes of Listening, Minimalisms, and DJ Culture. In addition, each essay has its own short introduction, helping the reader to place the essay within musical, historical, and conceptual contexts. The book concludes with a glossary, a timeline, and an extensive discography.


The Thrill Of It All: The Story Of Bryan Ferry & Roxy Music

DAVID BUCKLEY The Thrill Of It All: The Story Of Bryan Ferry & Roxy Music [2005]

The history of Bryan Ferry and the influential English glam-rock group Roxy Music, like that of many innovative rock bands, is one of charismatic musical exploration fraught with problems: revolving-door musicians, financial arguments and futile attempts to break into the American market. (Roxy Music had only one major U.S. hit, 1975's Love Is The Drug.) At the center of both the iconoclasm and conflict stands Ferry, the group's founder, lead singer, primary songwriter and image dictator. While Buckley clearly loves the music and admires Ferry's creative skill, he also points out the musician's flaws: an inability to deal with direct confrontations, micro-managing recording sessions, and being less than generous with the press. This book explores the history of 1970s British rock using Roxy Music as a basis, explaining how innovative original Roxy member Brian Eno's sound-altering experiments were; how Ferry chose to market the group like a product, rather than depend on concert touring; and how infatuated British youth became with Roxy's nouveau glam-rock concept that image/style was just as important as the music.


Eternally Yours: Time In Design

BRIAN ENO / JOHN THACKARA / THONIK Eternally Yours: Time In Design [2005]

Billions of products virtually die before their time has come. This book maps out ways in which they can be designed and planned in such a way that their value can be sustained to keep them in use for a longer time. Time in Design is about one of those ideal future products. It tells the story of Vivian, a name representing any product. The life of Vivian is retraced back from the preconception through the times of development, purchase and era of use, right until oblivion. With text contributions by Brian Eno and John Thackara, and designed by Thonik.


Not One More Death

BRIAN ENO, HAROLD PINTER, JOHN LE CARRE [et al.] Not One More Death [2006]

Luminaries of literature, science and music unite in their condemnation of the unjust war on Iraq and its disastrous occupation - John Le Carré attacks Tony Blair's attempts to save the US and UK's special relationship by giving legitimacy to the war; Richard Dawkins writes of the terrifying discourse of Good and Evil that dominates the Bush government's thinking; Brian Eno tears apart the alleged reasons for the war and makes a compelling argument for the withdrawal of troops; Michel Faber highlights how language and rational debate gurgles down the drain in an atmosphere of hysteria; Haifa Zangana documents the shocking record of atrocities in occupied Iraq and argues for the right of the Iraqi people to resist; and also included is Harold Pinter's excoriating Nobel acceptance speech.



MICHAEL BRACEWELL Re-make/Re-model [2007]

In 1972 an English rock band released its first album to instant critical acclaim: Roxy Music. Here was a group that looked as though it came not only from another era, but also from another planet - a band in which art, fashion, and music would combine to create, in Bryan Ferry's words, "above all, a state of mind." Written with the assistance, for the first time, of all those involved, including Bryan Ferry, Brian Eno, Andy Mackay, and Phil Manzanera, Re-make/Re-model tells how Pop Art, the 1960s underground, and Swinging London were transformed into a unique sound and look - theatrical, arch, literate, clever, sexy, thrilling. Re-make/Re-model is the story of extraordinary individuals and exceptional creativity - and nothing less than the history of an era in music and pop culture.


On Some Faraway Beach: The Life And Times Of Brian Eno

DAVID SHEPPARD On Some Faraway Beach: The Life And Times Of Brian Eno [2008]

For some a pretentious art-school type who produces "instrumental doodles" or "jazz that nobody asked for"; for others a lightning rod or touchstone for directions in popular music and culture over the last three decades. Whichever, what's certain is that Brian Eno's address book is a who's who of rock and pop of the last thirty years. A founder member of Roxy Music, he's worked with everyone from Talking Heads and U2 to Pavorotti and David Bowie and is often billed as the founding father of ambient music. He continues to release his own records, frequently appear as a cultural commentator and produce records for the likes of David Bowie and U2. While presently he's too busy presenting the Turner prize, organising concerts for the Stop The War coalition or being a sonic alchemist for others to sit down and write his own autobiography, this book was written with his co-operation and access to all those who've worked with him.


Sound Unbound

PAUL D. MILLER Sound Unbound [2008]

Sound Unbound is about the remix - how music, art, and literature have blurred the lines between what an artist can do and what a composer can create. Author Paul Miller AKA DJ Spooky that Subliminal Kid asks artists to describe their work and compositional strategies in their own words. The topics are as diverse as the contributors: composer Steve Reich offers a memoir of his life with technology, from tape loops to video opera; Miller himself considers sampling and civilization; novelist Jonathan Lethem writes about appropriation and plagiarism; science fiction writer Bruce Sterling looks at dead media; Ron Eglash examines racial signifiers in electrical engineering; media activist Naeem Mohaiemen explores the influence of Islam on hip hop; rapper Chuck D contributes Three Pieces; musician Brian Eno explores the sound and history of bells; and much more. "Press 'play'," Miller writes, "and this anthology says 'here goes.'"


Formulas For Now

HANS ULRICH Formulas For Now [2008]

For all the contributors to this unique volume - including eminent minds from the fields of art, science, mathematics, performance, architecture, design, literature, and sociology - the formula is a fruitful way of investigating the nature of human existence. Selected especially for the book, more than one hundred invited participants have produced or chosen their own personal formulas to express the realities of contemporary life and to offer a means of negotiating a path through it.

Contributors include: Marina Abramovic, David Adjaye, John Baldessari, Matthew Barney, Louise Bourgeois, Thomas Demand, Elizabeth Diller, Olafur Eliasson, Brian Eno, Damien Hirst, Rem Koolhaas, Jeff Koons, Harry Mathews, Yoko Ono, Gerhard Richter, Nancy Spero, Rosemarie Trockel, Wang Jian Wei, and James Watson.


Another Green World

GEETA DAYAL Another Green World [2009]

It was the strange and mystical Another Green World (1975) that was the cosmic bridge between Old Eno and New Eno, between Rock and Ambient, between the guitar and the synthesizer, between the old world and electronic music as we know it. Another Green World was a total paradigm shift, an introduction to a new way of thinking: for Eno, and for the world of popular music. For this book, Geeta Dayal interviews Eno and his many collaborators on Another Green World. She digs into the album, excavates its odd past, and untangles how, exactly, it was a link to the future of electronic music - by foreshadowing how powerful, personal, and emotional this music could be.


Think Before You Think

STAFFORD BEER Think Before You Think [2009]

Stafford Beer (1926-2002) was one of the foremost holistic thinkers of the last fifty years. He pioneered the application of cybernetics to understanding all complex dynamic systems.

This is a new anthology of his writings, many of which have not been published before. The book also contains a generous selection of his poetry and paintings showing how aesthetics complemented his scientific rigour. The book also contains a generous selection of his poetry and paintings showing how aesthetics complemented his scientific rigour. In addition to Beer's account of his work for President Allende in Chile, published here for the first time is his unfinished autobiography.

Brian Eno has contributed a foreword confirming the importance of Beer's ideas for his own experiments in the recording studio.


Music For A Small Boat Crossing A Medium Size River

FERNANDO ORTEGA / BRIAN ENO Music For A Small Boat Crossing A Medium Size River [2013]

Music For A Small Boat Crossing A Medium Size River is a limited-edition book of photographs by Fernando Ortega together with his story and a page of text by Brian Eno to accompany the music he created for a one-off CD. The book includes a photo of the CD but not the CD itself, as the only copy is with a ferryman in Mexico.


Brian Eno: Visual Music

CHRISTOPHER SCOATES Brian Eno: Visual Music [2013]

This comprehensive monograph celebrates the visual art of renowned musician Brian Eno. Spanning more than forty years, Brian Eno: Visual Music weaves a dialogue between Eno's museum and gallery installations and his musical endeavours - all illustrated with never-before-published archival materials such as sketchbook pages, installation views, screenshots, and more. Steve Dietz, Brian Dillon, Roy Ascott, and William R. Wright contextualise Eno's contribution to new media art, while Eno himself shares insights into his process. Every copy includes a download code for a previously unreleased piece of music created by Eno, making this collection a requisite for fans and collectors.


Brian Eno: Oblique Music

SEAN ALBIEZ / DAVID PATTIE Brian Eno: Oblique Music [2015]

On the back of his published diary Brian Eno describes himself variously as: a mammal, a father, an artist, a celebrity, a pragmatist, a computer user, an interviewee, and a 'drifting clarifier'.

All in all, he is one of the most feted and most influential musical figures of the past forty years even though he himself has consistently downplayed his musical abilities, describing himself as a non-musician on more than one occasion. This volume examines Eno's work as a musician, as a theoretician, as a collaborator, and as a producer. Brian Eno is one of the most influential figures in popular music; an updated examination of his work on this scale is long overdue.


Light Music

BRIAN ENO Light Music [2017]

A comprehensive overview of Eno's exhibition of the same name from 2016, Light Music includes all of the works that were displayed; light music boxes, the lenticulars Center Decenter and Tender Divisor and graph paper drawings, as well as installation shots of the exhibition, all illustrated in colour. Light Music also includes his more recent lenticulars, Ripe and Rose as well as four etchings: Agate, Grapefruit, Sunburnt and Eclipsed.

Light Music is limited to 1,500 copies in total.


The World's Worst Orchestra

CHRISTOPHER M. REEVES & AARON WALKER The World's Worst: A Guide To The Portsmouth Sinfonia [2020]

Butchering the classics through avant-garde amateurism: the Portsmouth Sinfonia embodied the joyous collectivism of 1970s British counterculture. After three LPs of their anarchic renditions of classical and rock music and a revolving cast of over a hundred musicians - including Michael Nyman and Brian Eno - the Sinfonia would cease performing, never officially retiring. The first book devoted to the ensemble, The Worlds Worst: A Guide To The Portsmouth Sinfonia examines the founding tenets, organizing principles and collective memories of the Sinfonia, whose historical position as "the world's worst orchestra" underplays its unique accomplishment as a populist avant-garde project in which music, collectivity and humor all flourished.