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Classic Pop FEBRUARY/MARCH 2017 - by Paul Lester
BRIAN ENO: REFLECTION
Former Roxy Music man and ambient pioneer Brian Eno is releasing his new album on Warp Records, on double vinyl. Actually, Eno has been trying to distance himself from the term. "I don't think I understand what ambient stands for anymore," he wrote recently. "It seems to have swollen to accommodate some quite unexpected bedfellows - but I still use it to distinguish it from pieces of music that have fixed duration and rhythmically connected, locked-together elements." In fact, he has taken to describing the pieces on Reflection as "generative". He elucidated: "By that, I mean they make themselves. My job is to set in place a group of sounds and phrases, and then some rules which decide what happens to them. I then adjust the sounds and the phrases and the rules until I get something I'm happy with." So now you know.