New Brian Eno Album, ‘The Ship’

the-ship-brian-enoWarp Records has announced a new album by Brian Eno, The Ship.

The album, Eno’s first solo record since 2012’s Grammy-nominated LUX, will be released on Friday April 29, 2016.

Warp describes The Ship as ‘as much musical novel as traditional album’, saying:

“Eno brings together beautiful songs, minimalist ambience, physical electronics omniscient narratives and technical innovation into a single, cinematic suite. The result is the very best of Eno, a record without parallel in his catalogue.”

Here’s what Eno has to say about the new album: Continue reading

Inventor Paul Vo, On Acoustic Synthesis & The Vo-96 Guitar

When we have covered the Vo-96 Guitar on Synthtopia, readers’ comments have focused on ‘infinite sustain’ as the key feature, and compared the Vo Guitar’s technology to other sustain technologies.

But inventor Paul Vo‘s vision for ‘acoustic synthesis’ is much deeper than infinite sustain. Continue reading

That Time John Peel Played Fripp & Eno’s ‘No Pussyfooting’ Backwards

john-peel-no-pussyfooting-backwardsThe late BBC DJ John Peel is revered by many for his part in introducing progressive music of all types to British listeners.

John Peel (John Robert Parker Ravenscroft, August 30, 1939 – October 25, 2004), was the longest serving of BBC Radio 1 DJs – on air from 1967 until his death in 2004.

One of the most notorious broadcasts of his career, though, was the time in 1973 when he debuted Fripp & Eno’s proto-ambient album No Pussyfooting to the world, by accidentally playing it backwards, in its entirety.  Continue reading

Brian Eno On Composers as Gardeners

This video captures a short discussion by Brian Eno on his concept of Composers as Gardeners.

Eno contrasts the stereotype of the classical composer conceiving a piece and then writing it out against the practice that became more common in the 60s of creating processes that result in music that you may or may not have anticipated. Continue reading

The Coolest Feature Of Windows 95 Was Created By Brian Eno, On A Mac

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20 years ago today – August 24, 1995 – Microsoft introduced Windows 95, an operating system that revolutionized the way people interact with computers.

With Windows 95, Microsoft brought the graphical user interface to the masses, moved to a multi-tasking architecture and eliminated the need for most people to deal with command-line bullshittery.

One of the coolest aspects of Windows 95, though, was its soothing ambient startup sound, created by ambient pioneer and super-producer Brian Eno: Continue reading