New Album From Brian Eno & Karl Hyde – Someday World

Warp Records has released a couple of tracks from the upcoming Brian Eno & Karl Hyde album, Someday World.

Someday World is comprised of nine songs, composed and sung by Eno & Hyde, with a distinguished cast of supporting musicians, including Tessa Angus, Nell Catchpole, Marianna Champion, Will Champion, Kasia Daszykowska, Don E., Darla Eno, Fred Gibson, Georgie Gibson, Andy Mackay, John Reynolds and Chris Vatalaro.

The release was produced by Brian Eno with 20 year old Fred Gibson, continuing an ongoing collaboration between Eno and Hyde which sees the two together on a complete album for the very first time.

Here’s what Eno and Hyde have to say about the collaboration: Continue reading

Max For Live Oblique Strategies Puts A Little Eno Into Ableton Live

max-for-live-oblique-strategiesOblique is a Max For Live device that puts a little Eno into Ableton Live.

Oblique Strategies (subtitled Over One Hundred Worthwhile Dilemmas) is originally a deck of printed cards created by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt and first published in 1975. Each card offers an aphorism intended to help artists (particularly musicians) break creative blocks by encouraging lateral thinking. Continue reading

Music: What Difference Does It Make?

What Difference Does It Make: A Film About Making Music – is a free documentary film that delves into the challenges and triumphs of living “a life in music.”

The documentary traces the stages of development that musicians experience, and goes beyond the topic of music to explore questions ‘about life itself.’

The film features interviews with dozens of seasoned music professionals including Brian Eno, Giorgio Moroder, Nile Rodgers, Skream, Richie Hawtin, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and James Murphy, among others.

The movie is available as a free stream (above). Continue reading

Conrad Tao’s ‘iridescence’, For Piano & iPad

This video captures a performance by Conrad Tao of his work, iridescence, for piano and iPad.

The composition, from 18-year-old American pianist/composer Tao’s debut album Voyages, features the Reactable Mobile app on his Apple iPad. In the piece, Reactable is used for both synth lines and real-time processing of his piano playing, via the iPad microphone.

The work manages to bridge the electroacoustic tradition of classical electronic music and the genre-making ambient work of Brian Eno and Harold Budd. It also is a great demonstration of the possibilities of inexpensive music apps, in creative hands.

Most of all, though, Tao’s work is interesting as a performance, which is too rare in both electroacoustic and ambient music.

Here’s some background on the composition: Continue reading