The Fine Art Curator and his Selected Talent
Brian Eno is internationally known as the pioneer of ambient music and often cited as one of the industry’s most influential artists.
He studied at Colchester Institute Art School but it was the music school next door, where he gained experience playing and making music. In 1970, Brian joined Roxy Music as a “Technical Adviser” since he was not a musician, but could operate a synthesizer. Before long he was an official member of the glam rock group.
Known mostly for his experimental and ambient music styles, Brian is an iconic figure, having worked with David Bowie (predominantly during the “Berlin” years), U2, Talking Heads, Depeche Mode, Coldplay and Paul Simon. He was responsible for the start-up sound on Windows ’95 (which he admitted to creating on an Apple) and in 2009 he scored the Peter Jackson film, “The Lovely Bones”.
When he’s not making music, Brian’s a visual artist, writes a regular column in Prospect magazine and along with Peter Schmidt devised “Oblique Strategies” (featured in Richard Linklater’s “Slacker”) – a deck of cards that set out to resolve creative dilemmas with vague, yet specific advice. He was also appointed “Youth Affairs Adviser” by Nick Clegg in 2007.