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Brian Eno - Imaginary Landscapes

By Michelle Ceja

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Victor Liu Jan. 25 2010 12:28Reply

Eno's a scintillating character. It's revealing that he avoids composing intuitively – that he needs a big conceptual idea to background his work – and further, he increasingly wants to remove his presence from his work in order to "allow a place for the listener". But I can't help but think that this attempt to remove himself ironically puts Eno foremost in his work. Appreciation of his later ambient work seems more for the authorial intent rather than for their pastoral qualities. It's a question of how he wants his art to be appreciated. As a listener, I much prefer and feel more "involved" with Warm Jets and Taking Tiger Mountain. The communication is greater. But his rebuttal might be that it is this model of communication which he is working against.