“If you think of music as a moving, changing form, and painting as a still form, what I’m trying to do is make very still music and paintings that move. I’m trying to find in both of those forms, the space in between the traditional concept of music and the traditional concept of painting.”
Brian Eno is an English musician, composer, record producer and visual artist. He is known across the world as one of the principal innovators of generative painting and of ambient music, the genre he defined. Eno’s artwork is dedicated almost exclusively to the possibilities provided by the medium of light and his installations of sound and vision have been redefining the world’s iconic architectural spaces since the late 1970s.
“Painting and music have always been interwoven for me. I started playing with light as a medium at about the same time I started playing with sound when a teenager.”
Given the extremely rare opportunity to exhibit on the Sydney Opera House in 2009, Eno utilised technological innovation to project his ‘77 Million Paintings’ onto the building’s emblematic sails. His creation, a painting that continually evolves at an almost imperceptible rate of change so that it uniquely dissolves into and defines each passing moment, attracted thousands of visitors every night. Eno has since gone on to project onto the monumental Arcos da Lapa in Rio de Janeiro, the Palazzo Te in northern Italy and the enormous radio telescope at Jodrell Bank, along with over thirty galleries world-wide.
As a composer, Eno has written for many film and television productions (his track ‘Another Green World’ was the title music for BBC’s flagship Arts programme Arena) and he composed the start sound for Microsoft Windows 95.