INTERVIEWS, REVIEWS & RELATED ARTICLES
Mojo JULY 2018 - by David Sheppard
BRIAN ENO: MUSIC FOR INSTALLATIONS
Deluxe box set of the ambient eminence's visual art accompaniments.
Arguably the quintessential British art schoolmusician, Brian Eno has spent almost half a century inculcating popular music with conceptual approaches often drawn from the visual avantgarde. He picked up his own, installation-based art practice in the mid '80s, which is where this multi-disc trawl kicks in, describing his dual modus operandi as making "music that stands still and paintings that move". Much here conforms to that becalmed, immersive ambient stereotype, whether it's the somnolent tonal drift of Surbahar Sleeping Music or the doleful, bell-like murmurings of I Dormienti. There are also several darker, more granular essays, like the lengthy, curiously disquieting accompaniment to 77 Million Paintings. Indeed, much of the later, generative-derived material (especially that gathered on the Future Installations disc) errs toward spare, sombre dissonance - which, divorced from any sense of the visual, makes for a somewhat arid listening experience.