"Craft is what enables you to be successful
when you're not inspired." - Brian Eno
Stuff FEBRUARY 3, 2017 - by Mike Alexander
BRIAN ENO: REFLECTION
It's almost impossible to describe how significant Brian Eno's latest album Reflection is to music and art. It's groundbreaking in so many ways. The genesis of it appears to lie in his 1975 album Discreet Music, which was generative sound with no apparent duration, even though it had a start and finish. With Reflection, Eno has taken the idea of ambience as a contemplative or active backdrop to our daily lives to a different level. At just over fifty-three minutes in length it is reminiscent of his single track album Thursday Afternoon . It's non intrusive yet actively engaging, impersonal and yet thought provoking and is designed to be harmonically sympathetic to one's inner and outer worlds. It is the downloadable app though that is the artistic masterstroke. It constantly changes tone and tempo to correspond with the time of day in any part of the world and create an infinity of possibilities through an algorithm that constantly varies and evolves. Reflection is both artistically and literally an album of a lifetime.