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Brian Eno Quotes: "Ambient music must be as ignorable as it is interesting."

Ambient music must be as ignorable as it is interesting.




Brian Eno Quotes: "Stop thinking about art works as objects, and start thinking about them as triggers for experiences."

Stop thinking about art works as objects, and start thinking about them as triggers for experiences.




Brian Eno Quotes: "The first Velvet Underground album only sold 10,000 copies, but everyone who bought it formed a band"

The first Velvet Underground album only sold 10,000 copies, but everyone who bought it formed a band



Brian Eno Quotes: "I had wanted a tape recorder since I was tiny. I thought it was a magic thing. I never got one until just before I went to art school."

I had wanted a tape recorder since I was tiny. I thought it was a magic thing. I never got one until just before I went to art school.




Brian Eno Quotes: "My guitar only has five strings 'cause the top one broke and I decided not to put it back on: when I play chords I only play bar chords, and the top one always used to cut me there."

My guitar only has five strings 'cause the top one broke and I decided not to put it back on: when I play chords I only play bar chords, and the top one always used to cut me there.



Brian Eno Quotes: "Lyrics are always misleading because they make people think that that's what the music is about."

Lyrics are always misleading because they make people think that that's what the music is about.



Brian Eno Quotes: "Everything is an experiment until it has a deadline. That gives it a destination, context, and a reason."

Everything is an experiment until it has a deadline. That gives it a destination, context, and a reason.




Brian Eno Quotes: "Well, I am a dilettante. It's only in England that dilettantism is considered a bad thing. In other countries it's called interdisciplinary research."

Well, I am a dilettante. It's only in England that dilettantism is considered a bad thing. In other countries it's called interdisciplinary research.



Brian Eno Quotes: "Ambient Music must be able to accommodate many levels of listening attention without enforcing one in particular; it must be as ignorable as it is interesting."

Ambient Music must be able to accommodate many levels of listening attention without enforcing one in particular; it must be as ignorable as it is interesting.



Brian Eno Quotes: "If something is good, you must torture it mercilessly until it is either dead or great."

If something is good, you must torture it mercilessly until it is either dead or great.



Brian Eno Quotes: "Anything popular is populist, and populist is rarely a good adjective."

Anything popular is populist, and populist is rarely a good adjective.



Brian Eno Quotes: "I felt extremely uncomfortable as the focal point, in the spotlight. I really like the behind the scenes role, because all my freedom is there."

I felt extremely uncomfortable as the focal point, in the spotlight. I really like the behind the scenes role, because all my freedom is there.




Brian Eno Quotes: "American television really is pathetic."

American television really is pathetic.



Brian Eno Quotes: "The smart thing in the art world is to have one good idea and never have another."

The smart thing in the art world is to have one good idea and never have another.



Brian Eno Quotes: "Set up a situation that presents you with something slightly beyond your reach."

Set up a situation that presents you with something slightly beyond your reach.



Brian Eno Quotes: "Saying that cultural objects have value is like saying that telephones have conversations."

Saying that cultural objects have value is like saying that telephones have conversations.



Brian Eno Quotes: "If there is a new fascism, it won't come from skinheads and punks; it will come from people who eat granola and think they know how the world should be."

If there is a new fascism, it won't come from skinheads and punks; it will come from people who eat granola and think they know how the world should be.



Brian Eno Quotes: "Avant-garde music is sort of research music. You're glad someone's done it but you don't necessarily want to listen to it."

Avant-garde music is sort of research music. You're glad someone's done it but you don't necessarily want to listen to it.



Brian Eno Quotes: "I've had quite a lot of luck with dreams. I've often awoken in the night with a phrase or even a whole song in my head."

I've had quite a lot of luck with dreams. I've often awoken in the night with a phrase or even a whole song in my head.



Brian Eno Quotes: "I often work by avoidance."

I often work by avoidance.



Brian Eno Quotes: "I don't like headphones very much, and I rarely listen to music on headphones."

I don't like headphones very much, and I rarely listen to music on headphones.



Brian Eno Quotes: "Lyrics are the only thing to do with music that haven't been made easier technically."

Lyrics are the only thing to do with music that haven't been made easier technically.



Brian Eno Quotes: "If you had a sign above every studio door saying ‘This Studio is a Musical Instrument’ it would make such a different approach to recording."

If you had a sign above every studio door saying ‘This Studio is a Musical Instrument’ it would make such a different approach to recording.



Brian Eno Quotes: "Whenever you listen to a piece of music, what you are actually doing is hearing the latest sentence in a very long story you’ve been listening to - all the pieces of music you’ve ever heard."

Whenever you listen to a piece of music, what you are actually doing is hearing the latest sentence in a very long story you’ve been listening to - all the pieces of music you’ve ever heard.



Brian Eno Quotes: "I'd love it if American kids were listening to Muslim music."

I'd love it if American kids were listening to Muslim music.



Brian Eno Quotes: "We are increasingly likely to find ourselves in places with background music. No composers have thought to write for these modern spaces, which represent 30% of our musical experience."

We are increasingly likely to find ourselves in places with background music. No composers have thought to write for these modern spaces, which represent 30% of our musical experience.



Brian Eno Quotes: "I would like to see a future where artists think that they have a right to contemplate things like global warming."

I would like to see a future where artists think that they have a right to contemplate things like global warming.



Brian Eno Quotes: "I think we're about ready for a new feeling to enter music. I think that will come from the Arabic world."

I think we're about ready for a new feeling to enter music. I think that will come from the Arabic world.



Brian Eno Quotes: "Every collaboration helps you grow."

Every collaboration helps you grow.



Brian Eno Quotes: "The trouble with New Age music is that there's no evil in it."

The trouble with New Age music is that there's no evil in it.



Brian Eno Quotes: "What matters in modern music is not the part you can write down, the words and the tune, but the rest - the texture, the atmosphere, the references and associations."

What matters in modern music is not the part you can write down, the words and the tune, but the rest - the texture, the atmosphere, the references and associations.



Brian Eno Quotes: "In art, you CAN crash your plane and walk away from it"

In art, you CAN crash your plane and walk away from it



Brian Eno Quotes: "The point about melody and beat and lyric is that they exist to engage you in a very particular way. They want to occupy your attention."

The point about melody and beat and lyric is that they exist to engage you in a very particular way. They want to occupy your attention.



Brian Eno Quotes: "The basis of computer work is predicated on the idea that only the brain makes decisions and only the index finger does the work."

The basis of computer work is predicated on the idea that only the brain makes decisions and only the index finger does the work.



Brian Eno Quotes: "I love good, loud speakers."

I love good, loud speakers.



Brian Eno Quotes: "If you grow up in a very strong religion like Catholicism you certainly cultivate in yourself a certain taste for the intensity of ideas."

If you grow up in a very strong religion like Catholicism you certainly cultivate in yourself a certain taste for the intensity of ideas.



Brian Eno Quotes: "A part of me has become immortal, out of my control."

A part of me has become immortal, out of my control.



Brian Eno Quotes: "The prospect of music being detachable from time and place meant that one could start to think of music as a part of one's furniture."

The prospect of music being detachable from time and place meant that one could start to think of music as a part of one's furniture.



Brian Eno Quotes: "Everybody is entertained to death."

Everybody is entertained to death.



Brian Eno Quotes: "The computer brings out the worst in some people."

The computer brings out the worst in some people.



Brian Eno Quotes: "I believe in singing. I believe in singing together."

I believe in singing. I believe in singing together.



Brian Eno Quotes: "The philosophical idea that there are no more distances, that we are all just one world, that we are all brothers, is such a drag! I like differences."

The philosophical idea that there are no more distances, that we are all just one world, that we are all brothers, is such a drag! I like differences.



Brian Eno Quotes: "Don't be ashamed of your own ideas. Most musicians get applauded for sounding like someone else."

Don't be ashamed of your own ideas. Most musicians get applauded for sounding like someone else.



Brian Eno Quotes: "Good teachers realise that the students are the antenna; they are sensing things that the teachers don't yet sense."

Good teachers realise that the students are the antenna; they are sensing things that the teachers don't yet sense.



Brian Eno Quotes: "I'm struck by the insidious, computer-driven tendency to take things out of the domain of muscular activity and put them into the domain of mental activity."

I'm struck by the insidious, computer-driven tendency to take things out of the domain of muscular activity and put them into the domain of mental activity.



Brian Eno Quotes: "Art is not an object, but a trigger for experience."

Art is not an object, but a trigger for experience.



Brian Eno Quotes: "I hate the way CDs just drone on for bloody hours and you stop caring."

I hate the way CDs just drone on for bloody hours and you stop caring.



Brian Eno Quotes: "If you're in a forest, the quality of the echo is very strange because echoes back off so many surfaces of all those trees that you get this strange, itchy ricochet effect."

If you're in a forest, the quality of the echo is very strange because echoes back off so many surfaces of all those trees that you get this strange, itchy ricochet effect.



Brian Eno Quotes: "I believe in singing."

I believe in singing.