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On Roxy Music’s first two albums Eno helped make synthesizers and tape effects part of a rock lineup, pricking the ears of future synth-pop creators such as Human League.

Electronic music didn’t start with Eno, but it was certainly never the same after him.
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As a solo artist, he forged a new genre, which he dubbed ambient music, before effectively becoming a one-man genre himself, lending touches to Genesis (where he’s credited with “Enossification”), John Cale, and Bowie during his golden Berlin period. There wasn’t much in the way of experimental ’70s music that wasn’t made a little odder by Eno’s touch. But that touch could also be a multiplatinum one, as he showed as a producer for U2 in the mid-’80s and Coldplay 20 years later.
In the ’90s he created perhaps the most widely heard music of all: the six-second start-up sound for Microsoft’s Windows 95 operating system. Typically mischievous, he later let it be known that he’d created it on a Mac.

In his lecture at the Red Bull Music Academy New York City 2013, Eno shared insights from his four decades of work in the music industry and exploration of the creative process.

TOPICS:
3:43 – Music Therapy
9:00 – Surrendering
14:56 – Scenius
25:39 – Limitations
33:06 – Fear of pop
39:13 – Film soundtracks

MUSIC:
7:00 – Excerpt from art and sound installation at Hove
Hospital, Brighton
30:42 – Sebastian Rochford & Brian Eno – “Dream Nails”
31:24 – James Blake (feat. Brian Eno) – “Digital Lion”
33:03 – Coldplay (feat. Brian Eno) – “Up with the Birds”

42:21 – Brian Eno – Top Boy soundtrack excerpt

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