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Brian Eno Quotes and Sayings

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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

Related topics: Computers

My lyrics are generated by various peculiar processes.
Very random and similar to automatic writing.
- Brian Eno

I wanted to get rid of the element that had been considered essential in pop music:
the voice.
- Brian Eno

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

 

If you watch any good player, they're using different
parts of their body and working with instruments that
respond to those movements.
They're moving in many dimensions at once.
- Brian Eno

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

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

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I take sounds and change them into words.
- Brian Eno

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

I have lived in countries that were coming out of conflict:
Ireland,
South Africa, the Czech republic.
People there are overflowing with energy.
- Brian Eno

I hate the rock music tradition.
I can't bear it!
- Brian Eno

One of the interesting things about having little musical
knowledge is that you generate surprising results sometimes;
you move to places you wouldn't if you knew better.
- Brian Eno

Nearly all the things I do that are of any merit at
all start off just being good fun,
and I think I'm sort of building up to doing something else quite soon.
- Brian Eno

As soon as I hear a sound, it always suggests a mood to me.
- Brian Eno

The reason I don't tour is that I don't know how to front a band.
What would I do? I can't really play anything well
enough to deal with that situation.
- Brian Eno

The lyrics are constructed as empirically as the music.
I don't set out to say anything very important.
- Brian Eno

I have a definite talent for convincing people to try something new.
I am a good salesman.
When I'm on form, I can sell anything.
- Brian Eno

I'm not interested in possible complexities.
I regard song structure as a graph paper.
- Brian Eno

Agressive music can only shock you once.
Afterwards its impact declines.
It's inevitable.
- Brian Eno

When I started making my own records,
I had this idea of drowning out the singer and putting
the rest in the foreground.
It was the background that interested me.
- Brian Eno

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

In the 1960s, people were trying to get away from the pop song format.
Tracks were getting longer, or much,
much shorter.
- Brian Eno

I always use the same guitar; I got this guitar years
and years ago for nine pounds.
It's still got the same strings on it.
- Brian Eno

I've discovered this new electronic technique that
creates new speech out of stuff that's already there.
- Brian Eno

If I had a stock of fabulous sounds I would just always use them.
I wouldn't bother to find new ones.
- Brian Eno

People assume that the meaning of a song is vested in the lyrics.
To me, that has never been the case.
There are very few songs that I can think of where I remember the words.
- Brian Eno

It's not the destination that matters.
It's the change of scene.
- Brian Eno

At the beginning of the 20th century,
the ambition of the great painters was to make paintings that were like music,
which was then considered as the noblest art.
- Brian Eno

Every collaboration helps you grow.
With Bowie, it's different every time.
I know how to create settings, unusual aural environments.
That inspires him.
He's very quick.
- Brian Eno

Most of those melodies are me trying to find out what notes fit,
and then hitting ones that don't fit in a very interesting way.
- Brian Eno

Robert Fripp and I will be recording another LP very soon.
It should be even more monotonous than the first one!
- Brian Eno

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

I thought it was magic to be able to catch something
identically on tape and then be able to play around with it,
run it backwards; I thought that was great for years.
- Brian Eno

I don't live in the past at all; I'm always wanting to do something new.
I make a point of constantly trying to forget and get things out of my mind.
- Brian Eno

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

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

For me it's always contingent on getting a sound-the
sound always suggests what kind of melody it should be.
So it's always sound first and then the line afterwards.
- Brian Eno

I often work by avoidance.
- Brian Eno

Music in itself carries a whole set of messages which are very,
very rich and complex, and the words either serve to
exclude certain ones or point up certain others.
- Brian Eno

I had a lot of trouble with engineers,
because their whole background is learning from a functional point of view,
and then learning how to perform that function.
- Brian Eno

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

I think generally playing live is a crap idea.
So much of stage work is the presentation of personality,
and I've never been interested in that.
- Brian Eno

For the world to be interesting, you have to be manipulating it all the time.
- Brian Eno

If you want to make someone feel emotion,
you have to make them let go.
Listening to something is an act of surrender.
- Brian Eno

I enjoy working with complicated equipment.
A lot of my things started just with a rhythm box,
but I feed it through so many things that what comes
out sounds very complex and rich.
- Brian Eno

I'm very good with technology, I always have been,
and with machines in general.
They seem not threatening like other people find them,
but a source of fun and amusement.
- Brian Eno

I see TV as a picture medium rather than a narrative medium.
- Brian Eno

When I went back to England after a year away,
the country seemed stuck, dozing in a fairy tale,
stifled by the weight of tradition.
- Brian Eno

Musicians are there in front of you,
and the spectators sense their tension,
which is not the case when you're listening to a record.
Your attention is more relaxed.
The emotional aspect is more important in live music.
- Brian Eno

Compassion is the basis of morality.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

Morality is the basis of things
and truth is the substance of all morality.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Mystery creates wonder, and wonder is the basis
of man's desire to understand.
- Neil Armstrong

A man does what he must - in spite of personal consequences,
in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures -
and that is the basis of all human morality.
- John F. Kennedy

All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection.
So I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible.
- William Faulkner

Government is an unnecessary evil.
Human beings, when accustomed to taking responsibility for their own behavior,
can cooperate on a basis of mutual trust and helpfulness.
- Fred Woodworth

My philosophy from day one is that I can sleep better
at night if I can improve an individual's knowledge about food and wine,
and do it on a daily basis.
- Emeril Lagasse

Rationalism is the enemy of art, though necessary as
a basis for architecture.
- Arthur Erickson

Trust should be the basis for all our moral training.
- Robert Baden-Powell

When you have no basis for an argument,
abuse the plaintiff.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Stock market bubbles don't grow out of thin air.
They have a solid basis in reality, but reality as
distorted by a misconception.
- George Soros

On a selfish basis, I really enjoy sports and activity.
- Alan Thicke

We must keep on trying to solve problems,
one by one, stage by stage, if not on the basis of
confidence and cooperation,
at least on that of mutual toleration and self-interest.
- Lester B. Pearson

I did not choose necessarily on the basis of significance.
If you have a vote for the most significant athlete,
then you have Ali, then you have Babe Ruth,
then you have Michael Jordan.
- Dick Schaap

I have always felt the basis of everything in life is sexual,
and I will maintain that to my dying day.
- Frank Langella

Respect for the truth comes close to being the basis for all morality.
- Frank Herbert

Far from being the basis of the good society,
the family, with its narrow privacy and tawdry secrets,
is the source of all our discontents.
- Edmund Leach

Yet our small business owners across the country are
unfairly losing potential interest income on a daily
basis until the Business Checking Freedom Act becomes law.
- Sue Kelly

To make your people understand what righteousness is,
this must be the basis of all your teaching.
- Joseph Barber Lightfoot

In politics shared hatreds are almost always the basis of friendships.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

People should be judged on the basis of their performance,
not nationality, personality, education,
or personal traits and skills.
- Marvin Bower

Interethnic and spiritual accord is our strategic resource,
the basis for progress of our society and state.
- Nursultan Nazarbayev


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