Brian Eno Quotes

Who is Brian Eno?

Brian Peter George St. John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno, RDI is an English musician and producer.

Brian Eno is known for his work with the band Roxy Music and for his experimental instrumental music called "ambient", starting with the pivotal record 'Music for Airports'.

Born May 15, 1948

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Best 36 Quotes by Brian Eno | Page 1 of 2

“American television really is pathetic.”

“Attention is what creates value. Artworks are made as well by how people interact with them - and therefore by what quality of interaction they can inspire.”

“Be the first to not do what nobody has ever thought of not doing before.”

“Culture is everything you don't have to do.”

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

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

“For the world to be interesting, you have to be manipulating it all the time.”

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“I can't duplicate my own successes, because part of the creation of that effect is making something happen that you didn't expect.”

“I'd rather hold one note for an hour and modulate it so that it means something than play 3,000 notes in 15 seconds.”

“Ideas reflect the moment, and so you have to use them. If you store ideas, they wither.”

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

“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.”

“In art, you can crash your plane and walk away from it.”

“It's amazing how quickly people get used to bad quality.”

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“It's not the destination that matters. It's the change of scene.”

“Law is always better than war.”

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“There are cases in which a film can stand on its own without music, but if music is used, it's better for it to touch the soul and create emotions that the rest of the film cannot do. Music should continue emotions where words finish. Unfortunately most films are flooded with music, due to mediocre scripts and to producers' and directors' lack of talent.”


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

“My interest in making music has been to create something that does not exist that I would like to listen to. I wanted to hear music that had not yet happened, by putting together things that suggested a new thing which did not yet exist.”

“One of the great breakthroughs of evolution theory is that you start with simple things and they will grow into complexity.”

“People tend to play in their comfort zone, so the best things are achieved in a state of surprise, actually.”

“Pop is totally results-oriented and there is a very strong feedback loop.”

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

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

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

“The computer brings out the worst in some people.”

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

“The great benefit of computer sequencers is that they remove the issue of skill, and replace it with the issue of judgement.”

“The point about working is not to produce great stuff all the time, but to remain ready for when you can.”

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“The problem with computers is that there is not enough Africa in them.”

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

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“Communism doesn't work because people like to own stuff.”


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