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Brian Eno Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Brian Eno.

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

I often work by avoidance.
- Brian Eno

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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'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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The beauty does not live out there;
the beauty's in my eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.
If we did not sometimes taste of adversity,
prosperity would not be so welcome.
- Anne Bradstreet

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
- Marianne Williamson

One can not reflect in streaming water.
Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
- Lao Tzu

I do not need anyone's permission to be my true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Everything is a miracle,
not just the beautiful and lovely things.
- Anonymous

Do not let Sunday be taken from you.
If your soul has no Sunday, it becomes an orphan.
- Albert Schweitzer

The possession of knowledge does not
kill the sense of wonder and mystery.
There is always more mystery.
- Anais Nin

The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.
- Oscar Wilde

Sometimes we need the fog to remind ourselves
that all of life is not black and white.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The mind is not a vessel to be filled
but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.
I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty,
believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
- Louisa May Alcott

I am not afraid of storms
for I am learning how to sail my ship.
- Louisa May Alcott

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle,
and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases by being shared.
- The Buddha

Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek,
but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Self-respect is not a function of size, age, or wealth.
Breathe deep, sing loud and sweet,
"I am me, I am unique, I am magnificent."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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