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Brian Eno Quotes on Music (8 Quotes)


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  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

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


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

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


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