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Jim Tones
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Re: Arena Eno Documentary.
Jan 23, 2010, 14:16
Monolith Cocktail wrote:
Jim Tones wrote:
mojojojo wrote:
Got it taped. Was it good? I alarmingly briefly saw him talking about Andrea Corr.

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I really enjoyed it, but like most of these Arena/bbc 4 docs, they could be 2 hours and feature more about the way they work etc.
I especially liked hearing about his childhood and the influence of his grandfather.
Eno could talked about cooking breakfast and I'd hang on to every word, such is the power of an old teen hero =8-/

In case anyone missed it, it's on bbc iPlayer now...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00q9xqk/Arena_Brian_Eno_Another_Green_World/



It wasn't a bad show and yes Brian has a certain tone that always sounds interesting, though there was a lot of gimmicks especially the iPhone product placement!

Would have been good to get more details on his working practice instead of arty drawn out shots of his Apple computer!

Also made him out to have invented far more then he actually did and skimmed over his time spent with Cluster. For my money Holgar Czukay and Irmin Schmidt were far more influential and pushed the envelope further.

Must say could have done without U2 and Coldplay - which after all were just done for the money lets be honest.

My mum met him once when he was staying at a hotel she worked in as a cleaner, he was really nice and gave her a signed CD to pass on to me, which I thought was nice.

Dom V - Monolith Cocktail


Yeah that iPhone plug was a bit crafty!
It was inevitable that U2 and Coldplay would feature, although it wasn't too much of them at all really.

As I said, another hour of his studio techniques and recording, more archive footage and photos etc. -would have been good.
In all fairness, he did say that he wasn't the only (or the first) person executing certain ideas and I'm surprised that more than anyone, Terry Riley wasn't mentioned at all, let alone his Tape Loop techniques.

There are indeed a good handful of people, that you could say were more influential, but I think Eno was in a great position after enduring success in a 'pop' setting in the early 70s, that could bring various ideas out to a wider and younger audience.

Maybe Dieter Mobius was watching it and being a bit more vocally envious of Eno's success than on that recent 'Krautrock' documentary!

;-)
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