Brian Eno's Another Green World

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A&C Black, Nov 1, 2009 - Music - 112 pages

The serene, delicate songs on Another Green World sound practicallymeditative, but the album itself was an experiment fueled byadrenaline, panic, and pure faith. It was the first Brian Eno album tobe composed almost completely in the confines of a recording studio, over a scant few months in the summer of 1975. The album was a proofof concept for Eno's budding ideas of "the studio as musicalinstrument," and a signpost for a bold new way of thinking aboutmusic.In this book, Geeta Dayal unravels Another Green World's abundantmysteries, venturing into its dense thickets of sound. How was analbum this cohesive and refined formed in such a seemingly ad hoc way?How were electronics and layers of synthetic treatments used to createan album so redolent of the natural world? How did a deck of cardsfigure into all of this? Here, through interviews and archivalresearch, she unearths the strange story of how Another Green Worldformed the link to Eno's future -- foreshadowing his metamorphosisfrom unlikely glam rocker to sonic painter and producer.>


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This is an OK book about a great album. The book is only partially about Brian Eno's album Another Green World. Some songs get barely a sentence of direct comment. There's a whole chapter about an ... Read full review


1 Into the impossible
2 Trust in the you of now
3 Turn it upside down
4 Courage
5 Abandon normal instruments
6 Discover the recipes you are using and abandon them
7 Ask people to work against their better judgment
8 Define an area as safe and use it as an anchor Dont be frightened of clichés
9 Honor thy error as a hidden intention
10 Remember those quiet evenings The tape is now the music Gardening not architecture
11 Remove specifics and convert to ambiguities
12 Is it finished?

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Geeta Dayal's writing on music, visual art, and science has appeared in many major publications, including Bookforum, The Wire, The New York Times, The International Herald-Tribune, and The Village Voice. She is currently at work on a second book on the history of electronic music. She lives in Boston.

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