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Aurora Musicalis

BRIAN ENO IS BEST KNOWN for his music—he has l3 solo albums and 7 singles to his credit, besides numerous collaborations (with Roxy Music, David Bowie, John Cale, and Daniel LanOis, among others) and over 20 productions of albums for other musicians (including the Talking Heads and U2). He has also written music for films and commercials. Yet Eno, who attended art schools for five years, beginning at age 16, is also a video artist, whose work has encompassed not only videotapes but also 45 audiovisual installations in galleries and public places in Europe, America, and Japan. Until recently, my experience of his work was limited to a few of his records and one 47-minute videotape, Mistaken Memories of Mediaeval Manhattan (1981), which combines views of clouds and roofs, changing in real time, with Eno’s compositions of drifting, chiming sounds—almost melodic, but relying more on atmosphere.

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