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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.
I see TV as a picture medium rather than a narrative medium.
I'm struck by the insidious, computer-driven tendency to take things out of the domain of muscular activity and put them into the domain of mental activity.
Does one want to make music that draws on one's whole being-physical, intellectual, emotional, aesthetic, spiritual-or only on a small part of it? I've always wanted to include as much as I could.
As soon as I hear a sound, it always suggests a mood to me.
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.
I dreamed of a music without barriers, taking in non-instruments, such as frogs, birdsong and simple noises.
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.
My position in Roxy Music was always halfway between the musical and the theoretical. I was never the sort of person who could sit down at the piano and hammer out a song.
I like the idea of playing live in very unusual circumstances-we're doing one show on the side of Mount Fuji, and possibly a show at the Acropolis and in some caves in Slovakia.
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.
I want the music to be as much as possible a continuous condition of the environment…in the same way as a painting is.
- Brian Eno - talking about his definition of ambient music. From a BBC interview broadcast in January 1986
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