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Number of Pages: 144
Vendor: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication Date: 2007
|Dimensions: 6.50 X 4.75 (inches)|
The serene, delicate songs on Another Green World sound practically meditative, but the album itself was an experiment fueled by adrenaline, panic, and pure faith. It was the first Brian Eno album to
be composed almost completely in the confines of a recording studio, over a scant few months in the summer of 1975. The album was a proof of concept for Eno's budding ideas of "the studio as musical
instrument," and a signpost for a bold new way of thinking about music.
In this book, Geeta Dayal unravels Another Green World's abundant mysteries, venturing into its dense thickets of sound. How was an album this cohesive and refined formed in such a seemingly ad hoc way? How were electronics and layers of synthetic treatments used to create an album so redolent of the natural world? How did a deck of cards figure into all of this? Here, through interviews and archival
research, she unearths the strange story of how Another Green World formed the link to Eno's future -- foreshadowing his metamorphosis from unlikely glam rocker to sonic painter and producer.
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.
Eno's use of collaboration, chance, and cybernetics to force creativity makes for a fascinating story....Eno himself apparently loved the book, buying copies for friends. This isn't surprising- an interest in process has been a constant of his work for four decades.
The prose is elegant, the sheer scope of the work impressive, and the meditation on the source of creativity is both well done and light-handed.
As a study of Another Green World it's impressively holistic, hungry to catalogue every possible point of departure for thinking about the record the best short introduction to Eno's work and ethos going
It's as much a philosophy book as a "Behind the Music" breakdown, and an invitation to think creatively about creativity.
Dayal's unique and fresh take, which also delves into Discreet Music, is a must read for Eno fans and makes a great primer for the uninitiated.