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Speaking of Music:
An Interview with Brian Eno (Feb. 26, 1988)

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 125 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

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The legendary perspicacity of composer, artist, and producer Brian Eno was everywhere evident in his February 26, 1988 appearance before a sold out audience at the Palace of Fine Arts Theater, in San Francisco, as part of the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series, hosted by Charles Amirkhanian. This is an extraordinary visit with the Englishman who has been widely influential in the development of post-rock music. Eno discusses his video work, “Latest Flames,” commissioned by the Exploratorium, and his development and influences in music. Treasured insights into the life and work of this remarkable artist include: “Music for Airports” is music to make you not care if you die; his success is due to the fact that his parents never seemed too interested in what he was doing; “primitive art” just means it has a level of complexity of which you are unaware; classical music in Europe is pathetic, “it is like wall to wall carpeting”; and MTV music videos are the result of “absolutely huge budgets and absolutely minute intelligence.” Eno also discuses his work with the Talking Heads, and his admiration for the singer Robert Wyatt, as well as playing a selection of the music that he had listened to as a child.

This was the first of two consecutive appearances at the Exploratorium.

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Duke of Earl [excerpt] (1:03) / Gene Chandler -- Mother-in-Law [excerpt] (1:10) / Ernie K-Doe -- Send Me Some Lovin' [excerpt] (1:36) / Little Richard
Genres:  Modern Art; Popular Music
Subject:  Eno, Brian, 1948-; Art, Modern; Popular music; Video art; Light art ; Ambient music; Doo-wop (Music)
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Eno, Brian, 1948-; Chandler, Gene; K-Doe, Ernie ; Little Richard, 1932-
Recording Date:  2/26/1988
First Broadcast Date:  6/13/1988
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On) [excerpt] (ca. 1980) (1:20) / Talking Heads -- The Great Curve [excerpt] (ca. 1980) (2:22) / Talking Heads -- Experiences No. 2, for solo voice [excerpt] (1948) (1:29) / John Cage -- The Age of Self [excerpt] (ca. 1984) (2:31) / Robert Wyatt -- [unidentified piano and theremin (?) music] (1:42)
Performers:  Talking Heads (Born ; Great)
Robert Wyatt, voice (Experiences ; Age)
Genres:  Modern Art; Popular Music
Subject:  Eno, Brian, 1948-; Wyatt, Robert; Art, Modern; Popular music; Rock music; Music -- Philosophy and aesthetics
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Eno, Brian, 1948-; Cage, John; Wyatt, Robert
Recording Date:  2/26/1988
First Broadcast Date:  6/13/1988
 
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