22 Eno

Brian Eno is a legendary producer in the brief history of recorded music, and he doesn't even know how to read or write music as he confesses in his article. Given that fact, it's strange he's also regarded as a legendary composer as well. However, Eno's compositional tools are obviously much different than that of a classical composer. His tools are the ones created and manipulated inside a studio/recording environment where anything can be used to create, morph, distort, or cut a sound. I found his article very interesting, he started out giving a brief history of recorded music beginning with the first recordings when the transition between viewing music as a transient artform to a persistent one began. Eno describes this as "The effect of recording is it takes music out of the time dimension and puts it in the space dimension." Another idea that really interested me that Eno presented was the difference between classical and studio composition. In classical composition there is a "transmission loss" between the composer, conducter, and musicians. In the studio, the composer records directly what he intends for repeated listening and scrutiny. I think that preparing material that will stand up to multiple listenings is quite a different task than creating a piece for a single performance. Eno says, and I agree, that they both are different skill sets with their own benefits and limitations.

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