About Brian Eno
Over the course of his prolific and varied career, legendary British musician and producer Brian Eno played in the iconic glam-rock band Roxy Music, pioneered the genre known as ambient music, and produced albums for Talking Heads, U2, and Coldplay, among others.
• Born in Suffolk, Eno attended art college and played in experimental music troupes before cofounding the glam-rock band Roxy Music in 1971.
• Eno played synths on the first two Roxy albums—1972’s Roxy Music and 1973’s For Your Pleasure—before leaving the group over creative differences.
• Beginning with 1974’s Here Come the Warm Jets, Eno released a string of art-rock solo albums. In the latter half of the decade, he came to embrace ambient music, as heard on 1975’s Discreet Music and 1978’s Music for Films.
• Turning to production, Eno worked with NYC art-rockers Talking Heads on a trio of acclaimed albums: 1978’s More Songs About Buildings and Food, 1979’s Fear of Music, and 1980’s Remain In Light.
• He teamed up with Talking Heads frontman David Byrne on the 1981 album My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, groundbreaking for its use of samples and found sounds.
• Although he did not earn production credits, he played a key role in crafting the three albums that make up David Bowie’s “Berlin trilogy”: Low (1977), ”Heroes(1977), and Lodger (1979).
• Eno has production credits on more than a half dozen U2 albums, including The Unforgettable Fire (1984), The Joshua Tree (1987), Achtung Baby (1991), and All That You Can’t Leave Behind (2000).
• He’s responsible for the six-second startup sound that accompanied the Windows 95 operating system.
• Another band closely associated with Eno is Coldplay. He coproduced their albums Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (2008) and Mylo Xyloto (2011).
• His 2017 album Reflection was available in a “generative” app format offering listeners an “endlessly changing” version of the music.
HOMETOWNWoodbridge, Suffolk, England
BORNMay 15, 1948