Born: 1948-05-15 (71 years old)
Brian Eno is an English musician, composer, record producer, singer, and visual artist, known as one of the principal innovators ofÂ ambient music.
Eno was a student ofÂ Roy AscottÂ on hisÂ GroundcourseÂ atÂ IpswichÂ Civic College. Then he studied atÂ Colchester InstituteÂ art schoolÂ in Essex, England, taking inspiration fromÂ minimalistÂ painting. Â Â He joined the bandÂ Roxy MusicÂ as synthesiser player in the early 1970s. Roxy Music's success in theÂ glam rockÂ scene came quickly, but Eno soon tired of touring and of conflicts with lead singerÂ Bryan Ferry.Â Eno's solo music has explored moreÂ experimental musicalÂ styles and ambient music. It has also been extremely influential, pioneering ambient andÂ generative music, innovating production techniques, and emphasising "theory over practice".
Eno pursues multimedia ventures in parallel to his music career, includingÂ art installations, a newspaper column inÂ The Observer, a regular column on society and innovation inÂ ProspectÂ magazine, and "Oblique Strategies" (written withÂ Peter Schmidt), a deck of cards in which cryptic remarks or random insights are intended to resolve dilemmas.