On September 20, Brian Eno held court at Cal State in
Long Beach, there to discuss his latest installation of "77 Million
Paintings," a glowy showcase of randomly generated digital art whose
title is actually a bit modest: left to its own devices, Eno's
art-generating computer program can whip up distinct image combinations
to the tune of 77 million cubed.
Phoenix contributor Gustavo Turner (who recently raved about two Eno re-releases here) attended the artist's lecture, and brought us back a dispatch filled with Eno gold. A few highlights: Eno on his inspiration for Music for Airplanes"I thought it would be nice to make music that sort of said to people, 'Would it really matter if you died?' "Eno, in response to reviewer's criticism that his music has no melody, beat, or story
"Okay, that's quite a success!"
Eno on the impact of religion on his work"I'm sure my early experiences as a Catholic, prior to becoming a militant atheist, have left their mark on me."Eno on vermiculite"Go, touch it!"Read Gustavo Turner's entire run-down after the jump.