• September 29, 2009
    By webteam

    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.

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