​An Essential Guide to Brian Eno

Source: ​Exclaim.

It’s difficult to imagine what a world without Brian Eno would sound like.

An art school graduate and self-described “non-musician,” Eno conceptualized a new approach to music through dedicated use of tape loops and sampling, smuggling ideas previously offered by the avant-garde into the pop/rock lexicon as a founding member of Roxy Music and early collaborations with King Crimson’s Robert Fripp, eventually breaking free to codify the ambient music genre and presage music created by algorithms and apps with generative music. Along the way, he inspired pioneers like the Bomb Squad and the Orb, and produced important albums for the likes of David Bowie, Devo, the Talking Heads and U2.