Two new pieces.

An essay by me on Brian Eno’s 1983 album Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks, for the London Science Museum’s concert gala this week commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing.

Also: an essay by me on Brian Eno and cooking for the inaugural issue of Loops, a cool new music journal to be published biyearly by Faber & Faber. (You’ll have to buy the lush, expansive print edition to read the full piece.)

2 thoughts on “Two new pieces.

  1. Richard Henderson

    I much enjoyed your notes for the Apollo performance and the Loops extract and look forward to reading your installment in Continuum’s 33 1/3 series. A note about the keyboard whose celestial timbres drift across Apollo’s moonscape: it was a Yamaha CS-80, a sizable resident of Dan Lanois’s Grant Avenue studio in Hamilton. The CS-80 was the most fully-featured iteration of Yamaha’s first wave of polyphonic synths, prior to developing their digital FM line of DX machines. The latter, both renowned and feared for its complex programming architecture (to which BE took like a duck to water), could be viewed all the same as slightly devolved when compared to the CS-80. Bulky, covered with primary colored plastic rocker switches and mechanical faders and prone to overheating, the CS-80 was no one’s idea of modernity come the early ’80s. Yet it possessed a number of features – notably polyphonic aftertouch – which did not migrate to subsequent machines. You are obviously someone who does their homework. As such, you doubtless already know that the CS-80 featured on BE’s Before And After Science and his previous record, your chronicle of which I’m dying to read. As Phil Collins noted of those sessions, he got to relax while “Eno was shitting himself, trying to figure out what to play next.” The CS-80’s tactile qualities, inviting intuitive response, surely helped to relieve that tension. Incidentally, Apollo’s CS-80 now lives in the home studio of one-time Eno collaborator Michael Brook, where it serves as a shelf for coffee cups.

    With all due admiration,
    Richard Henderson (author of another forthcoming 33 1/3 title, Song Cycle)

  2. mike

    can’t wait to read these two pieces and even more i can’t wait to see your take on ANOTHER GREEN WORLD… i think music for airports would be my desert island disk – maybe the bang on a can version… as an amateur visual artist, i try to achieve some of the goals of ambient music in my work with generative art using processing.


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