Brian Eno

  • Aired:  11/10/11
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Brian Eno explains why he walked away from rock superstardom in the 70s and discusses his generative video art project, "77 Million Paintings." (6:27)

>> WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS A

LEGENDARY MUSICIAN PRODUCER

ARTIST WHOSE WORK WITH COLD

PLAY, DIRD BYRNE AND

DEFINITEO.

HEY, SO HAVE I.

PLEASE WELCOME BRIAN ENO.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

HEY, MR. ENO THANK YOU SO

MUCH FOR COMING ON.

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>> NOW SIR YOU ARE A

LEGENDARY ARTIST MUSICIAN,

PRODUCER, BACK IN THE 70s

YOU WERE IN ROCKSIE MUSIC

BUT YOU TURNED YOUR BACK ON

ROCK SUPERSTARDOM, RIGHT.

>> YES.

>> DID YOU NOT.

>> YES, I DID.

>> WHY WOULD YOU WALK AWAY.

>> FROM ROCK SUPERSTARDOM,

HOT AND COLD RUNNING WOMEN.

WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?

>> FUNLY ENOUGH THAT DIDN'T

STOP WHEN I WALKED AWAY.

(LAUGHTER)

>> REALLY?

THIS WILL BE AN INTERESTING

INTERVIEW.

>> NO, WHAT HAPPENED IS THAT

ONE NIGHT WE WERE PLAYING

SOME WHERE.

I HAD A BUFF TIME IN ROXY

MUSIC BY THE WAY.

BUT ONE NIGHT WE WERE

PLAYING AND I WAS SINGING.

I USED TO DO BACKING VOCALS

AS WELL AS PLAYING

SYNTHESIZER AND I FOUND

MYSELF THINKING ABOUT MY

LAUNDRY.

>> IN A CONCERT YOU WERE

THINKING ABOUT YOUR LAUNDRY.

>> YES.

>> THAT'S GREAT LAUNDRY.

(LAUGHTER)

>> AN I THOUGHT MAYBE I'M

NOT IN THE RIGHT JOB HERE.

AND SO YOU WENT ON TO DO

PRODUCE SO MANY OTHER PEOPLE,

RIGHT NOW YOU'RE NOT ONLY

PRODUCING MUSIC BUT YOU'RE

BACK TO DOING VISUAL ART AND

ONE OF THE PROJECTS THAT YOU

HAVE GOT ONGOING VISUAL ART

PROJECT.

IT'S CALLED 77 MILLION

PAINTINGS.

>> YEAH.

>> OKAY.

LET'S SHOW AN EXAMPLE OF

WHAT THIS IS.

OKAY, THAT IS IT, THAT IS A

BUNCH OF DIFFERENT VIDEO

SCREENS, CORRECT.

>> YES, SO THAT'S ABOUT 18

FEET HIGH, THAT.

>> OKAY.

>> THE WHOLE THING.

AND WHAT HAPPENS IS THAT

THOSE SCREENS CHANGE VERY

SLOWLY BUT ALL THE TIME AND

THEY NEVER REPEAT, ACTUALLY.

SO YOU WILL NEVER SEE THE

SAME THING TWICE ON THEM.

>> EVEN, WHAT IF YOU WAITED

A LONG TIME.

>> WELL, IF YOU WAIT-- 77

MILLION PAINTINGS, HOW LONG

WOULD THAT TAKE.

>> THAT'S PER SCREEN SO IF

YOU WAITED ABOUT 400 MILLION

YEARS YOU MIGHT SEE THE

COMPLETE REPERTOIRE.

>> OKAY.

>> BUS IT'S NOT GUARANTEED.

>> SO IT'S LIKE THE ULTIMATE

SCREENSAVER.

>> YES.

>> AT ANY POINT DO FLYING

TOASTERS COME ACROSS OR

ANYTHING LIKE THAT.

>> NOT YET.

>> WHY DO YOU LIKE THINGS

THAT TAKE A LONG TIME.

BECAUSE ARE YOU ALSO PART OF

A LONG NOW PROJECT.

>> YES.

>> WHICH IS A CHIME, RIGHT.

HOW LONG, IT'S A CLOCK,

RIGHT.

>> IT'S A CLOCK, A 10,000

YEAR CLOCK WHICH WE'RE

CURRENTLY BEING ONE

IN-- BUILDING ONE IN TEXAS.

I WENT TO SEE IT LAST WEEK,

ACTUALLY.

AND I SUPPOSE THE IDEA IS TO

TRY TO MAKE SOMETHING THAT

MAKES PEOPLE THINK IN THE

VERY LONG TERM.

>> SO IT'S A CLOCK, IT'S

GOING TO RUN FOR 10,000

YEARS.

>> YES.

>> AND THAT'S A LOT OF

DURACELLS, HOW ARE YOU GOING

TO RUN IT FOR 10,000 --

>> IT'S A BIG CLOCK.

IT'S ABOUT 500 FEET HIGH.

WE BUILT THE FIRST PART OF

THE SHAFT IN A MOUNTAIN IN

TEXAS AND WE'VE GOT ANOTHER

MOUNTAIN IN NEVADA TO BUILD

THE SECOND.

>> DOES IT HAVE AN ALARM.

>> IT HAS A CHIME.

>> IT HAS A CHIME.

>> YEAH.

>> DID YOU WRITE THE CHIME.

>> YEAH.

>> CAN YOU SING IT FOR US.

>> NOT REALLY.

>> REALLY?

YOU DO A LOT OF CHIMES.

YOU'RE BIG IN THE CHIME

WORLD.

YOU COULD DO WINDOW'S 95

CHIMES.

>> I'M REALLY INTO CHIMES.

>> LITTLE SNIPPETS, DID YOU

DO THAT BY MENEN S THAT YOU?

>> NOT THAT ONE.

WINDOWS 95, IT WOULD BE HARD

TO REMEMBER IT TO YOU

BECAUSE I MADE 83 DIFFERENT

VERSIONS OF IT.

AND I CAN'T REMEMBER WHICH

FINALLY GOT USED.

BUT IT WAS MY MOST POPULAR

PIECE OF MUSIC EVER.

(LAUGHTER)

>> YOU DO THINGS WITH ART.

YOU PUT ART IN PLACES THAT

THEY WOULDN'T ORDINARILY GO.

LIKE YOU GOT THE IDEA,

WALKING THROUGH AN AIRPORT,

HOW DOES THAT HAPPEN.

>> ACTUALLY I WAS SITTING IN

A LOVELY AIRPORT IN COLEOGNE

A NEW AIRPORT, EVERYTHING

WAS BEAUTIFUL, IT WAS A

LOVELY SUNNY MORNING, BUT

THE MUSIC WAS TERRIBLE.

SOMEBODY HAD PUT IN A MIX

TAPE OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

IT JUST DIDN'T FIT WITH THIS

WONDERFUL AIRPORT.

AND I STARTED THINKING WELL,

WHAT KIND OF MUSIC OUGHT TO

BE IN AN AIRPORT.

WHAT SHOULD WE BE HEARING

HERE.

AND I THOUGHT MOST OF ALL

YOU WANTED MUSIC THAT DIDN'T

TRY TO PRETEND THAT YOU

WEREN'T GOING TO DIE ON THE

PLANE.

I MEAN LET'S FACE FACTS.

>> ALL RIGHT.

I FACED THOSE LONG AGO.

>> NOW YOU TRY TO PUT ART IN

PLACES YOU SAY THAT ARE

VACANT OR PLACES WHERE THERE

ISN'T PRESENTLY ART.

>> YES, IN PLACES WHERE

PEOPLE SEEM TO BE LEAVING A

HOLE.

>> BUT IN AMERICA THERE ARE

NO EMPTY PLACES ANY MORE.

>> THAT'S VERY TRUE.

>> IT'S ALL F WE'RE NOT

THERE, IT'S FILLED WITH

ADVERTISEMENTS FOR US TO

SEE.

>> THERE IS A MOUNTAIN IN

TEXAS WE FOUND A HOLE.

>> YOU ACTUALLY HAD TO

BUREAU INTO THE EARTH TO

FIND SOMEPLACE WHERE THERE

WASN'T AN AD ALREADY?

>> AND THE MOLEMEN WERE DOWN

THERE AND THEY SAID DRINK

SPRITE.

(LAUGHTER)

>> YOU SAY THAT SINGING CAN

KEEP YOU YOUNG AND SEXY.

>> UH-HUH.

>> CAN THAT WORK FOR ANYONE?

>> LOOK AT ME?

(LAUGHTER)

>> CAN I USE THAT.

>> I THINK SINGING IS REALLY

GOOD FOR YOU.

>> DO YOU HAVE A

RECOMMENDATION OF ANY SONGS.

>> DO YOU KNOW LEAN ON ME,

THAT SONG.

>> BILL WITHERS I KNOW THAT

SONG.

>> YEAH, THAT'S A VERY GOOD

SONG.

WE OFTEN-- I HAVE AN A

CAPELLA SING GROUP THAT

MEETS AT MY STUDIO EVERY

TUESDAY EVENING.

A COMPLETE LEER ASSORTED

BUNCH OF PEOPLE, VERY FEW

WHOM ARE MUSICIANS.

MOST ARE LAWYERS OR

TELEVISION PERSONALITIES.

>> SOUND LIKE WONDERFUL

PEOPLE.

>> WONDERFUL.

>> PLEASE COME BACK AND

WE'LL SING A SONG TOGETHER.

>> OKAY.

>> ALL RIGHT, BRIAN ENO,

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

>> THANK YOU.

>> BRIAN ENO.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

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