Brian Eno – British composer, founder of ambient music style
Brian Eno’s full name is Brian Peter George Eno. He was born on 15 May 1948 in a small British town of Woodridge. His Catholic parents sent the boy to study in St. Joseph’s College. Back then, it belonged to the order of Catholic brothers. Eno went on to study in Winchester School of Art, from which he graduated in 1968. Later Brain told reporters that the choice of college turned out to be very useful for his career.
In this school, Brian didn’t just learn how to draw, he was taught new ways to find personal fulfillment. It helped the young man, who was dreaming to become a celebrity. At the time of his studies, Cornelius Cardew visited the school and got Eno interested in non-academic music.
At that time, music experiments were becoming very popular. Musicians were playing around with styles and electronic music elements. Eno’s teachers, who had big hopes for the young and talented musician, tried to tell him to avoid the new genres, which seemed to be lacking prospects at the time. However, Eno didn’t listen. Together with his college friend Anthony Grafton, he created a band Maxwell Demon. The only song, which gained at least some popularity, was “Ellis B. Compton Blues”.
In the 1970’s the musician worked on his solo career. He recorded several albums, including Here Come the Warm Jets, Another Green World, Before and After Science, Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy), Ambient 1: Music for Airports, Discreet Music, and Music for Films. The debut LP Here Come the Warm Jets (1974) climbed to the 26th spot of UK Albums Chart and even made its way into Billboard 200. The artist also worked with other musicians. Brian collaborated with Robert Fripp when he was recording No Pussyfooting, Evening Star, and Air Structures. He helped David Bowie record his album Low in 1977.