Brian Eno: Oblique Music - edited by Sean Albiez & David Pattie

posted 27 Apr 2016, 13:39 by Sean Albiez

Out 11th August 2016 on Bloomsbury

On the back of his published diary Brian Eno describes himself variously as: a mammal, a father, an artist, a celebrity, a pragmatist, a computer-user, an interviewee, and a 'drifting clarifier'. To this list we might add rock star (on the first two Roxy Music albums); the creator of lastingly influential music (Another Green World; Music for Airports); a trusted producer (for Talking Heads, U2, Coldplay and a host of other artists); the maker of large-scale video and installation artworks; a maker of apps and interactive software; and so on. He is one of the most feted and influential musical figures of the past forty years, even though he has described himself on more than one occasion as a non-musician.This volume examines Eno's work as a musician, as a theoretician, as a collaborator, and as a producer. Brian Eno is one of the most influential figures in popular music; an updated examination of his work on this scale is long overdue. 

“As producer, musician, theorist, facilitator and more, Brian Eno has left significant traces across popular culture since the 1970s and this wide-ranging volume skilfully brings to light both well-known and more obscure aspects of his work and legacy.”
Alexei Monroe, Cultural theorist and author of 'Interrogation Machine: Laibach & NSK' (MIT Press)

“Few figures in the history of modern music stand up to the kind of wide-ranging, detailed and careful treatment meted out in this brilliant collection. Eno's expansive repertoire – from glam rock icon to avant-garde composer - constitutes the fertile grounds for what is a learned and lively intervention. Destined to be a benchmark collection for anyone interested in process-oriented creativity and experimental musicianship, the collection shines a light on Eno's dynamic craftsmanship. It fills a crucial gap in the field, bestowing on the reader a unique insight into Eno the polymath, singer, collaborator, composer, avant-gardiste, intellectual and self-defined “non-musician”. A richly-informed, lucidly written and rigorously compiled collection that provides new insights with every turn of the page.”
Nick Prior, Senior Lecturer and Head of Sociology, University of Edinburgh

ELECTRI_CITY Conference: Electronic Music from Düsseldorf 2015

posted 29 Oct 2015, 11:21 by Sean Albiez   [ updated 2 Nov 2015, 08:47 ]

With a little help from David Pattie and Skype, I contributed to the ELECTRI_CITY conference in Düsseldorf today - a very strange experience as I was unable to see the audience at all, and was sat in an empty lecture room in Southampton with a light system that turned off every 10 minutes! However, it was strangely enjoyable. I think I managed to make the points I aimed to make, drawing from my previous work on West German electronic music, but am a little envious of David who will now be able to schmooze with the other participants and musicians!  

The Black Book - Richard Rouska

posted 15 Mar 2014, 07:05 by Sean Albiez   [ updated 4 Jun 2015, 04:57 ]

My old friend and musical compadre Richard Rouska has just published this book. It's an autobiography, a history of Leeds alternative music and publishing, and a cautionary tale concerning the rise and fall of Rouska Records. It also covers the two related musical projects that I worked on with Richard - Well Martin, This is Different and WMTID. I appear in it here and there ...

If you are interested in the post-punk period and its musical and political fallout, fanzine culture in the 1980s, Leeds and Yorkshire bands in this period and record industry shenanigans, this could be the book for you. 


posted 1 May 2013, 13:55 by Sean Albiez   [ updated 14 May 2013, 14:54 ]

I recently gave a presentation - 'Curating Hauntology' - as part of the Timecode: 20 Years On Hauntology symposium at the Bradford International Film Festival. I explored issues in locating the 'past inside the present' through reflections on the Hauntology 'online archive' I've been putting together over the last 18 months or so.

A Man Cuts Down a Tree and it has Consequences

posted 18 Jan 2013, 00:45 by Sean Albiez


The short film A Man Cuts Down a Tree and it has Consequences made by Meat Bingo - and that I contributed an amount of 'sonic manipulation' to - has been made available online after recently featuring at the London Short Film Festival

POP SOUNDS: Klangtexturen in der Pop- und Rockmusik

posted 24 Sep 2012, 11:53 by Sean Albiez   [ updated 24 Sep 2012, 12:03 ]

The 2003 German and English language book POP SOUNDS: Klangtexturen in der Pop- und Rockmusik that I contributed a chapter to is now available for free here

Print the Truth, Not the Legend: Sex Pistols, Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester, 4th June 1976

posted 4 Mar 2012, 14:58 by Sean Albiez   [ updated 5 Mar 2012, 11:54 ]

I have just uploaded a revised version of my study of the legendary 4th June 1976 Sex Pistols gig at Manchester's Lesser Free Trade Hall. I wrote the first version in late 2003 [it was published by Ashgate in 2006]. Since I wrote this new information has come to light, and I have also unearthed a few more details that I felt necessary to add to correct and develop the piece. If I come up with more material I'll add further updates. 

obe:lus - Landslide video

posted 4 Mar 2012, 03:49 by Sean Albiez   [ updated 4 Mar 2012, 03:53 ]

OraMIX competition

posted 1 Mar 2012, 04:11 by Sean Albiez   [ updated 7 Mar 2012, 11:05 ]

I got third place in the Science Museum OraMIX competition! Great comments from Brian Eno & DJ Spooky - very pleased!

New obe:lus album released by Pocket Fields

posted 24 Feb 2012, 11:13 by Sean Albiez   [ updated 4 Jun 2015, 05:01 ]

Pocket Fields have just released an album of some of my glitch-ambient-piano music

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