In this interview from 2009, Zan Rowe speaks with Brian Eno about songs/artists associated with with the Luminous Festival. Some of the points that stood out were his idea of listening as the act of connecting:
When I am listening to someone’s work, I think ‘that is a little bit like’ or ‘there is something in here that might be enriched by hearing some else’s music’
The importance of having strong views:
That’s quite good doesn’t help anyone … if you take a strong position other people can orientate themselves around it. They can see what they feel in relation to your position … Having strong opinions forces others to take positions as well.
Talking about Jon Hopkins, Eno questions how many people are actually synthesiser players.
Most synthesisier players are keyboard players with a few sounds
For me someone like Chris Beckstrom represents this difference.
Eno also wonders about the difference between recorded and performed music.
I often think that recorded music should have a different name. We do not think of cinema as theatre … Music form is different to what composers did centuries ago.