Brian Eno describes himself as an artistic non-musician. This is kind of ironic because he’s recorded 19 solo albums, along with a number of collaboration albums, and also produced a slew of albums for famous recording artists. Additionally, Eno is credited with the development of the Ambient music genre. In fact his album Ambient 1: Music For Airports was #1 on Pitchfork’s 50 Best Ambient Albums of All Time list. Some argue with the ranking, but it’s clear this is a landmark album for the genre, and Eno can be considered a forefather of ambient.
This music geek’s career started in the 1970’s with Roxy Music. He was only with the band for a short time before embarking on a solo career. Since then he’s collaborated with David Byrne, Robert Fripp, Harmonia, Nico, David Bowie, Genesis, Benmont Tench, John Paul Jones, John Cale, Anna Calvi, and many more. Eno has also produced music for Talking Heads, U2, Devo, James, Depeche Mode, Coldplay, Icehouse, and several others. Add to that Eno’s non-musical collaborations spanning video and photography and you’ve got one immensely creative geek. Now he can add GOTW to his resume.