Brian Eno has always been a prolific artist as a pop star and an ambient composer. But 77 Million Paintings, one of Eno’s more recent releases, is his most expansive: a series of almost 300 individual music and lightworks that combine in an infinite array of randomised variations.
But where did the idea for the genre-bridging work come from? Eno himself talks about his inspiration in this mind-bending short film.
77 Million Paintings extends Eno’s ideas about generative music — which uses computer programs to generate sound — into visual art. It’s not a new exhibit, but this video, which was filmed with RGB+D cameras, is really cool. Why? Because the legendary Eno is notoriously reclusive and never talks about his work! To hear what inspires the dynamic piece makes it even more interesting. [Red Bull Music Academy]