Brian Eno's 'Another Green World' (33 1/3 Series)

Narrated by: Jennifer Van Dyck
Length: 2 hrs and 37 mins
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The serene, delicate songs on Another Green World sound practically meditative, but the album itself was an experiment fueled by adrenaline, panic, and pure faith. It was the first Brian Eno album to be composed almost completely in the confines of a recording studio, over a scant few months in the summer of 1975. The album was a proof of concept for Eno's budding ideas of "the studio as musical instrument", and a signpost for a bold new way of thinking about music.

In this book, Geeta Dayal unravels Another Green World's abundant mysteries, venturing into its dense thickets of sound. How was an album this cohesive and refined formed in such a seemingly ad hoc way? How were electronics and layers of synthetic treatments used to create an album so redolent of the natural world? How did a deck of cards figure into all of this? Here, through interviews and archival research, she unearths the strange story of how Another Green World formed the link to Eno's future - foreshadowing his metamorphosis from unlikely glam rocker to sonic painter and producer.

©2009 Bruce Dayal (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Dayal's lucid, elegant deconstruction of Brian Eno's most beguiling album is also an inspiring, delightful inquiry into the nature of creativity and constraint. Anyone interested in art making needs to read this." (Ed Park, author of Personal Days)
"...the best short introduction to Eno's work and ethos going."( The Wire)

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Horrible Narration

All I am going to comment on here is the narration, which I find intolerable. The woman makes every sentence sound like a pompous, self righteous sneer.

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the narration seems a bit robotic

this book is about a fairly obscure record by a fairly obscure artist. it's fitting

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Better than I expected

It was a really interesting exploration of process via the lens of a few specific products.

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Recommended for Any Artist or Musician

If you could sum up Brian Eno's 'Another Green World' (33 1/3 Series) in three words, what would they be?

Fun, Creative, Experimental

What did you like best about this story?

I loved this! It was interesting to get a glimpse into Brian Enos creative process. He has a unique way of making it more about the journey rather than the result. This is packed with useful ideas of breaking writer's block, and learning how to have fun with the creative process rather than getting frustrated and giving up because of pre-ordained expectations. It will open your mind to new creative possibilities no matter what artistic medium you are using.

What about Jennifer Van Dyck’s performance did you like?

I like how Jennifer Van Dyck embraces Brian Enos creative process for writing this very book.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes

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  • 06-01-20

A distinct lack of insight

This book was an absolute travesty and distortion from a US perspective on what is a distinctly 'English' album by Eno. I have lived with this album since its release in the seventies and this book fails to provide any true insight into the album. At one point, for example, the writer comments on the unusual instruments played by the musicians. In the case of Fripp she references his 'Wimborne' guitar. Obviously, she failed to realise the fact that this was a humorous reference to the town from which Fripp originates. Then early on in the book we are meant to be impressed by the writer's use of the Oblique Strategies cards when writing this book which seemed to be completely not needed in this context. It was as if the writer was saying, if I am writing a book about Eno then I will use his tools. All very superficial which seemed to miss the point of Eno's masterpiece. This book need not have been written as the music survives independently of its pretentious process focused two hours plus of empty words. Which brings me to the narrator..
I think we had better not go there as her irritatingly robotic tones left me dazed and confused. Not a good experience.