Gary Hustwit Films ‘Eno,’ a Documentary About Legendary Producer and Musician Brian Eno

If you played six degrees of separation with every major art-rock band of the 1960s, 1970s and beyond…David Bowie, Lou Reed, Nico, John Caleand The Velvet Underground, David Byrne and Talking Heads, Iggy Pop and the Stooges, Roxy Music, Devo and much more, all roads lead to Brian Eno, easily one of the most important music producers and experimental musicians of all time who single-handedly started the ambient music movement. Eno also helped U2 and cold game hit their pop peaks in the 90s, 2000s and 2010s, and he is an absolutely imposing figure in music (it’s not for nothing, his first four records recorded between 1974 and 1977 are all masterpieces work of pop art).

Well, it’s way overdue, but Eno is finally getting his own documentary. Acclaimed filmmaker Gary Hustwitt (“Swiss,” “Objective”) announced this week that he had started work on “Eno», the first authorized documentary covering the entire career of the visionary musician, artist and creative intellectual.

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Rich with access to hundreds of hours of never-before-seen footage, unreleased music from Eno’s archive, and visual art, “Eno” will be released in multiple versions and will utilize groundbreaking generative technology in its creation and exhibition. Hustwit’s collaboration with Eno began in 2017, when the musician created an original score for Hustwit”Rams”, about the German designer Dieter Ram. The film is produced by a production company based in Brooklyn movie firstwith worldwide sales handled by Submarine. “Eno” is set to be released in 2023.

Hustwit is no stranger to documentaries about the world of music. He was a producer of critically acclaimed music documentaries like “I’m Trying to Break Your Heart: A Wilco Film” by Sam Jones and “Mavis!” about Mavis Staples directed by filmmaker doc Jessica Edwards.

Here’s a good summary of Eno’s musical career as a producer, musician, “legendary soundscaper” and the man who created the iconic Windows startup sound in 1995.

For the past 50 years Brian Eno has been at the forefront of musical creativity, technology and artistic innovation. The hugely influential British musician, producer, activist, visual artist and “sound landscaper” began his career as an original member of the legendary Roxy Music in the early 1970s. He left the group to release a series of solo records and went on to then pioneered the ambient music genre with his 1978 album Ambient 1: Music for Airports. As a producer, Brian Eno has helped define and reinvent the sound of some of music’s most important artists, including David Bowie, U2, Talking Heads, Coldplay and dozens more. He also composed what is perhaps the most heard piece of music in the world: the Microsoft Windows startup sound. Undeniably, Eno changed the way modern music is made.

Befitting its subject matter, “Eno” will use proprietary generative software developed by Hustwit and digital artist Brendan Dawes to deliver unique viewing experiences through multiple digital formats, cinema screenings and site-specific installations. “You can’t do a conventional bio doc in numbers on Brian Eno,” Hustwit said. “That would be antithetical and a missed opportunity. What I’m trying to do is create a cinematic experience that’s as innovative as Brian’s musical and artistic approach.

“A big part of Brian’s career has been about enabling creativity in himself and others, through his role as a producer but also through his collaborations on projects like the Oblique Strategies maps or the Bloom music app. “, he continued. “I see ENO as an art film about creativity, with the outcome of Brian’s 50-year career as raw material.”

Eno produced some of the most important rock albums of all time, including David Bowie’s Berlin Trilogy, Talking Heads’ 70s afrobeat records, David Byrne’s collaboration My life in the ghost bush, by John Cale Fear, and their 1990 collaboration Wrong wayOf yours Q: Aren’t we men? A: We are Devo!and much more.

Following Edgar Wrightit is Sparks documentary “The Sparks Brothers » and Todd Haynes‘ “Velvet floor“doc, we are currently in the golden age of definitive documentaries on some of the most seminal bands of all time.

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