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Roger And Brian Eno Announce First Joint Album 'Mixing Colours'

Friday, 24 January 2020 Written by Helen Payne

Roger and Brian Eno have announced an album together.

‘Mixing Colours’ is due for release on March 20 via Deutsche Grammophon. The record will explore the immersive nature of sound, its colours, textures and history over 18 tracks, with the two artists drawing inspiration from their years of experience as composers, performers and producers.

“We weren’t directing this towards an end result – it was like a back-and-forth conversation we were having over a 15-year period,” Roger commented. “I’d wake up, go straight upstairs, put my equipment on and improvise, then I sent things to Brian that I thought he might be interested in. The idea for a full album emerged as the number of pieces kept increasing and the results kept being interesting. It’s something that neither of us could have arrived at alone”.

Meanwhile, Brian discussed the LP’s instrumentation:

 “With classical instruments the clarinet represents a little island of sound, the viola another, and the grand piano yet another. Each instrument is a finite set of sonic possibilities, one island in the limitless ocean of all the possible sounds that you could make. What’s happened with electronics is that all the spaces in between those islands are being explored, yielding new sounds that have never previously existed. It has been a huge pleasure for me to explore that ocean with Roger’s unique compositions.”

The first taste of the album comes in the form of Celeste, a soft, electric piano-based track that builds tension with minor seventh chords and an unresolved conclusion.



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