Brian Eno: On Land
I’ve been listening to this a lot recently. Eno’s On Land, released in 1982, was the last of his early ambient albums, though he never really abandoned the form that he, if not created, then at least helped to popularise. On Land is just odd enough to stop it becoming audio-wallpaper, suffused with shifts in tone and texture that I visualise as the shadows of clouds moving over an empty windswept beach. In places it sounds like the last echoes of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop before it was shut down, or the music for a version of Dr Who as filmed by Tarkovsky. What element of all this seeps into my paintings I can’t say, but I know it’s in there.