Eno Added to Moogfest (And Why Bryan Ferry Thinks We Shouldn't Be Afraid of Him)

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Moogfest is the one festival we don’t want to miss. Only in its second year, the Asheville, NC festival organizers had the imagination and temerity to add legendary former Roxy Music member, U2 producer, and rock’s smartest musician, Brian Eno to their already erudite lineup. In fact, so coveted is his appareance that Moogfest will mark only the third time that Eno’s 77 Million Paintings installation has been shown in the US.

What did they do to convince him that this was the place to unleash it? The quality of the light, naturally. Especilaly since 77 Paintings is a constantly changing sound and image scape that grew out of Eno's exploration of light as an artistic medium and his interest in the aesthetic possibilities of generative software. For the uninitiated, generative music is ever-different and changing and that is created by a system.

The installation will be displayed on a uniquely configured bank of video monitors, projecting discrete and visually beautiful images which actually encourage the viewer to slow down and enter a contemplative state.

Yes, you heard correctly. So you can throw away your Xanax, and park yourself in front of the monitors and get centered before you go out to see the rest of the acts on the bill, including the always artful and equally visually stimulating Flaming Lips, Moby (with a full band), and Tangerine Dream. In fact every single act on this extensive bill that takes place October 28-30 in the adopted home of Bob Moog is of high caliber and potentially conscious-raising, from Chromeo, Suicide performing their first album Suicide, Ghostland Observatory, and M83.

In addition to the 77 Million Paintings installation, Eno will also present one of his legendary and mind-expanding “Illustrated Talks” during the Moogfest 2011 weekend. The 77 Million Paintings exhibition and the “Illustrated Talk” will be separately ticketed events. During the Moogfest 2011 weekend attendance at the 77 Million Paintings exhibition will be restricted to only Moogfest pass holders. VIP pass holders will be admitted free of charge, while weekend pass holders will be admitted at a specially reduced price. 77 Million Paintings will remain on exhibition in Asheville until the end of the November and will be open to the general public beginning November 2.

Recently The Morton Report cornered Eno’s former Roxy Music compatriot Bryan Ferry and grilled him about Eno. Spoiler alert: I did admit to the very elegant and unflappable Ferry that Eno rather scared me. "Oh no! you shouldn’t ‘be afraid of him," countered Ferry. “He can be a very bubbly character sometimes. He likes to talk. You’d find it hard to get a word in edgewise."

Visit Moogfest's official site for a complete listing of bands and ticket sales.

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Jaan Uhelszki was one of the founding editors at Detroit’s legendary Creem magazine. Since that time, her work has appeared in USA Today, Uncut, Rolling Stone, Spin, NME, Relix, and Guitar World. She is the only journalist to have ever performed in full makeup with Kiss. Luckily she only had to put…

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