Sunday, December 31, 2017


ISR Music Magazine

"The Shaman"



A shaman is a specialist, usually a male figure found in hunter-gatherer and some other nomadic and simple agricultural societies.

The 'ideal type' of a shaman is characterized by having experiences of contact with the spirit world, or some other unseen world, in states of altered consciousness.

Shamans have various functions such as healing ('medicine men'), and providing advice, judgement, and understanding ('sages').

Shamans seem to be a clear prototype of the creative person and his role in society.

Shamans are seemingly marked-out from an early age, chosen by their nature for their particular role, and creativity is part of a package of unique personality traits.

Creativity is something like an innate disposition, a way of relating to the world - and not a thing chosen or deliberately adopted.

Thus a person is a shaman, and shamanism is his destiny; this person is "a creative", and creativity is his destiny.

A destiny transcending both form, and utility. In other words a creativity that knows no bounds.

Born in the sign of Taurus with the moon in Leo as; Brian Peter George St. John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno. Eno is a simple man who creates deceptively simple music.

Known internationally as the Grammy-winning producer for U2, David Bowie, Talking Heads, and many others, Eno has earned the title of "GENIUS" due to his innovative and incredible body of work in disparate genres.

His resume includes ambient textural music, progressive rock music, and everything in between.

He is an artist as much as a musician. His music so subtle, moving and engaging that it has been used in the background of more than 100 television programs and movies.

He has never had a music lesson, plays no musical instrument fluently, and does not sing very often.

Yet his gifts in mixed media, art installations, and performance/work have been featured in art galleries all over the world.

Brian Eno was awarded the title ‘Royal Designer for Industry’ (RDI) which is awarded to England's top designers in all disciplines who have achieved ‘sustained design excellence, work of aesthetic value, or significant benefit to society.’

The RDI is the highest accolade for designers in the UK. Eno won for; "Designing with Sound" in 2012.

The record albums he has produced sell well into the tens of millions, including Bowie's most critically acclaimed trilogy, U2's biggest selling CD, and the Talking Heads most iconic song.

A shaman, a mystic, and a guru, Eno has devised revolutionary techniques for record production and the creative process. Oblique Strategies (subtitled Over One Hundred Worthwhile Dilemmas) is a deck of (2.8 in × 3.5 in) printed cards in a black container box. Created by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt, each card offers an aphorism intended to help artists (particularly musicians) break creative blocks by encouraging lateral thinking.

Eno's solo albums as a leader are so artistic that you will return to them again and again, as his music does not provide the same experience every time you listen.

To the contrary, depending upon your mood, or your environment, your reaction to his music will make it seem as if the music itself has dramatically changed from the last time you heard it.

“Stop thinking about art works as objects, and start thinking about them as triggers for experiences.” - Eno

"Artworks are made only as well as how people interact with them — and therefore by what quality of interaction they can inspire." - Eno

"Apollo" is perhaps my favorite of all his works, along side; "Once In A Lifetime" (same as it ever was), which he produced for Talking Heads.

"The Joshua Tree" which he helmed for U2 is one of the world's best-selling albums, with over 25 million copies sold. U2 released a remastered edition of the record in 2007 to commemorate its 20th anniversary. This album won the Grammy for Album of The Year.

By James Clark with Bruce Charlton

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