Ambient pioneer Brian Eno and his composer-brother Roger Eno will celebrate the release of their new album Mixing Colours with an exclusive midnight session on YouTube and Facebook at 12:00am CET/4:00pm PT today.
The result of a 15-year collaboration, Mixing Colours explores the nature of sound, its colours and textures and the subtle variety of moods they inspire.
The seed for the duo’s first collaborative album evolved from individual pieces that Roger began recording in late 2005. He then shared these recordings with his brother Brian, who then manipulated them, matching moods to particular sounds. This long-distance exchange then developed into a cohesive body of work.
“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,” recalls Roger in a press statement. “The idea for a full album emerged as the number of pieces continued to increase. It’s something that neither of us could have arrived at alone.”
The titles of all but one of the finished project’s eighteen tracks are associated with colours, from ‘Celeste’ to ‘Desert Sand’, ‘Obsidian’ to ‘Cerulean Blue’, that each evoke a different set of emotions and feelings.
The music is accompanied by a series of short films made by Brian Eno in partnership with long-time collaborator, Peter Chilvers.
Ahead of the album’s release on 20 March via Deutsche Grammophon, a number of short films have been previously shared including for ‘Celeste’ on 7 February, followed by ‘Blonde’ and ‘Slow Movement: Sand’ on 14 February and 13 March respectively. Other titles are scheduled for release in the coming months.
While Mixing Colours marks the first sole collaboration between the duo, the brothers have worked on numerous projects together over the years including the soundtrack to Al Reinert’s documentary feature about NASA’s Apollo programme, For All Mankind (1983), with producer, musician and songwriter Daniel Lanois, along with contributing to soundtracks for David Lynch’s Dune (1984), Dario Argento’s Opera (1987) and Danny Boyle’s Mr Wroe’s Virgins (1993) which was nominated for a BAFTA.
Mixing Colours is out on 20 March and can be bought here.