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Dear Friends,

in times of heatwaves and frolicking in the sun, we unleash our latest and newest issue in all its colourful splendour, with no less than musical polymath Brian Eno, and what’s more, in conversation with his daughter Irial in a uniquely intimate father/daughter setting that makes it all the more charming and fun – which sums up Brian Eno pretty well, already.

Chances are that you will be far more familiar with Brian Eno and his work than you might realise. Whether you know him as a founding member of the gloriously influential 1970s art-rock outfit Roxy Music, or as the inventor of ambient music, in one breathless career Eno has actually released no less than 25 solo albums and contributed to countless projects and collaborations, but also left his fingerprints on dozens of seminal albums as a producer – think U2, Talking Heads or Coldplay, to name but a few – composed several film scores not to mention the start-up theme for Microsoft’s Windows 95. All of which is to say that it is hard to not be in earshot of his musical influence in one way or another.

What’s more, Eno’s activities and ideas have spread beyond music and into visual arts, writing, teaching, political activism and even app design – the diversity of which illustrate above all else his nature as a true polymath, driven by a seemingly unbounded energy and a deep curiosity for the world around us.

So we didn’t hesitate for one second when the opportunity presented itself to have one of his daughters, Irial Eno, talk to him about the effects of time, technology and music from a very personal viewpoint, weaving in along the way themes of parenting and teenage rebellion, in a conversation that couldn’t be more charming and intimately universal – and seemed to perfectly reflect this typically Eno-esque fashion of approaching familiar issues from an unusual perspective that feels so effortless and yet so substantial.

With mono.kultur, Brian Eno talked about the impact of technology on culture, the similarities between producing music and parenting, and why they called Elvis ‘The Pelvis’.

Given Brian Eno’s interest in how art can affect moods and emotions, our new issue turned into somewhat of an experiment in chromatics, with the pages gradually traveling the entire colour spectrum from yellow to blue and back again, which not only affects the optical perception of the yellow text, but also how one responds to the content of the interview. Suffice to say: this must certainly rank as the most colourful mono.kultur to date.

Or, to put it plain and clear: this issue is simply a treat, visually and intellectually, from beginning to end.

As usual, the issue is available as of now in the sun-proof depths of our online store mono.konsum and, needless to say, in its nifty size makes for splendid reading in the park.

Enjoy the sun and our breezy best,


mono.kultur #34
“I think of surrendering as an active verb, not a passive verb.”

Summer 2013 / English / 15 x 20 cm / 44 Pages
Interview by Irial Eno
Introductions by Jess Gough & Irial Eno
Portrait by Matt Anker
Design by Kai von Rabenau

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  5. here & now › DESIGN DETAILS: MONO.KULTUR #35 BRIAN ENO on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 20:49

    [...] Design obviously plays a huge part in mono.kultur, and there is a lot of thought that goes into the production of each issue as we redesign it from scratch according to each individual artist we feature, so we thought it’s time to share a little bit more about the design concept of each issue. And with our new issue just around the corner, why not a quick glimpse back to summer, when we put together our still current issue #34 with Brian Eno. [...]