Brian Eno – 77 Million Paintings

Posted September 1st, 2013 under Festival

Brian Eno – 77 Million Paintings
Brian Eno is an old friend of the house. He has been our special guest in 2011 already and we’re more than happy to present his 77 Million Paintings at the ikono On Air Festival. Brian Eno first created 77 Million Paintings to bring art to the increasing number of flat panel TVs and monitors that often sit darkened and underutilized in 2006.

On Air: Brian Eno’s 77 Million Paintings

Conceived by Brian Eno as “visual music”, his artwork 77 Million Paintings is a constantly evolving sound and imagescape which continues his exploration into light as an artists’ medium and the aesthetic possibilities of “generative software”.

The work is a morphing amalgamation of 296 images, overlaid in random sequences and set to Eno’s ambient music. As the title suggests, there are 77 million possible combinations, ensuring every viewer sees something different. The work proves to be meditative but vibrant as it splashes across the screen.


Brian Peter George St.John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno, commonly shortened to Brian Eno, is an English musician, composer, record producer, music theorist, singer, and visual artist. He is a former member of Roxy Music and best known as one of the principal innovators of ambient music.


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Whatever happened to CD ROMs and Second Life?

Brian Eno – 77 Million Paintings Interview

Brian Eno discusses his 77 Million Paintings, which sees the continued evolution of his exploration into light as an artist’s medium and the aesthetic possibilities of “generative software.” This groundbreaking release features an exclusive interview DVD, limited-edition deluxe packaging that includes a hard-bound book with an essay by Eno covering his career as a visual artist, fully illustrated with previously unseen images and a generative software disc. From Ryko Disc.

77 Million Paintings – Second Life™ Installation

The Long Now Foundation – – presented the North American Premiere of Brian Eno’s 77 Million Paintings for 3 days – 29th June, 30th June & 1st July 02007 at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. A parallel event was also ran in Second Life, organised by and built by Annabeth Robinson. Video 2 here.

Image from Dominic’s capturesv of 77 Million Paintings on Flickr