Eno's Discreet Music series continued these efforts and eventually he founded the Obscure Music label, which released the work of more avant-garde composers. He also collaborated with artists whose work tended to be out on the fringe, among them Kevin Ayers, John Cale, and Robert Wyatt. This added a layer of sound that he began to refer to as "treatments" (as opposed to conventional instrumental applications).
Nevertheless, for all his efforts and achievements, there are some intriguing facts about Eno that many of his most avid fans may not be aware of. Here are a few things that would likely win you a round of Eno-esque trivia:
Early On: Eno's first recording was the Deutsch Grammophon edition of "The Great Learning" in which he was one of the voices in the instructional reading.
He writes a newspaper column in the British newspaper The Observer
that covers political commentary, societal observations, and "oblique strategies." He writes about random insights or occasional scenarios that are used to resolve dilemmas.
Gr-owl: In 1975, Eno performed the role of the Wolf in a rock version of Sergei Prokofiev's classic Peter and the Wolf. Other artists included the late guitarist Gary Moore, Manfred Mann, Phil Collins, Bill Bruford, and Alvin Lee.
Worldwide Exclusive: Eno's initial collaboration with former head Talking Head David Byrne, My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, originated with radio broadcasts Eno compiled while living in the United States, as well as recording samples from around the world and overlaid atop African and Middle Eastern rhythms.
Bowie, of Course: He was a key collaborator on David Bowie's Berlin Trilogy, which spanned the period from 1977 to 1979 and included the albums Low, Heroes, and Lodger.
Computer Savvy: In late 2006, Eno released 77 Million Paintings, a video and music program designed specifically for the PC. It offers a possible combination of 77 million paintings that allow the viewer to see a different video slideshow -- prepared by Eno -- each time the program is launched. Likewise, the accompanying music guarantees that the listener will never hear the same arrangement twice.
You Go, Go: Eno played keyboards on Voila, an album by ex-Go-Go Belinda Carlisle that was sung entirely in French.
Medical Miracle: In May 2009, Eno revealed that a skin graft he received as treatment for a severe burn on his arm was part human skin, part carbon fiber. He suggested that since human skin is based on carbon, the experimental treatment was likely going to be a success.
Spaced Out: The first album with Eno credited as producer was Lucky Leif and the Longships by Robert Calvert, formerly of the band Hawkwind.
Yes, U2 Can Eno: Aside from Eno's co-production of The Unforgettable Fire (1984), The Joshua Tree (1987), Achtung Baby (1991), Zooropa (1993), and All That You Can't Leave Behind (2000) for U2, he also worked with the band on the album Original Soundtracks 1 under the group name Passengers.
Digital Sounds: Eno composed music for the Windows 95, which resulted in the six-second start-up music-sound of the Windows 95 operating system, The Microsoft Sound.
Oh, Lord: Eno's momentary interest in acting led him to the role of Father Brian Eno in the British television sitcom Father Ted.
Hello? Is It Eno You're Looking For?: The Nokia 8800 Sirocco Edition mobile phone features exclusive music composed by Eno.
Do the Right Thing: In 2006, Eno was one of more than 100 artists and writers who signed an open letter calling for an international boycott of Israeli political and cultural institutions due to what he saw as aggressive military policies against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip.
Bringing Up Babies: In December 2007, the newly elected leader of Britain's Liberal Democratic party appointed Eno as his youth affairs adviser. Not bad for a guy who had just turned 60.