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Name: Brian Eno                                                                     
Born: 15 May 1948 Woodbridge, Suffolk, England                                     
Brian Eno (born on 15 May, 1948, in Woodbridge, Suffolk,                           
England) is an English electronic musician, music theorist and record producer.     
As a solo artist, he is best known as the father of modern ambient music.           
With an art school background and inspiration from minimalism, Eno first came to   
prominence as the keyboard and synthesizer player of the 1970s glam and art rock   
band Roxy Music. After leaving the group, Eno recorded four highly idiosyncratic   
and original rock albums, before turning to more abstract soundscapes on records   
such as Discreet Music (1975) and Ambient 1/Music for Airports (1978). Since       
then he has made dozens of albums, many with similarly minded collaborators such   
as Harold Budd, Cluster, John Cale, David Byrne and Robert Fripp.                   
Eno also became involved in pop music collaborations beginning in the late 1970s,   
joining David Bowie on his avant-garde Berlin Trilogy and helping to popularise     
the band Devo and the punk rock-influenced "No Wave" scene. Eno is also notable     
for introducing the concepts of chance music to pop and rock and roll. Eno's       
production and songwriting credits include critical and commercial successes by     
Talking Heads and U2, such as Remain in Light and The Joshua Tree, as well as       
work with James, Slowdive, Paul Simon and the upcoming Coldplay album scheduled     
for release in early 2008.                                                         
Eno has pursued several artistic ventures parallel to his music career,             
including visual art installations, a regular column in the newspaper The           
Observer and, in collaboration with artist Peter Schmidt, "Oblique Strategies",     
a deck of cards in which each card contains a phrase or cryptic remark, intended   
to be drawn randomly, for the purpose of suggesting insights to break a deadlock   
or dilemma situation.