Brian Eno unveiled a new Sonos radio station called The Lighthouse. Available through Sonos Radio’s commercial-free HD audio level, the channel broadcasts classic songs from the ambient legend’s career alongside unreleased music and more.
With hundreds of unreleased tracks – the oldest of which dates from 1990, notes Eno – The Lighthouse will serve as a “living collection” where Eno will continue to release selections of past and new musical projects directly to fans around the world.
“New pieces will enter the mix and some of them will go back even further,” Eno said in a press release. “You will be listening to a sequence of tracks that will be randomly generated, chosen by chance so there is the possibility of weird, hopefully exciting collisions – things that are very slow next to things that are very fast next to things that don’t. ‘have no tempo, no pulse at all.
Over the next few months, Eno will host a series of three shows aired on The Lighthouse, starting with Program 1, where he discusses previously unreleased material and why he ultimately decided to share some of his archives with the world. Program 1 is available from today on The Lighthouse on Sonos Radio HD and is free to all Sonos customers through the in-app Sonos Sound System archives. It’s also streamed below via Mixcloud.
Of course, Eno is a notorious music geek with an impeccable ear for production, transitions, and clarity. There’s bound to be a wide range of qualities when it comes to these tracks, and he’s already insisting on how smoothly things will go from song to song. At the very least, he seems ready to crack some jokes the hard way:
“One of the issues I ran into while doing this is whether to care about the differences in quality. Some of these things were done quite a long time ago and they even involve bands. They precede the digital age. Now, of course, with duct tape there is still noise. People love noise, I found out. I actually add it to things sometimes because it’s kind of calming. This is what it is, the reintroduction of imperfection. Anyway, I’m just saying this to give myself a good alibi that a lot of these tracks will have, say, varying sound quality.
Last November, Eno released Film Music 1976-2020, his stacked compilation album that includes his very first music video for “Decline and Fall”. He has also contributed to Marianne Faithfull’s new spoken word album and performed on the Live for Gaza livestream in April.