Brian Eno’s robot art generator

For most of the past three decades, Brian Eno has made music that consists of kaleidoscopic electronic soundscapes. Sure, you can call it Muzak for smart people, but we happen to enjoy almost every shimmering bit of it. Now he’s extended his dreamy aesthetic into the visual realm with 77 Million Paintings, a piece of software that combines original, hand-painted elements into a random, ever-shifting variety of images — basically transforming your monitor into an abstract-art generator. Each resulting image differs from the previous one. The pictures are, naturally, accompanied by Eno’s quietly mesmerizing score. You can see an example online — or pick up the DVD and make your own workstation into an art gallery.

The DVD also includes an essay Eno wrote on the project, which is appealing for its lucid insights into the creative process and for its unexpected references: Carlos the Jackal, Talking Heads, and Foreigner all get name-checked.

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Brian Eno’s robot art generator