Brian Eno Documentary in preparation

A documentary covering the 50-year career of musician, composer and producer Brian Eno is in the works.

Directed by Swiss director Gary Hustwit, Eno features hundreds of hours of never-before-seen footage, unreleased music, and visual art from Eno’s archive. Eno and Hustwit, who have already produced films about Wilco (I’m Trying to Break Your Heart: A Wilco Film) and Mavis Staples (Mavis!), first collaborated in 2017 when Eno composed the music for Hustwit’s documentary Ramsa film about German designer Dieter Ram.

In keeping with how Eno has used technology in his musical compositions, the film will be released in multiple versions and will use “revolutionary generative technology in its creation and exposition”, according to a describer for the film. The software used in the film is also proprietary and was developed by Hustwit and digital artist Brendan Dawes to provide unique viewing experiences through multiple digital formats, cinema screenings and site-specific installations.

A self-proclaimed “soundscaper,” for more than five decades, Eno has continued to innovate music through technology, from his time at Roxy Music in the early 1970s and throughout his solo career, where he was the pioneer of “ambient music” with his album released in 1978. Ambient 1: Music for Airports. As a producer, Eno, who also composed the startup sound for Microsoft Windows, has worked with everyone from David Bowie, U2, Talking Heads and dozens of other artists throughout his career.

Eno marks the first authorized documentary about the music icon. Produced by Brooklyn-based production company Film First, the film is slated for release in 2023.

“He is the perfect subject to use this type of approach,” Hustwit said in a statement. “He turned down many previous projects because he didn’t want to do a conventional bio-doc. I see ‘Eno’ as an art film about creativity, with the outcome of Brian’s 50-year career as raw material.

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