Thinking Inside the Box: Brian Eno, Music, Movement and Light

jvap-7_2Two years after we presented our paper at the Music and Moving Image conference in New York, the Journal of Visual Arts Practice have accepted my collaborative work with Rupert Loydell which examines Brian Eno’s visual arts apps and approaches to music and studio practice – “Thinking Inside the Box: Brian Eno, Music, Movement and Light.”


‘In total darkness, or in a very large room, very quietly’ (Eno & Schmidt, 1979)

It is time for a reconsideration of Eno’s visual projects. This article considers how Eno has used simple but innovative ideas, programmes and processes to inform his films, apps and installation work, and how they have been disseminated. Avoiding spectacle, noise and complexity, Eno and his collaborators, has produced an array of intriguing and engaging art works. In T. The New York Times Style Magazine, Eno stated that he ‘was trying to make visual art become more like music, in that it changed the way music changes’ (2013).

Collaborators Kingsley Marshall and Rupert Loydell use remix, juxtaposition and creative writing, along with more traditional research methods, to cast light onto the ways in which appropriation, process and collaboration have informed Eno’s creative output. They use Eno’s words, drawn from interviews and his own writing, along with critiques of his work, and writing by those who have inspired him, to consider how Eno creates his quiet rooms and visual music. Each consecutive response here was dictated by the turn of a card selected from the third edition of the Oblique Strategies deck issued in 1979.


About Kingsley Marshall

Dr Kingsley Marshall is a film composer, producer and academic. Head of Film at the CILECT accredited School of Film & Television based within Falmouth University in the UK, the subject area consists of 28 staff working with 300 undergraduates studying the Skillset accredited BA (Hons) Film degree, supplemented by a postgraduate community studying from MA level through to PhD. Kingsley’s research and practice primarily orientates around the use of sound (including music and effects) in cinema and television, and the production of short and micro-budget feature films. He executive produced Wilderness (Director: Justin John Doherty, 2017) which won 13 awards at international film festivals since making its premiere at Cinequest, and Mr Whippy (Director: Rachna Suri, 2019). In 2018 he co-produced with Neil Fox the short HP Lovecraft adaptation Backwoods (Director: Ryan Mackfall, 2019), which began its festival journey in 2019. More recently, Kingsley recently completed the score as composer on a film project - Hard, Cracked the Wind - with director Mark Jenkin and production company Early Day Films. The film completed principal photography in Autumn 2018, and is currently in post production. For over twenty years he has worked as a journalist, interviewing filmmakers, musicians, and designers for over 30 publications and broadcasters worldwide, written album sleeve notes and biographies for over 100 artists, and contributed to anthologies on hip hop and soul. He can be found on Twitter as @kingsleydc