Magazine article New Internationalist

Everything That Happens Will Happen Today

Magazine article New Internationalist

Everything That Happens Will Happen Today

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Everything that Happens Will Happen Today

by David Byrne and Brian Eno

(Everything that Happens, download)

In 1981, David Byrne, singer and spokesperson for the Talking Heads, huddled up with Brian Eno, polymath and producer, and released My Life in the Bush of Ghosts (re-release reviewed in NI 388). Using cut-ups from an extraordinary variety of sound sources, it was an album that anticipated the sampling revolution and, by extension, the changed face of music. Nearly 30 years later, and with so much water under the bridge (there's no way of summarizing either man's extensive range of activities within art and sound), comes the duo's second work together.

To be clear from the onset, Everything that Happens... is no Bush of Ghosts. It's not got the edgy, funky bricolage that characterized the earlier album and nor does it seek that. …

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