film music 1976 - 2020

01 Top Boy (Theme) from Top Boy - Series 1 (2011) • Yann Demange
02 Ship in a Bottle from The Lovely Bones (2009) • Peter Jackson
03 Blood Red from Francis Bacon’s Arena (2005) • Adam Low
04 Under from Cool World (1992) • Ralph Bakshi
05 Decline And Fall from O Nome da Morte (2017) • Henrique Goldman
06 Prophecy Theme from Dune (1984) • David Lynch
07 Reasonable Question from We Are As Gods (2020) • David Alvarado / Jason Sussberg
08 Late Evening In Jersey from Heat (1995) • Michael Mann
09 Beach Sequence from Beyond The Clouds (1995) • Michelangelo Antonioni
10 You Don’t Miss Your Water from Married to the Mob (1988) • Jonathan Demme
11 Deep Blue Day from Trainspotting (1996) • Danny Boyle
12 The Sombre from Top Boy - Series 2 (2013) • Jonathan van Tulleken
13 Dover Beach from Jubilee (1978) • Derek Jarman
14 Design as Reduction from Rams (2018) • Gary Hustwit
15 Undersea Steps from Hammerhead (2004) • George Chan
16 Final Sunset from Sebastiane (1976) • Derek Jarman
17 An Ending (Ascent) from For All Mankind (1989) • Al Reinert

  1. ‘Top Boy (Theme)’ is taken from ‘Top Boy’ - Series 1 directed by Yann Demange (2011). The composition was used in one form or another in nearly all episodes of both Series 1 and 2. All music written and performed by Brian Eno.
  2. ‘Ship In A Bottle’ is taken from ‘The Lovely Bones’, directed by Peter Jackson (2009). It was written and performed by Brian Eno together with Jon Hopkins on keyboards and Leo Abrahams on guitars.
  3. ‘Blood Red’ is taken from ‘Francis Bacon’s Arena’, directed by Adam Low (2005) and was produced as part of the BBC’s long running Arena series. All music written and performed by Brian Eno.
  4. ‘Under’ is taken from ‘Cool World’, directed by Ralph Bakshi (1992). The composition was written by Brian Eno. ‘Under’ started life on the (at that time) unreleased ‘My Squelchy Life’. Following its appearance in ‘Cool World’ it was later included on the 2005 Eno studio album ‘Another Day On Earth’. Aside from Eno it also features Willie Green on drums, Dino on occasional signals and Barry Andrews on splutters.
  5. ‘Decline And Fall’ is taken from ‘O Nome da Morte’, directed by Henrique Goldman (2017). All music written and performed by Brian Eno.
  6. ‘Prophecy Theme’ is taken from ‘Dune’, directed by David Lynch (1984). The music was written by Brian Eno and Roger Eno and performed by Brian Eno.
  7. ‘Reasonable Question’ is taken from ‘We Are As Gods’, directed by David Alvarado / Jason Sussberg (2020). All music written and performed by Brian Eno.
  8. ‘Late Evening In Jersey’ is taken from ‘Heat’, directed by Michael Mann (1995). All music written and performed by Brian Eno.
  9. ‘Beach Sequence’ is taken from ‘Beyond The Clouds’, directed by Michelangelo Antonioni (1995). The track was recorded as a part of ‘Passengers: Original Soundtracks 1’ and performed by Eno with Bono – vocals, additional guitar and piano, Adam Clayton – bass guitar, The Edge – guitar, keyboards and Larry Mullen, Jr – drums and percussion.
  10. ‘You Don’t Miss Your Water’ is taken from ‘Married to the Mob’, directed by Jonathan Demme (1988). Written by William Bell, all music on Eno’s cover version was performed by him with Daniel Lanois on steel guitar.
  1. ‘Deep Blue Day’ is taken from ‘Trainspotting’, directed by Danny Boyle (1996). The track is written and performed by Brian with Roger Eno and Daniel Lanois and was originally included on ‘Apollo: Atmosphere & Soundtracks’. The music was written for Al Reinert’s documentary of the Apollo moon landing, ‘For All Mankind’ but then took on a life of its own with inclusion in both ‘Trainspotting’ and its sequel ‘T2 Trainspotting’.
  2. ‘The Sombre’ is taken from ‘Top Boy’ - Series 2, directed by Jonathan van Tulleken (2013). It also appeared briefly in Top Boy Series 1.
  3. ‘Dover Beach’ is taken from ‘Jubilee’, directed by Derek Jarman (1978). All music written and performed by Brian Eno.
  4. ‘Design as Reduction’ is taken from ‘Rams’, directed by Gary Hustwit (2018). All music written and performed by Brian Eno.
  5. ‘Undersea Steps’ is taken from an episode of the BBC Natural World series, ‘Hammerhead’, directed by George Chan (2004). All music written and performed by Brian Eno.
  6. ‘Final Sunset’ is taken from ‘Sebastiane’, directed by Derek Jarman (1976). All music written and performed by Brian Eno.
  7. ‘An Ending (Ascent)’, is taken from ‘For All Mankind’, directed by Al Reinert (1989). ‘An Ending (Ascent)’ was also included on ‘Apollo: Atmosphere & Soundtracks’. It was written by Eno and the performers again include Roger Eno and Daniel Lanois. ‘An Ending (Ascent)’ has was also included in Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Traffic’, Danny Boyle’s ‘28 Days Later’ and Miguel Arteta’s ‘Beatriz at Dinner’ and also made an appearance in the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony.

Eno’s long-standing affair with film goes all the way back to 1970 with his soundtrack to Malcolm Le Grice’s short experimental film ‘Berlin Horse’. In 1976 he followed this with ‘Sebastiane’ and a long forgotten Greek b-horror film, ‘Land Of The Minotaur’ aka ‘The Devil’s Men’. This led to an unstoppable momentum largely initiated by the release of his 1978 studio album, ‘Music For Films’. Early classic Eno film moments include ‘Prophecy Theme’ from David Lynch’s ‘Dune’, ‘From The Beginning’ from Dario Argento’s ‘Opera’, ‘Force Marker’ and ‘Late Evening In Jersey’ from Michael Mann’s ‘Heat’, ‘Under’ from Ralph Bakshi’s ‘Cool World’ and his moving cover of William Bell’s soul classic, ‘You Don’t Miss Your Water’, in Jonathan Demme’s ‘Married to The Mob’.

‘Music For Films’ was a loose compilation of material recorded between 1975 ~ 1978. It was intended as a conceptual soundtrack for imaginary films and only the closing track, ‘Final Sunset’ was written for an actual film. It proved to be a fruitful project with nearly every piece on the album going on to be used in future films, including several of Derek Jarman’s, the remake of Jean-Luc Goddard’s ‘Breathless’, John Woo’s ‘A Better Tomorrow’, ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll High School’ and Todd Hayes’ ‘Safe’.

Eno again explored this approach with U2 as ‘Passengers’ on their collaboration album, ‘Original Soundtracks 1’. Four of the tracks from the album were used in films prior to release: ‘Beach Sequence’ and ‘Your Blue Room’ in Michelangelo Antonioni’s ‘Beyond the Clouds’, ‘Miss Sarajevo’ in an eponymous documentary about a beauty pageant held in the midst of besieged ‘93 Sarajevo, and ‘One Minute Warning’ in Mamoru Oshii’s Japanese animation classic, ‘Ghost in the Shell’. Another track, ‘Always Forever Now’ later appeared in ‘Heat’.

In the mid-seventies Eno began a rich and rewarding collaboration with British film maker, Derek Jarman, who initially commissioned him to record ‘Final Sunset’ for the closing scene to his first feature film, ‘Sebastiane’. The collaboration continued all the way through until Jarman’s untimely death in 1994. Including the several tracks in ‘Sebastiane’, this collaboration resulted in Eno’s music in four of Jarman’s films, including ‘Still Water’ and ‘Dover Beach’ in ‘Jubilee’, ‘Blue’ and the entire score of the autobiographical ‘Glitterbug’ – his final film.

‘An Ending (Ascent)’ and ‘Deep Blue Day’ are taken from ‘Apollo: Atmosphere & Soundtracks’, Eno’s collaboration with his brother Roger Eno and Daniel Lanois. The music was originally written for Al Reinert’s landmark documentary of the Apollo moon landing, ‘For All Mankind’ although since then ‘An Ending (Ascent)’ has taken on a life of its own and is now remembered just as much from Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Traffic’, Danny Boyle’s ‘28 Days Later’ and Miguel Arteta’s ‘Beatriz at Dinner’. It even made an appearance in the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony. And then there’s ‘Deep Blue Day’, which will forever be identified with Ewan McGregor’s legendary toilet dive in ‘Trainspotting’.

Aside from ‘Glitterbug’ and ‘For All Mankind’, Eno has also provided complete scores for a number of other films including his work with Jon Hopkins and Leo Abrahams on Peter Jackson’s ‘The Lovely Bones’. More recently he has scored Henrique Goldman’s atmospheric Brazilian serial killer biopic, ‘O Nome da Morte’ aka ‘A Man Called Death’, Gary Hustwit’s spotlight on pioneering industrial designer Dieter Rams, ‘Rams’, and his latest, a documentary film on long-time friend and associate, Stewart Brand, ‘We Are As Gods’, which will have its public premiere in early 2021.

Eno has also scored extensively for television, including all three series of award-winning UK crime drama ‘Top Boy’, for which he received a Bafta, and Danny Boyle’s ‘Mr Wroe’s Virgins’, which also earned him and Roger Eno a Bafta nomination for ‘Best Original Television Music’. Other television credits include his scores to BBC Natural World’s ‘Hammerhead’, ‘Francis Bacon’s Arena’, Neil Gaiman’s futuristic urban series, ‘Neverwhere’, and Stewart Brand’s BBC mini-series ‘How Buildings Learn’.

Eno has had hundreds of pieces of his music used in films, documentaries and television programmes, including more than 20 complete scores for some of the best known directors in the world. ‘Film Music 1976 ~ 2020’ is a long-awaited album that finally brings together 17 of his most recognisable film and television compositions; a perfect introduction to this enormous body of work.


brian eno

film music 1976 – 2020

on november 13th brian eno releases ‘film music 1976 – 2020’ – his first ever collection of music from his film and television soundtrack oeuvre. spanning five decades, this release features classic eno compositions and includes some lesser-known gems and seven previously unreleased tracks.
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