8 oracle items tagged as eno
March 11, 2015 / submitted by Ralph, United States of America
Q.  Happy Hump Day!

I remember you saying (at least I believe it was you) that some of Viva was recorded "under the influence" (of hypnotics). Was The Escapist one of those songs?

Thank you in advance,
Ralph C.

Although I have commented on this before, it wasn't me who said the band recorded "under the influence" of hypnotism. The press picked up on that particular story.

I just googled Hump Day and apparently that means Wednesday. Very confused because you sent me the question on Tuesday.

October 9, 2014 / submitted by Andreia, Brazil
Q.  Have Coldplay ever been hypnotized before recording a song? I've heard about that before but I'm not sure if it's true.

It's true but it wasn't before one particular song; it was during the Viva recording sessions.
Here's what Jonny & Chris said about it.

JB: "Brian Eno knew a hypnotist and we thought it might get some interesting results. We all went upstairs, sat down, and he walked around us. He got us into some strange kind of trance, and we came down and played some more."

CM: "Quite a long time, I think. It did work, actually. We came up with a lot of interesting noises, which we used. I think the whole process of getting our own place and working with Brian has been really liberating for us. Because it was starting to become a little difficult to be in Coldplay - there's so much opinion, expectation, and criticism. We wanted to be free from that for a bit, to try things and just be a little group, which Brian really spearheaded. So things like the hypnotism, all these little crazy experiments that he tried with us was just an effort to say, 'It's OK. Not everybody hates you because you're in Coldplay. Just play some music and don't worry about it.'"

Chinese Sleep Chant has been mentioned as a song written after the experience but I can't confirm that.

July 17, 2014 / submitted by Jason, United Kingdom
Q.  Hi Oracle
Was so lucky to see the boys last night
Awesome show ... Magic
Could you tell me what the piece of music that was played just before the band came out ( instrumental ) was lovely.

They have used this piece before as entrance music. The first time was before they worked with the artist. It was An Ending (Ascent) by Brian Eno who as you probably know has been varying roles (mentor, collaborator and producer) during X&Y, Viva and MX.

February 24, 2014 / submitted by Stefani D, United States of America
Q.  So, I'm really curious, Oracle... what are Brian's Ten Commandments (mentioned in the a roadie blog)?

I'm afraid I can't reveal its contents but it still remains on the studio wall. It does contain some "Thou shalt / not..." as you would expect and curiously there is a reference to Italian cooking but most of it is actually a rather complex list and not as you possibly imagine.

October 23, 2013 / submitted by Forrest, United States of America
Q.  Ok so I went and listened to Brian Eno's track An Ending (Ascent) that you posted and it sounds exactly like the music that was playing in a World War II museum I went to in New Orleans. Was it? There was this room that was showing footage of the atom bombs the U.S. dropped on Japan and I remember music playing that was so moving for the terrible things on screen. Was it this song??

I've never been so I don't know! Have you called the museum and asked?
I was at Disney when I was younger and wanted to track down a piece of music I heard in the Epcot Centre but nobody knew, so they may not be able to answer you. Shame they didn't have app like Shazam, it would have saved me years of searching.
Anyway, An Ending (Ascent) was taken from the album Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks, I suggest you listen to that in case it's on there. You never know, it could be what you're looking for.
As an aside, the music was also used on the film For All Mankind that I have mentioned previously.

October 22, 2013 / submitted by Teresa, India
Q.  Hello Oracle!

I came across Brian Eno's track An Ending (Ascent) yesterday and could have sworn I've heard it in the opening of a Coldplay track but I can't remember which one! Google says a portion of it was used as a run-up to Politik on the AROBTTH tour, but I can't shake the feeling that I've heard it as an actual part of a track, on one of the albums! Please put my doubts to rest, won't you? :)

Hope you're having a great week! Love from India.

An Ending (Ascent) was indeed used as Coldplay came on stage during the AROBTTH tour before Politik started.
It's not been used as part of any track though. I am guessing that the ambience of The Escapist from Eno collaborator Jon Hopkins' Light Through the Veins is what you're reminded of.

In case you don't know, Brian Eno first came into the studio during the X&Y recording session and subsequently became involved on a production level with Viva & MX. He invited Jon into The Bakery and he's worked with the band many times.

November 1, 2011 / submitted by Melina, Sweden
Q.  Hi Oracle!
Is it true that Coldplay recorded parts of the album under hypnosis?

The answer is no, there are NO parts of the album recorded while under hypnosis. This is a topic that just will not go away. It's such old news - it was mentioned as far back as April.
So we can put it to rest...
Guy was asked a question about recording with Brian Eno at the album's launch press conference last week. In his reply he mentioned that they'd agreed to be hypnotised and play. He also added that although nothing came from it, that no suggestion is too crazy.

December 10, 2009 / submitted by Jacob, Australia
Q.  Dear Oracle
Could you please clarify this for me once and for all so that I may rest peacefully. What is the intro music to Coldplay's 2003 tour concerts. Most people claim it's a piece from Eno's Apollo album but I don't think they've ever actually heard that album because there is no part that sounds like that. Thank you!

The band did indeed use Eno's music from the film For All Mankind before they took to the stage. However, Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks was the album released 6 years earlier that largely soundtracked the movie.
The actual piece the boys walked on to is called An Ending (Ascent).