Brian Eno Remembers David Bowie: “I Feel A Huge Gap Now”

A collaborator looks back on more than four decades of friendship.

January 11, 2016

Brian Eno worked with David Bowie on three albums in the late '70s, an influential body of work dubbed the Berlin Trilogy: Low, Heroes, and Lodger. These records pushed Bowie in a new direction, blending his mixture of rock and funk with more electronics and the textures of ambient music. Eno paid tribute to his collaborator today in an eloquent note shared by the BBC. Read it below.

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"David's death came as a complete surprise, as did nearly everything else about him. I feel a huge gap now. We knew each other for over 40 years, in a friendship that was always tinged by echoes of Pete and Dud. Over the last few years—with him living in New York and me in London—our connection was by email. We signed off with invented names: some of his were Mr. Showbiz, Milton Keynes, Rhoda Borrocks and the Duke of Ear.

About a year ago we started talking about 'Outside' [1995]—the last album we worked on together. We both liked that album a lot and felt that it had fallen through the cracks. We talked about revisiting it, taking it somewhere new. I was looking forward to that.

I received an email from him seven days ago. It was as funny as always, and as surreal, looping through word games and allusions and all the usual stuff we did. It ended with this sentence: 'Thank you for our good times, Brian. They will never rot'. And it was signed 'Dawn.'

I realize now he was saying goodbye."

Revisit 1.Outside below.

Brian Eno Remembers David Bowie: “I Feel A Huge Gap Now”