Recently, Brian Eno was presented with the Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication at prestigious science festival Starmus V. In a further surprise accolade at the event, this morning the revered musician / producer / artist / activist was also presented with a certificate to commemorate Asteroid 81948 being officially named after him.
The official certificate and citation were presented to Eno by astronomer Marc Buie of the Southwest Research Institute, who discovered the asteroid and in association with the International Astronomical Union and the Minor Planet Centre made the choice for this unique honor.
Previously named ‘81948 (2000 OM69)’ the asteroid is newly-dubbed “Brian Peter George St John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno,” or “Eno” for short.
In other news, in anticipation of the forthcoming release of Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks, Brian Eno together with Daniel Lanois & Roger Eno has shared a new track called “Capsule.”
“Capsule” is taken from the new album For All Mankind which is released on July 19th alongside a remastered reissue of the seminal LP Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks, via UMe.
Stream “Capsule” here
Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks was written, produced and performed by Brian Eno together with his brother Roger and Daniel Lanois. The music was originally recorded in 1983 for the landmark feature-length documentary For All Mankind, which was directed by American journalist, film director and screenwriter Al Reinert. The film features 35mm footage of the Apollo 11 moon landing with real-time commentary, as well as the Apollo astronauts sharing their recollections of the momentous events surrounding it.
An extended edition of the album will be released on July 19th in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. This very special anniversary release features the original album remastered by Abbey Road’s Miles Showell, as well as an accompanying album of 11 new instrumental compositions that re-imagine the soundtrack to “For All Mankind.”
The music from the original album is highly recognizable, and tracks from it have been streamed in excess of 300 million times. Since its release, many of the songs from Apollo have found a life of their own, featuring in any number of films, television shows and commercials – most notably Trainspotting, Traffic, 28 Days Later, Drive and Love. “An Ending (Ascent)” was also used in the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony.
Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois produced the original Apollo album, which was recorded at Daniel and his brother Bob’s studio in Hamilton, Ontario. Lanois also collaborated with Eno on several other projects, most famously producing several albums for U2, including multi-platinum The Joshua Tree, Achtung Baby and No Line On The Horizon.
Apollo was the first recording experience for Roger Eno and was the springboard into a long solo career of his own. He went on to record a number of other film scores, with and without his brother.
The 11 new tracks on Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks find Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois and Roger Eno working collectively for the first time since the original album in 1983. Lanois contributed 3 compositions; “Capsule,” “Last Step From The Surface” and “Fine-grained,” while Roger Eno’s are “Waking Up,” “Under The Moon” and “Strange Quiet.”
On June 24th, Brian Eno received the Stephen Hawking Medal for his “contribution to the popularization of science” at this year’s Starmus V Festival in Zurich, Switzerland. Celebrated scientist and educator Bill Nye hosted the ceremony, and scheduled attendees included a remarkable roster of science and space luminaries, including Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins and six other Apollo mission astronauts. The fifth edition of Starmus Festival kicked off with a breath-taking concert by Hans Zimmer titled “Once Upon a Time On the Moon” and dedicated to the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11. The 21st Century Symphony Orchestra from Lucerne will join Mr. Zimmer on this once-in-a-lifetime occasion to honor the legendary space explorers who took us to the Moon 50 years ago. The concert blended with the Stephen Hawking Medal Award ceremony during which Brian Eno, Elon Musk, and Apollo 11 documentary received their awards. “Once Upon a Time On the Moon” was genuinely unique event featuring special guests as Brian May, Rick Wakeman, Steve Vai, Chris Hadfield, Kip Thorne and Paul Franklin.
Disc 1: Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks – Remastered
01. Under Stars (4:29)
02. The Secret Place (3:31)
03. Matta (4:20)
04. Signals (2:47)
05. An Ending (Ascent) (4:24)
06. Under Stars II (3:23)
07. Drift’ (3:05)
08. Silver Morning (2:40)
09. Deep Blue Day (3:58)
10. Weightless (4:35)
11. Always Returning (4:04)
12. Stars (8:02)
Disc 2: For All Mankind
01. The End Of A Thin Cord (4:08)
02. Capsule (3:13)
03. At The Foot Of A Ladder (3:35)
04. Waking Up (2:29)
05. Clear Desert Night (3:11)
06. Over The Canaries (4:41)
07. Last Step From The Surface (3:58)
08. Fine-grained (3:34)
09. Under The Moon (3:10)
10. Strange Quiet (4:09)
11. Like I Was A Spectator (4:23)
· 2LP 180gram vinyl in a gatefold sleeve
· Limited numbered 2CD edition with 24-page full color hardcover book
· Standard 2CD edition
· Special digital edition with exclusive cover art
· Standard digital edition
Source: Press Release