Brian Eno

I am not Howard Webb!

Happy Birthday to Brian Peter George St. John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno, who is 63 today.  Musician, thinker, composer, music theorist, perfumier, producer, pioneer of ambient music, and enthusiast of ladies’ bottoms.

We all know that Eno was asked to produce the little startup sound for Windows 95.  But I have this theory.  A few years later, when Windows XP was being developed, I believe Eno was asked again to produce a piece of music.  Not the startup sound, but the installer theme.  When XP is installed, and when you do a little digging, you’ll find a hidden file at this location:

C:\Windows\system32\oobe\images\title.wma

If you can get it to play, you’ll hear the music that you get when you first install XP.  It’s an interesting little ditty, music-wise, and has all the hallmarks of some lightly engineered generative music.  I’ll see if I can do some digging as to its authenticity, but for now, and for those of you who thankfully don’t use Windows, here’s an extract of that music.

title.wma

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