Peter Gabriel on awarding Brian Eno with the Stephen Hawking Medal
I am delighted that Brian Eno has been chosen for this year’s Hawking Medal. Not only has he been an extraordinary and pioneering artist, composer and producer he has always been a science evangelist. Brian has often created the doorway through which the avant-garde enters the mainstream.
His influence has reached way beyond his own field - he has been the creator of ambient and now evolutionary musical forms, challenging the role, nature and perceptions of what art can and should do. This application of a fierce, scientific intelligence to the softer and mushier terrain of the arts has produced extraordinarily influential work, and also made it ideal score material for many a space and sci-fi film