Eno’s aversion to what he calls “the obsession with personality” might be thought contradictory from a man who was partly responsible for propelling Bono and co to world superstar status, but is deeply held. “This obsession has really held popular music back, in my opinion. Of course, I realise that it’s the nature of what some people do. But I’m absolutely uninterested in the idea of using music as a vehicle for presenting the performer’s personality. I don’t want to say anything. I have a lot to say when you’re asking me questions, but I don’t want to use music as way of saying things. What I want to use music for is a way of making things happen to me. I want to make things that create emotional or mental conditions for me, and one of the most important conditions is surrender. My yardstick for what constitutes good music is that it changes me. Do I think ‘Wow, that’s a new conception of how things could be,’ or ‘That’s a new set of feelings that I have never experienced before’?

Paul Tingen, Sound on Sound, 2005