Q and A With Brian Eno: Here’s a nice little interview with the guy that came up with “The Windows Sound.” He explains how it came about, and how it helped him get past some creative blockages from which he’d been suffering.
The thing from the agency said, “We want a piece of music that is inspiring, universal, blah- blah, da-da-da, optimistic, futuristic, sentimental, emotional,” this whole list of adjectives, and then at the bottom it said “and it must be 3 1/4 seconds long.”
[…] In fact, I made 84 pieces. I got completely into this world of tiny, tiny little pieces of music. I was so sensitive to microseconds at the end of this that it really broke a logjam in my own work.