I happen to be in an Eno-heavy stage right now.
The inclination is to make it all sound like [my work followed] a 'grand plan'; and it wasn't like that actually, but there was always this thing with me of 'leading by instinct', and then saying 'How does that connect up with everything else that I'm interested in at the moment in movies or books or science?' I always assume, and always have done, that my enthusiasms have a common root; and, I mean all of my enthusiasms, be they sexual, intellectual, aesthetic or emotional. I always assume that if I start to get interested in something or other that I haven't been interested in before, I can check it across the spectrum of my interests and see what it would imply in different areas. So, if I suddenly find that I'm liking things that are more jagged and dissonant in music, so I start to think 'So who's painting like that?, Who's making films like that? or what would a comedy show like that be like?'
This is actually an issue I think about often. When one of my interest zigs or zags off in a certain direction, I try to get the others to follow it. Identifying, building or pretending to a coherence between my pursuits used to be quite a worry, but in recent years I've realized that it doesn't matter if I combine activities or interests in ways nobody prominent has done before. Even what approximate examples there are, after all, had to do what they do without direct examples of their own. (Indeed, anyone doing anything interesting couldn't have worked from a direct example, though they may well have synthesized a bunch of 'em.) As long as I maintain a high standard of honesty — with others, but more importantly with myself — I suspect a reasonable baseline level of consistency will exist and reveal itself. I'll assume, as Eno put it, a "common route"; the trick is discovering it, not creating it. (One might say that discovering the "common route" of "all of my enthusiasms, be they sexual, intellectual, aesthetic or emotional" has been my great preoccupation in recent years.)