Joined: July 2002
||Posted: Jan. 09 2003, 15:14
christopher, regarding tr3s lunas i would say that imho it’s not fair forgetting that it’s not only music what we’ve got there, i can understand your point of view, but his effort (i do think there’s a lot of effort in that project) is also in the images he has created for mvr, in this case both parts shouldn’t be considered separately… for instance, ‘the owl’s cavern flight’ (for me the most powerful piece of music in tr3s lunas) when i listen to it without being in mvr, the feeling is good but it’s not the same that when i'm flying with the owl… it’s something like he has divided his creative effort between music and images and again, imo it’s not very fair judging one of them avoiding the other… and for calling his attitude lazy… i wouldn’t dare that… it’s not the fact of how many notes he uses but the final result of them… he has shown he can create complex compositions and once more for me it’s not the same finding a new musician who works from the beginning with three notes and a computer than listening to someone who in one moment of his career has decided that what he wants to do or even, what he needs to do in that moment is working about more simpler schemes…
u spoke about the ‘new age ramblings’ , the ‘new age concept’ imho is not very clear… cause where is the frontier between those who have taken the chance to play round it trying to find a place in the market and those others who have been rounded by it? i’ll try to explain that… if someone dives among some called ‘new age compilations’ it’s possible to find names like capercaillie, or philip glass, or loreena mckennit or alasdair fraser or mike oldfield himself (with an excerpt of amarok) and i’m talking about an old compilation, which could be catalogued as new age, called in spanish ‘música sin fronteras lll’ which in english could be something like ‘music without frontiers lll’ and i ask myself… amarok new age? well, it’s the same for me… i don’t care much about the name they give to it… regarding music, names go in a second place… after listening and reading about this ‘gender’ my attitude and what i think is that i’m not going to judge it as a whole unity since it seems to me that the name for this gender has not only to do with music as far as i know… and i can’t honestly judge all the musicians melt in this concept… there are some music catalogued as new age which is nothing more but flat sounds but there are also prestigious musicians who have been put in that bag… i prefer listening to the music and later i can tell, ok, this is music that says something to me or that is music which doesn’t…
about computers… i think, the same as u as i can understand, the good is in the balance… listening to his music i can feel he has always be keen on the idea of trying new things, (i remember from the first albums, long time ago, going crazy trying to decode what instruments he used… just one example… crises… 1983 and u can read on the cover…. fairlight cmi, or oberheim obxa, and so on…) it’s something like he has always been able to balance this kind of instruments with his guitars… and as u mentioned we’ve got masterpieces like tsode or amarok (for me among the five of his best albums)
it’s not something new he uses computers, what i think is that maybe in tr3s lunas is more evident because since there are images, the whole project could be something thought for being enjoyed around mvr, in a computer, even the music in the ‘music disc’. that’s why i said that maybe in some years time we will be able to compare in some way this new stuff with what he’s done before… let him investigate… i feel something like (whenever he wants, of course) he can mix all his heritage, long compositions, winks to classical music, winks to folk music… with what he has been discovering these recent years around computers… maybe now that he’s re-recording tb, he could feel this heritage close and with the new work he’s doing with machines we could have something new in the way of amarok or tsode, with technique and real strings perfectly balanced, and long enough to allow the music develope in the best way and besides that, with landscapes... who knows? he has always been one of those musicians who are able to paint with music and now he's got the tools to do it...
oh... sorry for the lenght of this... hope u are not at this point...
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