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||Posted: Oct. 09 2005, 16:33
Light & Shade - about Mike Oldfield's new album
Népszabadság Online, Melinda Serf?z?, 10/04/2005 (translated by EeToN)
"I'm not an average musician. I'm a technician who translates his ideas to the language of music" says Mike Oldfield, who after three years has just released. And it's a double album at that, with the title Light & Shade.
During the past two years Oldfield actually hasn't been working on music, or rather, it wasn't music in its usual form. He made two computer games, in which the music is the essence. Even some fan clubs have developed around these games, which are available on his homepage. That's no small wonder, because it's quite an original game where Mike Oldfield himself sometimes joins in.
Besides, he didn't give up "real" music: the remixed version of his first album called Tubular Bells came out in 2003, and recently Light & Shade appeared in the shops. "Everything, newspapers, television, all the areas of life specialize in something, focus on an important area. I think that in 2005 it has to be like that, so I also wanted to do similar, I wanted to show the two sides of my musical world" said Mike in the phone interview given to our newspaper.
And indeed, the CD called Light is light, bright, almost appropiate for meditation but at the very least a good chill-out CD, ideal background music for weekend rest, lounging around or friendly discussions. On the flipside, Shade thrills; there's the war, all the trouble of helplessness, the dark side of love in the music - and the focus tends towards electronic dance music. We have to be careful with the categories, however, because Mike Oldfield doesn't like classifying his music into any genres. "This is simply my music, I don't like to categorize it. I just sit down alone at home and write down the music that comes out from me. For instance, these two albums aren't a sequence of tracks, rather a round integrated composition, as if it's a single track" he explains.
There are more novel things about the album. On one hand, you can find four tracks in U-MYX format on it, that means that the fans can remix them in their own course. They can then send the remixes back to Mike Oldfield who will give prizes for the best ones. On the other hand, although he hasn't been too enthusiastic about giving concerts lately, he will embark on a tour with the new album despite this. It's not yet confirmed exactly where and when he will tour but he will give concerts in a number of cities in Europe in 2006.