Joined: Dec. 2004
||Posted: Mar. 03 2007, 20:25
|Quote (Olivier @ Mar. 03 2007, 12:58)|
|Resolution magazine has published an exclusive interview with Mike Oldfield. A video will be available online.|
"I'm writing a piece of orchestral music. I'm making a demo of the whole thing, keeping all MIDI parts so that the MIDI parts can be transcribed into Sibelius and a proper orchestral score can be worked out. It'll be all orchestral apart from classical guitar and grand piano, I'll be playing those two instruments."
"It's going to be based around the festival of Halloween rather than the Hollywood horror film. The ancient festival goes back to BC. I'm talking to the composer Karl Jenkins about collaborating on it, hoping to record it somewhere special like Abbey Road No.1, and we'll do a live concert. The advantage of that is we'll have an orchestral score, which anyone in the world will be able to pick up and play."
"In my local record shop they've had the original Tubular Bells there since I'd lived there, and they put the new one up, and after a month they took that down and put the old one up... the production, and even the tuning doesn't matter, it's a force and energy, idiosyncrasies that give it it's character."
(Via Matthew Cochrane of the Amarok Mike Oldfield Mailing List.)any
That's great news . An orchestral piece , apart from guitar and grand piano, sounds interesting. Hopefully this WILL put Mike back on the musical map, where he so rightfully belongs. Not only that it's going to be recorded at Abbey Road as made legendary by The Beatles and Pink Floyd. That'll REALLY put Mike back on the musical map.
The new album is going to be based around the ancient festival of Halloween , I knew from interviews Mike was a spiritual person. I think the ancient Pagan festival of Halloween has been made rather commercial, not to mention demonised by some evangelical zealots over the years.
For more on Halloween time customs, both Pagan and Christian see here www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/customs/Halloween.html
So glad to see an honest non demonising view of Paganism is taught in schools these days.
That's interesting what Mike said about Tubular Bells. His local record shop(do they still exist??? ), has been displaying the Original Tubular Bells since he lived there, apart for one month where they had, I gather this was TB2003 up before replacing it with the original. Strange that I always thought that Mike was unhappy with the tuning on the orig TB, call me a cloth eared nincompoop , but I've NEVER noticed any tuning errors on TB , if anything these give Orig TB it's character and charm . I quite like L&S , but I much prefer Mike's longer instrumental pieces . Tubular Bells is a classic that needs no alteration, its the minor imperfections that make it so perfect, after all we're all only human arent we?.
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