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||Posted: Jan. 12 2002, 17:41
The new album thing...I may have caused confusion here - I believe that the new album which Plan 1 refer to is not anything to do with Music VR, but rather whatever may be released after that, which may or may not be a lavish reincarnation of his 1973 masterwork created using the latest digital technology and featuring a string ensemble...
I do also think that timshen is right about tracks from Music VR being worked on in order to create something which flows properly as an album...Mike did start compiling all the parts into album form quite a while ago. I would imagine that there are still parts which Mike would like to polish off, and maybe bits that he feels need that touch of something different, which he hopes to get by going to an outside studio.
I guess Mike's statement about Tubular Bells albums can be interpreted in a number of ways...
I'm also sure that he wasn't referring to any re-releases of the existing bells albums on different formats, etc. He meant that he'd not work on any new ones...and here comes the question...does re-recording Tubular Bells count as working on another bells album or not? It kind of isn't - it's not new music, after all...but it will be a new piece of work, and something quite separate from the original 1973 release (unlike a remaster or remix, which no matter how different it turns out, is still the same recording underneath).
He did say that The Millennium Bell would be the last bells album, but I believe he also said that about Tubular Bells III...
So anyway, for the sake of this dicussion, I guess it really depends whether Tubular Bells 1 Mk II counts as a new album or not - if he meant that he'd never commit a single note to tape in the name of bells ever again then it seems he's changed his mind. If he meant that he'd never compose a new album with a bell related name, then he's sticking to his word...
Doesn't really matter either way - he's doing what he's doing, and we'll hear it when it's ready. What we decide to think of it is up to us...