Agitation Free, Terry Riley, sampling, Ralph Towner articles
In the latest issue of Perfect Sound Forever
<http://www.perfectsoundforever.com>, you'll find (among other things):
Luul Ulbrich "cannot answer the question of how Krautrock was born,
although he was deeply involved in shaping it. 'It's always
complicated with categorizations. Primarily, we saw ourselves as a
rock band, as psychedelic rock. We never called it 'krautrock.'
There's a nice explanation in France, 'musique planante,' which means
'music of the spheres.' Maybe it's just experimental rock music.'"
His middle years
Colfax, California, 1935. Who in that NoCal hamlet would've guessed
that a major influence on modern music had just been christened?
Unlike religious icons, angels don't appear when artists leave the
womb and commence their slog through the muck of the world, but
that's where Terry Riley nonetheless saw his advent, soon trafficking
along a childhood not terribly dissimilar to that of most other young
males in America. He did, however, display early on a strong bent for
music. Still, little reveals itself historically with very much
clarity in his first decade and a half. Colfaxians did as adolescents
tended to do since time immemorial: goof around, have fun, discover a
little bit of the world, and try to figure out why the hell anyone
was even put here in the first place.
From concrete to hip-hop
There are many opinions on sampling. Some view it as a fresh,
post-modern take on music; music had taken us only so far and
sampling helped to shake things up, re-evaluate the past, and use it
to create exciting new music. Others view it as simple thievery, a
refuge for the untalented to hide behind. What inspires both these
views? Is either correct?
Segovia's Mutant Brother- Part 2
Part 1 looked at the nascent Oregon as an ironically inadvertent
subversion within the Paul Winter Consort, further paradoxical in its
production of the best work Winter's ensemble would ever see. Topping
the paradox, the sub-group wouldn't release its first LP until many
years after the attainment of firm regard in the music world (as we
saw, Music of Another Present Era wasn't really Oregon's true first
set of recordings). Unparalleled in its creativity, the band quickly
grew in critical and consumer eyes and ears, first nailing down a
quartet signature sound that later attempted to induct new members...
elegantly failing every time. Oregon was ever and only best as a
foursome, a chamber jazz effort embodied by Colin Walcott, Paul
McCandless, Glen Moore, and Ralph Towner... most especially Towner.
WEST CORK CHAMBER MUSIC
"The Irish love music of almost any kind, so it seemed logical to
consider the possibility of music festivals. What happened is a
variety of them, devoted to various musical categories: early music,
jazz, contemporary and traditional Irish being among the first
suggested. They were so successful there are now other varieties, as
well. The West Cork Chamber Music Festival comes pretty close to
being all things to all people. They certainly try hard."
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