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Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells (1973)

September 1, 2012 Leave a comment

On so many levels this is a wonderful and groundbreaking record.

One of the founding documents of minimalist, ambient, techno, chillout, etc, music. A perfect follow-up to the last post featuring Aphex Twin at his peak.

Also, the first ever release on Virgin Records; this bankrolled Mr Branson for years.

For me, I remember listening to it on the radio in the car as my dad and mum drove me and my sisters up the winding roads to the very top of The Peak in Hong Kong in late 1973 or early 1974 to see Comet Kohoutek. Still recall the otherworldy nature of the music and then the crisp chill on The Peak as we watched the apparently immobile but, ultimately, uncanny Kohoutek staining the night sky. Even more memorable was watching satellites smoothly and silently passing overhead.

Quite a night.

This was the soundtrack.

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Aphex Twin – Xtal (1985-1992)

September 1, 2012 Leave a comment

Saturday night, chance to post an all time classic from Aphex Twin aka Richard D. James aka Polygon Window, etc.

This is the opening track on the stunning “Selected Ambient Works 1985-1992” compilation released on Apollo in 1992. A key release in the history of techno.

Borrowing liberally, but largely unconsciously, from Brian Eno, Selected Ambient Works set the bar for almost everything else that has followed.  In an extraordinary career, Richard David James has released ambient, minimal techno, earbleeding drum’n’bass, definitive new age soundscapes and, ahem, beautiful piano miniatures (check here for an earlier post to confirm).

Will post many more tracks over coming months but this is a great place to start.

 

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