Kathryn and I have watched from week 1. Agreed...it is OUTSTANDING writing and Matthew Mc C is amazing, as is Woody H. Ranks up there with The Shield and Justified, IMO.
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Is there such a thing ? I was looking at this site today:
I'm not getting into the merits / demerits of the music as such, just that it seems a whole lot more commercially oriented than ambient. There's some artists who crossover from the ambient side of things, but they aren't as 'hardcore' (an oxymoron here ?) as some of the big name new age artists I've come across. I'm not being judgmental about that, I'm just curious. My only dalliance with the 'scene' was trying to push the 2004 '8 Shades of Sound' album I produced, but I gave up on that as I wasn't too keen on sending hundreds of copies of the CD to the States (where all the radio stations were based) I'm curious if things are still the same ?
I'm sure some people here know much more about this side of things - Bill B, Jeff P et al
Don't these artists have bad days and want to release some fiercely abrasive dark ambience ?
You said Steve roach was totally overrated, then you later said he was brilliant.
I'm surprised on this Vangelis opinion because there are lots of EM biggies who list him as a major influence. He had some amazing synth sounds and nobody could really replicate that.
So you can be brilliant AND overrated? If someone said I was overrated I would take it as a knock.
About Vangelis: I would recommend Soil Festivities and Opera Sauvage to those who think only Bladerunner is worthwhile. The compilation Themes is also pretty comprehensive for his classic period. Anything after The City is not recommended.
Are you serious that Vangelis is complete crap???
While not defending the glaring omissions and missing research, our kind of music is
hard to find in the UK. There was no national radio broadcast or station playing
ambient, space, or electronic music. I only learnt of Messrs Roach, Rich, Stearns...
when I came to work in the US in 1999 and a friend pointed me to Hearts of Space.
Internet radio has helped, but mostly if you already know the music exists. There's no
equivalent of Hearts of Space. I wish it could be syndicated to the BBC Radio or
Classic FM. Yes John Peel did introduce we Brits (me included) to Tangerine Dream,
but that was forty years ago.
Are there any good writers out there in ambientland who could write a more
comprehensive history of ambient or electronic music?