« on: December 22, 2008, 02:26:40 PM »
Thanks Loren, Lot's of interesting info there.
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I'm almost done with the audiobook of The Vampire Lestat which is the second of Anne Rice's series, the Vampire Chronicles. The first half of the book bored me to the point that I almost gave up several times but it has become much more interesting in the second half. What started out as a lot of emo whining about inter-vampire relations has turned into an interesting study of the difficulties of immortality, as well as some interesting stuff about where the vampires came from in Anne Rice's vampire mythos.I for got about that book. I read it almost 20 years ago and felt the same way. Boring at first and then mesmerizing. Some of those early Anne Rice books were great reads. Harry
Gary's been on the edge of this music for nearly 30 years and I had the pleasure of hearing Gary do a wonderful piece live on his massive Wiard system last year that I think just about anyone here would love. Here's a little known fact, Steve Roach's Structures From Silence was mixed at Gary's studio way back in the 1980's.I agree about Gary's music. Unfortunately, his best music IMO is hard to find. I really like the music he did for some of Stephen King's miniseries such as Kingdom Hospital and Rose Red. I was hoping there would be a release of his "Sanctuarios" tour from last summer. Harry
With all due respect, every "musician" and "composer" - electronic or
otherwise deals with the existing and prevailing opinions about what
music is. Personally, as a music pro, I can tell you that music that
you make simply grows feet and walks away and has its own life. All
that music is is folklore and mythology.
I have a metaphorical tale that I often use to illustrate this....
Composers like to stand in the middle of the stream - feeling the
currents and energy around us. This, of course, is much to the
puzzlement of those onlookers on the shore, who think that this is
Then, one day, a fish swims into our pocket. Now the onlookers think
- "oh, that's it - he's a fisherman!" And whenever they see us, they
talk about the big fish that we have caught.
But all we really want to do is to stand out in the middle of the
What music is about is excuses - excuses to spend all of our time and
money on music. Everything else is really the rhetoric of onlookers -
talking about big fish.
Nobody said there should be strict length limits on music. But many people feel that recording artists feel like "Well, I've got 80 minutes here, so I'm gonna use it," when maybe the content doesn't merit such an extended run time.That's it exactly. When I first had access to a lot of tracks I would think, "I've got 24 tracks , I need to use them all." Of course , I would often end up with muddy, too busy recordings. Harry