Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Mark Prendergast lecture at AMBIcon on History of Ambient Music« on: August 16, 2013, 11:07:20 AM »
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?
Well, if pressed and allowed to spend a year or so doing intensive research, with a decent advance from a publisher to cover some needed expenses (not a king's ransom), yeah, I could write a much better history of the genre, IMNSHO (not so humble indeed, probably). Look, I can grant you that the guy maybe doesn't have knowledge of "non-UK" or "non-European" ambient, but that doesn't excuse him presenting himself as a genre expert when he clearly is not. I am not an "expert" but I damn sure would do some extensive research before making it appear that I WAS one. And when one makes a presentation with the words "history of..." in its title, I'd either make sure I KNEW the history of whatever I claimed to know OR I would change the title to "MY history of..." or "An abridged history of..." or "A European history of..." Not knowing about Hearts of Space (really? unless one lives in the bush or way upriver on the Amazon or in the outback), how hard would it be to find out about Hearts of Space?
OTOH...playing devil's advocate to my own diatribe above...I just Google'd "ambient music labels" and came up with the wikipedia entry, which (while including both Hypnos and Lotuspike) omits Hearts of Space and Spotted Peccary (although it does include Valley Entertainment which DOES own the HOS catalog, but how many non-insiders KNOW that?). So, while I still do not excuse his many and serious omissions, I do start to understand what some of you are saying. Still, it does represent a certain ethnocentric (from a musical standpoint) viewpoint to not do a serious exploration of the GLOBAL existence of the genre, e.g. finding out about all the great stuff through the years that has been put out by Artemiy Artemiev's label, Electroshock, which wikipedia also ignoes (I assume he likewise missed them, but TBH, I haven't even watched the video yet).
So, while I appreciate what drkappa says when he states "...our kind of music is hard to find in the UK" I simply don't think that is a valid excuse for his ignorance. Just my two cents.