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 ?
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?
But to me, the artwork strikes to the core of my emotional being and floods me with emotion . Is it good "art?" Frankly, I don't give a shit as it means something to me.
Yikes, Bill, I think it feel a Thomas Kincaid moment coming on...
I'm glad you clarified your position. The reason I thought you were second-guessing Robert's opinion of his own work is that you stated that "the ultimate appraisal of an artist's work should be made by the audience, not the artist." I couldn't disagree more with this statement. If this were the case, then chart position would be the equivalent of aesthetic merit---which really begs the question.
When I met Robert Rich at the living room concert at Jesse Sola's house, one of the first things I said to him was how much I liked Rainforest as a teenager. His response to this right away was something of "well hopefully I've gotten better since then". Expecting the typical "oh thank you" response, I was a little taken aback that he would look back on it with almost embarrassment (like for a certain time when the good ol' Beastie Boys would look back at Licensed To Ill) Maybe Robert thought his work has gotten much more complex and skilled since, but there is something about the simplicity of that album that I really like.