Harold Budd interview – (Part 2 of 2) Watching Sunlight and Shadows Through Six Windows with Harold Budd S02 Ep11
Interview Date: May 3, 2012 @8pm EDT
A Highly Recommended Listen!
Special Guest: Harold Budd is an American composer and poet who is known for his soft pedal piano style and his ground-breaking projects. In this podcast we talk about the album "By the Dawn's Early Light", the photo of "The Captive White Boy, Santiago McKinn" (Photo below), the story behind the David Sylvian produced album "Avalon Sutra" and working with his friends, John Foxx (formally of Ultravox), Robin Guthrie, plus his view of the piano and much more.
Big Noise of Electronica
We wanted to showcase some of the big names of electronica, of course, as is often the case, many of the artists were creating music before the label was invented and applied, and many are rankled by the label, but we're using the term to showcase some of the figures that pushed the frontier using digital instruments and methods. This is, by no means an exhaustive list, but take a look and familiarize yourself if you’re unfamiliar with the names. There’s so much that falls under the electronica banner – whole genres, sub-genres, as well as performers. A lot of it gets derided, sometimes rightfully so; to be fair, there’s bad music everywhere, but electronica sometimes gets attacked with absolute vitriol. Especially with the resurgence in the popularity of folksinger/songwriters, adherents of folk or the like sometimes try to prove their passion and love by attacking what they see as the opposite musical form. Most often it's a mistake, really. Electronica has made a more profound and encompassing impact in music in general than one might think - even in the folksinger/songwriter genre. To realize this, dig into some of the figures under the banner. These performers are icons of the field who shaped the face of music. You might want to explore a few of them, the experience might just be mind expanding. To not do so, and continue to criticise would just be willful ignorance.
He has to be mentioned. The forefather of electronica. Everyone else mentioned here can trace their roots back to him. Without him, things would be very different. You might say, without him there would have been a great void.
The band that launched a thousand ships. Literally, bands that list Kraftwerk as an influence number into the thousands. Kraftwerk has sparked whole genres of music that have an everlasting foundation in the history of music. “Autobahn,” “Computer World,” “Tour de France”
Another progenitor, simply put. His popularity really seems to be growing exponentially, but he was active since the early 1970`s. Thoughtful and artistic; there`s so much that could be said about him, and so much has already, and in the most glowing praise. His influence is everywhere in music (and meta-music - like computer sounds) Pushing boundries, birthing genres, if you listen to music, you’ve heard his input. If you haven’t taken an active
Special Guest – Peter Dale [A MUST LISTEN FOR STORE OWNERS] In the second half of this podcast Peter and I discuss the state of the music industry, the positives and negatives of bringing Classical music into your store (and some tips of what to look for), and some really amazing tips that he has learned over the years on how to improve your store’s sales. PLAY IT NOW! You won’t be disappointed.
As far back as I can remember I have dedicated a room where I have listening sessions with my buddies (or some company that has stopped by). In my new house it’s just off the kitchen in what used to be a dining room. It’s a simple room with a leather chair, couch and my stereo (in fact the one drawn on the GTV [GoingThruVinyl] fliers). This room is generally referred to by people as my “Stereo Room” and according to others there for pretty much one thing; to fill a need I seem to have for extrapolating useless information on unsuspecting guests while obscure records play in the background. If I had to guess, this need comes from my unusual want to control the music I hear in the background (the useless information I give as a bonus). For whatever reason, background music really matters to me and always has. Where ever I go, the major deciding factor of whether I having a good time or a bad time is the music in the background. People who know me have learned to either put up with it or in some rare cases enjoyed the music I gravitate towards. Through the years I have been able to enjoy innumerable sessions with many different types of people and have turned quite a few people onto some really great music.