What’s happened?

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Published on: 9 September 2006


Please, listen to this track.
It’s called “Birth Of Liquid Plejades”, for 3 synth and 4 celli, from the LP “Zeit” recorded by the german band “Tangerine Dream” in 1972.
In the seventies, this music was not a product by contemporary, academic, electronic music groups, it was pop-music here in europe. You could read this album’s review on a pop music magazine between the review of last work by Dylan or the Stones (the reviewers called it “cosmic music”).
Well, it was regarded as experimental music, but it was on the edge of the pop music. Bands like Tangerine Dream made european tours in medium size theatres and had audience and success. This kind of recordings was regularly on sale. Could be a little difficult to find it in normal music shops, but even in medium size towns. there always was a shop where people could buy it.
We can say that the 1972 Tangerine Dream was a cheap imitation of Ligeti’s music of the sixties, but the important fact is that band like this one were a sort of bridge from pop to experimental music.
Now, can someone tell me why currently every kind of sperimentation and research has disappeared (or been banned) from the popular music? What’s happened?

  1. nicola says:

    Legge di Gresham?

  2. Joyello says:

    Boh… io penso che sia solo questione di tempi diversi. Quelli erano gli anni 70, oggi il modo di fruire la musica di consumo è diverso e più ampio.
    Andrò a spanne ma se è vero che Aphex Twin non è un grande sperimentatore, direi che non è l’unico esempio da prendere in considerazione. Si pensi ai Matmos, Alva Noto o Christian Fennesz, solo per fare i primi nomi che mi vengono in mente (quindi quelli più grossi): Sono distribuiti da multinazionali, i loro dischi si trovano anche a fnac e si parla di loro nelle riviste di pop-music. Ora non la chiamano musica cosmica ma “laptop-music”… camiano i tempi, cambia il modi di chiamarla ma…In fondo, non è la stessa cosa?

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