"What was that highly-influential collaborative stuff we worked on together David?"
"Do you mean the non-linear Gothic Drama hyper-cycle, or that other stuff Brian?"
The gift of sound and vision
The UK Sunday Times, Culture section, began a new series of articles yesterday, intended as "A Guide To Planet Pop", and entitled "From Elvis to Eminem, we trace the key moments that defined the sounds of 2001". Pink Floyd are mentioned in connection with Prog Rock, and McLaren, The New York Dolls, and The Sex Pistols with Punk. David's decision to move to Berlin and the events leading up to the release of Low, are credited as the "Moment" for Electronica.
"This might be a waste of an entire month of your life. Are you willing to come to Paris and experiment with Eno and me?" This was the unpromising invitation that David Bowie gave to the record producer Tony Visconti in August 1976. Bowie couldn't have been more wrong. In a recent NME poll, Bowie was voted the most influential artist of all time, and Low, the album that Bowie recorded in that Paris session with Visconti, is his most influential work"...... "Visconti took things even further by acquiring a harmoniser - a then new device invented to alter the pitch of musical notes - and fed the drums through it to make a dark, urban, claustrophobic sound that nobody had heard before."
The second section devoted to each genre, concerns the "Momentum" which built up after the "Moment".
"In developing a new European pop that lived and breathed without reference to the American Blues tradition, Bowie created a template for mid-1990's Brit-pop bands such as Blur and Pulp..... The actual sound of Low's synths and drums led directly to synth-pop bands such as Human League, Depeche Mode and Ultravox..... and in the next decade, to popular techno outfits such as the Prodigy, whose No1 hit Firestarter recalls Bowie's work during this period.... Most of all, processing drums is now a given in all forms of popular music and can be heard everywhere."
The rest of this article is available online, here.
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