I don't know why things have been so quiet around here . . . Jul 25, 2017 15:52:47 GMT -5
Post by col on Jul 25, 2017 15:52:47 GMT -5
Just how old are you!?
On the subject of electronic music: there was time when I listened to a lot of that. I recall borrowing Tomita's Pictures at an Exhibition from the library in my mid-teens. And, maybe the first two albums I bought (or there abouts) were Oxygene and Equinoxe. Tomita didn't really interest me, and I moved on from Jarre; I ended up listening to a lot of Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze. As for Japanese electronic music: I preferred Kitaro. But I far prefered what was was coming out of Germany in the 70s and early 80s. Your comments remind me of my reaction to Schulze's evolving style with his use of the new digital synthesizers. Frankly, I felt that his music turned to crap. It was fine at first, when he was experimenting with digital, but he became reliant upon it and he lost something. Frankly, I found it unlistenable. His stuff from the 70s is interesting. Even in through the early 80s. But I stopped listening to his new stuff after a while. I used think maybe it was me that changed. But with the advent of the Internet (and Youtube, of course), I listen back, and to his even newer stuff - it was not me; it was him who changed. It is not as though I'm a stick in the mud when it comes to development of an artist over time. I think Bjork and Radiohead only became more interesting over the years. But maybe this was nothing more than what happens with many (maybe most) musicians (and most other people): they tend to become less innovative over their lives. It take true genius to keep reinventing.
My delving into electronic music was somewhat in hindsight (I started listening in the early 80s). If I had started listening a few years later, I might have overlooked the better, earlier stuff and never bothered.