New Vangelis Remasters (UK Report)

Since we’re in quite the ambient mood these few days, it’s nice to be able to concentrate a little on the genre.  After I had announced that I would be doing an Ambient series of articles, it was commented that the Esoteric label out of the UK would be delivering remasters of six Vangelis titles, some of which are highly anticipated, and a few with bonus tracks.

Vangelis AlbedoGetting right to it, Esoteric Records have Heaven and  Hell, Albedo 0.39, Spiral, Beaubourg, Direct, and Page Of Life, all slated for reissue on November 25.

Reported by Elsewhere, an independent Vangelis web-site, (and brought to my attention by Dave S.), these six RCA and Arista titles are expected to be newly remastered, and actually supervised by Vangelis himself.  Of the six, Page Of Life will add in “Sing With Your Eyes”, while the bonus of “To The Unknown Man (II)” is attached to Spiral.

All of these albums will be housed in Deluxe Digipak sets.

I’m in!

The Ambient Series – Tangerine Dream

Easily one of the most recognizable names in electronic music, Tangerine Dream went a long way in providing legitimacy to ambient music.  And while ambient would not have been the term of choice back then, it is certainly an appropriate term now given the many directions that recorded sounds have taken.  Tangerine Dream helped to establish the experience of sounds electronically woven.

Established in 1967 by Edgar Froese, who is the band’s mainstay after more than 40 years, Tangerine Dream gave their first album, Electronic Meditation in 1970 starting what would be referred to as their “Pink Years”, so-called because their first record company had a pink color element to the design of its label.  From 1970 through 1973, they released four albums (Electronic Meditation, Alpha Centauri, Zeit, Atem).  Each of these albums further established the band as a powerful creator of music via synthesizers.

TangerineDreamClassicBy the arrival of Alpha Centauri, Christopher Franke, a member of the most impacting version of Tangerine Dream, had joined.  By Zeit, their third album, Peter Baumann added his significant talents as well.  This began the shaping of Tangerine Dream‘s most important works.

Branson’s Virgin Records signed the band, who released Phaedra (1974).  In Phaedra, a significant change had taken place as the band began to use the computerized capability of the sequencer to perfect what would become a familiar sound of the band.  The band would consistently release yearly installments of their music for many albums. including Rubycon, Ricochet,  my personal favorite, Stratosfear, and a great many others.

By the time Peter Baumann left the band, with Tangerine Dream still in ascension mode, they were already changing.  With the release of Cyclone, their first without Baumann, they introduced vocals in a well-crafted 13-minute plus song, “Cold Bent Sidewalk“.  By the arrival of their next album, Force Majeure, in 1979, they were beginning to morph into what would be referred to as their Blue Years (Jive Records), and their Melrose Years (Private Music, a label owned by one-time member, Peter Baumann.  Baumann would release a classic solo ambient album of his own with Romance ’76.)

After each album, the band changed a little more.  I’m not sure any one band can be pointed to with such a vast evolutionary musical path.

TangernieDreamSorcererIt was inevitable that a band with the creativity that Tangerine Dream displayed time and time again, would be asked to produce a motion picture soundtrack.  This venture began with William Friedkin’s magnificent cinematic remake of Clouzot’s Wages Of Fear film, Sorcerer.  In the liner note of that LP, Friedkin stated that Tangerine Dream nailed the sound he wanted for the film, I believe without the benefit of seeing the movie.  Within the notes, Friedkin also stated that the film and the score are inseparable.  That’s power!

Over the years, Tangerine Dream would create soundtracks for Thief, Legend, Risky Business, Near Dark, Firestarter, Miracle Mile, and many others.  All were challenging soundscapes to complement the film their accompanied.

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Recently, Tangerine Dream also scored several pieces for the best-selling game, Grand Theft Auto V.

Still relevant?  I think so.

Their insertion of many albums into the world of what is now called ambient music has been, and continues to be, a core element of this style of music.

TangerineDreamStratofearTangerine Dream was one of the first bands that led me to a profound love for sound-only productions, many electronically created.  As such, they left a lasting impression.  Often, I return to their music, generally the albums from their Virgin Years, which includes my favorite, Stratosfear.

I invite you to challenge yourself with any of the bands or artists that I introduce within the scope of this series of articles, which could be quite vast.  In addition, I challenge those that like such music to comment and help to create a discussion of the bands and artists we bring up.  Do not be afraid to introduce any that I might not only be interested in, but that I may like myself but haven’t thought about in years.  (One such classic ambient title, which involves treated piano, is from Roger Eno, is his magnificent and brilliant Voices.)

6CD Ramones Set: The Sire Years 1976-1981

RamonesTheSireyearsIn 1976, Ramones arrived with a stunning self-titled collection of 14 songs that started with “Blitzkrieg Bop”, bumping into “Beat On The Brat”, “Judy Is A Punk”, “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend”, and closing with “Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World”.  Somehow, that last song title seemed rather prophetic.

The band had signed with Sire Records, and the rest is, as they say, history.

Rhino plans a 6CD set for Ramones entitled The Sire Years 1976-1981.  As of right now, there are no complete details.  What I can sense is that this is a set with each of the first six albums ( Ramones,  Ramones Leave Home, Rocket To Russia, Road To Ruin, End Of the Century, Pleasant Dreams).  I’m also betting there is some remastering going on.

I’ll be sure to get back with you as more details become available.

This set is scheduled by Rhino for October 29.

TAPSheet: Release News – 09/26/2013 (US Report)

Friday Music have a nice little selection of upcoming music, most in vinyl LP.  But not all.

On November 19, Friday Music will reissue a 3LP 180g Limited Edition vinyl set for Lotus by Santana.  The label will also do a 180g Limited Edition LP of Greatest Hits featuring The Association, same date.

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Another 180g vinyl LP set from Friday Music will be of After School Sessions by Chuck Berry.  It is slated for November 19.

Friday Music will release a CD/DVD Deluxe Edition of Greatest Hits featuring the songs of David Lee Roth.  This set is scheduled for November 19.

Polydor Records has slated Give Me Strength from Eric Clapton for November 25.  The set will issue in two packages that include 5CD/BD-Audio combo, and a 3LP  vinyl set.

Rhino will release a 6CD Box for Ramones called The Sire Years 1976-1981 on October 29.

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On November 19, a few labels over at the Universal stable will release a new collection of Five Classic Albums sets from their continuing series:

  • Trace Adkins
  • Styx
  • The Beach Boys
  • Steely Dan
  • Snoop Dogg
  • Rush
  • Soundgarden
  • Merle Haggard
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Glen Campbell
  • George Strait
  • Elton John
  • Bon Jovi

American Records is placing several well known classic titles on the calendar for LP reissues.  Those include three from Johnny Cash, and three from The Black Crowes.  They are:

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  • American Recordings
  • American II: Unchained
  • American III: Solitary Man

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The Black Crowes

  • Shake Your Money Maker
  • The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion
  • Three Snakes And One Charm

SACDs From Japan

It’s been awhile since I’ve done any kind of notice for any SACDs arriving out of the Japan marketplace.  However, a few readers have privately emailed me and asked why.  Personally, I’ve been underwhelmed by any of the SACDs (that I have purchased).  I was especially put off by the assembly line feel of the SACD of Argus by Wishbone Ash.  Nevertheless, there are still SHM-SACD product arriving from Japan although at a slower pace.

Nevertheless, Steve Talia has reported on some of these titles in his Talia’s Overflow Notes column found in our pages throughout any given month.

For today’s post, there are the following titles:

  • Regatta De Blanc – Police
  • Breakfast In America – Supertramp
  • Never Mind The Bollacks, Here’s The Sex Pistols – The Sex Pistols
  • Every Picture Tells A Story – Rod Stewart
  • Disraeli Gears – Cream
  • Zoot Sims And The Gershwin Brothers

These titles are planned for November 27.  They will be housed in the popular mini-LP style casing.

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And while we’re here, how does people feel about SACDs these days?  I know that some of you really like the 5.1 aspect and there is so little of those going around largely due to the cost of doing it.  Still, Stereo SACDs are pretty cool.  I wish that we can get good SACDs of Springsteen albums, later-era Rolling Stones (and not the Japan SMH-SACDs either, unless you guys feel they do the titles justice.  Then, I might try one), early-era Foghat, and more.  Also, they could finish out the Eric Clapton SACDs.  I really would like a No Reason To Cry SACD.

Also, I’m trying to acquire a cheap(er) copy of the No Secrets DVD-Audio by Carly Simon.  Ohh, the things we let go by us, only to want them later!  And a special nod to David Rowe (no relation) for allowing me to listen to his copy of No Secrets for sooooo long before I returned it.  I’ll always be thankful for that.

More Close To The Edge Remix News

CloseToTheEdgeBDIf you’re like me, it’s never enough when it comes to some albums.  Labels could churn out monthly updates of certain albums, and I’d put my credit card on automatic.  One of those albums is the great Close To The Edge from YES.  Our first real update of the album (aside from the Rhino remaster from 2003) was the SACD of the album from Audio Fidelity.  Then, not too long after that SACD release, it was announced that Steven Wilson would be remixing the classic in 5.1 surround, and high resolution Stereo.  Well, it doesn’t take much to get me excited when it comes to this album.  More is ALWAYS better for me.

Many of us already know that this is coming.  What we lacked were clarifying details, which we now have via the official YES website.  Here’s the info:

We already know that October 29 is the release date for both versions of the remixed album (DVD-Audio, and Blu-ray Audio).  We also know that the 5.1 Surround mixes are from the original multi-tracks, as are the new Stereo mixes.  The high resolution Stereo remasters are from the original flat stereo masters.  We also knew there would be extras.

The CD/DVD-Audio package will contain the following:

• New 5.1 Surround Mix 96kHz/24bit from original multitracks
• New 5.1 Surround Mix Lossless 96kHz/24bit from original multitracks
• New Stereo Mix Hi-Res 96kHz/24bit from original multitracks
• Original Stereo Mix Hi-Res 96kHz/24bit flat transfer from the original Stereo Master tapes
• Numerous audio extras Hi-Res 48kHz/24bit including single edits & studio run- throughs

The CD/Blu-ray-Audio package will contain the following (NOTE the exclusive extras found on the BD-Audio package:

• New 5.1 Surround Mix DTS-HD 96kHz/24bit from original multitracks
• New Stereo Mix LPCM 96kHz/24bit from original multitracks
• Original Stereo Mix LPCM 192kHz/24bit flat transfer from original master tape
• America – Original Stereo Mix LPCM 192kHz/24bit flat transfer from original master tape
• Instrumental Versions – New Stereo Mix LPCM 96kHz/24bit **EXCLUSIVE**
• Needle-drop of Original UK Vinyl  LPCM 96kHz/24bit A1/B1 pressing  **EXCLUSIVE**
• Numerous Audio Extras LPCM 96kHz/24bit including single edits & studio run throughs

The CD will be filled to the max with the new mix of the album as well as a new mix of  “America”, and an early mix and assembly of “Close To The Edge”.

The CD/DVD-Audio set is being packaged in a double digipak housed in a slipcase.  The CD/BD-Audio set will be housed in a mini-vinyl replica gatefold card sleeve.  Both sets will contain a booklet with liner notes by Sid Smith, more photos, and plenty of new info to tie it all together.  The original artist of Close To The Edge, Roger Dean, will provide updated artwork.

The best part?  This new version of Close To The Edge is called “first release in the series”.  Relayer?  Finally?  New Fragile?, Tales From Topographic Oceans?

The complete specs.  Oh, and thank you, Panegyric!  And deepest appreciation to Stephen Wilson, too!:

CLOSE TO THE EDGE

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CD

New Stereo Mixes

Close To The Edge – 18:43
And You And I – 10:09
Siberian Khatru – 09:01

Additional Tracks

America – 10:31
Close To The Edge – 18:42 – Early assembly/Rough mix


DVD-A

New Stereo Mixes

Close To The Edge – 18:43 – New Stereo 24/96 MLP Lossless
And You And I – 10:09 – New Stereo 24/96 MLP Lossless
Siberian Khatru – 09:01 – New Stereo 24/96 MLP Lossless

5.1 Surround Mixes

Close To The Edge – 18:43 – 5.1 Surround 24/96 MLP Lossless – dts 96/24
And You And I – 10:09 – 5.1 Surround 24/96 MLP Lossless – dts 96/24
Siberian Khatru – 09:01 – 5.1 Surround 24/96 MLP Lossless – dts 96/24

Original Stereo Mixes

Close To The Edge – 18:43 – Flat Transfer from original master – 24/96 MLP Lossless
And You And I – 10:09 – Flat Transfer from original master – 24/96 MLP Lossless
Siberian Khatru – 09:01 – Flat Transfer from original master – 24/96 MLP Lossless

America

America – 10:31 – 5.1 Surround 24/96 MLP Lossless – dts 96/24
America – 10:31 – New Stereo – 24/96 MLP Lossless
America – 10:31 – Flat Transfer from original master – 24/96 MLP Lossless

Additional Material

Alternate album

Close To The Edge – 17:42 – Early assembly/Rough mix – 24/48
And You And I – 10:18 – Alt. version – 24/48
Siberia – 09:20 – Studio run-through of Siberian Khatru – 24/48

Single versions & edits

Total Mass Retain – 03:21 – single version, mono – 24/48
And You And I – 03:29 – promo single version, mono – 24/48
America – 04:13 – single version, mono – 24/48

NTSC Region 0 hybrid DVD-A, compatible with all DVD players & DVD-rom drives


BLU-RAY

New Stereo Mixes

Close To The Edge – 18:43 – New Stereo 24/96 LPCM
And You And I – 10:09 – New Stereo 24/96 LPCM
Siberian Khatru – 09:01 – New Stereo 24/96 LPCM

5.1 Surround Mixes

Close To The Edge – 18:43 – 5.1 Surround 24/96 LPCM & DTS-HD MA
And You And I – 10:09 – 5.1 Surround 24/96 LPCM & DTS-HD MA
Siberian Khatru – 09:01 – 5.1 Surround 24/96 LPCM & DTS-HD MA

Original Stereo Mixes

Close To The Edge – 18:43 – Flat Transfer from original master – 24/192 LPCM
And You And I – 10:09 – Flat Transfer from original master – 24/192 LPCM
Siberian Khatru – 09:01 – Flat Transfer from original master – 24/192 LPCM

America

America – 10:31 – 5.1 Surround 24/96 LPCM & DTS-HD MA
America – 10:31 – New Stereo 24/96 LPCM
America – 10:31 – Flat Transfer from original master – 24/192 LPCM

Additional Material

Alternate album

Close To The Edge – 17:42 – Early assembly/Rough mix – 24/96 LPCM
And You And I – 10:18 – Alt. version – 24/96 LPCM
Siberia – 09:20 – Studio run-through of Siberian Khatru – 24/96 LPCM

Single versions & edits

Total Mass Retain – 03:21 – single version, mono – 24/192 LPCM
And You And I – 03:29 – single version, mono – 24/192 LPCM
America – 04:13 – single version, mono – 24/192 LPCM

Blu-Ray Exclusive

New Stereo Instrumental Mixes

Close To The Edge – 18:43 – New Stereo 24/96 LPCM
And You And I – 10:09 – New Stereo 24/96 LPCM
Siberian Khatru – 09:01 – New Stereo 24/96 LPCM
America – 10:31 – New Stereo 24/96 LPCM

Vinyl needle-drop transfer

Close To The Edge – 18:43 – A1/B1 UK vinyl transfer 24/96 LPCM
And You And I – 10:09 – A1/B1 UK vinyl transfer 24/96 LPCM
Siberian Khatru – 09:01 – A1/B1 UK vinyl transfer 24/96 LPCM

NTSC, all regions, LPCM playable in all Blu-Ray players & Blu-Ray drives

Talia’s Overflow Notes – 09/24/2013

Yes. Things are slowing down. But it isn’t without a few surprises from way out in left field. I have to admit that two of these box sets I am going to mention to you really left me completely surprised.

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For starters, our consistently quality friends over at Audio Fidelity are prepping a disc of some kind for Warren ZevonExcitable Boy for the near future. It hasn’t been specified yet if it will be an SACD hybrid or just a Gold audiophile disc. Obviously, Matt and I are pushing our hopes for an SACD hybrid. (Hoffman Forum)

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The first of the completely out of the blue surprises came by way of a report from The Second Disc. They got tipped off by a blog post devoted to the man which, in turn, led to a link to the Amazon France pre-order. Isn’t it lovely how these things go? Anyway, we got the really pleasant news today that Rhino (France) is dropping upon us Soul lovers another Donny Hathaway box set titled Never My Love: The Anthology. It will be 4-CDs of quite a bit of unreleased studio and live material, plus a gathering of the released tracks he cut with Roberta Flack and material from the Everything Is Everything album. It is due out on November 11. Amazon France will be the only place where you’ll be able to get it. For those of you who want to read what is on this box set, you should go to THIS LINK. This is the news as reported from the English Hathaway blog site that made it to the eyes of the great people over at The Second Disc. (The Second Disc)

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The other completely unexpected news is of an Eric Clapton box set that hadn’t been discussed, as least as far as I know, at any music forums or Clapton discussion sites. There’s going to be a 6-CD set called Give Me Strength ’74. The sleuths over at the Hoffman Forum have only been able to piece together some small fragments of what this thing is really all about. At some non-U.S. website, somebody posted that the writer, Marc Roberty, has confirmed that this box set is a legitimate release. So, I’m only assuming that this is going to be a UMe/Polydor release since it’s supposed to be legitimate. From what has been bandied about at the early stages, this box set is going to be from 1974 and 1975 and will likely consist of mostly jam sessions. It is going to be available on November 25 in the U.S. And November 22 in the EU. This one is a real head-scratcher, as it is going to be coming hot on the heels of the expanded Deluxe Edition of Unplugged. We’ll have to see how this plays out. The pre-order is already up over at Amazon. (Hoffman Forum)

One of the long-time posters over at IMWAN is reporting that the Duane Allman Skydog: The Retrospective box set is getting a reissue with less of the fancy extras that the original package had. I can only assume that this means it’s all of the music without all of the extra packaging goodies. It is due out on October 29 from Rounder. (IMWAN)

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TAPSheet: Release Notes – 09/23/2013 (US Report)

The release news for this nice Monday is a bit on the sparse side.  As we near the holidays (sorry, folks…but it’s true y’know), the labels soften up until the final quarter, then push a little out.  That means we’re heading toward our normal seasonal slowdown in title announcements.  Still, all is not totally quiet…

When Capitol Records release the new Beatles title, On Air: Live At The BBC, Volume 2, they will also re-release a remastered Live At The BBC (1994) alongside of it.  So, on November 11, both titles will be made available.  Better yet, both titles will be made available on 2CD and 3LP sets.

Sargent House Records will release a new Russian Circles album, Memorial, on October 29, almost precisely two years after their last album, Empros.  Memorial is streaming a track from the new album.

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Blackheart Records (Joan Jett’s boutique label) have released No Apologies from The Eyeliners, on August 14.  It slipped by me, so I thought I should let you know.

RCA/Legacy Records have a collection for Lita Ford coming in a series set, Playlist: The Very Best Of Lita Ford, on October 15.

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Anti Records plan the release of Aheym with Kronos Quartet playing music by Bryce Dessner, scheduling for the November 5 date for both CD and LP.

On November 11, Shout! Factory plans next Live 2CD set in the ELP series, Live In Montreal 1977.

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Yep Roc Records will release Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection For All The Family by Nick Lowe,  scheduled for October 29, CD and LP.

Mascot Records have Still Climbing from Leslie West scheduled for LP and CD on October 29.

Chimera Music will have the new album from Yoko Ono and The Plastic Ono Band called Take Me To The Land Of Hell on CD and LP slated for October 15.

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 PIAS America plan the new release of Man & Myth by Roy Harper on October 29. This will issue in CD and LP formats.

The Steinway and Sons label will release the new The Five Browns album, The Rite of Spring, on October 29.

Iconoclassic Records will reissue a remastered version of Smile by Laura Nyro, on October 22.

And finally, Harold Budd releases his new album, Perhaps, via Root Strata Records on LP and CD.

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Emerson, Lake & Palmer Live In Montreal 1977 Coming From Shout! Factory

ELPLiveYears ago, Shout! Factory embarked on an across-the-board remastered reissue of all of Emerson, Lake & Palmer titles.  After they released the original titles sets, they set about digging deep into the ELP vaults, and unearthing live material from the band.

In July of 2010, Shout! Factory assembled a 4CD live collection called A Time And A Place.  In that set, there was collected prime unreleased live material ranging from 1970 to 1998.  What set the collection apart was that the first three CDs contained the cream of the crop soundboard audio recordings, while the fourth CD contained the best of bootleg fan recordings.  This made for a compelling addition to any ELP library.

Live At The Mar y Sol Festival ’72 followed in 2011 along with Live At Nassau Coliseum ’79, with the last one, Live In California ’74 arriving in the latter part of 2012.

On November 11, Shout! Factory will release the next live set featuring Emerson, Lake & Palmer, called Live In Montreal ’77.

Live In Montreal ’77 will represent the band during their illustrious Works Tour that yielded several ambitious album sets.  This set is a 2CD set that contains 13 performance tracks, all recorded with a full orchestra.  As some fans will remember, this full-scale orchestral extravaganza met a quick death due to its immense costs to transport and incorporate.  This 2CD set captures songs (some previously released on Works Live) before the orchestra dismissal.

Live In Montreal ’77 represents the complete show (save for two songs that were lost due to a recording error) of the band’s immense show at Olympic Stadium in Montreal on August 26, 1977.

TRACK-LIST of Live In Montreal ’77

Disc One:

  1. Abaddon’s Bolero
  2. Karn Evil 9. 1st Impression Pt 2
  3. The Enemy God Dance With The Black Spirit
  4. C’est La Vie
  5. Lucky Man
  6. Pictures At An Exhibition
  7. Piano Concerto No 1, 3rd Movement
  8. Closer To Believing

Disc Two:

  1. Knife Edge
  2. Tank
  3. Nutrocker
  4. Pirates
  5. Fanfare For The Common Man (including Rondo)

The Ambient Series

I’m sure that many of the regular readers of TAP have WTF? moments when I post a random review of an ambient album.  And I truly realize that ambient music, which is a created swarm of sounds to make up a full-scale landscape of music that often has its own life, is not for everyone.  Nevertheless, I thought, by way of explanation and introduction, I’d start an ambient series that not only explores the old ambient works, like Tangerine Dream, Vangelis, Jean Michel Jarre, Cluster, Brian Eno, Tomita, Michael Hoenig, and Mike Oldfield have created, but also, the newer works like Three Fields, Steve Roach, and Dirk Serries have mastered.

HoenigDepartureArtFor me, ambient music is quite a thrill for several reasons.  First, and chief among the thrills, is the absolute necessity of pure focus.  Often, ambient music is used for background music, which is ok for those that like it.  It’s especially ok for the kind of ambient music that is designed to be background music, with no other purpose but to be a continuous, non-joined stream of notes. Often there is no relationship of the beginning of the music to the end of it.  But well-crafted, fully fleshed out suites of ambient works are memorable in their story-telling, often discerned in the title of the tracks.  What this demands is a sitting and listening, shutting out all of the other routines around you.  It is similar to sitting in a movie theatre.  You have dedicated several hours of your time to immerse yourself in a bit of fantasy.  Ambient music is quite like that.

Second, the music is therapeutic, soothing.  Without the need to split concentration with lyrics, all that is necessary is to just listen.  If it has hooks, they go deep into your conscious and fill it with visual imagery, different every time.  In fact, well done ambient music can recreate itself time and again every time you listen to it.  And that, my friends, is fun…more fun than you can imagine.  And memorable.  I cannot tell you how often I have old classic ambient music running through my mind from 4 decades ago.  Seriously.  Good ambient, like some of you may already know, can do that.  Example: I’m betting that many of you remember quite well the Mike Oldfield, Tubular Bells tune affixed forever to the Exorcist mystique.

There are multiple styles of ambient music.  There’s the elevator stream, designed, as wehave said before, to be a continuous stream of unattached and meaningless music.  Just sounds going on and on…and on.  then there is the “traditional” style, the style that many of you would be familiar with.  With Tangerine Dream, that involves computer-y and electronic sounds.  You can point at many artists, and this would be the kind of music that you would be referring to, or remembering.  In the case of Mike Oldfield, it could be the use of conventional instruments blended to create a suite of perfection, no electronics involved.

There is also a feedback style of ambient.  Often called “drone”, it usually involves the use of guitar and feedback sounds to create what might be referred to as a minimalist experience (sounds that depend on what came before, often in a reused but altered state).  Currently, Dirk Serries is a champion of that style, often thought to have been birthed by Lou Reed with his Metal Machine Music album, called by some as a fiasco, others as a brilliant drone ambient work.  Nevertheless, the use of drone music these days has evolved to a complete art form.  It may not be tolerated by many, but it can be enjoyed under the right – and proper – frame of mind.

Yes, there is a lot to ambient music.  I hope that you will follow what I come up with in The Ambient Series, both as introductory to a new style, or new bands, and, possibly, as a path of remembrance.