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The Ambient Century - Mark Prendergast

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The Ambient Century - Mark Prendergast

US Edition Release
New 2003 Edition
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UK Edition Release
November 2000
In association with Amazon

US Edition Release
January 2001
In association with Amazon

 

Published by Bloomsbury Books

 

 

Book Two - Minimalism, Eno & The New Simplicity

 

Introductory Essay

Fifteen entries including La Monte Young, Terry Riley, Steve Reich, Brian Eno, Philip Glass, ECM, New Age Music, Harold Budd, Jon Hassell, Michael Nyman, John Adams, Arvo Part, Henryck Gorecki, John Tavener, Pauline Oliveros and David Toop.

 

"Invited in 1966 to help out on the soundtrack to a psychedelic film, Chappaqua, Glass had a collision with Indian music which would change him forever. Transcribing Shankar's music for Western musicians to play, he had to sit and write directly from Ravi's vocal dictation. When he had finished the tabla player Alla Rakha shook his head and announced, 'All the notes are equal'. Glass tried to rewrite but it didn't work until he dropped the bar lines. Then he had a vision :

'Instead of distinct groupings of notes, a steady stream of rhythmic pulses stood revealed. It was a watershed, a new beginning. Nadia Boulanger had taught me how to go beyond myself but Ravi represented a composer who was also a performer. And that's where I got the idea of performing my own music. It was a way to find an audience. From the moment I met Ravi I set my sights on making my way in the world as a composer and as a performer and not through the academic system.'

 

Brian EnoBrian Eno

 

 

 



Steve ReichSteve Reich

 

 

 

 


Philip Glass at work