Art, higher learning, politics, economics—none of these activities today is properly related to human needs: all are fragmented. Like science, art has become remote from living: not, as in primitive societies, an integral part of our culture, existing in all aspects of life, in everyday matters, in religion. Art has become separate and specialised, understood only by a minority, segregated in galleries, museums, and concert halls, and, like science, exploited for political and commercial ends.
With new computer software and techniques of sampling and synthesis found in traditions from art music to hip hop, it is now possible for people with access to technology to create their own music, without training in performance. In some respects, we are surrounded by more music than we can ever consume. But perhaps we are also returning to something akin to the practice of music long ago, when every singer sang their own song.
— The final paragraph in The History of Western Music
This came up on my YouTube feed recently. From 1995. I hadn’t listened to it for a long, long, time. 😂 It’s actually pretty decent, I’m relieved to say. And although it’s not how I would do things today*, the underlying driving force is still exactly the same: it’s all about rhythm and texture.
* PS: Believe me, I am infinitely grateful that I am still producing music today.
With the album mostly done now, our most recent release on Bamboo Radical (March 1 2023 to be exact). This one has got a decent amount of airplay, I’m pleased to report, and a couple of really good reviews.
Not entirely happy with the video, if I’m honest. What comes from not planning properly and leaving it all to the last moment.
So, with the album now under way we decided to release this as the first track off it (now safely on Bamboo Radical). Didn’t get much airplay TBH. What comes from releasing eleven-and-a-half minute singles…😂
I absolutely adore this track. Great vocal. You just need to sit there and let it pick you up and wring you out:
OMG! Doesn’t time fly. I’ve actually been really really busy, but you wouldn’t know it from looking here. Promise I’ll put some posts up with back-dated work on…
In the meantime, here’s the new single. What was—way back in the day—Blue Train are now Lupid Vada. Very old skool sound, funky reggae kinda thing, with the idea for a random noise solo stolen direct from Can’s Moonshake single. Ho hum. Enjoy!
Available now on Bandcamp and all the usual streaming platforms.