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Re: Looper's Essential Listening revisited: the 1980's
At 12:16 AM 2/13/2006, you wrote:
>Every now and then we discuss ideas for the Looper's Delight
>Essential Listening section. It's that time again!
>This time around, I'd like to focus on the 1980's.
For the 80's I'd like to nominate:
"My Life in the Bush of Ghosts" by Brian Eno and David Byrne.
This is one of the most influential looping albums of all time with
its use of polyrhythms, spoken word and of course intense
looping. By comparison "Remain in Light" by Talking Heads should be
considered a side-project of this work.
The "M-Base" movement headed by Steve Coleman and Greg Osby took jazz
type looping in a completely different direction that has been
enormously influential on jazz/rock/funk/noise/hiphop/looping artists
here in the US Pacific Northwest. (Relatively) famous folks
influenced by this would probably include: Bill Frisell and Wayne
Horvitz. Unfortunately M-Base is almost totally unknown. Recordings
are very hard to find because Stefan F. Winter's recording
company, JMT Productions of Germany, went bankrupt.
I'd like to also nominate for the 70's, "On the Corner" by Miles
Davis. Totally panned at the time, the looping modal grooves of this
album and a lot of Miles's "electric" period has influenced a whole
later generation of jazz, rock and hiphop artists.
All I've got time for for now, I gotta go to work.