Mike Oldfield

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Mike Oldfield Mike Oldfield was born May 15, 1953 in England. This is an English multi-instrumentalist and composer, working in a variety of genres: progressive and art rock, electronic music, folk, Celtic music. On the last album includes some dance tracks of club style. Tubular Bells, The main work of Mike Oldfield’s critics say concept album Tubular Bells, was released in 1973. Virgin Records. It was the first album released on the newly created label Virgin Records. Parents name is Mike and Raymond Mauren. His brother Terry and sister Sally is also quite well-known musicians. They have participated in the recording of his album. In the composer’s six children, including two from the popular Norwegian singer Anita Hegerland. Sallyangie”. Mike Oldfield began his career at age 14 in a folk duo with his sister Sally, with whom he recorded the disc “Sallyangie”. Barefeet, The Whole World, Then he organized a group of one-day Barefeet, and later briefly joined the ensemble Kevin Eyres The Whole World, until the latter collapsed in mid-1971. Game Oldfield in those days was still very immature, although promising. Anyway, his name has little to say not just an ordinary rock music listener, but also scorched dealers show business, and when Mike started to deal with its ambitious plans for the 50-minute composition in different English recording company, it has not been supported. The only well-wisher was the company that did not exist. Virgin Strudent It was called the Virgin and was the brainchild of a Richard Branson, who founded a teenager edition Strudent and was the owner of several shops selling LPs at discount prices. Oldfield has coincided with the arrival of Branson’s plans to base the new company, and the young composer was in the studio. There he made a record of many overdubs, where he played many instruments. Tubular Bells”, Virgin The result turned out to be an epic work “Tubular Bells”, which Virgin has released its first CD in May 1973. It was preceded by excellent performance at a concert in “Queen Elizabeth Hall”and TV broadcasting. Enthusiastically received by critics contributed to the disc, it was quickly accepted by the public. The play has since become one of the most successful products in the rock. Simon & Garfunkel, Tubular Bells”. In addition to the Beatles”Lonely Hearts Club”and”Bridge over the rough waters,”the duo Simon & Garfunkel, no disc in the rock music was not able to so quickly and globally to win general respect as”Tubular Bells”. Even at the beginning of December 1974, over 68 weeks after its publication, he was in seventh place in the number of copies sold, which at the time exceeded 2 million units, and by 1981 reached 10 million. His popularity in the United States contributed to the fact that excerpts from the album have been used for the background music of the film “The Exorcist.”Theme From Tubular Bells”, One of these passages there was printed as a single and again a huge success, although Oldfield and Branson, a little afraid of the US market, separately for the English edition recorded another single,”Theme From Tubular Bells”, which was to provide import requirements. “Bonzo Dog Band The cylindrical bell”- is one instrumental composition with melodic motifs liberally sprinkled Oldfield throughout the album with their primitive variations, with the sounds of the guitar, which can be compared with a pipe or a mandolin, with the sound of bells, with grandiose echoes some of the tools, which plays a former member of the Bonzo Dog Band Viv Stenshell, with various bodies and 2,300 tape recorders fragments that can move, cut, speed, do whatever you want. Hergest Ridge”, In August 1974,”The Wizard of thousands of overlaps,”as he christened the rock press, turned up in the studio with his next album”Hergest Ridge”, named for the ridge of hills on the English-Welsh coast. Again monothematic play. Although disk immediately topped the lists while the debut of its predecessor was marked by “only”second place in the top twenty, he lasted only 12 weeks, and its total sale was relatively disappointing. Tubular Bells”, This album turned out to be technically more mature, expressive and powerful than”Tubular Bells”, but lost the primary innocence and charm that distinguished “Bells”. Oldfield again showed a peculiar ability to paint is very green, combed and very British musical landscape. Once again, another couple of those with a rather banal harmonies, simple rhythms and arrangements. Enchanting melodies pour endlessly and seamlessly. All the magic Oldfield here – combined sounds, electric acoustic, keyboard with strings, the upper octaves with the bass, as well as effective, and sometimes refined using choirs and percussion. Paintings are changing slowly and deliberately, and uniformirovannoe legato music provides a basis for alternating leading tools desire to monotony. Ommadawn”Over time, it began to feel that Oldfield peaked phenomenal debut, but the drive”Ommadawn”dispelled any fears that might arise, at least in commercial terms. Leading quite secluded life, she avoided Oldfield concert work since his days with Ayres. Star’s End”The Orchestral Tubular Bells”The Whole World, However, he played the guitar, when the composition of David Bedford”Star’s End”performed the Orchestra of the Royal Philharmonic Society in 1975, and again with the same orchestra, on concern the representation of”The Orchestral Tubular Bells”running Bedford (David Bedford, studied music at the Royal Academy working in groups Ayres The Whole World, recorded solo). Soon after television aired a 19-minute film about the concert. It’s hard to imagine that the usual rock music could trigger similar interest. A”Bells”, for example, have a much larger base fatal than, say,”Lonely Hearts Club”or”The Bridge”, mentioned above. Each reviewer respects Oldfield success, but opinions and estimates diverge significantly. New Musical Express? And can it be considered truly”Bells,””the best album of the world of popular music,”as it came out of a reader questionnaire New Musical Express? “Do not borrowing anything from the well-known classics and are not prone to echoes, sobbing and gurgling persistently avant-garde, Mike Oldfield has created music that combines logic and surprise, sunshine and rain,”- wrote John Peel, the most famous English disc jockey on the radio, willingly losing Zappa and Tchaikovsky. “Time Out. “Of course, I realize that all absolute judgments are temporary, and can only say that this is the most amazing and the most completed a great and original music, which appeared ever under the rubric of”pop.”She makes me the same emotional impact that and works by Sibelius and Debussy “- announced his credo William Murray in the magazine Time Out. New Musical Express Ian MacDonald spent in New Musical Express a two-page overview of the first two albums Oldfield. It is unlikely that most of the fans of the musician was grateful to him for his trouble. “Bells It is the exact likeness of the Warsaw Concerto by Richard Eddisella. Bells are a mixture of the main provisions of serious music with expressive popular and modern taste.”Reviewer advantages compared with the level of Bartók – as the popular – and it was his Concerto for Orchestra in 1943 and the level of different music for films.”No, Mike Oldfield is not fatal Debussy. Rather, it is rock Michel Legrand.””Melody Maker.”Mike Oldfield has come just in case”- wrote Steve Lake in Melody Maker.”His writings will not be able to hurt the most conservative audience and create the perfect background sound for a ride in the car, graffiti on the ceiling and the choice shopping in a department store.”And further:”His music sounds like a children’s rock band accompaniment.”But ultimately, it should be noted that for all electro flaws, with the most basic compositional development, naivety, tenderness and magic of music Oldfield does not lose its charm. It becomes desirable to produce light-music programs. Nice rock music? Maybe. The fate of the rock? This question can be answered only descendants. Meanwhile Oldfield did not stop his studio work. Boxed”, Tubular Bells”,”Hergest Ridge”Ommadawn”, Tubular Bells”By the end of 1976, he delighted his admirers special chetyrehdiskovym set entitled”Boxed”, which contained the albums”Tubular Bells”,”Hergest Ridge”and”Ommadawn”, and when remixing Oldfield gave accounts quadraphonic effect, added the first part of the disc”Tubular Bells”small insert on the next remade some tunes in accordance with the author’s later concept. Collaboration”, Set disk added”Collaboration”, consisting of recordings made with other musicians Oldfield and until not published. Incantations”, After another attack seclusion young composer and multi-instrumentalist who has just passed 26 years, in late 1978 he moved to London and released the double album”Incantations”, which pinned hopes. Steeleye Span To his characteristic multi-layer overlay instrumental parts, he added former vocalist Maddy Prior Steeleye Span, who sang”The Song of Hiawatha”Longfellow. Yes, ELP Moody Blues, Reviewers found the music album echoes of Ravel and Debussy, with supply more modest than that of Yes, ELP or the Moody Blues, but just as attractive as that of Keith Jarrett. I’m Guilty”In addition, Christmas Oldfield released a new illustrated edition of the”bell”, in February 1979 in a New York studio with a local rhythm section recorded the single”I’m Guilty”disco and participated in the creation of the debut album of his sister Sally . Exposed”. He continued to work on the music for the film and released a”live”double”Exposed”. Platinum”, Punkadiddle”, The album”Platinum”, which marked a more simplified approach, contained a parody of punk”Punkadiddle”, which is on the other side of the plate opposed to processing the Irish jig. Queen Elizabeth II”, Commercial success continued the next disc “Queen Elizabeth II”, immediately after the release of which has become the “gold”, and intense tour in early 1981. The extent of recognition of the musician says that he is for his music and charitable activity was elected an honorary citizen of London, second only to Paul McCartney fatal musician he was in the famous edition of “Who’s Who”. Musician synthetic warehouse Oldfield in the 70s and began his supporters to “easy listening”and was highly regarded by authors and performers of serious symphonic music. It is extremely rare coincidence. But at the same time as his early works still gratified many fans, the composer abruptly changed course. “Crises”Discovery”. “If yesterday his music can be described as very melodic, the current creation Oldfield appear rather simplistic and comprehensible”- so the critics musical orientation Album”Crises”and”Discovery”. Free Since the recording of these discs Oldfield began working with former members of the group Free Phil Spalding, and Paul Rogers, the famous percussionists Morris Perth and Pierre Merlin, bassist Rick Farn and keyboardist Tim Cross. CRISES The album CRISES Oldfield laid still true trump card – multiinstrumentalizm and studio tricks. The same drive demonstrated how closely intertwined in the lives of its planes – after eight years as Oldfield joined the ongoing litigation with the British Air Force, the construction of the noisy airfield near his home. Already in the introduction to the roar of the twin-engine aircraft album hints the audience that they are dealing with air drama. Taurus II”, One side of the disc takes the composition “Taurus II”, in which the alternate folk motifs and folk instruments with the latest vocoders. Discovery”The album”Discovery”was recorded on the bank of Lake Geneva, at an altitude of 2000 meters. On the drive there was a young singer Maggie Reilly, whose performance has been enthusiastically welcomed by specialists. To France”Tricks Of The Light”, Moonlight Shadow”. Not gone unnoticed composition”To France”and”Tricks Of The Light”, but little success waited for the hit song”Moonlight Shadow”. “It’s kind of the light of my youth, when the life of an unknown amateur had a continuous crisis,”- he said then in an interview about the album itself Oldfield. And in the same interview:”melodic simplicity of this thematic longpleya explained my propensity to play the archaic manner.”What does this stylistic turn? New Zigzag in his work? Pre-prepared for the unexpected? Or the author of the present crisis? The failure of almost all his subsequent albums and concert tours testified rather to last. Islands”The Wind Chimes”, GTR), On the album”Islands”has a decent long instrumentation”The Wind Chimes”, but there are also a bunch of pop singers with Max Bacon (of GTR), Kevin Eyres and Bonnie Tyler. Amarok”, High quality differed perhaps only drive”Amarok”, which contained one song hour duration in the sound was recorded using exotic instruments. Tubular Bells II”, Among the achievements in Oldfield 90e- are successful touring Scotland in the summer of 1992 and the release made by a Trevor Horn’s album”Tubular Bells II”, which won the”Platinum”just a week after the release. Amarok”. His music is a hybrid between the”old”Oldfield period”Bells”and long play”Amarok”. Songs of Distant Earth”Voyager”. In the mid-90s, Mike has released two very successful albums -“Songs of Distant Earth”and”Voyager”. Tubular Bells III”, The Millennium Bell”, Guitars”(1999). However, later it turned out that the theme of”bells”in the works of Oldfield is not exhausted – in 1998 was followed by a grand”Tubular Bells III”, and a year later – at least pompous “The Millennium Bell”, between which managed to drive a wedge chamber “Guitars”(1999). The Best Of Tubular Bells”, When in 2001 he published a collection”The Best Of Tubular Bells”, it did not cause the critics is nothing but smiles. In recent years, Mike worked hard to create a work of musical virtual reality, which he began in 1995 created Oldfield and his team of virtual reality flight simulator resembles a three-dimensional world of the fictional. After the end of the project, Mike went on computer companies to offer their game. However, no company is interested in her. All felt that the game, which does not need to shoot and do not have anything to collect, will not cause the interest of buyers. And then Mike decides to make the game as part of their new album. Tres Lunas Tres Lunas album was released in early 2002 and consists of two discs. CD-ROM The first disc – the music itself, the second – the CD-ROM with the demo version of the game. Tres Lunas 2, In the same year came a bootleg Tres Lunas 2, which included tracks from the game. Tubular Bells. In 2003 came the rewritten via digital album Tubular Bells. This re-release is timed to the thirty-year anniversary of the release of the legendary album, as well as the anniversary of Mike. DVD-Audio 5.1. The album was released in several different ways, including in the format of DVD-Audio 5.1. Maestro», Light & Shade», Tres Lunas». Then Oldfield releases continued his game – «Maestro», as well as a double album «Light & Shade», continuing the line «Tres Lunas». tubular.net. Full games for free now you can download the fan site tubular.net. Music Of The Spheres, After these experiments, Mike suddenly changes course and turns to symphonic music – in 2008 he released the album Music Of The Spheres, in the record which was attended by Karl Jenkins. UK Classical Chart, Classical BRIT Awards! In 2009, this work took 1 st place in the UK Classical Chart, and was nominated for Best Album of the Year Classical BRIT Awards! 8 Tubular Bells June 8, 2009 published the collection second edition Tubular Bells in 4 different versions with limited circulation. 4 Hergest Ridge Ommadawn, and 7 June, 2010, just in 4 different versions came reissue Hergest Ridge and Ommadawn, newly remixed by Oldfield. 25 Incantations July 25, 2011 reissue of the album Incantations came in 3 different versions (including vinyl). 1973 – Tubular Bells 1973 – Tubular Bells 1974 – Hergest Ridge 1974 – Hergest Ridge 1975 – The Orchestral Tubular Bells 1975 – The Orchestral Tubular Bells
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