I first heard Midnight Oil in about 1982 but at the time I thought they were too heavy, too loud and so I gave them a miss. I then came back to the Oils in 1987/88 and have been enjoying them ever since. I loved their anti-development, conservation, social justice, anti war message and I am a devout fan of Peter Garett’s dancing style – which I have done my best to emulate, for the last 3 decades ! Midnight Oil were one of the first bands that I knew who tried to STICK IT TO THE MAN and in many ways what they did was very similar to some of the best, most rebellious heavy metal bands of the 80s. I think their music stands up to the test of time and I still have my Oil days, where I’m back in the 80s or 90s, fuel injected with Peter Garrettitis, my limbs twitching as I eat up the lounge room dance floor ! Peter Garrett was once the head of The Australian Conservation Foundation and later went into federal politics here in Australia, where for a while he was the Minister for Environment, trying his best to slow down the corporations who are doing their best to eat up the natural resources of this country. he did some good work but there was little he could do with a sick system. Now thank God, he’s gone back to making music ! Long live Midnight Oil !
Start with these two videos from the early 80s.
Moondog (Louis Thomas Hardin) was a one of a kind ! A self taught blind Avant Garde / Experimentalist / Jazz composer and musician who performed on the streets of New York and influenced musicians like Philip Glass and Steve Reich. If you want weird and unusual but interesting, melodic and engaging; look no further than the legendary Moondog.
The wonderful Robert Rich’s sleepish Perpetual – an electro minimalist masterpiece.
John Cage is no longer with us but his legacy will remain for a very long time. John Cage had a lot to say about silence and sound and questioned the very nature of music.
More on John Cage here :
I am a human being who has long since loved silence and sound. I’ve been posting links to music I love for years now on social media and my wordpress sites – which has probably been a waste of my time. So I thought now I would consolidate my efforts and post links to material I like here.
I love silence above all else and am fascinated by sound – especially bioacoustics (the sounds of the biological world) and geoacoustics (the sounds of the Earth’s geography). I also enjoy many genres of music from many periods of human history and do not understand why people are so limited in what they allow themselves to enjoy. Why not enjoy a little John Cage, Death Metal, Dark Country, Metallica, Baroque Lute, German Folk Music, Black Bird Song, Frog Song, Singing Fence Wires, Pygmy Song, Whale Song, Brian Eno, U2, Vivaldi, Arvo Part, Phillip Glass, Chinese Opera, Indian Classical or Experimental Music whenever you feel like it ? Why get so caught up in preferences ?
I prefer to keep an open heart and an open mind to all sound and all music. Sure, there’s music I don’t like but there’s a hell of a lot more that I do like !
The internet now offers us almost infinite listening possibilities ! So why not make the most of what’s on offer and open ourselves up to a world of sound ?
Join me as I explore the world of silence, sound and music and journey through the conservative boundaries of well established musical genres and the outer limits of what most of us would consider to be music.
Thanks for lisening in !
PS. You can find a little of my music here : https://brightgarlick.bandcamp.com/album/a-tale-of-two-geckos and my FB group World Field Recordings here : https://www.facebook.com/groups/1677789305872292/ and my FB group World of Minimalist Music here : https://www.facebook.com/groups/1147437488669983/. Both groups are still in their infancy but I welcome new members to come join us in sharing a world of sound and music !
And you can find my other blog ET and I here : https://etandi.wordpress.com/.