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5.0 out of 5 stars As big an influence on modern ambient as Eno..., 16 Nov. 2003
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C. Wigman "C Wigman." (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Rainbow Dome Musick (Audio CD)
Many 90s ambient groups - like the Orb - cite Rainbow Dome Musick as a massive influence, and it is quite easy to tell why. Soft synth washes, arp-arpeggios, bells, gongs etc. Two twenty-plus minute tracks that take their sweet (very sweet) time to rise, develop and gracefully fade away... need I say more?
Considering Steve's move towards pop on his "main" solo albums, this was a surprising but certainly welcome move. Don't expect any soloing here though! Try "L" as well, if you enjoy this, but want an accessible step in to his main works.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Top 5 Ambient Classic, 11 Mar. 2003
This review is from: Rainbow Dome Musick (Audio CD)
This music was originally commissioned for the Festival of Mind, Body & Spirit at Earls Court in 1979. The Rainbow Dome was a precursor of today's chill-out zones, where visitors could lie on mats staring up at the roof of the dome as coloured slides were projected onto the roof. I know of people who spent the whole day in there!
A big part of the experience was this beautiful music, composed by Hillage and long-time collaborator Miquete Giraudy, it comprises two long beautiful pieces featuring samples of running water, birdsong and chimes. Backing this is a typically fluid and lumious Hillage soundscape of gentle synth washes, drifting guitar and subtle pulses. It really is quite wonderful and streets ahead of many so called ambient works. As ever, Hillage was way ahead of the pack and yet still never seems to get the credit (and sales) he deserves. This is your opportunity to put that right!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a real masterpeice !!!!!!!!!, 2 Feb. 2006
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This review is from: Rainbow Dome Musick (Audio CD)
rainbow dome musick is one the best pieces of ambient music i have ever heard not much else comes close to this.The music iz just perfect and i can not think of any weak moments on this recording .This lp is a must for people who like trippy music and i hope that R-D-M one day gets the recognition it deserves as one of the best albums of all time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Do you like our owl ?, 9 May 2010
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This review is from: Rainbow Dome Musick (Audio CD)
WOW ! I've had RDM on vinyl forever ,and 'Blade Runner' is my favourite film , but only today,on Spotty, did I put 2 + 2 together. I think Vangelis must have heard this before he composed his (excellent) soundtrack for BR, but has this not been noticed before? It certainly wasn't by me, but ......WOW!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A one-off essay, 24 July 2002
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Mark Grindell "Mark Grindell" (Driffield, East Yorkshire) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Rainbow Dome Musick (Audio CD)
Those that believe that minimalism is where this piece hangs it's hat would be surprised to find the company that Steve is really amongst. The piece that actually comes to mind when listening to this is "Spem In Alium" by Thomas Tallis, and there are other examples of this kind of isometry from that period. There are ways of presenting quite complex thought in what would at first appear to be a very plain wrapper, this piece begins, for instance, with nothing more than a simple presentation of overtones, played inconspicuously against a background of running water. But that belies the methodological construction of the rest of the piece, which while based on this idea without doubt, is truly a development and not an unstructured mush, meaning, without being too strident, that this is indeed a *music*, only half concealing one of the sharpest minds to come from Canterbury.
Having said that, you do tend to smell some interesting scents where this piece gets played a lot, but there you go, that's the way my friends are...
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