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3.0 out of 5 stars Will the real William Orbit stand up please ? - Quickly, 9 Mar. 2000
This review is from: Pieces in a Modern Style (Audio CD)
Well, well it seems that Mr Orbits 'latest release'has really stirred up a hornets nest. I find this ironic because this work was actually released, albeit for a handful of days, in 1995. (It was withdrawn for copyright reasons). Unfortunately It seems that William has suffered the same fate that all 'credible' artists do when their work goes 'overground'. In 1995 it was released quietly to his own ambient/dance fanbase on his own N-Gram label. As you may see from the reviews it hits-the-spot with this audience. At its true release date he seemed to be 'educating' his listeners to the real roots of,'comedown music'(ambient). Now it suffers from a number of dubious factors:- a) Its 5 years out of context b) Wrong audience, (His status as 'producer de jour' has nailed him ref. All Saints, Madonna, Blur, Mel C et al). This is Brian Eno all over again. c)Worst of all fast-buck marketing of his work by a major label which commisioned the most mis-leading remix since Tori Amos' professional widow (It was Armand van Helden's work more than Ms Amos'). Yes I'm a fan, so I really enjoyed it in 1995 when it seemed to make so much more sense. As A club DJ & low key producer, I, (along with many of my peers) have to thank William for the gift of being able to drop the 1995 'Adagio for strings' as a emotional finale to many a set for the chemical generation. Ferry Corsten (remixer du jour of the chart placing single) simply enshrined this idea on plastic. So whats the overall conclusion? Well kids, If you want instant trance........Buy Ferry Corsten. Come downers If you want instant ambient........Buy FSOL. Classicists Stick to your own racks in record stores in future Remixers Remember its not actually your track If however you are interested in the man himself Buy the Strange Cargo Series. Still intrigued as to why Madonna called him a 'musical genius' Listen to Bassomatic - In the realm of the senses, look at the date on the disc and decide for yourself where all this trance stuff came actually from. Note that William was co-owner of the seminal Guerilla records. This is the label widely accepted as the starting point for what we now label `trance'. Harsher critics should listen to the Strange Cargo series & then consider this. Mr Orbit has never had any musical training and bought most of his high-tech instruments in junk shops. Ray of light was mainly produced on an ATARI computer for crying out loud. William if you are listening...... Give us Strange Cargo 5 sharpish mate, as your cred is taking a battering. If you want a running mate to get you back into the musical hinterland drop me a line.
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