Sunday, October 14, 2012

Tubular Bells for 2

Hands up if you remember Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells!

Me, me, me - I do!

It takes me back....way back.

Way back when it was released in 1973 it was a very unusual piece of pop music, but Richard Branson who was just starting Virgin Records believed in it and it the first record on the crispy-new record label.
It was unusual in that it's structure is one long piece of music per "side" and Mike Oldfield played most of the 27 instruments himself and layered the recordings over each other using a home-made multi-track recorder. That sort of technique is very commonly used these days but was unheard of 40 years ago.

Anyway these 2 young guys Daniel Holdsworth and Aiden Roberts decided to create it for a live performance using just themselves and 20 instruments.
This involves them playing instruments at the same time and racing around the stage to reach other instruments.
They describe it as a cross between sport, physical theatre and musical performance.
It is totally amazing!

Here is a sneak peak from their website.

You can read more about Tubular Bells for 2 here.

and more about Tubular Bells on wikipedia.

But I recommend if you get the chance go and see it for yourself!

Remember if you would like to leave a thoughtful comment you will have a chance to win this weeks giveaway.


RobinBrz said...

Oh my goodness I remember these guys! I found you through Blogtoberfest and I wanted to tell you how wonderful your blog - and your shops are!
My husband and I have recently begun dabbing in making stitch markers for crochet and knitting as well as earrings. I think your jewelry is lovely and inspiring.
I'll definitely be back!

planettreasures said...

How great that you remember Tubular Bells too! I hope you are having as much fun taking part in blogtober fest as I am!
Oh, dear - you know you are on the slippery slope to jewellery making - I started with just dabbling with earrings, and now 16byears later, here I am!
Good luck with your creative endeavours.

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