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Mon, Dec. 22nd, 2008 12:00 am
Creation Advent Calendar 5: Voyager

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(Anonymous)
Mon, Dec. 22nd, 2008 03:16 am (UTC)

The 2 original demos you posted are much better versions than the tracks on the album. I never really got into the album when it came out and nothing has changed. I think the beloved achieved a much better result in a similar vein a few years later with X. Timelord is one of my favorites,it will be interesting to see how you feel about it now.


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(Anonymous)
Mon, Dec. 22nd, 2008 08:59 am (UTC)

I've always felt much the sam way about Voyager, for me it's the least Momussy Momus album. Had it shifted more units I might even have called it Nick's "sell out" album.

And yes, Timelord. Timelord is a brief, glittering Christmas star of a record...

miles


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manwithoutwords
manwithoutwords
Mon, Dec. 22nd, 2008 01:36 pm (UTC)

I'm just listening to the Remixes on the Spacewalk single and realise that I've neglected these songs because I just cannot bear the sounds.
For me it is the album that sounds most of-it's-time. Whereas everything previously had sounded to my ears unlike anything else, the noises and rhythms on Voyager could be heard in a number of places elsewhere and (excuse my candour) with a little more booty and a tad more polish- I'm an inexpert witness here but the above mentioned Beloved and PM Dawn both being cases in point. I was surprised to read earlier that you desisted taking E, this album sounds like it was trying to join the party, had you had a change of heart at this point?


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Mon, Dec. 22nd, 2008 01:58 pm (UTC)

I've never taken E in my life. But I have a tendency to "do air drugs" when drugs are in the air. In the 60s (as a child) I was composing faintly LSD-like material like "I Can See Japan", obviously without having dropped any tabs (although it's possible it was in the water supply in 1967).

I think I agree with you about the sound of Voyager. Listening to it now, I think it's the work of someone who can do a passably good pastiche of the pop sound of the time, but who hasn't really found his own voice yet. The year's other album, The Ultraconformist, is also a pastiche, this time of satirical cabaret music. I don't think I actually found a style of my own until 1998, actually. And I think my albums this decade are much better than Voyager, actually, so it perplexes me slightly when people say that Voyager is my peak. But it's understandable -- I think the anonymity of the record allows it to fit other people's lives, and the era, whereas the quirkiness of my current work maybe doesn't.

Edited at 2008-12-22 02:20 pm (UTC)


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manwithoutwords
manwithoutwords
Mon, Dec. 22nd, 2008 02:44 pm (UTC)

I never did E either, probably due to a mixture of fear and snobbery, what were your reasons?
I'm interested to hear you defend it as pastiche, you've dabbled with dancebeats throughout your career but for me, although it usually befits the song and the lyric, you've never really got me out of my seat- is there a part of you that would like to fill the dancefloor, or is it only ever a pastiche of, or a nod to the genre?


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Mon, Dec. 22nd, 2008 03:09 pm (UTC)

I always knew I'd be using my brain extensively in the second half of my life -- as a writer, probably -- and there were no long-term studies of the effects of E on the brain. I didn't want holes in my cognition, my memory, my reflexes, my heart. I wanted to leave everything pretty much intact.

I'm also rather against unearned highs in general. You should feel good for a reason. That's what I mean in Spacewalk when I sing "And in the wintertime it feels like summertime, and in the summertime it feels so strange". It's pretty ironic that the song got remixed by those total E-heads in Deja Vu! It's an anti-drugs anthem, really.

I currently hate "dance music", insofar as it means 4/4 beats with "sequencer chaff" over the top. But I'm not against music having bodily effects. It's funny, Hisae just asked me to take the Si-Cut DB remix of Conquistador off the turntable -- it was making her feel sick! I guess that's a bodily effect.


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(Anonymous)
Mon, Dec. 22nd, 2008 04:14 pm (UTC)
Unreliable Tour Guides

Drugs can enhance unreliability.


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