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

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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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