Richard Lainhart, White Night

September 10, 2017 § Leave a comment

Think back, way back, to a snow-filled evening in 1974. Earlier in the year, ABBA won the Eurovision contest and, although Kraftwerk had released the monumental Autobahn, it was still music like Dolly Parton and the nascent Kiss that held centre stage. A young, idealist label by the name of Virgin Records were about to unleash Tangerine Dream’s ambient classic Phaedre onto an unsuspecting (and vaguely stoned) public but not even the likes of Brian Eno had come to fully understand the power and appeal of entirely electronic music.

So, what happened on this snowy evening? Richard Lainhart turned on his equipment and, arguably, recorded one of the first pieces of electronic, drone-based ambient music.

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Handle

May 30, 2013 § Leave a comment

There’s a man by the Choke with a turn-handle organ and he plays as the shadows walk by. There’s a monkey beside him with an old, rusty cup and she dances for the copper they throw.

Sometimes he wonders whether he turns the handle or the handle is now turning him but the song is near ending and the monkey’s stopped dancing so he puts the machine in reverse.

.esrever ni enihcam eht stup eh os gnicnad deppots s’yeknom eht dna gnidne raen si gnos eht tub mih gninrut won si eldnah eht ro eldnah eht snrut eh rehtehw srednow eh semitemoS

.worht yeht reppoc eht rof secnad ehs dna puc ytsur ,dlo na htiw mih ediseb yeknom a s’erehT .yb klaw swodahs eht sa syalp eh dna nagro eldnah-nrut a htiw ekohC eht yb nam a s’erehT

There’s a man by the Choke with a turn-handle organ and he plays as the shadows walk by. There’s a monkey beside him with an old, rusty cup and she dances for the copper they throw.

Sometimes he wonders whether he turns the handle or the handle is now turning him but the song is near ending and the monkey’s stopped dancing so he puts the machine in reverse.

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