Even taking Ludwig van Beethoven's Opus 132 and making it his own. I love the challenge it poses and I love trying to unpick it and find out how it works. If he had combined live instrumentation with a playful reverence for the arcane glories of the past, perhaps he could have managed to make reality out of that most elusive of notions: experimental music that actually sells. If you want remixes of the originals or more individual flair, you will be disappointed. It's nothing I would put in my favorites on my iPod, but it's at least pleasant to listen to. But I guess it's about time that this genius of electronica be noticed. And there is little to be added to Ravel's Pavane, which sounds thin and far too mechanical.
Now don't expect a Madonna style remake, these are true to their original form, but done by one man with keyboards, computers and what ever else. William Orbit has helped produce such acts as The Cure, Depeche Mode, Erasure, Kraftwerk, and the list goes on. Well, buy this, light some candles, and lay down on the floor, absorb, enjoy! However, my general opinion is that this is an absolutely sublime album. These are four tracks from the original Pieces In A Modern Style album by The Electric Chamber William Orbit. Yep, it's sad but true that no matter what is said about William Orbit, Madonna's name now seems to pop up. Nothing could be further from the truth. I am of the opinion that it does not, and have thoroughly and consistantly enjoyed this since I bought it several years ago.
I fear that there is a minimal interest in classical music in the children of the 90's and into the millennium. But rather than simply let that suffice, Orbit tapped the generosity of several other composers via their publishers for similar material, which was then arranged - or deranged - for samplers, synths, and a chill-seeking audience. However, Orbit fails to do anything more than resemble a second-rate Vangelis. Though was already at work on the new album at the time that was released, from the sound of it you'd have thought he was really angling to get film scoring jobs. With his own debut solo album on 's label, he returned to his esoteric pursuits, programming a variety of calm classical pieces into his computer and rearranging them to one extent or another. So the question for the potential buyer is this: does a recording have to be particularly groundbreaking to be of any artistic merit or to entertain? However, he doesn't seem to have spent enough time working on this. The negative reviews I have read here mainly concentrate on the fact that other musicians have done in the past exactly what William Orbit is doing here - remake classical music using synthesisers.
I am also a fan of much of William Orbit's other work, including the more dance-floor oriented or rock work he has done solo and with countless other artists: Madonna, Depeche Mode, U2, Seal, etc. One thing is certain - the polarity of the reviews here. The teeth of disk holder are undamaged. This album contained several works from Arvo Part and Henryk Gorecki which could not be licensed and therefore this album was pulled from the market again soon after release. Arvo Part - Fratres 3. The video game instructions and box are included. They are some of the most awkward and lazy attempts at remixes I have ever heard.
But exactly these are the four most melancholic and darkest pieces from the album and coincidentally also my favorites. He also has a series of his own ambient music called Strange Cargo, this series will prove to you his extraordinary gift for music. I only hope that some more music of this style come forward, it's beautiful. It is rich, full and lush. This isn't one of the better efforts, though. It begins with the electric guitar treatment Orbit used on Madonna's Beautiful Stranger it sounds rather like vibrato, and I am sure there is a technical term for it, although I've no idea what it is , then goes into a short section of mournful strings before settling into a sensual throb, with backwards percussion, techno-inspired bass and other assorted odd noises. Take a chance, buy some Debussy, Faure, Ravel, Satie, etc.
Most of the songs capture the same tone, pacing, and sound of the originals, they're just performed differently. Released 22 August 2010 , William Orbit chronology 2009 Pieces in a Modern Style 2 2010 Pieces in a Modern Style 2 is the 11th album by British electronic musician and record producer,. Orbit's second foray into classical music by way of electronic instrumentation includes, among others, a selection from 's. All of the pieces re-worked here were subdued, gentle pieces to begin with. My personal favourite is Beethoven's Triple Concerto.
A remix really should give the piece new life or a be a different interpretation. The cover art and liner notes are included. The two Gorecki pieces are simple but very effective, as is the closer, Beethoven's opus 132, lulling the listeniner into states of relaxation, meditation and reflecton. But on , 's second edition in a series that also includes 2000's original, he sounds like his closest inspiration is , the Japanese synth maestro who focused less on interpreting the classical canon than conveying the emotion and feel of these pieces, in a manner that struck classical fans as dumbing down the classics, but showed non-classical listeners a little bit of what's special about the form. Even though Orbit has proved his mettle as an innovative and exciting producer for others--Blur's 13 and Madonna's Ray of Light--this is an ungainly meeting of the sublime and the absurd that, frankly, doesn't work.
Samuel Barber - Adagio For Strings 2. The artist most often mentioned when discussing 's classical crossover albums is , whose synthesizer pieces of piqued many a college student's interest during the early '70s. An item that is used but still in very good condition. I even consider myself a purist and still like it. Hopefully you won't be disappointed, but apparently it's fairly difficult to judge who will like this album.
Here they just took the original, threw it in the middle of dance music, and called it a remix. He has taken current as well as classic composers and given them his own flair. I, like some or most of the other reviewers, am familiar with several of the pieces and classically trained in multiple instruments. John Cage's In a Landscape features gently pulsing bass notes with very minimal synth sounds floating on top, and reminds me of Brian Eno's earlier ambient works. It'll piss off the great-aunt Mary you were trying to impress, and face it, the originals just aren't that bad.
I feel one has to see it and use it for what it is, a simple and beautiful reworking of some classic peices with modern technological advances. Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake Available as: - 1-disc version - Deluxe 2-disc version - Digital exclusive version with bonus track and digital booklet For further details, see: Also available:. Henryk Gorecki - Pieces In The Old Style 1 4. The idea in and of itself is nothing new, and could certainly be seen by some as somewhat creatively lazy. Deodato, Laws, Carlos, and Tomita have all introduced orchestral works to modern audiences. It's not a philarmonic interpretaion, it never sets out to be and yet seems to attract hostile review simply because the music is not the production of an orchestra.