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Re: Four records that changed your life.

Post by smetak » Thu Mar 26, 2020 2:04 pm

Dr. Sketch-n-Etch wrote:
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I love this thread.

I've been thinking, what is the one album I keep going back to again and again, and which never gets old, and which always yields new discoveries, and I have decided that this album is...



I'm talking about La Transfiguration de notre seigneur Jesus-Christ (not La nativite du seigneur, which is great but not life-changing). I dare you to listen to the whole thing, all 14 movements, to see whether your idea of "what is music?" isn't fundamentally changed by the experience. (This link should start at track 10, which is the first movement of La Transfiguration.). At least listen through the first 3 movements, about a 15-minute commitment. Then discuss!
Olivier Messiaen's suggetion I have put on hold for when the evening comes....most excellent suggestion!

I remember the first time I heard him when I worked in a bookstore in NYC a thousand years ago - they had the radio playing (probably the NYT station) and suddenly this very somber, incredibly dark music filled the room - it really shook me to my core. Very powerful - didn't know who it was until annouced it was Messiaen's "Quartet for the End of Time". Very, very intense piece - on the same level of intensity, would also cite Arvo Pärt, one of the main composers for minimalist religious music.

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Re: Four records that changed your life.

Post by äggmedskägg » Thu Mar 26, 2020 6:01 pm

smetak wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 1:53 pm
Curious you've mentioned Ultravox - I'm a massive fan, but only of the pre-Midge Ure era. From Vienna onward it was a bit of a put down for me.
I love the song, but Vienna the album is actually quite bad... Love Rage in Eden though. But I never got into John Foxx-era Ultravox! though, but I really like Metamatic.

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Re: Four records that changed your life.

Post by smetak » Fri Mar 27, 2020 10:36 am

äggmedskägg wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 6:01 pm
smetak wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 1:53 pm
Curious you've mentioned Ultravox - I'm a massive fan, but only of the pre-Midge Ure era. From Vienna onward it was a bit of a put down for me.
I love the song, but Vienna the album is actually quite bad... Love Rage in Eden though. But I never got into John Foxx-era Ultravox! though, but I really like Metamatic.
Personally, I'm a big-time John Foxx fan, been hearing him for years - Metamatic has this very distant, retro ambient to it, which I really enjoy. I think the man is brilliant, but way overlooked. As said, I really like all of the Foxx-era Ultravox material - incredible music!

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Re: Four records that changed your life.

Post by Licudi » Fri Mar 27, 2020 12:33 pm

äggmedskägg wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 6:01 pm
Vienna the album is actually quite bad... I really like Metamatic.
Vienna and Metamatic feature songs that are essentially the same, lyrics apart: Mr X and Touch and Go. Seems both Foxx and Ultravox claimed the song as theirs after the split.

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Re: Four records that changed your life.

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Torn n Frayed wrote:
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Verve-A Storm in Heaven
yesssssssss

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Re: Four records that changed your life.

Post by Jerome » Fri Mar 27, 2020 5:13 pm

Talk Talk - Spirit of Eden
William Basinski - The Disintegration Loops
Tangerine Dream - Rubycon
Killing Joke - Night Time

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Re: Four records that changed your life.

Post by MarilynMonroe » Sat Mar 28, 2020 2:07 am

Oxygene - JMJ
Let there be Rock - AC/DC

I still love both records... this are true milestones for me!
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chachi wrote:
Fri Mar 27, 2020 12:36 pm
Torn n Frayed wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 2:29 pm
Verve-A Storm in Heaven
yesssssssss
Great album - played it a lot back then. For me it was his guitar sound, he put it in parallel through two delays at different timings into a pair of amps.
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Post by Torn n Frayed » Sat Mar 28, 2020 8:23 am

cretaceousear wrote:
Sat Mar 28, 2020 7:17 am
chachi wrote:
Fri Mar 27, 2020 12:36 pm
Torn n Frayed wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 2:29 pm
Verve-A Storm in Heaven
yesssssssss
Great album - played it a lot back then. For me it was his guitar sound, he put it in parallel through two delays at different timings into a pair of amps.
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Post by Divinital_ » Sat Mar 28, 2020 8:43 am

-TOOL - All of them, but if I had to pick, Lateralus for the first time front to back after eating some paper.

-Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon

-Daft Punk - Random Access Memories

- Tied here, I'd either have to give it to Jimi Hendrix - Are You Experienced, Miles Davis - Bitches Brew, or Kendrick Lamar's earlier works such as Section 80 or Overly Dedicated

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Re: Four records that changed your life.

Post by Licudi » Sat Mar 28, 2020 4:44 pm

As Graham Hinton pointed out (almost four years ago!), this thread has become 'my four favourite records' rather than 'Four records that changed your life'. Some context would be interesting.

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Re: Four records that changed your life.

Post by MarilynMonroe » Sun Mar 29, 2020 4:35 am

MarilynMonroe wrote:
Sat Mar 28, 2020 2:07 am
Oxygene - JMJ
Let there be Rock - AC/DC

I still love both records... this are true milestones for me!
Ok, let me explain why this two records impressed me so much and ‚changed‘ my life...

In the seventies I played Guitars in rock bands. Oxygene was the first time in my life I realised how Synthesizers can sound. I was blown away by this album, and since then I felt in love with Synthesizers. So this album changed my way to make music completely.

Let there be Rock. In my opinion it‘s the most incredible album ever recorded. I never heard an album with that energy, strength, simplicity, pureness and openess again. This album was not recorded following a plan or for success. It was just how the band felt, nothing less and nothing more. Since then I try to make music in this way, pure without any influences of others. I know this is impossible, but remembering this album helps me to keep things simple and pure.

That‘s why this two albums changed my ‚musical life‘. :guinness:
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Re: Four records that changed your life.

Post by RustedMechanism » Tue Mar 31, 2020 1:58 pm

Trying to narrow this down to the four most influential/life changing is difficult! I've gone with some of the few that first came to mind...

I am gonna have to pair up Here Come the Warm Jets with Taking Tiger Mountain, as I was introduced by these albums at the same time and both were played repeatedly throughout my youth.

Richard D James Album, as I had truly never heard anything like it before.

Nespithe, by Demilich, gotta love this one for taking me out of my comfort zone and challenging me a little bit.

The Cocteau Twins' Head Over Heels...
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Post by bitflip » Thu Apr 02, 2020 8:57 pm

1) Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition: The orchestral arrangement is my first recollection of music, introduced me in 1st or 2nd grade. Our teacher explained to us the meaning of each movement and the choices of instrument and tempo, and how the music was an interpretation of vision expressed in sound. I believe this experience began my appreciation and love of music and the interconnection of arts.

2) Rush: Moving Pictures: This was the first non-classical music that i really liked and was drawn to - my older cousin had the album and when i heard the synth growl of Tom Sawyer - totally blew my mind! When i think of the album title and cover now, it's funny that it should have "Picture" in the title like Mussorgsky, but i think that was part of the allure - it generated images in my mind's eye (particularly Red Barchetta) of grown-up things that were mysterious and magical. Shortly after getting the album, i decided that i had to have an electric guitar, and i got one, about 37 years ago.

3) Led Zeppelin II: About two years after falling in love with the precision of Moving Pictures, i fell in love with the dirt and grime of this one, realizing that some stuff just doesn't work if it's clean. Came to some understanding of the value of imperfections captured on tape that can never be done the same way again, even if you tried a million times. Found this out the hard way on a few occasions when a first cut on the Tascam 4-track, with a tasty error or two, got overwritten with a clinical take that had no personality.

4) Pat Metheny: Still Life (Talking): I was turned on to this right when it came out. I didn't know anything about Pat Metheny or jazz at the time, having spent the previous years mostly listening to Rush, Metallica, Slayer, et al and playing original material of similar flavor. This album was sort of like a return to precision and musicianship, but was especially intriguing with far more going on than in your typical rock & roll band. It was a gateway drug that led me to Alan Holdsworth, then later Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, and Emily Remler. The intro to Minuano (Six Eight) still gets smoke in my eyes... i think it could be an effective component of a test for identifying replicants.

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Post by Jd1979 » Thu Apr 02, 2020 9:12 pm

Squarepusher - Hello Everything
Aphex Twin - Syro
Primus - Frizzle Fry
Tool - Aenima

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Post by Delepathy » Sat Apr 11, 2020 12:58 pm

The Killers - Hot Fuss
Caroline K - Now Wait For Last Year
The Dave Brubeck Quartet - Time Out
Clan of Xymox - Clan of Xymox

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Post by Jonny8 » Sat May 23, 2020 12:50 pm

This is difficult. But I am going to cheat a bit and sneak a fifth album in because both albums were bought at the same time and had an equal impact.
In order of just how life changing they were:

1. Blectum from Blechdom - Haus De Snaus + The Messy Jesse Fiesta
2. Fennesz, O'Rourke, Rehberg - The Magic Sound Of Fenn O'Berg
3. Stereolab - Emperor Tomato Ketchup
4. The boredoms - Super Roots 6

#3, Stereolab is still my favourite band. The unofficial Stereolab message board back in those days introduced me to an incredible amount of new music, like #4 (which made me want to never listen to "normal" music again and kickstarted an obsession with japanese culture). I was intrigued by #1s name immediately when I read about them for the first time in The Wire. Blectum from Blechdoms music back then sounded as if someone had opened my head and stolen my musical dreams. I considered those two albums to be "perfect music" for several years and have never encountered anything else that spoke to me on such a personal level. #2 is still a total mystery to me. The track "Gürtel zwei" is probably the most beautiful and exciting thing I have ever heard.

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Post by Chaklack » Sun May 24, 2020 5:39 am

Boards of Canada - Music has the right to children
Biosphere - Substrata
Aphex Twin - I care because you do
Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion

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Post by luupp » Sun May 24, 2020 5:43 am

Aphex Twin - Drukqs
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - F# A# Infinite
Autechre - NTS Sessions 1-4
William Basinski - The Deluge

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Post by vnsc » Sun May 24, 2020 11:09 am

Christian Death - The Path Of Sorrows
Raison D'etre - In Sadness, SIlence, and Solitude
M83 - Dead Cities, Red Seas, And Lost Ghosts
Yasunori Mitsuda - Chrono Cross OST

gods so many though! these ones definitely have the award of "changed life in major ways." '

Honourable mentions
Dead Can Dance - The Serpent's Egg
Coil... Ulver... Sigur Ros... Venetian Snares... further back, manson and NIN, sure!
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Post by Scories » Sun May 24, 2020 5:58 pm

luupp wrote:
Sun May 24, 2020 5:43 am
Autechre - NTS Sessions 1-4
Best thing I heard from them since Confield.

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Post by luupp » Sun May 24, 2020 6:24 pm

Scories wrote:
Sun May 24, 2020 5:58 pm
luupp wrote:
Sun May 24, 2020 5:43 am
Autechre - NTS Sessions 1-4
Best thing I heard from them since Confield.
Definitely. And I love hearing longer plays, gives a much better insight to their process and the evolution of patches/tracks. all end became my favorite drone track too.

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Post by apcuddling » Sun May 24, 2020 6:50 pm

Radiohead - Kid A
Talk Talk - Spirit of Eden
Bjork - Post
Akron/Family - Self-titled

If movie/video game scores count...
Geinoh Yamashirogumi for Akira
Floex (Tomas Dvorak) for Machinarium

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Post by aethyr » Sun May 24, 2020 7:10 pm

Christian Death - Only Theater of Pain
Psychic TV ‎– Dreams Less Sweet
Current 93 - Thunder Perfect Mind
Coil - How to Destroy Angels II
Vikki Jackman - Of Beauty Reminiscing
Whitehouse - Asceticists 2006

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Post by skreetis » Sun May 24, 2020 7:15 pm

Yes - Close to the Edge - As a teen, I had heard a bit of prog here and there, but this album sent me off into the deep end. Long compositions that flow naturally, and importantly, never feel long, this album manages to be progressive and orchestral without meandering or getting bogged down in instrumental wankery. The members’ technical skill serves the songs, and doesn’t ever seem unnecessarily flashy. There are some truly epic moments, and some surprisingly quiet ones as well.

Tangerine Dream - Phaedra - I had never heard anything as primal and mysterious, futuristic, but timeless, as this. There’s an living, evolving quality to this album which bridges their earlier, amorphous sounds with their more structured later output.

Stars of the Lid - ...and Their Refinement of the Decline - This album opened up the world of minimalism for me. It is the culmination of the duo’s evolution towards modern classical composition, with a string quartet appearing on most tracks. It’s also their best work, full of achingly beautiful moments. Drift away...

Rwake - If You Walk Before You Crawl, You Crawl Before You Die - Hearing this album, and seeing the band live around this time, made me realize that pigeonholing oneself in a particular genre is a waste of time. Intense, chaotic, hypnotic, and oddly playful, this bad trip isn’t necessarily my favorite Rwake album, but it is the first one I heard, and has a special, strange, fucked up quality to it. It opened up my perception of what metal can be.

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