• Explorations in New Age/Ambient/Electronica

    22 May 2006, 08:51 by sp0623

    There are so many good artists in new age, chillout, ambient, lounge, electronica, world music and fusion categories whose music I like that it's virtually impossible to name all of them at one point. Some artists are quite famous, while some not so. Here are some of my favourites:

    1)Schiller - German duo Schiller's music combines dance with chill-out leading to an emotional dreamy kind of feel to it. Favourite albums are Zeitgeist (1999) and Weltreise (Voyage) (2001). Favourite tracks include Die Wirklichkeit, Das Glockenspiel, Die Nacht... Du Bist Nicht Allein, and many others.

    2) Secret Garden - Irish violinist Fionnuala Sherry and Norwegian pianist/keyboardist Rolf Lovland's collaboration produced their debut album 'Songs from a Secret Garden' in 1995. Ever since I've become a big fan of their sweet, melancholic instrumental music. Nocturne is my favourite track (which btw also appears in Schiller's 'Voyage' album, with their own electronic touch).

  • Evolution of my Musical Tastes

    17 May 2006, 12:46 by sp0623

    This is how my musical tastes and preferences evolved, in chronological order:

    1)1979-1984: 0-5 Yrs. Old- During my early years, I listened to L.P. records of old Bengali songs mostly.

    2)1984-1989: 5-10 yrs. old- Apart from those old Bengali records, I listened to records and tapes of Hindi and English songs, both old and popular music of those times. Among artists whose songs I liked include ABBA, Michael Jackson, Nazia Hassan, Hemanta Mukherjee, The Ventures and many others whose names I can't recall now.

    3)1989-1994: 10-15 yrs. old - During this period of my life, I'd discovered a wide variety of music. I developed a liking for , and other similar music. Artists whose songs I liked include Madonna, Pet Shop Boys, Duran Duran, Tears for Fears, Khaled, R.E.M., U2, a-ha, Erasure, and many others.

    4)1994-1999: 15-20 yrs. old - At this period, I'd discovered some more artists whose music I liked. Some of these include New Order, Blondie, Talk Talk