UN OSCURO CORAZÓN QUE PUEDE SER HERMOSO

STEVEN WILSON

“PEOPLE FORGET HOW MUCH JAZZ WAS AN IMPORTANT FACTOR IN THE BIRTH OF THE ORIGINAL WAVE OF PROGRESSIVE ROCK”. “IT WAS WHEN POP MUSICIANS STARTED TO INCORPORATE THEIR LOVE OF JAZZ AND CLASSICAL THAT PROGRESSIVE EMERGED. SUDDENLY YOU HAD THIS MASSIVE BURST OF CREATIVITY –THE THREE MINUTE POP SONG WAS NO LONGER RELEVANT, THE STANDARD OF MUSICIANSHIP SHOT THROUGH THE ROOF. A BAND LIKE YES –BILL BRUFORD WAS A JAZZ DRUMMER PLAYING IN THE CONFINES OF A ROCK BAND. IN KING CRIMSON, MICHAEL GILES AND IAN MCDONALD BOTH GREW UP LISTENING TO JAZZ AND CHOSE TO FORM A ROCK’N’ROLL BAND. IT’S THAT FUSION OF JAZZ WITH SPIRITUALITY AND IMPROVISING, COMBINED WITH CLASSICAL MUSIC AS A FORM –LONG PIECES, THE SYMPHONIC STRUCTURE, CREATING STUFF THAT MOVED IN SECTIONS.
“I CANNOT EMPHASISE HOW MUCH I’VE LEARNED DOING THE CRIMSON RECORDS. WHAT I THOUGHT I UNDERSTOOD ABOUT THEM I REALLY DIDN’T. WHAT’S FASCINATING IS THESE ALBUMS AREN’T VERY LAYERED. THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT THE TONE OF THE INSTRUMENTS AND THE INTERACTION OF THE PLAYERS THAT GIVES THIS WONDERFULLY WARM FULL SOUND THAT STILL HAS A LOT OF SPACE AROUND IT.”
“IT’S ALMOST LIKE I’VE UNLEARNED SOMETHING. I MADE RECORDS BY LAYERING AND LAYERING, BUT I’VE COME TO APPRECIATE THE TONE OF THE INSTRUMENTS, THE MUSIC GETS TO BREATHE MORE AND YOU GET MORE THE CHARACTER.”
“I LOVED STOCKHAUSEN AS A TEENAGER, AND THE MINIMALIST COMPOSERS LIKE STEVE REICH, PHILIP GLASS, ARVO PÄRT. THINK OF THE SOUNDTRACK TO 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, THE MUSIC OF LIGETI. IT’S A VERY KIND OF COSMIC SOUND, EERIE AND BEAUTIFUL. A BAND LIKE CRIMSON OR VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR HAS A VERY DARK HEART, BUT THE MUSIC CAN ALSO BE VERY BEAUTIFUL. I’VE ALWAYS BEEN INTERESTED IN MUSIC AS TEXTURE.”
“ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THINGS IN THE WORLD WHEN YOU’RE SAD IS TO LISTEN TO A SONG THAT LETS YOU UNDERSTAND YOU’RE NOT ALONE FEELING THAT. WE’RE ALL PART OF THE SAME HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS.”

Steven Wilson: I can’t emphasise how much I learned working with King Crimson
Grant Moon. Prog Magazine #20. 2016 09 26