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Traverse that genre…Author: Simon Sellars • Dec 29th, 2007 •
This just in from Ballardian snout Mike Holliday:
This month’s “Mojo” magazine includes a free CD of electronica, with a hefty mention of JGB in the introductory splurge:
“From the initial ’60s/’70s pop experiments of The Gentle Rain and Sounds Of Tomorrow, through seminal artists such as Tangerine Dream, John Foxx, Farley Jackmaster Funk and Gary Numan, and on to the latest crop of synth-adventurers that include The Knife, Matthew Dear and Fujiya & Miyagi, ‘OK Computer’ highlights the evolution of computerised music throughout the last four decades, traversing genre, time and space itself. Thirty years ago, famed British futurist JG Ballard remarked that the domestic computer’s impact would lead to mass internalisation and self-reflection. ‘Reality is no longer going to be the stuff out there, but the stuff inside your head,’ he observed. ‘It’s going to be commercial and nasty at the same time.’ The 15 tracks collected here are proof of just how much of a reality Ballard’s comments have become …”
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