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Banco De Gaia streams new double album

banco1Much respected musician, Banco De Gaia, (Toby Marks) will release new album, ‘Memories, Dreams, Reflections’, internationally on September 18 (Sept. 22 in North America), and will be offering streaming previews of all the tracks from the artist’s web site.

One of the UK’s leading electronic musicians, he formed Banco De Gaia with Andy Guthrie, who left for other things. His adventures in electronic music began in 1989, when he bought a sampler and recorded “Maxwell House”. He is now recognised as one of the world’s leading exponents of globally inspired electronica with a distinctive style.

In 1994 he released his first studio album, the Mercury Music Prize-nominated Maya, on Planet Dog records. This was followed in 1995 by the critically-acclaimed Last Train to Lhasa
. Both albums reached number one on the UK’s independent charts.

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Smashing Pumpkin’s Corgan blame-games iTunes

Smashing Pumpkins front man Billy Corgan launched a scathing attack on iTunes, blaming the service for his decision not to release a full album ever again in future.

The Smashing Pumpkins won’t release another album in future, the singer said, “We’re done with that. There is no point. People don’t even listen to it all. They put it on their iPod, they drag over the two singles and skip over the rest.”

Corgan says the future of music releases won’t include the album format, but that artists will choose to release single tracks instead. “The listening patterns have changed,” he said.

“So why are we killing ourselves to do albums, to create balance and do the arty track to set up the single? It’s done.”

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iTunes, Napster, others, no good for Zappa

Gail Zappa, the widow of Frank Zappa, is furious with iTunes and other digital music services, complaining the service offers music that is far too compressed – more so than the artist himself ever intended.

“It was Frank’s concept to limit to a format so that it was accurately represented, that being 16-bit technology – CDs. He didn’t want it compressed. So we’re currently in a lawsuit over this issue,” she said.

Zappa’s widow stressed that the music her husband made was meant to be heard at a certain quality – 16-bit, in fact.

“iTunes has been from the get-go massively compressed,” she said, “That’s fine perhaps if you’re Britney Spears… but it’s not fine for Frank Zappa’s music, and he was interested in protecting that,” she told the LA Times.
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Neil Young rails against iTunes music quality

Neil Young has slammed the iPod and iTunes for effectively dumbing down recorded music by reducing sound quality to a point too far to bear.

Dismissing the Apple solutions as being no more than “Fisher Price toys”, he told Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech Conference: “Apple has taken a detour down the convenience highway. Quality has taken a complete backseat – if it even gets in the car at all.”
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An interview with Banco De Gaia

Toby Marks is one of the UK’s leading electronic musicians. Born in South London in 1964, he formed Banco De Gaia with Andy Guthrie, who left for other things. Marks’ adventures in electronic music began in 1989, when he bought a sampler and recorded “Maxwell House”. He is now recognised as one of the world’s leading exponents of globally inspired electronica with a distinctive style. In 1994 he released his first studio album, the Mercury Music Prize-nominated “Maya”, on Planet Dog records. This was followed in 1995 by the critically-acclaimed “Last Train to Lhasa”. Both albums reached number one on the UK’s independent charts. Since then Banco de Gaia has continued releasing albums, most recently FAREWELL FERENGISTAN. This interview is a little old now we spoke in 2006, but there’s still some interesting bits and pieces there, especially as this never appeared online, only in print.

Q: When did you realise you wanted to make music?
A: I can’t remember wanting to do anything else. Sometimes I wish I did something else to earn money, so I could play music for itself.

Q: What was the first record you bought?
A: I remember asking my Mum to buying me Top of the Tots. Later I started buying Top of the Pops albums – cover versions – it took years to understand why they sounded different on radio,

Q: Why does music matter?
A: There’s several answers to that. The first is the serious highbrow answer. The Chinese saw it as the bridge between man and the gods. A less serious answer – it’s always been an antidote to the drudgery of human existence. For some, making music is a way to articulate what they can’t say. There’s a million reasons.

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