The Future is where Arthur C Clarke seemed to spend quite a bit of his time… both the future in his head and ultimately, in his books. He made quite a few predictions about the future with regard to science and technology, many of which came true. He was quite the visionary.
I’ve been thinking a lot about time travel these days and I was reminded of his book Rendezvous with Rama. It happens in the future. An abandoned alien starship that enters the solar system. The ship is explored by humans for a few weeks until it gets too close to the sun. Ultimately, the ship uses the power of the sun to shoot itself off into deep space. The book is mind-bending, mysterious, spiritual, totally sci-fi and pretty new age.
And that leads me to the idea of Space Music. Is this really a genre? Supposedly, this is a subcategory of New Age. Could be I guess, I don’t know. I understand genre category names like New Age, Noise, Experimental, Minimal… They’re all pretty straight forward. Past that though, it gets a little dorkville – in my opinion. What I do like though, is good descriptions.
I’ve been ordering tapes lately. A bunch of them. Most of them are coming from small labels or small distributors of small labels. All of them are super limited edition (minus the David Parsons tape in the last entry). Sometimes I read about something and want a copy. Sometimes it’s word of mouth, sometimes i want a legit copy of something I’ve downloaded. Lately, I’ve been into reading descriptions of the tapes. You should check out tomentosa. I don’t know if these descriptions are written by the artists or by the dude that runs the place, but they’ve really been helping me find new stuff I like. Check out this one (via tomentosa):
caboladies – waterslide mines – arbor – cass –6$ sold out
Kentucky’s Caboladies recreate the cosmic birth of droning stars. Dense, psychedelic synth compositions, building to the point of electro-ecstatic infinity. Sliding through the crystallized air, shining with beauty. Uplifting, transcendental spells stuck in the newness and awe of the atmosphere. The young trio have released stellar cdrs on Students Of Decay and Mountaain. Limited to 100 tapes with full color art and labels.
This tape is pretty good by the way, but you can probably tell from that description. This is what I’m talking about.
And with that, I leave you with my favorite track from Hans-Joachim Roedelius‘ record Durch Die Wüste (the title track). If there is such a thing as Space Music, this is probably a good example of it.