12 December 2019
Revolution 9 , in reality, sounds like it could be the direct "stepchild" of a 1961 Avant-Garde electronic/orchestral work by Hungarian composer Gyorgy Ligeti called "Atmospheres" (coincidentally: made most famous also in 1968 for its usage in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey).
I'd heard that piece before I'd ever listened to the White Album and, after hearing Rev. 9: Atmospheres was the thing I immediately thought it to be an imitation of...they're both slightly over 8 minutes each and the way they gradually escalate into a sonic frenzy then crestfall are nearly identical in style.
Carnival Of Light , I think, just might be buried under all that stuff in Rev. 9! How(?). Every 30-or-so seconds in the first four minutes: there's this droning Rock beat which has (what sounds like) the Day In the Life strings superimposed over it backwards. This snippet lasts about 15 seconds whenever it comes around to repeat itself. It doesn't sound like anything else they ever released (and: it would counter logic to suggest that John "stole" *another* band's demo stuff to just use for something as esoteric as this).
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25 February 2020
5 December 2019
5 December 2019
I said, over a month ago
Vera Chuck and Dave said
Agreed. *chef's kiss*
In all seriousness, I listened to the whole of Rev. 9 the other day while doing some ~physics problems~ and I quite enjoyed it. Generally, I will never go out of my way to listen to it, but I won't skip it when listening to the White Album . It's quite an interesting piece of art and I love going on a little scavenger hunt and trying to pick out new things I haven't noticed before. And I don't find it "nightmarish" or "psychotic" (like many of my casual Beatles-fan friends describe it, no judgment to them, except I just wish they'd give it some sort of chance) at all. In fact, in some places, I find it quite entertaining and it makes for good background noise. I love how John and Yoko really let their chaotic creativity go to new heights-- beautiful job done on their part
As I said in the above quote: *chef's kiss*
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2 May 2013
Never skip it when playing The White Album , and just got used to it. The fact that I'm a big fan of electric period Miles Davis helps, I can take discordance for what it is. I think the Giles Martin remix has done it a lot of favours, but really wish that they'd included "Take 20" as the album version because it makes an awful lot more sense like this:
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