Rigor Vitae: Life Unyielding

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

FORTY-FIVE YEARS AGO TODAY...

...the Beatles were recording the final session for Abbey Road. Three miles away, at Wessex Studios in Highbury, Robert Fripp and a new band christened King Crimson were recording “In the Court of the Crimson King.” Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, Miles Davis and a collection of jazz virtuosi, many of them not yet well known, were at Columbia's 30th Street Studios in New York City, recording Bitches Brew. While the Beatles wrapped things up on the 20th, both Crimson and Davis would conclude their sessions the following day.

Upon their release, all three recordings confounded the critics, few of whom recognized their importance, but in retrospect, one can't deny that they're three of the most innovative and influential (and, I would add, the best) albums ever made. Strange that they were recorded simultaneously...or is it?

Such multiple accomplishments in the arts have a lot in common with the technological multiples that have received a lot of recent attention, like the invention of the calculus, telescope and television, and the theory of evolution by natural selection, all of which were simultaneously achieved by two or more parties. The simultaneous nature of Abbey Road, ITCOTCK and Bitches Brew had something to do with the level of recording technology that had been achieved by 1969, as well as the introduction of new instruments like synthesizers and mellotrons, and the fact that the LP record album had been in existence for a generation and was now the comfortable standard of music consumption. Most important of all, though, was the artistic culture of that moment, a culture of ambition and innovation—a pale and wimpy version of the zeitgeist of the early 20th Century, but still not too bad, and something even to strive for now.
_____________________
Abbey Road cover designed by Kosh; In the Court of the Crimson King cover painted by Barry Godber; Bitches Brew cover painted by Mati Klarwein

14 Comments:

Blogger john said...

Compare the music of the late sixties to the lifeless drivel that predominates the music scene today. I guess that there is a lot of innovative music being produced nowadays but I'm too far out of touch with the culture to know about it.

8:11 PM  
Anonymous Agen Crystal X Yogyakarta said...

Thank you for serving the information
greetings successful

Agen Crystal X Yogyakarta

11:56 PM  
Anonymous Agen Crystal X Bekasi said...

Success to us all

Agen Crystal X Bekasi

11:57 PM  
Anonymous Agen Crystal X Batam said...

Hopefully what is done with this site always provide inspiration and motivation for visitors.

Agen Crystal X Batam

11:58 PM  
Anonymous Agen Madu Penyubur Al Mabruroh said...

interesting and useful article thanks bnyk bgt,, ^^

Agen Madu Penyubur Al Mabruroh

12:00 AM  
Anonymous Obat Jerawat Lixiao said...

information very interesting and very useful for us, thank you very much for the information,
always keep the spirit of good luck ...

Obat Jerawat Lixiao

12:01 AM  
Anonymous Agen Jelly Gamat Gold G Bengkulu said...

thank you very much for the information, very useful

Agen Jelly Gamat Gold G Bengkulu

12:05 AM  
Anonymous Agen Jelly Gamat Gold G Jakarta said...

thanks for the article, can add insight to me

Agen Jelly Gamat Gold G Jakarta

12:06 AM  
Anonymous Agen Ace Maxs Bengkulu said...

The information is very nice and helpfull.

Agen Ace Maxs Bengkulu

12:06 AM  
Anonymous Agen Ace Maxs Jakarta said...

Thank you for the information

Agen Ace Maxs Jakarta

12:07 AM  
Anonymous Agen Ace Maxs Jakarta said...

Thanks for the information ...

Agen Ace Maxs Jakarta

12:08 AM  
Anonymous funnvi Flavius said...

thanks for the info very interesting and cool arikelnya

Jual Ace Maxs Semarang

12:09 AM  
Anonymous Agen Distributor Kapsul Kulit Manggis said...

may be useful and healthy greetings

Agen Distributor Kapsul Kulit Manggis

12:09 AM  
Anonymous Agen Distributor Susu Kambing Etawa GMP said...

many sites are beneficial to the community, to keep working and be successful! thanks for the info pulled that increase knowledge for me

Agen Distributor Susu Kambing Etawa GMP

12:10 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home