(Transcript, with a few edits, from dictation with the Dragon app)
I’ve been going through some old recordings, thanks to the Toronto Public Library, of some of my favorite bands when I was a teenager. Two albums that have recently caught my attention are by the Talking Heads. One is Fear of Music (1979) and the other is Remain in Light (1980).
Listening today, I couldn’t believe how ahead of their time these albums were… It’s almost like you’re hearing contemporary EDM but the musicians are playing real instruments instead of computer-generated sounds.
I suppose this isn’t surprising. Both albums were largely produced by Brian Eno. Eno was, well, not famous but known among music fans as a producer par excellence of ambient music.
And you can hear his ambient backdrop as a gel for the rest of the instrumentation and vocals in both of these albums, especially in Remain in Light.
I find it interesting… I just read a little bit on Wikipedia… that Eno recorded entire segments of the songs for Remain in Light as loops. Loops are used today by EDM producers quite a lot. Apparently Eno’s use of loops was a first.
Anyhow enough said.
I think these two albums should be listened to by anyone who thinks EDM is garbage, or whatever. Clearly there’s a timeline from 1970s disco to Talking Heads style punk and new wave stuff to EDM today, especially EDM with so-called “tribal” beats.