Tuesday, December 02, 2008

peter gabriel's fourth

peter gabriel's fourth solo album after his departure from genesis, known in the u.s. as security, was released a little over 26 years ago. "the south bank show" on britain's ITV network then broadcast this documentary on the making of gabriel's album. his compositional techniques and processes are fascinating, and it's especially interesting if you know the album to watch the songs germinate from the idea stage through the recording process and into live performance. beyond this, the documentary also touches on other interesting topics, including technology and how far we have or haven't come (on this album gabriel extensively used the fairlight computerized synthesizer, which was essentially the first audio sampler) and appropriation of non-western musics (gabriel was really a pioneer in this respect).

part one (31:18)

part two (17:13)

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