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Re: Vista blog

Postby javier on Sat Dec 01, 2018 5:41 am

As always, a very good article. Thanks, Silentwings.

I always felt the Masakatsu Takagi thing didn't gel. Probably because Masakatsu, as you mention in the article, had no knowledge of Sylvian nor his work before the collaboration. It was destined to be an experiment which IMHO failed.

I remember watching the concert, thinking that the visuals were really mismatched to the music. Whenever there were any thematic matches, they seemed forced/obvious/thin.

Not to slag off Masakatsu, as he certainly has a distinctive style which has attracted many fans, but to me throwing a naive Japanese 23 year-old in with the likes of Sylvian was really a long shot. Perhaps it was an attempt to bring opposites together: opposite culture, opposite musical style, opposite depth of life experience etc.

But to me it just seemed terribly random and unsuccessful.
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Re: Vista blog

Postby silentwings on Fri Dec 14, 2018 6:42 am

Thanks for reading, javier, and for sharing your response to that tour.

I didn't have those negative reactions to Takagi's visuals on the 'Fire in the Forest' tour, but you raise an interesting point about vivid recollections of what was going through my mind during David's live performances. I remember, for instance, not being at all sure about the reinvention of 'Steel Cathedrals' on the Shamans tour.. ..albeit I've grown to appreciate it more over time; I remember the irritation at folks in front of me talking during the song 'Damage' at the Royal Albert Hall (they left straight after the song); and I remember wishing that David wouldn't vary quite so much from the familiar vocal melodies on the 'World is Everything' tour.. ..although again those changes sound quite attractive to me now. 'Slow Fire' and 'A Fire in the Forest' were ones where I was just thinking, 'I love this, hope it gets released on cd!'
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Re: Vista blog

Postby javier on Tue Dec 18, 2018 9:52 am

Oh, yes - the Royal Albert Hall show was one to be remembered. I was mesmerised throughout (other than Jean The Birdman, of course), Fripp was absolutely on fire, and I had no talking neighbours so was able to bathe completely in the beauty of Damage and The First Day. Those two never-before-heard songs haunted me until the live album was released, and to this day are some of the most powerful Sylvian memories I have.

As many on these forums have said over the years, it seems unfathomable why a Slow Fire performance has never been officially released. Some of the bootlegs are great, but not anywhere near the purity of a well-mastered official release.

Ah, memories...
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Re: Vista blog

Postby silentwings on Thu Dec 20, 2018 12:48 pm

The latest article features 'Forbidden Colours' and specifically the re-imagined version recorded during the sessions for 'Brilliant Trees'.

It's been enjoyable pulling together the strands to write about this piece, a favourite version for me. Sylvian, Jansen and Sakamoto, accompanied by a string arrangement for which Ryuichi shares the credits with Ann O'Dell who contributed so beautifully to Japan's 'The Other Side of Life' and 'Nightporter'.

Do take a look, and thanks again for reading.

Link: https://sylvianvista.com/2018/12/20/for ... s-version/
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Re: Vista blog

Postby silentwings on Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:43 pm

The first article of 2019 is about 'Victim of Stars', one of David Sylvian's two lead vocal tracks on the first edition of Hector Zazou's album 'Sahara Blue'. These were replaced when the album was re-pressed, and I'd not been aware of the story of the creation of the music until now. Renaud-Gabriel Pion was involved throughout and shared his recollections for the blog.

It's also been interesting to explore the influence of Arthur Rimbaud's poetry on Sylvian's lyric.

I hope you enjoy it.

Link here: https://sylvianvista.com/2019/01/11/victim-of-stars/
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