Dangerous Minds Sylvian Interview

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Dangerous Minds Sylvian Interview

Postby opiate on Sun Jan 09, 2011 5:36 pm

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Re: Dangerous Minds Sylvian Interview

Postby Simonp on Mon Jan 10, 2011 4:51 am

This is a great interview and shows that Sylvian is human after all. Nice to see more relaxed responses to the interviewers questions.
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Re: Dangerous Minds Sylvian Interview

Postby Haldeman Gracie on Mon Jan 10, 2011 8:20 am

This interview reads like it was from the late ‘80s.

There are no cultural references beyond that, his comment on Czukay suggest that partnership is very much of the present, and of Fripp it suggests that they had yet to produce their big noise together.

And there’s the added fact that it just doesn’t sound like Big Dave any more.
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Re: Dangerous Minds Sylvian Interview

Postby Simonp on Tue Jan 11, 2011 3:30 am

Haldeman Gracie wrote:And there’s the added fact that it just doesn’t sound like Big Dave any more.


Really? In what way.. The tone of his responses?
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Re: Dangerous Minds Sylvian Interview

Postby Adrian on Tue Jan 11, 2011 3:43 am

it does have an iffy feel to it, to my eyes...
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Re: Dangerous Minds Sylvian Interview

Postby Simonp on Tue Jan 11, 2011 5:34 am

...and the definition of "iffy" being?
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Re: Dangerous Minds Sylvian Interview

Postby Adrian on Tue Jan 11, 2011 5:48 am

oh, ok - I thought it was a word, but I'm not English or American...
But, I get the feeling this was not actually a conducted interview, but thought up questions with answers taken from other interviews mingled with internet googlies - so iffy in the sense of 'uncool slightly fraudulent'. I might be totally wrong though, but I don't think Sylvian had much to do with it. It's just that I don't get a 'David'-feel out of it.
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Re: Dangerous Minds Sylvian Interview

Postby Six One Cynic on Tue Jan 11, 2011 7:55 am

You're right, it isn't wordy or intellectual at all, but can't the same be said for "Money For All" - which is a fantastic tune btw.

DS was once in Japan, he knows how to laugh and be coy, it's just we're so accustomed to these dark horse narratives that spill over three or four pages, he really surprised me with this one.
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Re: Dangerous Minds Sylvian Interview

Postby opiate on Tue Jan 11, 2011 9:12 am

You can tell it's spoken as he sounds completely different when he talks as to when he writes. His written responses are too sterile, erudite/long winded and often deliberately ambiguous. Saying something while not really saying anything.

I think it sounds just like him. He smiles & laughs in face to face interviews and he comes over so much better with relaxed spontaneity in person than when he reels out quotes. I can't tell how old this interview is but I think Haldeman Gracie is correct and that it was from some time ago due to the reference.
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Re: Dangerous Minds Sylvian Interview

Postby karnsculpture on Tue Jan 11, 2011 2:17 pm

He mentions Tate Modern so the interview can't be from before 2000.
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Re: Dangerous Minds Sylvian Interview

Postby 1.Outside on Tue Jan 11, 2011 3:20 pm

That doesn't preclude it being a copy and paste job. However, a quick google around didn't turn up any sections of the interview elsewhere.
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Re: Dangerous Minds Sylvian Interview

Postby Haldeman Gracie on Wed Jan 12, 2011 3:57 am

1.Outside wrote:That doesn't preclude it being a copy and paste job. However, a quick google around didn't turn up any sections of the interview elsewhere.


I would suspect that is a transcription error (perhaps the interviewer believes the Tate changed its name?). Either that or DS is still in regular contact with Holger Czukay and has wiped all knowledge of The First Day from his mind (although the comments are interesting with regards to why DS perhaps pushed that album to sound more like Fripp than Sylvian).

From memory, DS's recollection of the Dirk Bogarde influence is no longer as clear to him now as it was then either.

The transcription has been updated since the interview, that much is obvious, no matter when it took place. It's probably genuine enough, but pre-Rain Tree Crow.
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Re: Dangerous Minds Sylvian Interview

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Re: Dangerous Minds Sylvian Interview

Postby opiate on Sat Jan 15, 2011 8:51 am

The whole thing?!? It's very well done if so (sadly). I'm surprised they haven't or will take action in that case?
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