Friday, July 24, 2009

Moroder Time

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Lovers of electronic music familiarise yourselves with the man Giorgio Moroder. I'm sure most of you have heard this name dropped by music geeks similar to myself or if you have an interest in influential musicians of the 20th century. The 'heavy G' was born in Italy 69 years ago and was highly influential to all things electronic and synthesised from the 70s on.

His notable works (besides his mustache) include soundtracks for big films in the 70s and 80s: Midnight Express, The Neverending Story and Electric Dreams. They probably don't match up to the attention his production on Donna Summer's 1977 track 'I Feel Love' got. With the help of Kraftwerk's notable influence, Moroder pushed for a revolution in music production. 'I Feel Love' had an enormous impact on the disco-era of synthesised music. Moroder in all his genius might produced what is known as the first 'commercial' track (disco or not) backed with no conventional acoustic instruments - an entirely synthesised and computerised track for the masses.

One of the all time great disco/dance tracks.

Donna Summer - I Feel Love

For some 'acoustic' instrumental viewing, check out the Chili Peppers jamming out to this. It is one of their favourites to play live and they pull it off very well without synths. Flea proving to be the best bassist in the world again.

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