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Classic Goldie

August 10, 2009

I saw a great programme on BBC Two on Friday night about Goldie writing a piece of music for an orchestra to perform at the Proms this year.  You can still watch Episode 1 and Episode 2 for a little while longer on the BBC iPlayer (although I’m not sure if this is accessible outside of the UK).

I’ve never been a massive fan of his music but Goldie is clearly a very talented and creative bloke and it seemed to me that it was his enthusiasm and attitude towards the task that achieved the programme’s goal of bridging, or at least lessening, the generally perceived divide between classical and popular music.

I liked the fact that the central focus of the programme was not Goldie learning what classical music should sound like or what instruments he should use but rather learning how to express his latest ideas in the form of sheet music so that a group of real people could play his composition for him.  In other words, it was more interesting watching a talented contemporary musician learning a different way of communicating his work than it would have been to watch yet another reality TV programme where some celeb has a go at doing something badly.

Anyway, I highly recommend that you check it out if you’re able to.

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