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A Musical Odyssey Through My Life’s Soundtrack

From synthesizers to heartfelt melodies, discover the eclectic array of artists that have shaped a musician's sound and artistic vision.

From synthesizers to heartfelt melodies, discover the eclectic array of artists that have shaped a musician's sound and artistic vision.
From synthesizers to heartfelt melodies, discover the eclectic array of artists that have shaped a musician's sound and artistic vision.

I was born in 1974, a time when music was rapidly transforming, synthesizers were emerging, and rock was evolving. Growing up, I was surrounded by sounds that would come to shape my musical identity. This blog post is a heartfelt exploration of the artists who’ve been my guiding stars, weaving a tapestry of influences that resonate with my youth and early adulthood.

Synthesizing Imagination: My Childhood Dance with Electronic Masters

In my pre-teen years, the world of electronic music opened new horizons for me. I remember being mesmerized by Vangelis’ “Chariots of Fire” theme or Jean Michel Jarre’s “Oxygene.” The mysterious allure of Kraftwerk’s robotic sounds and Tangerine Dream’s ethereal landscapes shaped my curiosity and imagination. Brian Eno’s ambient works taught me to perceive music as a living, breathing entity.

Cinema’s Symphony: Teenage Adventures with Film Composers

As a teenager, the power of film scores captivated me. I recall the thrill of hearing John Carpenter’s chilling “Halloween” theme and being transported to futuristic landscapes by Vangelis’ “Blade Runner.” Jan Hammer’s “Miami Vice” became the soundtrack of my teenage rebellions. These composers taught me that music is a visual medium, painting pictures and telling stories in the mind’s eye.

Pulse and Groove: Dancing into Adulthood

Entering my early adulthood, dance music was the heartbeat of the night. Artists like Italove, Perturbator, and Patrick Cowley turned nights into euphoric dance adventures. Moby’s album “Play” was a constant companion during road trips. The rhythmic drive of these artists fueled my love for music that connects people and creates shared joy.

Heartfelt Melodies: Rock and Pop That Moved My Soul

The emotional depth of pop-rock artists resonated with me as I navigated the ups and downs of growing up. Keane’s “Somewhere Only We Know” was a comforting friend during lonely times, while Coldplay’s “Yellow” became an anthem for love and connection. The profound lyrics of Travis and Snow Patrol became the words I couldn’t find to express my feelings.

Experimental Edges: College Years and Musical Exploration

In my college years, the experimental sounds of Can, Neu!, and Ashra broke the mold. They encouraged me to see music as a limitless playground. The progressive wonder of Genesis’ “Selling England by the Pound” became the backdrop to many intellectual debates with friends, inspiring me to think creatively and challenge conventions.

New Wave and Synth-Pop: The Sound of My Generation

The 80s brought the rise of synth-pop, and artists like Depeche Mode, Gary Numan, and OMD were the pulse of my generation. I remember dancing to “Cars” by Gary Numan at parties and feeling a connection to the technological optimism of the time. These artists made pop music edgy and futuristic, shaping my love for synthesized sounds.

Global Beats: Traveling Through World Music

Thievery Corporation and Massive Attack took me on sonic journeys around the globe. Whether it was the reggae-infused beats or the mystic Eastern melodies, these artists broadened my musical palate, teaching me to appreciate the rich diversity of global music.

Legacy and Influence: Learning from the Pioneers

The giants of electronic music, like Kraftwerk and Yellow Magic Orchestra, laid the groundwork for my musical adventures. Kraftwerk’s “Autobahn” was a frequent spin in my vinyl collection, a pioneering piece that still resonates today. These artists were the architects of the future, and their legacy continues to inspire me.

Rock’s Renaissance: The Bands That Defined My Era

As a teenager in the ’80s, rock was undergoing a renaissance. Bands like Genesis and The Alan Parsons Project were blending rock with symphonic grandeur. The experimental edge of Ashra resonated with my adventurous spirit. The fusion of rock, electronic, and progressive elements became the soundtrack to my formative years.

A Love for Asian Sounds: The Magic of YMO

Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO) deserves a special mention. Their blend of electronic music with traditional Japanese elements fascinated me. YMO’s “Rydeen” became an emblem of East meets West in my musical library, showcasing how music transcends cultural boundaries.

Conclusion: An Odyssey in Sound

My musical journey has been a symphony of exploration, creativity, connection, and discovery. The artists that have shaped my sound have been companions through different stages of my life. They’ve taught me to see music as a reflection of human emotion, a tool for storytelling, a canvas for experimentation, and a bridge between cultures.

Whether dancing to Kraftwerk as a child, finding solace in Keane’s melodies as a teenager, or exploring the world through Massive Attack as an adult, these sounds are the harmonies of my life.

My odyssey continues, guided by the inspiration and creativity of those who’ve come before me. The ever-changing landscape of music is a never-ending journey, and I’m grateful for the artists who have been my companions along the way.

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Kjartan Abel is a sound designer, music composer, and immersive installation artist, known for his explorations at the intersection of technology and creativity. A seasoned museum nerd, AI enthusiast and tech enthusiast, Kjartan adeptly melds digital innovation with traditional media. His artistry extends to tinkering with Raspberry Pi, crafting unique experiences that resonate in today's tech-driven culture, often exploring the dimensions of space and time. With an MFA in Fine Art Media from The Slade School of Fine Art and a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Kingston University, Kjartan’s blog offers a window into his multidisciplinary approach and his journey through the evolving landscape of New Media.

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