Desert Island Discs...except I'm taking 11 albums instead of 8 music pieces because I'm greedy
In alphabetical order:
1. Biosphere - Substrata
2. Carla Bley - Escalator Over the Hill
3. Faust - Faust
4. Igor Stravinsky - The Rite of Spring
5. Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral
6. Pixies - Doolittle
7. Sasha & John Digweed - Northern Exposure
8. Soft Machine - Third
9. Suicide - Suicide
10. The United States of America - The United States of America
11. The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground & Nico
Trends I notice
1. A lot of these picks have something to do with electronic music (Doolittle, EOtH and The Rite of Spring are the only ones totally unrelated I think). Makes sense as that was the beginning for me of expanding my tastes beyond top 40 music.
2. A lot of these picks are Scaruffi-endorsed (Substrata, Doolittle and Nothern Exposure being the only non 8+/10 picks on his scale). I discovered lots of new stuff through him so it’s only natural his influence has been left on my tastes. I think I would have discovered all of these anyway except EOtH and USA.
3. Many of these are challenging or unlistenable picks for most people (Doolittle being the only radio friendly one and EOtH, Faust and Third probably being disliked by most listeners through their entirety). The above two reasons probably account for this.
4. Genre fusion is big among these picks (Northern Exposure, EOtH, Downward Spiral, Faust, Third, Suicide and The Rite of Spring). I usually find it makes for a more original and interesting record.
5. ‘Journey albums’. Kind of self-explanatory; albums that conjure up various mental images and evoke the sensation of 'going on a journey'. These albums also have great continuity between the tracks and are generally greater than the sum of their parts (Substrata, NE, Downward Spiral, Faust, United States of America and The Rite of Spring). This presumably comes from my electronic music background where most albums considered great possess this quality.
6. ‘Game changers’. Northern Exposure: my realisation there was more to electronic music than club trance. This was the beginning of me going further than the radio to discover music, as I said electronic music did so, but this album was the spark. Faust: sort of my return to rock music and my exposure to some of the weird and wonderful stuff that could be found out there and the groundwork for understanding some of it. Essentially this (and Irrlicht to a lesser extent) got me interested in Scaruffi as I saw he thought highly of it and it had been my favourite album for about 6-9 months at that point.
7. The importance of listology. Many users throughout the website have helped to mould my music tastes and I must probably admit that other than recommendations from my younger brother (neptune on listology), lists and discussions on this site have been the main catalyst in developing my current taste. The biggest influences have been darktremor, lukeprog and Afterhours. I think through darktremor I also discovered Ishkur's Guide which was also a massive influence.