Blind Congress’s Influences.

TL Goodwin has an emotional attachment to noise.

The Beattles’ “Revolution 9” is a great example of Pre-Industrial music. It includes sounds lifted from radio and recorded material from outside of the studio.

The Doors recorded “Light My Fire” utilizing a Fender Rhodes Piano Bass and a Vox Continental.

Six years before TL was born, Martin Denny created the album “Exotica.”

In 1967 The Rolling Stones released “Their Satanic Majesties Request” and on that album was a song entitled “2000 Light Years from Home.”

“2001: a Space Odyssey” used classical music to help tell a science fiction story.

“Blade Runner” used the talent of Vangelis to create an unforgettable film.

Ennio Morricone is one of the greatest composers for film ever.

In 1976 Donna Summer, Pete Bellote, and Giorgio Moroder release “I Feel Love” and it meant so much more than a Disco Standard. It set the stage for EDM.

The 1980’s New Wave revolution was an electronic revolution.

TL watched USA Network’s “Night Flight” religiously. They played a few videos by Eisturzende Neubauten where they are cutting and pounding on girders while Blixa Bargeld screams. TL was in awe.

Sometime around then a friend of TL’s introduced him to the sounds of “Skinny Puppy.”

Over college radio he discovered Edward Ka-Spel, Controlled Bleeding, Zoviet France and Coil.

TL considers “The Beacon Street Union”, a largely unheard of late ‘60s band from Boston to be unjustly forgotten.

In 1979 he accidentally purchased the album “Bruce Woolley and the Camera Club” thinking he was getting The Buggles’ “Age of Plastic.” Both contained the songs, “Clean, Clean” and “Video Killed the Radio Star,” but Bruce’s album was released first. He was lucky. There were only about 1000 copies in the United States. Bruce’s vocals are iconic and TL prefers these song versions.

Shriekback. New Order, XTC, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Church, Bauhaus, Tones on Tail, Love and Rockets, must get a mention. And so must Dead Can Dance, Colorbox, Nitzer Ebb, Front Line Assembly and, hugely, The Legendary Pink Dots. Revolting Cocks, KMFDM, Pigface, and The Style Council must also be mentioned, as should be Genesis, ELO, OMD, ELP, Pink Floyd, and Robert Fripp, Brian Eno, Tomita, Vince Clarke and Tangerine Dream.

The sounds of nature and industry and sounds at half speed are really huge influences. And we would have to mention Movie Soundtracks, especially for science fiction, action and horror.


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