MIKE OLDFIELD SIGNS WITH MERCURY RECORDS
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MIKE OLDFIELD SIGNS WITH MERCURY RECORDS
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Mercury Records, part of the Universal Music Group, are proud to announce that Mike Oldfield has signed a deal with the label. The first fruits of this new deal will see the release of a brand new as yet untitled double album from Mike Oldfield in September, which is his first collection of new music since 2002’s Tres Lunas. Alongside his new releases, in 2008 all of Mike’s catalogue from his years at Virgin, including the classics Tubular Bells, Hergest Ridge and Ommadawn, will transfer to Mercury Records. Mike Oldfield has sold 40 million albums since the release of his debut Tubular Bells in 1973.

Mike commented, "I never imagined as a teenager having just signed my first record contract with the then unknown Richard Branson, that 33 years later I would be resigning to a major company like Universal. With everything that has happened in those years including the development of fantastic new technology that has helped me create my new album, it all seems like a wish fulfilled. I am looking forward to working with all the people at Mercury and I believe that the next series of albums will be a great success."

Adam Barker, Director of Legal & Business Affairs for Mercury Records, was instrumental in concluding the deal,
Mike Oldfield’s musical heritage is unquestionable and it was upon his records that Virgin was built. Mercury Records is a label that is moving forward and this deal represents a fantastic opportunity for us to work with an artist of Mike’s calibre.

Talking of his new record Mike has said, "I am just putting the finishing touches to my new record which will be a double. The first disc is made up of atmospheric ‘ambient’ or ‘chillout’ pieces whilst the second disc is of more up-tempo tracks and they are in a darker moodier vein. I have a complete software studio with no need for a vast mixing console and towers of electronics. This new album is my first foray into this exciting new world of music where anything is possible.”

8 Agosto 2005, 14:45:59
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MIKE OLDFIELD SIGNS WITH MERCURY RECORDS
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Los Registros del mercurio, la parte del Grupo Universal de la Música, está orgulloso anunciar que ese Mike Oldfield ha firmado un trata con la etiqueta. Las primeras fruta de este trato nuevo verán la liberación de un completamente nuevo álbum doble todavía sin título de Mike Oldfield en septiembre, que es su primera colección de la música nueva desde que 2002 Tres Lunas. Al costado sus liberaciones nuevas, en 2008 todo catálogo de Mike de sus años en la Virgen, inclusive las Campanas, la Arista de Hergest y Ommadawn Tubulares clásico, transferirán a Registros de Mercurio. Mike Oldfield ha vendido 40 millones de álbumes desde que la liberación de su presentación las Campanas Tubulares en 1973.

Mike comentó, "yo nunca me imaginé como que un adolescente firmó apenas mi primer contrato sin precedentes con el Richard Branson entonces desconocido, que 33 años luego yo estaría renunciando a una compañía mayor como Universal. Con todo que ha sucedido en esos años inclusive el desarrollo de la tecnología nueva fantástica que ha ayudado mí crea mi álbum nuevo, todo parece un deseo cumplido. Espero trabajar con todas las personas en Mercurio y yo creo que la próxima serie de álbumes será un gran éxito."

El Voceador de Adán, el Director de Legal & los Negocios para Registros de Mercurio, eran instrumental en concluir el trato, “Oldfield de Mike la herencia musical es indudable y estaba sobre sus registros que esa Virgen se construyó. Los Registros del mercurio son una etiqueta que se adelanta y este trato representan una oportunidad fantástica para nosotros trabajar con un
artista de calibre.” de Mike

Hablar de su Mike sin precedentes nuevo ha dicho, "acabo de poner los toques finales a mi registro nuevo que será un doble. El primer disco se compone de atmosférico ‘el ambiente' o ‘chillout' los pedazos mientras el segundo disco sea de más vestigios de arriba-ritmo y ellos están en una vena de humor cambiadizo más oscura. Tengo un estudio completo de software con ninguna necesidad para una consola y torres mezcladas vastas de la electrónica. Este álbum nuevo es mi primera incursión en este nuevo mundo emocionante de la música donde algo es posible.”

8 Agosto 2005, 14:57:05
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¡Estafé y utilicé a un traductor para esto! jeje ;)

8 Agosto 2005, 15:00:23
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Ta mate!

I heard all this back catalogue was transferred to Universal, but now I see it's only the Virgin stuff. Now we'll have a new reissue in 2008, so let's start saving money!!! ;)

BTW, have you heard the new snippets from Mike? The recording is so awful I barely hear nothing but electronic distortion and guitar.

Regards from Barcelona

8 Agosto 2005, 23:15:43
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Hello Crises,

I have most of Mike's official material, so not so much money to save for me.

Yes I have heard the new stuff, it is only early days yet and the snippets were grabbed from the net. At least we have a taster of what is to come. I feel maybe MO will introduce and remix leftovers from Tr3s Lunas II. But this is good news for people who have not heard TLII. If I had not found this website I would never have heard TLII. In England MO is not hugely popular so the call for his rare stuff is slim on the ground. Most people in the UK think MO only plays keyboards and has only made one album 'Tubular Bells'. If only they could open thier eyes a little, they would find MO is full of great surprises.

It is a very exciting time for me as I await his new project eagerly. :)

8 Agosto 2005, 23:41:20
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It's very interesting what people in the U.K think about Mike. I thought he was like a "star" there, at least, more famous in his own country.

Here in Spain is not very known either, but we try to be good fans ;)



9 Agosto 2005, 2:29:51
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Platillos al final. AWESOME. "No sé por qué vivo en una isla. No me gustan las preguntas de 'por qué'

I was living in England for a six months and nobody of the people I met in Carlisle knew Mike Oldfield. I,m not sure but if I  remember well his last number 1 in UK was TB II. Here in spain  Mike is rather known yet, not like in the 80,s but he has a little success in the charts yet.

Greetings

Alvaro.


9 Agosto 2005, 9:13:02
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Amarok Daily - August 08 2005

According to the Amarok Daily, a Polish radio station has broadcasted 4 tracks of Mike Oldfield's new album. A possible title for this new album is 'Light and Shade'. The person claiming this said that one track sounded a little like Maestro while the other one was 'a masterpiece' along the lines of The Songs of Distant Earth.

9 Agosto 2005, 11:48:33
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Platillos al final. AWESOME. "No sé por qué vivo en una isla. No me gustan las preguntas de 'por qué'

The other one sounds like orabidoo..It´s very similar and al least, we have an emotional guitar . I wish that the way of the album was like this song but who knows...Anyway the quality of the tracks are very bad..We have to wait to listen to the songs as Mike Oldifield use to do...

Alvaro


9 Agosto 2005, 12:31:53
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Hola killing bell,

As crises said only time will tell. You are right about TBII being his last number one in the UK. It is sad that more people do not like him. I have seen him in concert three times and would love to see him again, but he plays so little here. Did you like England? I think it is a little dull myself. I am very embarressed by the way English people act when they are abroad on holiday, they demand English food and style of living. Why go on holiday then? Doh!

I like very much all of Mike's new stuff. I think it really started with that new sound on Heaven's open and expolded with TBII and TSODE. I think it is important to progress and try different technology and styles, otherwise we would still be hunting dinosaurs. Also, there is only so many times you can re-make Moonlight Shadow and call it something else, he he!

Always good to talk about MO!

:)

9 Agosto 2005, 12:53:55
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Hola Mike Bell,

I wish MO was a star here. Britney Spears, Crazy Frog (the mobile ringtone), Rachel Stevens and anyone else who can mime a cheesy note, they are stars. But no many who can play real instruments or have an abundance of talent like mike.

When you said you thought mike was a star, I pictured a silver glove on one hand and doing the moonwalk, hehe.

;)

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Platillos al final. AWESOME. "No sé por qué vivo en una isla. No me gustan las preguntas de 'por qué'

Hi WorldX

I liked very much England. When I was abroad I was looking for a different way of life, I was working and living alone, a great experience...It´s was great...and very funny!! It was like a long holidays!! ...and  I got a lot of vinyls of Magnum, REO, Boston, etc, etc, I came back to Spain with the bag plenty of music. And talking about the english music...I think that the music oriented to the charts is rather good..not like in Spain ..here this kind of music is a shit..:oops!!

Greetings;)

Alvaro.


9 Agosto 2005, 17:24:35
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I am very glad you liked England. I spent 4 and half months in India and loved every minute of it. I listened to Incantations and TSODE a lot while I was there. I have also travelled to Sri Lanka and Egypt. I love travel very much and I guess I get a little bored of England at times because I live here and it is so small. I wish very much to travel to Spain next year and also Barcelona. Yeah, some music in Europe is a little strange and I suppose there are some good artists here. I am also a big fan of Pink Floyd and have everything they have done. I have been listening to Mike Oldfield for 25 years now since I first bought a copy of Tubular Bells at eight with my pocket money, from then on I was hooked. :)

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With reference to krenes recent posting

http://www.mike-oldfield.es/respuesta.asp?idtopic=150&idforo=4

I have translated to english

http://www.universal-pop.de/artist.php?artist=74096&genre=pop&innercontent=biografie_artist.php&artistnav=biografie&flash=yes

Mike Oldfield - Light And Shade

„Exact that is the problem“, groans Mike Oldfield.  „I fit simply in none of the current drawers.“

Yet always proudly and obstinately, it created the man behind „Tubular Bells“ – that album-phenomenon, that it of the Teenage-miracle to that a-man-revolution become let – to this day to remain itself always faithful, to never to be distracted.  Whether it chirped now verqueren, boundary bursting skirt, progressive-quiet or orchestrale Sound-maneuver created, took on sketched could (before these musical styles through the cover went), solid Chill-Out-worlds or in the network represented Virtual-Reality-games (with pertinent music naturally), or also its music for the Horror-classic „the Exorzist“ or the Soundtrack to „The Killing Fields – screaming country by tax – always one clearly to celtic or African sounds Oldfield is.  Exactly he taken himself designated not once as a musician.  Am „I a technician, that remodels should name sooner its ideas into sounds.“ yet how one this Sound then?  Could it perhaps even be that a fan with its definition left behind in the internet lay not at all once so incorrectly, when it wrote „Oldfield progressive“? 

These days the publication of a double album stands now at – on the one hand would be represented becomes there „Light“, on that its Ambient/Chill-Out-brain half (also if Oldfield such classification hates!)  In addition it presents with „Shade“ the gloomy, more heavyweight counterpart.  „That are both sides of my musical personality.“

Both halves are joint a süchtigmachende mixture out of simple (Versatz-)Stücken and breathtaking complexity.  Time delays equip singe has ready itself Oldfield in the vicinity of electronic Dance-music („Quicksilver“, „Slipstream“, „Romance“), then presented he herself with a breath of blues („Closer“), investigated however on like „The Gate“ with its frightening melancholy-approaches and „Tears Of at hinge“, that from Minimalismus to guitar-Exzess everything (even African Vibes), yet further style-excursion.  Even if a did not singe cause likes like „First Steps“ with ten minutes length all too easily digestible, has one it in „Light And Shade“ with a comparatively easily accessible Oldfield-album to do.  It gives a starting point new again and again, new impressions at the hand (to this extent is the album in more certainly manner with its computer game-work comparable).  One asks Oldfield then however where and like it this new work in its 23jährigen solo-career (with proud 22 albums) would incorporate, one will not be able to hear again much more than a groaning: „I catch see arrive simply on, and then I, where I“, is its answer.  „I already often said feel me that, but I sooner like a filter.  The inspiration comes of very deeply interior.  I must work each time condemned hard on that, come so that it also out, but in the mean time I have fortunately sufficient experience so that I know, when it klappt: if I make the music, become that usually nothing.  If however the inspiration has infects me first once, all runs like of even.“

„Light And Shade“ appears after a three-year phase, in which Oldfield worked exclusively at two Virtual-Reality-games: „Tres Lunas“ (2001) and „Maestro (2003).  „The work at these projects richtiggehend felt as well as an end time on, like vacation of the music.  Until I knew then one day, that I had to fall myself again completely on the music.  If one has a completely empty sheet before itself, it is as a rule the best to look around a few in the area.  When I assessed then, how very the technical possibilities had changed within these three years, became me also clear that my studio had become last of all superfluous.  I was able to engage all at once all with the computer, that passed totally from.  Therefore I let come a TRUCK and eight types, cleared was disconcerted strained that then everything... I not once through it, sooner, what would fill then now probably the new free rooms.  It is inconceivable, what one can make today everything.  One stands are have somewhat before, and from there out of it only a couple of Mouse-click, and – Bingo – there you your desired result!  Ready!“

Certainly – it is lived to work this man, however.  Already in the year 1971 when it worked just at the demo-versions for the grandiose „Tubular Bells“-album (of that until today 16 million units sold are), fighted Mike entirely alone with the challenges that placed itself it in its dwelling lain in Tottenham.  At that time he worked got into lent had himself yet on device shafts, that he of that Soft-Machine-founder Kevin Ayers.  In whose Background-trio Mike The Whole world – Mike had played before guitar-masterly as 16jähriger until it brought then its characteristic, at that time yet quite Folk-lastigen designs on the way.  With its new album, he proceeded himself again into a similar situation: for „Light And Shade“ was received also at home, in Chalfont St. Giles in Buckinghamshire if also „in“ (or on) the current variant of a home studio – namely its computer, that he equipped with FL-studio-software, than Fruity Loops better confessed.  „The scaffoldings of the single Tracks are programmed respectively.  But I have this guitar-Sound, and/or actually several guitar-Sounds, therefore I wanted to use also the guitar on almost all pieces.  In a couple of pieces, I was restricted even only to the Piano – and that, although I a rather mieser piano player am.“

„Light And Shade“ appears after a three-year phase, in which Oldfield worked exclusively at two Virtual-Reality-games: „Tres Lunas“ (2001) and „Maestro (2003).  „The work at these projects richtiggehend felt as well as an end time on, like vacation of the music.  Until I knew then one day, that I had to fall myself again completely on the music.  If one has a completely empty sheet before itself, it is as a rule the best to look around a few in the area.  When I assessed then, how very the technical possibilities had changed within these three years, became me also clear that my studio had become last of all superfluous.  I was able to engage all at once all with the computer, that passed totally from.  Therefore I let come a TRUCK and eight types, cleared was disconcerted strained that then everything... I not once through it, sooner, what would fill then now probably the new free rooms.  It is inconceivable, what one can make today everything.  One stands are have somewhat before, and from there out of it only a couple of Mouse-click, and – Bingo – there you your desired result!  Ready!“

Certainly – it is lived to work this man, however.  Already in the year 1971 when it worked just at the demo-versions for the grandiose „Tubular Bells“-album (of that until today 16 million units sold are), fighted Mike entirely alone with the challenges that placed itself it in its dwelling lain in Tottenham.  At that time he worked got into lent had himself yet on device shafts, that he of that Soft-Machine-founder Kevin Ayers.  In whose Background-trio Mike The Whole world – Mike had played before guitar-masterly as 16jähriger until it brought then its characteristic, at that time yet quite Folk-lastigen designs on the way.  With its new album, he proceeded himself again into a similar situation: for „Light And Shade“ was received also at home, in Chalfont St. Giles in Buckinghamshire if also „in“ (or on) the current variant of a home studio – namely its computer, that he equipped with FL-studio-software, than Fruity Loops better confessed.  „The scaffoldings of the single Tracks are programmed respectively.  But I have this guitar-Sound, and/or actually several guitar-Sounds, therefore I wanted to use also the guitar on almost all pieces.  In a couple of pieces, I was restricted even only to the Piano – and that, although I a rather mieser piano player am.“

„LIGHT“

„Angelique“ „so is named one of the presettings on one of my Synthesizer.  How always I began therewith to construct the music of below, and this piece sounded somehow angel same.  I cannot say really how it came in addition, finally pressed I simply only a couple of buttons.  I come normally every three days out of my studio and have a new Track ready.  Then I am first once finished.  It feels always like a birth at.“

„Blackbird“ „I a pure piano-piece wanted to make, with which I use my last actual instrument: my 1928er Steinway.  I have the title of one of my motorcycles entliehen, for I have an entire garage with fast machines.  Under that also a Honda Blackbird is.  The piece is to be sure slower, but it is to be understood rather more so, worked has like Stanley Kubrick in „2001“ with music: if one goes, the time feels slows down yet at the same time on, like in time magnifying glass.  I like it to sit down with my music machines park apart, but then I need also again a recess and disappear on my fast motorcycles.  I airplanes tried also already, had made even my plane ticket, but that was me all to aufreibend.  Motorcycles are simpler mucher restfuler, relaxender.“

„The Gate“ „in this piece I worked with this song-software: Vocaloid.  One takes that entirely rauen, untreated Sound, sends it through a couple in that, and all already sounds beautifully.  The title is of my grandfather, Michael Liston, out of Cork.  I knew that it had disappeared one at night and first three years later returned, but then I found out that it had fighted actually in the first world war, in Ypres in France where later also the monument was erected.  The museum go once to Ypres and show you at – then have singed is subject you exactly the disposition, that this.“

„First Steps“ „at the same time it concerns a grouping of pieces, that I made for my game çTres Lunas,´.  At the beginning of the game, one is alone in the desert, stands before a cactus, and if one then losläuft, catches this music on.  Smith Robin, a friendly Keyboarder, helped me in the arrangements for the piece.“

„Closer“ „during my trip after Ypres I heard an anthem and found out that it was „Pres de Trois“.  I liked the piece so gladly that I made even a celtic version therefrom.  But the violent bagpipe-melodies did not fit so well on the disk, therefore I made a blues-version from that.“

„Our Father“ „that was original a melody out of çTres Lunas´.  I changed the original at present when the pope lay just in the dying, so that the entire fascination that had its life on me is singed flowed in, in that.  When it died then last of all, I had not at all the feeling that it would be dead now, because I was thematic always yet entirely aware with it.  For me, this places singed its entire life there, and also its death.“

„Rocky“ „my horse so is named.  It is an Arabic stallion that arrives always with me and wants to embrace me.  If we had it one day no longer here, it would become certainly an inconceivable Biest.“

„Sunset“ „in çMaestro´,, it gives this entirely special melody that one only can hear, to the second game that I made if one created it into the last level.  In the case of çSunset´ I made a variation out of just this melody whereby I had to be sure in the rear head, that it should become a Chill-Out-number.  Therefore also the name: çSunset´.“

„SHADE“

„Quicksilver“ „I do not find that this Track Dance-music is.  Perhaps music with a Dance-Beat.  I tried in the piece, lower water movements nachzuzeichnen, with dolphins and climbing bubbles.  When I lived on Ibiza, I saw often dolphins behind the ships – that was really impressing.“

„Resolution“ „there where I live gives – in Chalfont St. Giles – it a monument for Capitan Cook.  I stand on trips, and Captain Kirk was been based on Captain Cook, whose ship was named also çResolution´.  With the ship, it went into the Antarctica.  Therefore I made music that sounds like ice.  When I was then however in the receptions, went in the Iraq-war of all drunter and about that, so that here different elements met.“

„Slipstream“ „I inquired in FL studio whether I could work with one of the demo-singe of its Fruity Loops-software, for I was of that snatched up really cuten down.  They said immediately to, and out of this snatched up became çSlipstream then sometime´.“

„Surfing“ „I the virtual vocal-parts put on my characteristic voice-parts out of this software-program çCantor´ – jointly with the robot-Sounds came then this Track at the same time out.“

„Tears Of at hinge“ „at present my daughter Molly was just very sad.  I worked during its just with the Vocaloid-program.  The incorrect voices with my characteristic paired worry, has that one a quite dense choir-effect.“

„Romance“ „the first thing that beginners of Spanish guitar game learn, is that there are two Sounds – one in major and one in minor.  I wanted to make actually a Dance-version, but the major-variant did not function so quite.  Therefore I remained in the dark side of the romance.  One must imagine perhaps a love story, that goes totally into the pair of pants so that both parties of lawyers get on its side to fight around itself then correctly.“

„Ring cape“ „another piece of çTres Lunas´.  It comes from this place, at which an one owl on a trip brings.  Through a desert, into a tunnel, and then into a world out of ice pimple.  And again has smith helped me Robin at the same time.“

„Nightshade“ „Christopher of Deylen and I arranged that we assist ourselves mutually in respectively one of our pieces.  Therefore I play now guitar on a piece of its volumes Schiller, and it has singed assisted me with this with bass and percussion.  Except Robin is smith Christopher the single guest on the album.  All other is of me.“

10 Agosto 2005, 16:24:08
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Thanks very much about translanting the text WorldX, now I can understand it better.

I speak English but nowadays I can't speak German :D

10 Agosto 2005, 16:51:54
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Apologies if the German translation to English is a little poor.

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