domingo, 15 de mayo de 2016

Mike Oldfield cumple 63 años

Michael Gordon Oldfield (Reading, Reino Unido, 15 de mayo de 1953) es un músico, compositor, multiinstrumentista y productor británico. l padre del músico, Raymond Oldfield, adquirió una guitarra cuando servía en la Royal Air Force en Egipto durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Mike recuerda cómo su padre "solía tocar la guitarra cada Nochebuena, cantando la única canción que sabía tocar, "Danny Boy". Mike también atribuyó su temprano interés por la música al hecho de haber visto de niño al virtuoso guitarrista Bert Weedon: "Le vi en la tele cuando tenía siete años y enseguida convencí a mi padre para que me comprara mi primera guitarra. De hecho, creo que de no haber sido por Bert nunca hubiera llegado a ser lo principal en mi vida". Los Oldfield se convirtieron en una familia ligada a la música: el hermano mayor de Mike, Terry Oldfield, es un compositor de prestigio en el campo de la música para documentales televisivos, y tiene varios álbumes en el mercado; su hermana, Sally Oldfield, consiguió un gran éxito a principios de los 80 con el tema vocal Mirrors, y en la actualidad continúa en activo. A la edad de 10 años, Mike ya componía piezas instrumentales para guitarra acústica. La guitarra era para él más que un instrumento, era una vía de escape de una situación familiar que fue empeorando y apartándolo del mundo exterior durante mucho tiempo. A lo largo de esa década, la escena musical acústica había gozado de muy buena salud, debido al resurgimiento de la cultura folclórica británica que tuvo lugar en las décadas anteriores. Fue en uno de los muchos clubes dedicados a este movimiento donde el joven Mike empezó a darse cuenta de que su virtuosismo musical era del agrado del público. "Tenía dos instrumentales de 15 minutos cada uno, que tocaba en los clubes de folk locales en los que iba repasando todos los estilos", decía. "Incluso desafinaba las cuerdas totalmente y las doblaba sobre el mástil y hacía todo tipo de cosas. En cuanto me daban vacaciones en la escuela, pasaba la semana entera practicando y tocando la guitarra". Probó también con la música eléctrica, tocando piezas instrumentales de The Shadows en un grupo amateur. Cuando Mike cumplió 13 años, la familia Oldfield se trasladó a Romford, Essex. En 1967 dejó la escuela y junto con su hermana Sally formó The Sallyangie, un dúo folk-hippie de voz y guitarra. Firmaron por la compañía Transatlantic, que les editó el álbum "Children of the Sun" en 1968 y el single Two Ships en 1969. Por esta época el toque de guitarra de Mike fue fuertemente influido por el "folk barroco" popularizado por John Renbourn, líder de Pentangle y Bert Jansch. Después de un año, llegó el fin de Sallyangie.

Michael Gordon "Mike" Oldfield (born 15 May 1953) is an English musician and composer. His work blends progressive rock with world, folk, classical, electronic, ambient, and new-age music. He is best known for his 1973 album Tubular Bells – which launched Virgin Records and became a hit after its opening was used as the theme for the film The Exorcist – and for his 1983 hit single "Moonlight Shadow". He is also known for his rendition of the Christmas piece "In Dulci Jubilo". Oldfield has released more than 20 albums with the most recent being a rock album titled Man on the Rocks, released in 2014. Mike Oldfield's parents are Raymond Oldfield, a general practitioner, and Maureen Liston, an Irish nurse. His sister Sally and brother Terry are also successful musicians and have appeared on several of Mike's albums. He also had a younger brother, David, who had Down's syndrome and died in infancy. Oldfield was born in the Battle Hospital in Reading, Berkshire, and he attended St. Joseph's Convent School, Highlands Junior School, St. Edward's preparatory school, and Presentation College in Reading. When he was 13, he moved with his parents to Harold Wood in Essex and attended Hornchurch Grammar School, where, having already begun his career in music, he took just one GCE examination, in English. Oldfield's career began fairly early, playing acoustic guitar in local folk clubs. At this time, he already had two 15-minute instrumental pieces in which he would "go through all sorts of moods", precursors to his landmark 1970s compositions. In his early teens, Oldfield was involved in a beat group playing The Shadows-style music (he has often cited Hank Marvin as a major influence, and would later cover The Shadows' song "Wonderful Land"). In 1967, Oldfield and his sister Sally formed the folk duo The Sallyangie and, after exposure in the local folk scene, were signed to Transatlantic Records. An album, Children of the Sun, was issued in 1968. After The Sallyangie disbanded, he formed another duo, called Barefoot, with his brother, which took him back to rock music. In 1970, Oldfield joined The Whole World – former Soft Machine vocalist Kevin Ayers's backing group – playing bass and occasionally lead guitar. He is featured on two Ayers albums, Whatevershebringswesing and Shooting at the Moon. The band also included keyboardist and composer David Bedford, who quickly befriended Oldfield, encouraged him in his composition of an early version of Tubular Bells and later arranged and conducted an orchestral version of the Tubular Bells album. Oldfield was also the reserve guitarist for the musical Hair and played with Alex Harvey. Having recorded sections of this early version of Tubular Bells as demo pieces, Oldfield attempted to persuade record labels to take on the Tubular Bells project. Nothing came of his efforts until September 1971, when he attended recording sessions at The Manor Studio – owned by a young Richard Branson and run by engineers Tom Newman and Simon Heyworth – as bass guitarist for the Arthur Louis Band. Branson already had several business ventures and was about to start his own record label, Virgin Records. Newman and Heyworth heard some of Oldfield's demo music and took it to Branson and Simon Draper, who eventually gave Oldfield one week's worth of recording time at The Manor. During this week, he completed "Part One" of Tubular Bells; "Part Two" was then compiled over a number of months.

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