Thursday, January 07, 2010

Off Topic? Danish Band to Release Charles Darwin-Influence Opera

New Musical Express, a trade magazine that I followed assiduously in the 1970s to track the likes of Yes, ELP and Genesis, has reported that the technopop band The Knife are planning to release an album derived from the music they wrote for the opera Tomorrow, In a Year, which is inspired by On the Origins of Species. The article has this to say:
The opera was commissioned by Danish performance group Hotel Pro Forma and is a collaboration between The Knife and Berlin-based acts Mt. Sims and Planningtorock.

Dreijer admitted that he had initially been struggled with the idea of working in an area he knew little about. "At first it was very difficult as we really didn't know anything about opera," he said. "We'd never been to one. I didn't even know what the word libretto meant.
I have downloaded the free song and will see what it sounds like. Interesting.

Now playing: Utopia - Maybe I Could Change
via FoxyTunes


  1. ...a trade magazine that I followed assiduously in the 1970s...

    You were old enough in the 1970's to be following things? But your blog photo looks so youthful!

  2. Thanks for the kind words but I am closing in on 50. I picked up a copy of "Welcome Back My Friends" by ELP when it came out in 1974, at the ripe old age of 12! I had an almost complete collection of Todd Rundgren LPs by the time I was 14.