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Steve Hillage: Glissando Guitar

From: John Diliberto
Series: Echo Location: Soundings for New Music
Length: 03:30

Psychedelic guitar warrior's continually morphing career

Hillage_small Psychedelic guitar warriors don?t fade away, they morph and mutate into new forms, like the liquid light shows that once projected technicolor dreams at their concerts. Take Steve Hillage. He?s an electric guitarist who traveled the galaxies in the early 70s with the space rock band called Gong. Hillage spun out guitar excursions with his trademark glissando guitar. Using a metal slide rubbed on the guitar strings and combined with feedback, it creates a siren sound. Pink Floyd?s Syd Barrett discovered it, Gong?s Daevid Allen exploited it and Steve Hillage wrote the book with his 1979 ambient epic, Rainbow Dome Musick. Hillage spent the 80s producing albums for artists like Simple Minds and Robyn Hitchcock, but he came out from behind the boards again when Rainbow Dome Musick was rediscovered by ambient house auteurs The Orb in the early 90s. He appears on their latest CD, The Dream. Inspired by his cult status in ambient house music, Steve Hillage created his own electronica bands, System 7 and it reverse image, Mirror System, a downtempo project. Now, Hillage has been embraced by a still younger generation, collaborating on a limited edition release put out by American electronica artist Bluetech, aka Evan Marc, called Dreamtime Submersible. Now in his late 50s, Steve Hillage isn?t the granddad trying to get it on with the kids or stomping the bottom end of the nostalgia circuit. He?s still the avatar, pointing to new directions.

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Psychedelic guitar warriors don?t fade away, they morph and mutate into new forms, like the liquid light shows that once projected technicolor dreams at their concerts. Take Steve Hillage. He?s an electric guitarist who traveled the galaxies in the early 70s with the space rock band called Gong. Hillage spun out guitar excursions with his trademark glissando guitar. Using a metal slide rubbed on the guitar strings and combined with feedback, it creates a siren sound. Pink Floyd?s Syd Barrett discovered it, Gong?s Daevid Allen exploited it and Steve Hillage wrote the book with his 1979 ambient epic, Rainbow Dome Musick. Hillage spent the 80s producing albums for artists like Simple Minds and Robyn Hitchcock, but he came out from behind the boards again when Rainbow Dome Musick was rediscovered by ambient house auteurs The Orb in the early 90s. He appears on their latest CD, The Dream. Inspired by his cult status in ambient house music, Steve Hillage created his own electronica bands, System 7 and it reverse image, Mirror System, a downtempo project. Now, Hillage has been embraced by a still younger generation, collaborating on a limited edition release put out by American electronica artist Bluetech, aka Evan Marc, called Dreamtime Submersible. Now in his late 50s, Steve Hillage isn?t the granddad trying to get it on with the kids or stomping the bottom end of the nostalgia circuit. He?s still the avatar, pointing to new directions.

Broadcast History

WXPN June 18, 2008, 9:30 am.

Transcript

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PSYCHEDELIC WARRIORS DON'T FADE AWAY, THEY MORPH AND MUTATE INTO NEW FORMS LIKE THE LIQUID LIGHTSHOWS THAT ONCE PROJECTED TECHNICOLOR DREAMS AT THEIR CONCERTS. TAKE STEVE HILLAGE. HE'S IS AN ELECTRIC GUITARIST WHO TRAVELED THE GALAXIES IN THE EARLY 1970S WITH THE SPACE ROCK BAND CALLED GONG.

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GONG CREATED SPACE EPICS LIKE THE RADIO GNOME INVISIBLE TRILOGY FULL OF POTHEAD PIXIES AND FLYING TEAPOTS. ALONG WITH DAEVID ALLEN, HILLAGE SPUN OUT GUITAR EXCURSIONS TO INFINITY WITH HIS TRADEMARK DELAYED GUITAR LINES AND SOMETHING CALLED GLISSANDO GUITAR. USING A METAL SLIDE RUBBED ON THE GUITAR STRINGS AND COMBINED WITH FEEDBACK, IT CREATED A SIREN SOUND. PINK FLOYD'S SYD BARRETT DISCOVERED IT. DAEVID ALLEN EXPLOITED IT AND STEVE HILLAGE WROTE THE BOOK WITH HIS 1979 AMBIENT EPIC, RAINBOW DOME MUSICK.

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HILLAGE SPENT THE 80S PRODUCING ALBUMS FOR A...
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Timing and Cues

Incue: [sonar sound] + This is an Echo Location: Soundings for New Music.

Outcue: I?m John Diliberto and this has been an Echo Location, Soundings for New Music