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    Saturday, March 24, 2007

    Steven Wilson talks to MTV

    Porcupine Tree reported on MTV News.
    "I think it's one of the unfortunate things about human nature, that the easier things come to us, the less we tend to appreciate them," he said. "Right now, we have a situation where music is so easily available — and for free — that I don't think people really value it the way I valued music as a kid. If everything is so easily available, it almost becomes white noise, everything from music to movies to pornography, which is a great example. When I was 14, I didn't even know what a naked woman looked like. Now, a 5-year-old can go on the Internet and get access to pornography. It's almost like everything has become so easily accessible that none of it means anything anymore. These kids will grow up without any sense of curiosity or motivation, and they'll grow up without a soul, or a real sense of who they are."

    Fear of a Blank Planet, the follow-up to 2005's Deadwing, is a 50-minute suite of six tracks that features guest spots from Rush's Alex Lifeson and King Crimson's Robert Fripp. Wilson said the LP is more potent than any of the Tree's previous offerings. "It's a very intense listen," he admitted. "There isn't really any what you would call 'light relief' on this record in terms of songs you could take out and kind of get played on the radio. It's very intense, it's very dark, and it's really taking the whole idea of album-oriented rock music to the next level.

    "It was very much conceived in the way bands used to conceive of records in the '70s, where you've got two sides of vinyl, and you can lay down a piece of music which is around the 50-minute mark, which plays in a continuous way, and deals with the same subject matter, and tried to kind of immerse you in a world for that time. That's always been the Porcupine Tree way, but we've definitely taken it to the next level."
    He also discusses his recent work on the new Blackfield album (released earlier this month), and an upcoming collaboration with Opeth main man Mikael Åkerfeldt, which should come out in 2008.

    Comments on "Steven Wilson talks to MTV"


    Anonymous bionurse said ... (8:43 AM, March 25, 2007) : 

    Bravo! Education without values is just information.
    Kids and adults are overwhelmed (virtually!)with information today. I have university students who seem to have heard of everything but do not know or understand anything about the topic. Alvin Toffler's Future Shock (1970) was dead-on.


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