Echoes Podcast: Dead Can Dance Icons of Echoes and We Remember Harold Budd 1936-2020
In the Echoes Podcast, It’s the fourth Icon of Echoes: Dead Can Dance. This duo of Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry have created some of the most transcendent, time-shifting music of the late 20th century. From the score to Gladiator to albums of tribal mysticism, hear Gerrard and Perry tell their story, from their beginnings in Australia, to their break-up, to Gerrard’s film scores, to reunion.
We also remember Harold Budd who left the planet on December 7th. He was 84 years old and a victim of Covid-19. Harold Budd is a legend in the ambient world, but like his music, he’s a subtle legend, known probably more among musicians than fans. His early 1980 albums with Brian Eno, The Plateaux of Mirror and The Pearl, are among the early signposts of ambient music. Older artists like Tim Story and John Foxx of Ultravox genuflect at Budd’s altar, while a new generation of composers including Balmorhea, Olafur Arnalds, Mary Lattimore and Nils Petter Molvaer have been influenced by his work. His collaborators have included Robin Guthrie of The Cocteau Twins, Andy Partridge of XTC and guitarist Bill Nelson.