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Episode 7 – ‘Tales from Topographic Oceans’ Part 2

The seventh episode of the Yes Music Podcast featuring sides 3 and 4 of the sixth album, ‘Tales from Topographic Oceans’.

Vinyl purchased circa. 1989 CD circa. 2005 (click to enlarge)
  • Is side 3 really that difficult to access?
  • Where is Rick Wakeman?
  • Is Tales from Topographic Oceans worth the effort of listening?

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Show links

Minimilist classical music movement:

Steve Reich – Music for pieces of wood

Jon Anderson’s version of John Adams’ ‘Shaker Loops’

Frank Zappa:

One of his 9 minute solos

King Crimson:

Lark’s Tongues in Aspic featuring Bill Bruford


Gamelan music is from Java and Bali. The word ‘Gamelan’ refers to the collection of tuned and un-tuned percussion instruments. I had the pleasure and privilege of playing a bit of Gamelan at West Road Concert Hall in Cambridge many years ago. It’s a remarkable instrument and amazing music. See if you can hear any echoes of the percussion parts in Tales…

Balinese Gamelan

Theme music

The music I use is the last movement of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite. This has been used as introduction music at many Yes concerts. My theme music is not take from a live concert – I put it together from the following two creative commons sources:

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Homework for next time:

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