Studio Ideas and Inspiration

Progressive Rock

Posted in studio 2a_2009, thoughts by Sarah Gelbard on 16 November 2009

Just before 1970s, several British bands started to develop the 60s Rock&roll and Classic Rock into something more complex. Bands such as King Crimson, Genesis, Gentle Giant, Yes, Jethro Tull, Gong, Caravan, Camel, Renaissance, and a few others investigated jazz, classical music, and other genres and at the same time concentrated on elements from rock. The result was longer songs with a more complicated and sophisticated structure (tossing aside the chewed “verse A-chorus-verse B-chorus-solo-verse-end”), each band sounding completely different from the other. Other bands such as Queen, Led Zeppelin, and Deep Purple soon came up with singles composed in the same spirit – most renowned are Stairway to Heaven and Bohemian Rhapsody.

Unfortunately at around 1975 audience demand changed completely and punk rock – a very simple genre – pretty much killed the movement, which is now known as Progressive Rock.

So again, as with Lewis Black and Kurt Vonnegut, I am inspired by the thought and effort that was put into the composition of these songs. The two songs I’m giving here (from two different albums of the band called Yes) are examples of this effort, and when I design my projects for studio I always remember this quality in Progressive Rock since we’re attempting to do the same – make every little part of our design work with the rest.

Originally posted by Rotem


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