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Encyclopedia > Mike Oldfield
Mike Oldfield

Country United Kingdom
Years active 1967–present
Genres Ambient
Celtic Fusion (1996)
Chillout (2002)
Europop (1979-1989)
Experimental (1990-1991)
Minimalist
New Age
Progressive rock
Rock and roll
Trance (2005)
World
Labels Virgin Records (1973-1991)
Warner Music Group (1992-2003)
Mercury Records (2004-present)

Michael Gordon Oldfield (born May 15, 1953 in Reading, England) is a multi-instrumentalist musician and composer, working a style that blends progressive rock, folk, ethnic or world music, classical music, electronic music and more recently dance. His music is often elaborate and complex in nature. He is best known for his hit 1973 album Tubular Bells which broke new ground as an instrumental concept album and launched Virgin Records. This image is the cover of an album or single. ... A music genre is a category (or genre) of pieces of music that share a certain style or basic musical language (van der Merwe 1989, p. ... Ambient music is a loosely defined musical genre that incorporates elements of a number of different styles - including jazz, electronic music, new age, rock and roll, modern classical music, reggae, traditional, world and even noise. ... Celtic Fusion is a broad umbrella term for modern music which incorporates traditional Celtic influences, or Celtic Music which incorporates modern music. ... Chill out (sometimes chillout), a term derived from a slang injunction to relax, emerged in the early and mid-1990s as a catch-all term for various styles of relatively mellow, slow-tempo music made by contemporary producers in the electronic music scene. ... Europop refers to a style of pop music that developed in Europe throughout the 1970s which emphasized catchy beats, slick songs and frothy lyrics. ... Experimental music is any music that challenges the commonly accepted notions of what music is. ... Minimalist music is a genre of experimental music named in the 1960s which displays some or all of the following features: emphasis on consonant harmony, if not functional tonality; reiteration of musical phrases or smaller units such as figures, motifs, and cells, with subtle, gradual, and/or infrequent variation (no... New Age music, is a vaguely defined style of music that is generally quite melodic and often primarily instrumental. ... Progressive rock (sometimes shortened to prog, prog rock, or progrock) is a subgenre of rock music which arose in the late 1960s, reached the peak of its popularity in the 1970s, and has continued as a form of popular music to this day. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Trance is a style of electronic dance music or slow ambient music that developed in the 1990s. ... World music is, most generally, all the music in the world. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Virgin Records is a British recording label founded by British entrepreneur Richard Branson, and Nik Powell in 1972. ... Warner Music Group is one of the four major record labels. ... Mercury Records was a record label founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1945 by Irving Green, Berle Adams and Arthur Talmadge. ... May 15 is the 135th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (136th in leap years). ... 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... Statistics Population: 143,096 (Borough, 2001) 232,662 (Urban area, 2001) Ordnance Survey OS grid reference: SU713733 Administration Unitary authority: Borough of Reading Region: South East England Constituent country: England Sovereign state: United Kingdom Other Ceremonial county: Berkshire Historic county: Berkshire Services Police force: Thames Valley Police Fire and rescue... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2005 est. ... A musician is a person who plays or composes music. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... Progressive rock (sometimes shortened to prog, prog rock, or progrock) is a subgenre of rock music which arose in the late 1960s, reached the peak of its popularity in the 1970s, and has continued as a form of popular music to this day. ... Folk music, in the original sense of the term, is music by and for the common people. ... World music is, most generally, all the music in the world. ... Classical music is a broad, somewhat imprecise term, referring to music produced in, or rooted in the traditions of, European art, ecclesiastical and concert music, encompassing a broad period from roughly 1000 to the present day. ... Electronic music is a term for music created using electronic devices. ... Dance music is a style of popular music commonly played in dance music nightclubs, radio stations and shows and raves. ... Tubular Bells is a record album, written and mostly performed by Mike Oldfield and orchestrated by David Bedford. ... Virgin Records is a British recording label founded by British entrepreneur Richard Branson, and Nik Powell in 1972. ...

Contents

History

Album cover of Tubular Bells (1973)
Album cover of Tubular Bells (1973)

Oldfield's parents are Maureen and Raymond Oldfield. His sister Sally and brother Terry are successful musicians in their own right and have appeared on several of his albums. Mike and his siblings were raised Roman Catholic, the faith of their Irish[1] mother. He and the Norwegian singer Anita Hegerland have two children together. This is an album cover. ... This is an album cover. ... Tubular Bells is a record album, written and mostly performed by Mike Oldfield and orchestrated by David Bedford. ... Sally Oldfield (born in August 1950 in Dublin, Ireland) is a folk singer and the sister of the composers Mike Oldfield and Terry Oldfield. ... Terry Oldfield Terry Oldfield (born 1949) is a British Composer. ... Anita Hegerland (born March 3, 1961 in Sandefjord) is a Norwegian singer, famous for her childhood career in the German music world and subsequent vocal contributions, in particular to Mike Oldfields work. ...


Early career

Oldfield's career began fairly early in his life, playing acoustic guitar in local folk clubs. At this time, he already had two fifteen minute instrumental pieces in which he would "go through all sorts of moods", a precursor to his landmark 1970s compositions. In his early teens, Oldfield was involved in a 'beat group' playing Shadows style music (he has often cited Hank Marvin as a major influence, and would later cover the Shadows' song "Wonderful Land"). In 1967 he and his sister Sally formed the folk duo The Sallyangie and were signed to Transatlantic Records after exposure in the local folk scene. An album, Children of the Sun was issued in 1968. After Sallyangie disbanded, he formed another duo with his brother Terry, called Barefoot, which took him back to rock music. Folk clubs (as distinct from American folk-music nightclubs) were primarily an urban phenomenon of 1960s and 1970s Britain. ... The Shadows are an English instrumental rock n roll group active from the 1950s to the 2000s. ... Hank B. Marvin (born Brian Robson Rankin, 28 October 1941, Newcastle upon Tyne, England) is the lead guitarist of the (mainly) instrumental group The Shadows, formed initially as a backing band for Cliff Richard. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... Mike and Sally Oldfield The Sallyangie were a 1960s folk duo consisting of Mike and Sally Oldfield. ... Transatlantic Records was an independent British record label. ... Children of the Sun is the 1969 album by British folk duo The Sallyangie. ...


In 1970 he joined ex-Soft Machine vocalist Kevin Ayers' backing group The Whole World playing bass. The band also included keyboardist and composer David Bedford, who quickly befriended Oldfield and encouraged him in his composition of an early version of Tubular Bells. Bedford would later arrange and conduct an orchestral version of that album. With Ayers, Oldfield recorded two albums, Whatevershebringswesing and Shooting At The Moon. Both albums featured early versions of what would become his trademark sound. The Soft Machine were a pioneering British psychedelic, progressive rock and jazz band from Canterbury, Kent, England, named after the book The Soft Machine by William S. Burroughs. ... Kevin Ayers (born August 16, 1944 in Herne Bay, Kent) is an English songwriter and major influential force in the early English psychedelic movement. ... David Vickerman Bedford (born August 4, 1937) is a British composer and musician. ...


Having recorded a demo version of Tubular Bells, Oldfield attempted to convince someone in the music industry to take the project on, but was told the project was unmarketable. However, in 1972 he met a young Richard Branson who was setting up his own record label, Virgin Records, and after playing the demo to engineers Tom Newman and Simon Heyworth, he began recording the 1973 version of the album. [1] Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson (born 18 July 1950, Shamley Green, Surrey), sometimes abbreviated as SRB for Sir Richard Branson, is an English entrepreneur, best known for his Virgin brand, a banner that encompasses a variety of business organisations. ... Virgin Records is a British recording label founded by British entrepreneur Richard Branson, and Nik Powell in 1972. ... Tom Newman is an English producer and musician, born in 1943 in Perivale. ...


(1973-1991) Virgin years

Tubular Bells became Oldfield's most famous work. The instrumental composition was recorded in 1972 and launched on May 25, 1973 as the inaugural album of Richard Branson's Virgin Records label. The album was groundbreaking, as Oldfield played more than twenty different instruments in the multi-layered recording made in Branson's Manor studios, and its style progressed continuously, covering many diverse musical genres. The album quickly reached the Top 10 of the UK album chart and has spent 279 weeks on the chart to date, a figure bettered by only ten other albums in chart history. Its 2.57 million UK sales put it at No.28 on the all-time list of the best selling albums in the UK. In the US, it received attention chiefly by appearing in the soundtrack to The Exorcist. In the autumn of 1974, the follow-up LP, Hergest Ridge, was No.1 in the UK for three weeks before being dethroned by Tubular Bells. Although Hergest Ridge was released over a year after Tubular Bells, it reached No.1 first. Tubular Bells spent 11 consecutive weeks at No.2 before its solitary week at the top. In 1979, Tubular Bells was used as the main musical score for The Space Movie, a Virgin movie that celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission. The Exorcist track is the score used for the landing sequence of the Apollo flights. Tubular Bells is a record album, written and mostly performed by Mike Oldfield and orchestrated by David Bedford. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... May 25 is the 145th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (146th in leap years). ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson (born 18 July 1950, Shamley Green, Surrey), sometimes abbreviated as SRB for Sir Richard Branson, is an English entrepreneur, best known for his Virgin brand, a banner that encompasses a variety of business organisations. ... Virgin Records is a British recording label founded by British entrepreneur Richard Branson, and Nik Powell in 1972. ... This is a list of best-selling albums in the United Kingdom. ... The Exorcist is an Academy Award-winning 1973 film, based on the novel by William Peter Blatty first published in 1971. ... Hergest Ridge is a record album, written and mostly performed by Mike Oldfield. ... Apollo 11 was the first manned mission to land on the Moon. ...


Like Tubular Bells, Hergest Ridge took the form of a two-movement instrumental piece, this time evoking scenes from Oldfield's Herefordshire country retreat. This was followed in 1975 with the pioneering world music piece Ommadawn, and 1978's Incantations which introduced more diverse choral performances from Sally Oldfield, Maddy Prior and the Queen's College Girls Choir. Tubular Bells is a record album, written and mostly performed by Mike Oldfield and orchestrated by David Bedford. ... Hergest Ridge is a record album, written and mostly performed by Mike Oldfield. ... Herefordshire is a historic and ceremonial county and unitary district (known as County of Herefordshire) in the West Midlands region of England. ... World music is, most generally, all the music in the world. ... Ommadawn is a record album written and mostly performed by Mike Oldfield. ... Incantations is a record album written and mostly performed by Mike Oldfield. ... Sally Oldfield (born in August 1950 in Dublin, Ireland) is a folk singer and the sister of the composers Mike Oldfield and Terry Oldfield. ... Maddy Prior is a British folk singer. ... Queens College is an all-girls English public school located in Harley Street, London. ...

Album cover of QE2 (1980)
Album cover of QE2 (1980)

Around the time of Incantations, Oldfield underwent a controversial self-assertiveness therapy course known as Exegesis. No doubt as a result of this, the formerly reclusive musician staged a major European tour to promote the album, chronicled in his live album Exposed, much of which was recorded at the National Exhibition Centre near Birmingham, the first ever concert at that venue. Image File history File links This image is the cover of an album or single. ... Image File history File links This image is the cover of an album or single. ... QE2 is a record album written and mostly performed by Mike Oldfield. ... Incantations is a record album written and mostly performed by Mike Oldfield. ... Exegesis (group). ... Exposure can be: A condition of poor health or death resulting from prolonged exposure to weather radiation poisoning Exposure of the skin to sunshine, etc. ... The National Exhibition Centre (NEC) is the seventh largest exhibition centre in Europe, located in Solihull, near Birmingham, England. ...


In 1975, Oldfield received a Grammy award for Best Instrumental Composition in "Tubular Bells - Theme From The Exorcist". The 17th Grammy Awards were held in 1975, and were broadcast live on American television. ... The Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media has been awarded since 1960. ... The Exorcist is an Academy Award-winning 1973 film, based on the novel by William Peter Blatty first published in 1971. ...


The early 1980s saw Oldfield make a transition to "mainstream" popular music, beginning with the inclusion of shorter instrumental tracks and contemporary cover versions on Platinum and QE2 (the latter named after the cruise ship). Soon afterwards he turned his attention to songwriting, with a string of collaborations featuring various lead vocalists alongside his trademark searing guitar solos. The best known of these is "Moonlight Shadow", his 1983 hit with Maggie Reilly. This song has been covered by various other artists, including Aselin Debison (Canadian folk singer) and DJ Mystic (electronic/techno) In 2002 it was a huge hit in central Europe for the German dance act Groove Coverage. The 1980s refers to the years of 1980 to 1989. ... Platinum is a record album written and mostly performed by Mike Oldfield. ... QE2 is a record album written and mostly performed by Mike Oldfield. ... The RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) is a Cunard Line ocean liner named after the earlier Cunard liner Queen Elizabeth. ... Moonlight Shadow is a pop song written by British multi-instrumentalist Mike Oldfield and released as a single in May 1983 and included on the album Crises in the same year. ... Maggie Reilly Maggie Reilly is a Scottish vocalist (b. ... Aselin Debison is a Canadian pop/Celtic singer, sometimes known affectionately as Azi, either by herself or her fanbase. ... Folk music, in the original sense of the term, is music by and for the common people. ... DJ Mystik is a disc jockey, mixes mostly vocal trance and happy hardcore. ... Electronic music is a term for music created using electronic devices. ... Techno is a form of electronic dance music that became prominent in Detroit, Michigan during the mid-1980s with influences from electro, New Wave, Funk and futuristic fiction themes that were prevalent and relative to modern culture during the end of the Cold War in industrial America at that time. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...

Album cover of Five Miles Out (1983)
Album cover of Five Miles Out (1983)

The most successful Oldfield composition on the US pop charts during this period was actually a cover version — Hall & Oates's remake of "Family Man" for the duo's 1982 album H20. Image File history File links This image is the cover of an album or single. ... Image File history File links This image is the cover of an album or single. ... Five Miles Out is a record album written and mostly performed by Mike Oldfield. ... Hall & Oates, also known as Daryl Hall John Oates, is a popular music duo made up of Daryl Hall and John Oates. ...


Oldfield later turned to film and video, writing the score for Roland Joffé's acclaimed film The Killing Fields and producing substantial video footage for his album Islands. Islands continued what Mike had been doing on the past couple of albums, with an instrumental piece on one side and rock/pop singles on the other. Of these 'Islands', sung by Bonnie Tyler and 'Magic Touch', with vocals by Max Bacon (US version) and Jim Price (UK/rest of the World) were the major hits. In the USA Virgin America really worked 'Magic Touch', servicing album rock, new age and top 40 programmers. The single was a major success, reaching the top 10 on the Billboard album rock charts. Earth Moving was released in July 1989, and was a moderate success. The album was the first to feature rock/pop songs on both sides. Several were released as singles. "Innocent" and 'Holy", which were released in Europe and 'Hostage', which was released in the USA to album rock stations. This was, however, a time of much friction with his record label. Virgin Records reportedly insisted that any future instrumental album should be billed as Tubular Bells 2. Oldfield's rebellious response was Amarok, an hour-long work featuring rapidly changing themes (supposedly devised to make cutting a single from the album impossible), unpredictable bursts of noise, and a very cleverly-hidden Morse code insult directed at Richard Branson. Although regarded by many fans as his greatest work, it was not a commercial success. His parting shot from the Virgin label was Heaven's Open, which continued the veiled attacks on Branson but was notable for being the first time Oldfield had contributed all the lead vocals himself. Some say this was due to his desire to quit Virgin as soon as possible (he had previously stated that his voice did not belong on his recordings). Roland Joffé in a TV interview Roland Joffé (born November 17, 1945) is a British film director who started out directing television. ... The Killing Fields (1984) is an award-winning dramatic British film based on the experiences of Dith Pran, journalist and survivor of the Khmer Rouge regime and American journalist Sydney Schanberg. ... Virgin Records is a British recording label founded by British entrepreneur Richard Branson, and Nik Powell in 1972. ... Amarok is a record album written and mostly performed by Mike Oldfield. ... 1922 Chart of the Morse Code Letters and Numerals Morse code is a method for transmitting information, using standardized sequences of short and long marks or pulses — commonly known as dots and dashes — for the letters, numerals, punctuation and special characters of a message. ... Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson (born 18 July 1950, Shamley Green, Surrey), sometimes abbreviated as SRB for Sir Richard Branson, is an English entrepreneur, best known for his Virgin brand, a banner that encompasses a variety of business organisations. ... Heavens Open is a record album written and mostly performed by Mike Oldfield, released in 1991. ...

Album cover of The Songs of Distant Earth (1994)
Album cover of The Songs of Distant Earth (1994)

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(1992-2003) Warner years

On the Warner label Oldfield continued to embrace new musical styles, with Tubular Bells II (a re-interpretation of Tubular Bells., which was premiered at a live concert at Edinburgh Castle, The Songs of Distant Earth (the latter based on Arthur C. Clarke's novel of the same name) exhibiting a softer "New Age" sound, and Tubular Bells III (also premiered at a concert, this time in Horse Guards Parade, London), drawing from the dance music scene at his new home on the island of Ibiza. Warner Brothers Records is a record label which was launched on March 19, 1958 by Warner Bros. ... Tubular Bells II is a music album by Mike Oldfield. ... Tubular Bells is a record album, written and mostly performed by Mike Oldfield and orchestrated by David Bedford. ... The castle from below (2003) Edinburgh Castle is an ancient fortress which from its lofty position dominates views of the city of Edinburgh, and is Scotlands most famous landmark. ... The Songs of Distant Earth is a music album, written and mostly performed by Mike Oldfield. ... Sir Arthur Charles Clarke (born December 16, 1917) is a British author and inventor, most famous for his science-fiction novel 2001: A Space Odyssey, and for collaborating with director Stanley Kubrick on the film of the same name. ... Songs of Distant Earth is the common title of several science fiction works by Arthur C. Clarke. ... New Age describes a broad movement characterized by alternative approaches to traditional Western culture. ... Tubular Bells III is a 1998 music album written and mostly performed by Mike Oldfield. ... Horse Guards Parade, London Horse Guards Parade is a large parade ground off Whitehall in central London. ... London (pronounced ) is the capital city of England and the United Kingdom. ... Dance music is a style of popular music commonly played in dance music nightclubs, radio stations and shows and raves. ... Flag of Eivissa (Ibiza) Eivissa or Ibiza is one of the Balearic Islands located in the Mediterranean Sea (), belonging to Spain. ...


During 1999 Oldfield released two albums. The first, Guitars, which used guitars as the source for all the sounds on the album, including percussion. The second, The Millennium Bell, consisted of pastiches of a number of styles of music that represented various historical stages over the past millennium. The work was performed live in Berlin for the city's millennium celebrations in 1999-2000. Guitars is a record album written and mostly performed by Mike Oldfield. ... The Millennium Bell is a record album written and mostly performed by Mike Oldfield. ... Berlin is the capital city and one of the sixteen states of the Federal Republic of Germany. ...


Most recently, he added to his repertoire the Music VR project, combining his music with a virtual reality-based computer game. His first work on this project is Tr3s Lunas launched in 2002, a virtual game where the player can interact with a world full of new music. This project appeared as a double CD, one with the music, and the other with the game. Virtual reality (VR) is a technology which allows a user to interact with a computer-simulated environment, be it a real or imagined one. ... Tres Lunas is a record album written and mostly performed by Mike Oldfield. ...


In 2003 he released Tubular Bells 2003, a re-recording of the original Tubular Bells, on CD, and DVD-Audio. This was done to "fix" many "imperfections" in the original that existed due to the recording technologies of the early 1970s and limitations in time that he could spend in the recording studio. This celebrated the 30th anniversary of Tubular Bells, and Oldfield's 50th birthday. The DVD-Audio version has the same content as the CD version in surround, and some demos of the original Tubular Bells. At around the same time Virgin released an SACD version containing both the original stereo album and the 1975 quadraphonic mix by Phil Newell. In the 2003 version, the original voice of the 'Master of Ceremonies' (Viv Stanshall) was replaced by the voice of John Cleese. Tubular Bells 2003 is an album by Mike Oldfield, and is a re-recording of the classic album Tubular Bells that he recorded back in 1973. ... The DVD-Audio logo. ... The DVD-Audio logo. ... Tubular Bells is a record album, written and mostly performed by Mike Oldfield and orchestrated by David Bedford. ... Super Audio CD (SACD) is a new audio recording format aimed at providing higher fidelity audio reproduction than the compact disc. ... 4 channels quadraphonic label Quadraphonic sound uses four channels in which speakers are positioned at all four corners of the listening space, reproducing signals that are independent of each other. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Vivian Stanshall (March 21, 1943 – March 5, 1995) was an English musician, writer, wit, and raconteur and is probably best known for his work with the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band. ... John Marwood Cleese (born October 27, 1939 in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, England) is an English comedian and actor best known for being one of the members of the comedy group Monty Python and for co-writing the TV series Fawlty Towers in which he played Basil Fawlty. ...


(2004- . . . .) Recent years

On 12 April, 2004 Oldfield launched his next virtual reality project called Maestro which contains music from the Tubular Bells 2003 album and also some new chillout melodies. The demo versions of the games can be found on the official Mike Oldfield homepage. April 12 is the 102nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (103rd in leap years). ... Virtual reality (VR) is a technology which allows a user to interact with a computer-simulated environment, be it a real or imagined one. ...


A double album, Light & Shade was released on Mercury Records, with whom Mike had recently signed a three album deal. The two discs contain music of contrasting moods, one relaxed ("Light") and the other more edgy and moody ("Shade"). The album was released on 26 September 2005. Light & Shade is a two-disc album written and mostly performed by Mike Oldfield. ... Mercury Records was a record label founded in Chicago, Illinois in 1945 by Irving Green, Berle Adams and Arthur Talmadge. ... September 26 is the 269th day of the year (270th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In an interview on BBC Radio 2's Steve Wright show, broadcast 23 February 2006, Oldfield elaborated on his next project saying he was working on a long instrumental — probably in three parts and without any drum loops. He also mentioned the possibility of a tour. BBC Radio 2 is one of the BBCs national radio stations and is the most popular station in the UK. It broadcasts throughout the UK on FM radio between 88 and 91 MHz from its studios in Western House, adjacent to Broadcasting House in central London. ... February 23 is the 54th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ...


Although probably unrelated to this new project, he will be headlining the German Nokia Night of the Proms tour, consisting of 18 concerts in December 2006. [2]


In November 2006, fellow musician Noel Gallagher won a Spanish court case against Oldfield. Gallagher had bought an Ibiza villa for £2.5 million from Oldfield in 1999, but quickly discovered that part of the cliff-top property was falling into the sea. He was also annoyed by the huge “eyesore” of a yacht moored in his view - but it turned out it was his with the house. Gallagher and girlfriend Sara MacDonald spent summer 2006 at the villa, and the resulting court case paid Gallagher a six-figure sum in compensation [3]. The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ... Noel Thomas David Gallagher (born May 29, 1967 in Burnage, Manchester, England) is the lead songwriter, guitarist and occasional vocalist with the English rock band Oasis. ... Flag of Eivissa (Ibiza) Eivissa or Ibiza is one of the Balearic Islands located in the Mediterranean Sea (), belonging to Spain. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... A modern yacht A yacht (From Dutch Jacht meaning hunt) was originally defined as a light, fast sailing vessel used by the Dutch navy to pursue pirates and other transgressors around and into the shallow waters of the Low Countries. ... The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ...


His biography, entitled "Changeling", will be published in May 2007.


Discography

Album cover of Incantations (1978)
Album cover of Incantations (1978)
Album cover of Elements - The Best of Mike Oldfield (1993)
Album cover of Elements - The Best of Mike Oldfield (1993)

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Studio albums

Tubular Bells is a record album, written and mostly performed by Mike Oldfield and orchestrated by David Bedford. ... Hergest Ridge is a record album, written and mostly performed by Mike Oldfield. ... Ommadawn is a record album written and mostly performed by Mike Oldfield. ... Incantations is a record album written and mostly performed by Mike Oldfield. ... Platinum is a record album written and mostly performed by Mike Oldfield. ... QE2 is a record album written and mostly performed by Mike Oldfield. ... Five Miles Out is a record album written and mostly performed by Mike Oldfield. ... Note: crises is the plural of crisis. ... Discovery is a record album written and mostly performed by Mike Oldfield. ... Earth Moving is a record album, written by Mike Oldfield. ... Amarok is a record album written and mostly performed by Mike Oldfield. ... Heavens Open is a record album written and mostly performed by Mike Oldfield, released in 1991. ... Tubular Bells II is a music album by Mike Oldfield. ... The Songs of Distant Earth is a music album, written and mostly performed by Mike Oldfield. ... Voyager is a record album, written and mostly performed by Mike Oldfield. ... Tubular Bells III is a 1998 music album written and mostly performed by Mike Oldfield. ... Guitars is a record album written and mostly performed by Mike Oldfield. ... The Millennium Bell is a record album written and mostly performed by Mike Oldfield. ... Tres Lunas is a record album written and mostly performed by Mike Oldfield. ... Tubular Bells 2003 is an album by Mike Oldfield, and is a re-recording of the classic album Tubular Bells that he recorded back in 1973. ... Light & Shade is a two-disc album written and mostly performed by Mike Oldfield. ...

Downloads

  • 2006 – Mike Oldfield This iTunes download seems to be confusing many fans. It is unlike any other version known and fans have guessed that it is either; a demo version, a studio session, a live version with audience 'noise' removed or not Mike Oldfield at all! For now it seems something of a mystery and there is no information given by iTunes other than a photo of a vinyl record with the following information.
  • Title: Mike Oldfield
  • Label: Crown Records, Culver City, California
  • Tracks:
    1. Tubular Bells - 25:01
    2. Sailors Horn Pipe - 22:46

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Soundtracks

Note: Although used in The Exorcist, Tubular Bells (1973) was not a soundtrack album.
Mike Oldfield also contributed to the X-Files: Fight the Future soundtrack album, with his rendition of Mark Snow's main theme, entitled "Tubular X". Note, this does not appear on all versions of the soundtrack album for the movie.

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Live albums

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Compilations, remixes, etc.

  • 1975 – The Orchestral Tubular Bells
  • 1976 – The Orchestral Hergest Ridge (Never officially released)
  • 1976 – Boxed (Versions of Tubular Bells, Hergest Ridge and Ommadawn mixed into Quadraphonic. Also a 4th LP, Collaborations, of shorter tracks with some of the musicians he's worked with on the longer projects. The CD release mixes the quadraphonic versions back down to 2 tracks.)
  • 1979 – Impressions
  • 1980 – Music Wonderland
  • 1980 – Airborn (American-only 2-LP release, with one LP being a version of Platinum, the other having an alternate live version of Tubular Bells side one from the same tour that produced Exposed, and a mix of studio and live elements of Incancations and Tubular Bells side 2.)
  • 1981 – Episodes
  • 1985 – The Complete Mike Oldfield
  • 1987 – A Virgin Compilation
  • 1990 – Collector's Edition Box I & II
  • 1993 – Elements - The Best of Mike Oldfield
  • 1993 – Elements - The Best of Mike Oldfield 1973-1991 (4CD)
  • 1997 – XXV: The Essential
  • 2000 – Tubular Bells SA-CD (Hybrid SA-CD contains a new remaster of the original LP in 2-channel CDDA and DSD, and a new remaster of the 1975 quadraphonic mix.)
  • 2001 – The Best of Tubular Bells
  • 2002 – Collection
  • 2006 – The Platinum Collection (3CD)

4 channels quadraphonic label Quadraphonic sound uses four channels in which speakers are positioned at all four corners of the listening space, reproducing signals that are independent of each other. ... The Complete Mike Oldfield is a compilation album written and mostly performed by Mike Oldfield. ... Elements - The Best of Mike Oldfield is a compilation album written and mostly performed by Mike Oldfield. ... Super Audio CD (SACD) is a read-only optical audio disc aimed at providing much higher fidelity digital audio reproduction than the compact disc. ...

Collaborations

Mike and Sally Oldfield The Sallyangie were a 1960s folk duo consisting of Mike and Sally Oldfield. ... Sally Oldfield (born in August 1950 in Dublin, Ireland) is a folk singer and the sister of the composers Mike Oldfield and Terry Oldfield. ... Kevin Ayers (born August 16, 1944 in Herne Bay, Kent) is an English songwriter and major influential force in the early English psychedelic movement. ... The British progressive rock group The Edgar Broughton Band was founded in 1968 in Warwick, England. ... Lowen Coxhill, almost universally known as Lol Coxhill, born September 19, 1932, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, is a free improvising saxophonist. ... David Vickerman Bedford (born August 4, 1937) is a British composer and musician. ... Kevin Ayers (born August 16, 1944 in Herne Bay, Kent) is an English songwriter and major influential force in the early English psychedelic movement. ... Henry Cow performing in Fresnes, France, 16 November 1975 Left to right: Tim Hodgkinson, Lindsay Cooper, Dagmar Krause, John Greaves, Chris Cutler and Fred Frith Henry Cow was a British avant-garde rock group, founded at Cambridge University in 1968 by multi-instrumentalists Fred Frith and Tim Hodgkinson. ... Rock Bottom can mean: Rock bottom, an all time low Rock Bottom (album), an album by Robert Wyatt Rock Bottom (SpongeBob SquarePants episode), the SpongeBob SquarePants Episode Rock Bottom Restaurants Inc. ... // Robert Wyatt, born Robert Ellidge, in Bristol on 28 January 1945, is an English musician, and a former member of the influential Canterbury scene band Soft Machine. ... Kevin Ayers (born August 16, 1944 in Herne Bay, Kent) is an English songwriter and major influential force in the early English psychedelic movement. ... June 1, 1974 is a live album by Kevin Ayers, John Cale, Brian Eno and Nico. ... Kevin Ayers (born August 16, 1944 in Herne Bay, Kent) is an English songwriter and major influential force in the early English psychedelic movement. ... John Davies Cale (born December 4, 1942) is a Welsh musician, songwriter and record producer. ... Christa Päffgen (October 16, 1938 – July 18, 1988) was a singer-songwriter, fashion model, actress and Warhol superstar, best known by her pseudonym Nico. ... Brian Peter George St. ... David Vickerman Bedford (born August 4, 1937) is a British composer and musician. ... Henry Cow performing in Fresnes, France, 16 November 1975 Left to right: Tim Hodgkinson, Lindsay Cooper, Dagmar Krause, John Greaves, Chris Cutler and Fred Frith Henry Cow was a British avant-garde rock group, founded at Cambridge University in 1968 by multi-instrumentalists Fred Frith and Tim Hodgkinson. ... David Vickerman Bedford (born August 4, 1937) is a British composer and musician. ... Kevin Ayers (born August 16, 1944 in Herne Bay, Kent) is an English songwriter and major influential force in the early English psychedelic movement. ... David Vickerman Bedford (born August 4, 1937) is a British composer and musician. ... The British progressive rock group The Edgar Broughton Band was founded in 1968 in Warwick, England. ... David Vickerman Bedford (born August 4, 1937) is a British composer and musician. ... Pekka Pohjola (born January 13, 1952) is an influential Finnish bass player, composer and band leader. ... Love Records was a record label from Finland, which would release in its time 384 LPs, 253 C-cassettes, 347 singles and 24 EPs. ... David Vickerman Bedford (born August 4, 1937) is a British composer and musician. ... Tom Newman is an English producer and musician, born in 1943 in Perivale. ... Tom Newman is an English producer and musician, born in 1943 in Perivale. ... Pierre Moerlens Gong is a progressive jazz-rock outfit which is very different to that of the first incarnation of Gong (band), the psychedelic space-rock act led by Daevid Allen. ... Pierre Moerlens Gong is a progressive jazz-rock outfit which is very different to that of the first incarnation of Gong (band), the psychedelic space-rock act led by Daevid Allen. ... Bram Tchaikovsky (born Peter Bramall) is a Power Pop musician. ... The Skids The Skids were a punk rock band from Dunfermline in Scotland, founded in 1977 by Stuart Adamson (1958-2001, on guitar, vocals), Richard Jobson (1960- vocals), Tom Kellichan (drums) and Willie Simpson (bass). ... Pictures in the Dark is a song by Mike Oldfield released as a single mainly in Europe in 1985. ... Anita Hegerland (born March 3, 1961 in Sandefjord) is a Norwegian singer, famous for her childhood career in the German music world and subsequent vocal contributions, in particular to Mike Oldfields work. ... Aled Jones (born 29 December 1970) is a Welsh singer and television personality who first came to fame as a boy soprano. ... Sally Oldfield (born in August 1950 in Dublin, Ireland) is a folk singer and the sister of the composers Mike Oldfield and Terry Oldfield. ... Michel Polnareff, born in Nérac, France on July 3, 1944 is a modern ballad singer. ... Kevin Ayers (born August 16, 1944 in Herne Bay, Kent) is an English songwriter and major influential force in the early English psychedelic movement. ... Kevin Ayers (born August 16, 1944 in Herne Bay, Kent) is an English songwriter and major influential force in the early English psychedelic movement. ... David Vickerman Bedford (born August 4, 1937) is a British composer and musician. ... Kevin Ayers (born August 16, 1944 in Herne Bay, Kent) is an English songwriter and major influential force in the early English psychedelic movement. ... Tom Newman is an English producer and musician, born in 1943 in Perivale. ... Kevin Ayers (born August 16, 1944 in Herne Bay, Kent) is an English songwriter and major influential force in the early English psychedelic movement. ... Phil Beer (born 1953 in Exminster, Devon) is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, and one half of English acoustic roots duo Show of Hands. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Max Bacon (born Maxwell Chilicothe Bacon) was the lead singer for 1980s pomp rock supergroup GTR, as well as the frontman for lesser known bands like Moby Dick, Nightwing, and Bronz. ... Schiller is the main project of Christopher von Deylen, a German electronic music composer who produces music which can be considered trance and ambient. ...

See also

Sally Oldfield (born in August 1950 in Dublin, Ireland) is a folk singer and the sister of the composers Mike Oldfield and Terry Oldfield. ... Terry Oldfield Terry Oldfield (born 1949) is a British Composer. ... Anita Hegerland (born March 3, 1961 in Sandefjord) is a Norwegian singer, famous for her childhood career in the German music world and subsequent vocal contributions, in particular to Mike Oldfields work. ... New Age music, is a vaguely defined style of music that is generally quite melodic and often primarily instrumental. ... Electronic music is a term for music created using electronic devices. ...

References

  1. ^ "Mike Oldfield biography"
  2. ^ German site of the Proms. Retrieved on 2006-06-01.
  3. ^ http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,4-2006520333,00.html

The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ... June 1 is the 152nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (153rd in leap years), with 213 days remaining. ...

External links

  • mikeoldfield.com - The official Mike Oldfield website (requires Flash plugin)
  • mikeoldfield.org - The official Mike Oldfield information service
  • tubular.net - Tubular Web, the largest and most well-established Mike Oldfield website.
  • mike-oldfield.es - Great multimedia stuff, forums, photos and much more.
  • oldfield.info - A community website; home to the #mike_oldfield IRC channel. (This website is currently limited, but the IRC channel is still active on DALnet)
  • musicvr.com - Official MusicVR support website (purchase and subscription required).
  • amadian.net - "The Sound Of The Bell" (A huge Mike Oldfield Resource, contains much information on rarities).
  • [2] - The Site of Distant Earth.

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