Robert Miles - Discography
- 01. TSBOL
- 02. Separation
- 03. Paths
- 04. Wrong
- 05. It's All Coming Back
- 06. Pour te Parler
- 07. Trance Shapes
- 08. Connections
- 09. Release Me
- 10. Improvisations Part 1
- 11. Improvisations Part 2
- 12. Endless
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The years in which Robert and been professionally silenced were far from dormant however as in the meantime he had been circumnavigating the globe as a live DJ. Visiting cultures and people in all points of compass (quite literally, from Lappland to South Africa and Brazil to Japan, it's easier to list the countries he didn't visit than those he did) and ever receptive along the way he had assembled a burgeoning mass of influences and experiences that were ready to find their way into his music. Personally recharged and artistically reinvigorated he relocated to Ibiza in 1999 to begin work on what would become his third album 'Organik' in a secluded finca kilometres from the nearest town.
The record that emerged was a deeply personal and for Robert a cleansingly contemporary one. Darker, more leftfield and drawing on a far wider palette than anything which might have been envisaged at the close of '23AM', 'Organik' draws on the deepest exploration of his musical self and earliest influences thus far as well as reflecting to a certain extent the traumatic period from which he was finally emerging (as titles such as 'Separation' and 'Release Me' would suggest). All of this is further synthesised with the experiences of his recent travels. As Robert said at the time "I've seen and experienced a lot of different cultures and that has had an effect. It's the interaction between European electronic music and other, more traditional sounds that fascinates me now."
Though undeniably introspective in tone, 'Organik' is in many ways a very outward looking album too; the influences from Robert's travels abound (India being particularly apparent) and there is often an air of joyful exuberance in the trying out of new musical directions and colours. For the first time too Robert worked with a host of instrumental collaborators, some of whom like Bill Laswell were early influences, others such as Nitin Sawhney and Trilok Gurtu friends and more recent discoveries. All were undeniably what are termed 'musicians' musicians' and the inspiring quality of their contributions reflects this, providing a fascinating counterpoint to the electronic textures Robert weaves around them.
This more experimental approach was not to everyone's taste however and most particularly not, as might be expected, at the average major record label who when approached simply did not understand what 'Organik' and the 'new' Robert Miles were all about. Finally bowing to the inevitable perhaps Robert decided to set up his own company 'S:alt Records' (an acronym of 'Suitably Alternative') to put out his own music his own way. Remarkably the video for the album's lead single 'Paths' similarly fell foul of the mainstream, being banned by MTV as 'potentially disturbing'.
If the music industry didn't get 'Organik' however then the film industry assuredly did. Over the years the often cinematic quality of Miles' music has meant that it has been taken up in the soundtracks of more than 100 films and TV commercials, and with 'Organik' Hollywood gave Miles his highest Soundtrack profile yet, placing the driving 'Trance Shapes' in the Matt Damon thriller 'The Bourne Identity' amd 'Release Me' in 'City of Ghosts'. In the world of Independent European Cinema meanwhile 'Improvisations PT2' was used to complement Ryuichi Sakamoto's score for the film 'Derrida'.
Nor was this appreciation at all one-sided. Robert has a long-standing love affair with the screen; "I have worked on music for adverts, but since the age of 14, when I became interested in music, it has been my dream to compose and produce a film score". Since the release of 'Organik' Miles has increasingly has been dividing his time between London and Los Angeles where in typically pragmatic style he's set himself to the task of developing a soundtrack career, taking ever-increasing amounts of scoring work as he builds up his profile in one of the toughest competitive environments on earth.
It's a subtle masterpiece. The production is superb.
[...] this rousing yet atmospheric tapestry is wholly original, and it embraces everything that makes music such a beautiful obsession.
[...] those who will undoubtedly moan about this being from the guy who brought us "dream music" should get over it and accept this for being simply great music.
[...] Organik is full of integrity and class. Just what you would expect from Robert Miles.
[...] lots of clever sound design.
[...] a multi-faceted recording of crossethnicity and meticulous sound design. [...] if you are a stereo lover and tiring of repetitive structure syndrome then enter gleefully into Miles' brave new world.
[...] this hybrid might have turned a little murky in another producer's hands.
[...] Organik is good music.
THE CMU UPDATE - Album of the week
[...] fabulous re-birthing.
[...] Miles turns his back on the mainstream to create the album he wanted to make years ago and the result is splendid. It's almost like listening to a movie soundtrack.
[...] If you want to explore the organic nature of the trance, Miles supplies the soundtrack.
[...] Miles blows a cluster of nu-techno space dust into the face of those who thought he'd never recover from trance-hell.
[...] a unique album as varied as it is different. This is great for the summer.
[...] Miles is making the soundtracks of a generation, something only the Chemical Brothers can also claim in the world of album-based techno music.
[...] It would be far too easy to compare Robert Miles to the likes of Leftfield and the Orb because of the similarities but Robert Miles has added something else to the mix which separates him from the crowd.