Peter Gabriel has given has given an exclusive interview to BBC Points West's Amanda Parr.
We'd like to offer our warmest congratulation to Thomas Brooman - co-founder and for 28 years, from 1980 to 2008, Artistic Director of WOMAD, who was awarded the CBE (Commander of The British Empire) in The Queen's Birthday Honors List, "for services to Music and to Charity".
"Pure enthusiasm for music from around the world led us to the idea of WOMAD in 1980 and thus to the first WOMAD festival in 1982. The festivals have always been wonderful and unique occasions and have succeeded in introducing an international audience to many talented artists . Equally important, the festivals have also allowed many different audiences to gain an insight into cultures other than their own through the enjoyment of music. Music is a universal language, it draws people together and proves, as well as anything, the stupidity of racism." Peter Gabriel
A free download of 'Burn You Up, Burn You Down' from Big Blue Ball, is now available as a free download from recordstoreday.com
Click on the link below for the latest info about Charlton Park from WOMAD HQ...
Peter Gabriel talks about the future of music in two interview with The Daily Telegraph today.
Peter talks about the mystery of our disappearing servers, the final edit of Pixar's Wall e, music from the Bowers and Wilkins Music Club, new Real World signings Dengue Fever, Big Blue Ball and additions to Real World Remixed.
As our sites begin to re-emerge on the web it's a joy to be able to add some new content, with some initial information on Big Blue Ball - including an interview with Peter Gabriel and Karl Wallinger and a remix pack from the album at Real World Remixed.
Our pack is from the track 'Exit Through You' from the long awaited 'Big Blue Ball', an album recorded over three Real World Recording Weeks, produced by Peter Gabriel and Karl Wallinger and featuring a dizzying array of international musicians. 'Exit Through You' opens with the distinctive vocal of Joseph Arthur with Peter Gabriel joining at the chorus for a funky spiky pop tune accompanied by Karl Wallinger and Justin Adams on guitars. The song was originally put together in a fast and furious live session in just over one hour back in 1995; further production work by Stephen Hague followed and a final mix came from Tchad Blake.
Peter has been included in top 100 in Time magazine's fifth annual list of the world's most influential people: leaders, thinkers, heroes, artists, scientists and more
Systems are gradually coming back to life following the theft of our servers last weekend - we now have womadshop.com, petergabriel.com, realworldremixed.com and realworld.co.uk at least partially back to life. Real World Records and WOMAD area little more troublesome to restore, but we're working on it.
We've taken the 'opportunity' to move our servers to a new facility and so now have "On-site armed security is around-the-clock. They monitor the alarm system and security cameras that are on all perimeter points of ingress/egress to the building. Bulletproof security station and shipping/receiving areas with a Biometric security system are also in place. Our personnel require authorized escorted visitations." And if the power goes off our new providers have 50,000 gallons of fuel for the generators on site, so we hope to be available and pretty resilient to outside forces from here on.
The majority of Real World, Peter Gabriel and WOMAD web services are currently off-line. Our servers were stolen from our ISP's data centre on Sunday night - Monday morning. We are working to restore normal service as soon as possible.
Our first move has been to get our store up and running, so if you want WOMAD Charlton Park tickets or Music from Real World Records, we are back in business.
Through contacts at Witness we've been asked to point peple at ICED.
ICED is a free 3D downloadable game about U.S. immigration law - step inside the shoes of one of five immigrant youth to the USA and try and become a citizen.
Peter's back in the studio after some electric times in Sardinia and an eventful trip to California which included Global Philanthropy, Google's Larry Brilliant, The Filter, an encounter with a Lightsabre at Skywalker Ranch, and inspired recollections of an astronaut's floating hot-tub. You can catch tales of his travels and find him blending Brttany Spears with Dr Dre, all in the month's Full Moon Club video update.
"We believe one of the many joys of the internet would be freedom of choice, but many of us are now drowning in an ocean of options. An intelligent filter can remove the burden and boredom of choice and get us what we want and need with plenty of exploration and discovery. The Filter is a smart on-line companion - once it knows you, your tastes and your moods, it can discover treasure for you every time" say Peter Gabriel.
The Filter uses an advanced algorithm derived from the world of artificial intelligence and Bayesian mathematics to filter out irrelevant content and filter in content that reflects an individual's tastes and moods across entertainment media, including music, film, web video, entertainment news and, in time, TV.
Also included in The Filter is a strong element of social networking that allows a user to share and recommend newly discovered content with friends, and the potential to shape your own digital discovery experience by using other people's tastes.
You have until Thursday 1st May to test your knowledge of Peter Gabriel lyrics .."all you have to do is look at the lyric extracts and give me the following line, the name of each song and the album from which it comes" in Tina's current competition in The Full Moon Club 'Fan Attic'.
The winner receives a pair of WOMAD Charlton Park Tickets.
Supported by Glastonbury's founder, Michael Eavis, Real World Studios, and the music industry's hottest new band Scouting for Girls, RockStar 08 aims to find the next biggest UK rock band.
This year, RockStar 08 will offer an opportunity for the best new talent in the UK to pit themselves against each other and impress some of the most influential people in the music industry in the hopes of winning an enviable prize.
The winner of this coveted title will receive an amazing prize, including a two day recording session at Real World studios, an amazing set at Michael Eavis' Autumn Equinox party on 23rd September 2008, where over 4000 dedicated music fans party the night away at his home, Worthy Farm and the winning band will get a chance to play a live set at next year's Glastonbury Festival.
Michael Eavis said of the competition, "This competition will allow us to gather some of the UK's new talent and ultimately find one of the next big things in the world of music. Glastonbury is all about amazing talent we hope RockStar 08 will find a Glastonbury headliner of the future."
A spokesperson for Real World studios added, "We are eager to hear and see some of the undiscovered live rock talent the UK has to offer at the moment through this competition. We were thrilled to be asked to be involved and look forward to being part of discovering the next Stadium filler!"
The competition is open to all, bands, solo artists, young, and old, the only criteria is to be unsigned. The judges are looking for undiscovered live rock talent who will become the next big thing.
Entries must be in before the closing date of 27th May 2008.