Terry Oldfield Quotes
Mike and I formed a band in 1970 called Barefoot. We played in clubs and universities in Britain for about a year. The music was a kind of heavy blues style and I played bass guitar at the time. Since then I have played the flute at the first Tubular Bells concert at Queen Elizabeth Hall and one or two sessions on Ommadawn and Incantations playing flute and Pan-pipes. Mike and I rarely see each other these days but we get along well and play squash together occasionally. I hope that I have not been too influenced by anyone in the past. To be honest I have never been a great listener and can't remember having any particular favorites.
I owe a great deal of the inspiration in my work to my travels. Although I haven't been to all the places I focus on there is always a kind of ethnic roots similarity that is common to all and of course the nature of the places contain the same elements like water, wind, etc. I usually start with some natural sounds that are local to the environment and then see what comes out with the flute whilst listening and inhaling the atmosphere. It is like breathing- listening and responding.
I cannot for the life of me imagine how all three of us have managed to make a living at music. I think it was the sixties atmosphere when everything suddenly seemed possible and if you had a strong enough intention you could make anything happen. There was such a freedom in the air! There were certainly no strong influences in our family as we were growing up, although Mike took to the guitar at the early age of eight years old.
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