Steve Hillage ‎– Rainbow Dome Musick

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1 Garden Of Paradise
Composed By, Sequenced By [Double Sequencer], Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes Piano], Synthesizer [Arp Omni], Temple Bells [Tibetan Bells] – Miquette GiraudyEngineer [Equipment] – John Newsham (2)Engineer, Lead Guitar, Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes Piano], Synthesizer [Arp] – Steve HillageProducer – Miquette Giraudy, Steve Hillage
2 Four Ever Rainbow
Electronics [Eventide Harmoniser], Concept By [Rainbow Dome Concept] – Rupert AtwillProducer, Composed By, Guitar [Electrick Guitar], Guitar [Glissando], Synthesizer [Moog] – Steve HillageSynthesizer [Arp Omni], Temple Bells [Tibetan Bells] – Miquette Giraudy

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Originally released in 1979. Recorded for the Festival of Mind-Body-Spirit in London, April 1979.

Garden of Paradise: "Dedicated to the universal spirit of New Age Synthesis" Special thanks to Phil Newell.

On back cover:
℗ 1979 Virgin Music Ltd. © 1979 Virgin Music Ltd.

On label:
℗ 1979 Virgin Records Ltd. © 1979 Virgin Records Ltd.

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  • Barcode (Text): 5 012981 243227
  • Barcode (String): 5012981243227
  • Matrix / Runout (Mirrored): CDVR 1 : MASTERED BY NIMBUS
  • SPARS Code: AAD

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
VR1 Steve Hillage Rainbow Dome Musick(LP, Album, Ltd, Cle) Virgin VR1 UK 1979 Sell This Version
none Steve Hillage Rainbow Dome Musick(CDr, Album, RE, RM, Unofficial) Iberica Logos Music none Russia 2005 Sell This Version
VR1 Steve Hillage Rainbow Dome Musick(LP, Album) Virgin VR1 New Zealand 1979 Sell This Version
CDVRX1, 00946-373458-2-5 Steve Hillage Rainbow Dome Musick(CD, Album, RE, RM) Virgin, Virgin CDVRX1, 00946-373458-2-5 UK & Europe 2007 Sell This Version
CDVRX1, 00946-373458-2-5, 00946-373458 2 5, 00946 Steve Hillage Rainbow Dome Musick(CD, Album, RE, RM) Virgin, Virgin, Virgin, Virgin CDVRX1, 00946-373458-2-5, 00946-373458 2 5, 00946 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version


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January 20, 2004
As above with the historical import of the random chance of playing a record and having so and so walk in the room. Alex was busy with E.G. records (another Ambient moment) as well and not quite fighting with Jimmy of KLF about making the new ambient house which Spacemen 3 kinda already had done with Dreamweapon which heavily borrowed the concept of Dream Music i.e. Architectural Music from La Monte Young and Psychick TV/Genesis P. was again accidently just a little bit ahead of anyone with their Kondole release which the Orb later borrowed heavily.
Steve Hillage of Gong fame took some time out from Gong dope smoking and making silly solo records where he mucked about on his guitar and sang Hurdy Gurdy Man and got to the task of making some serious get down ambient music. The world is a better place for it I might add. He later stopped mucking about so much and gathered together System 7 which later got into some problems with Apple over a silly name similarity.

Just for the record, Garden of Paradise is the better of the two tracks In spite of or even with it's water bubbling and hippy love vibe permeating throughout. Find it if you can and hold on to it for dear life.


July 22, 2003
This album was written by Hillage and long-time recording partner Miquette Giraudy in 1979 for use at the Mind-Body-Spirit festival in London where it was played on a loop in a large dome (the Rainbow Dome of the title) where people could go and relax. They combined recordings of running water, layers of twirling synth sounds, Tibetan bells and (of course) floaty guitar-lines to create 44 minutes of dreamy beatless chill and one of the first ambient LPs. It was well ahead of its time and actually quite resembles some of the less dancier tracks by the duo as System 7 some 12-15 years later.

In fact the album played a crucial role in the formation of System 7. Around 1989 Alex Paterson (founding member of The Orb) was playing in the chill-out room at Paul Oakenfold's Land Of Oz clubnight at legendary central London venue Heaven. Paterson was busy inventing the "ambient house" genre using an 8-track mixer and numerous record decks to create a sonic collage of samples, songs looped for hours (e.g. Minnie Ripperton's Loving You) and vintage ambient records. Infamously, one night he happened to be playing Rainbow Dome Musick there (echoing the release's original function) when Hillage wandered into the room. The two became friends, Hillage collaborated on some early Orb tracks and was so taken with the new dance/ambient music scene that he and Giraudy formed System 7...