Miles Davis once compared his art to Picasso. How is music related to the visual cortex? Does hue, saturation, and lightness compare to tempo, key, and pitch? Does music conjure up visual imagery? How does music effect your thoughts? creativity? Keyboardist Paul Hardcastle's new release, Journey to a Different State of Mind, is a collection of some of his most picturesque titles, all set to a backdrop of vivid and moving video imagery. Hardcastle was one of the pioneers to extensively use digital sampling technology, taking sound bytes and using them in a rhythmic repetition, crafting a song around them. It was a pioneering development in a new sampling sub-genre of music that would, for better or worse, make its presence felt strongly on the popular music scene in the decades to come. These digital pathways are a technological extrapolation of the old school analogue medium of tape cutting and looping, used as far back as 1966 by The Beatles on Tomorrow Never Knows.
The music genre that Paul Hardcastle has pioneered is known as New Adult Contemporary (NAC). Paul's unique mix of jazz and dance music has produced 11 #1 NAC singles over the last 25 years: 'Rainforest' , '19', 'Blue days', 'Don't be shy', 'Walkin' to freedom', 'Jokers wild', 'Paradise cove', 'Puerto banus', 'Serene', 'Free as the wind' and 'Lucky star'.
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