The vinyl version of the “Sketches of Satie” album from 2000 Limited edition.
“…John and I had long talked about a project involving Satie’s music. Would it require an orchestra or could we use the full tonal range of our own two favoured instruments to create a sound canvas worthy of the keyboard-based writing? Either way it would be a return to our musical roots when we first became aware of ‘Atmospheric’ music, brave enough to remain rhythmically static yet all the more poignant precisely because of that ‘held-back’ quality. There always was a love of music in the family home but not specifically the ‘Classical’ tradition – I’d say we found our way to this music ourselves without being pushed. For us, Satie was definitely a man ahead of his time. Unlikely modulations abound and the Minimalists were to take from him as would Jazz, and where would ‘Ambient’ music be without his example?
I can’t fully describe my delight and joy that the sessions went so well and that the album, long overdue, is now complete. I may be sticking my neck out here but I don’t believe John has ever sounded in finer form, he was obviously born to play Satie – as I am sure you’ll agree!
John Hackett – Flute
Steve Hackett – Guitar