Our interest for Arthurian and Celtic legends was, besides the litterature
mentioned before, also a result of a musical impact; Myths and legends
of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table by Rick Wakeman (also
known as the keyboard wizard from YES). There was in fact a rare show on
Swedish television in 1975 from Wembley arena, where Rick & Co performed
the entire album on ice! Something only for the true Wakeman fan to view,
though… : )
When watching the brilliant TV-series Cosmos by Carl Sagan in the early
80s, it was of course impossible not to notice the theme music by Vangelis.
As being doubtlessly one of the most talanted, and successful, composers
of electronic music, he has ever since been a continuous source of inspiration
for ad dios!
Another major influence appeared when, in 1985, attendning the performance
of the opera Akhnaten at ENO in London. The American composer Philip Glass
had created something we had never heard before. We found it so fascinating,
that we extendend our stay one night to see the performance once again!
From that moment there has been a constant presence of Mr Glass in our
composing… : )
Rick Wakeman – Myths and legends of King Arthur and the Knights of
the Round Table, Journey to Centre of the Earth, Country Airs
Vangelis – Heaven & Hell, Chariots of Fire, 1492 – Conquest of Paradise, Voices
Philip Glass – Satyagraha, Akhnaten, Metamorphosis