Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Birthday wishes go out today to Michael Cretu, the creative powerhouse behind the electronic music project known as Enigma; since 1990 Cretu (along with David Fairstein and Frank Peterson) has been producing what can best be described as 'a thinking person's techno'.
As a follow up to Enigma's Gregorian chant infused debut, MCMXC a.D. - which has sold some 60 million units worldwide to date - 1993's The Cross of Changes spawned the project's biggest single to date, Return to Innocence. The song features vocals by Andreas Harde (known professionally as Angel X) and a sample of an aboriginal Taiwanese chant called Jubilant Drinking Song performed by the husband and wife Amis folk duo of Kuo Ying-nan and Kuo Hsiu-chu - who later sued Virgin Records for credit and received an unspecified financial settlement.
The video for Return to Innocence was shot in Malaga, where Cretu lives, and was inspired by the 1930 Alexander Dovzhenko film Earth.
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