Observe the music

Changing how we observe our world by becoming a different observer is powerful. A power that gives us more choice.

If you ever need reminding that observing differently can make a difference to how you feel in your soul you can:

  • Listen to a favourite piece of music in a different location, on better headphones, or in a dark room.

  • Listen to a remix or remaster – I recently closely listened to Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells 2003. I hadn’t realised it was a remix of the original music and not just a remaster.*

  • Listen to the Dolby Atmos mix of a favourite album, if available, on Apple Music (Spatial Audio). Pink Floyd’s A Momentary Lapse of Reason (Remix 2019) is currently doing it for me and is the prompt for this post.

A little change in how you observe the world can make all the difference. As they say, “A journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step.”

*For the record I didn’t like it that much. The original is wired into my nervous system after hundreds of listens over 35 years.

Tubular Bells 2003

Last night I listened to Tubular Bells 2003 properly for the first time. I had thought it was more of a remaster until I learned it was a complete new recording.

He [Mike Oldfield] had always been uncomfortable with the original recording because he had only a few weeks to record it and the technology at the time was unable to cope with all of his requirements. As a result, mistakes could not be fixed and some instruments were out of tune on the 1973 release.


In the days of CD I surely would have known it was a new recording. The anticipation and knowledge of a release is one thing sadly gone in the world of on-demand streaming.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve listened to the original Tubular Bells since my teenage years when I was first introduced to Mike Oldfield by my best mate. Many. Listening to this rework I could hear distinct differences. The instruments we more clearly separated and some passages quite altered – either in length or notes.

Not yet sure what I think. The original has laid down a solid path in my nervous system that will take some changing. Didn’t help that I fell asleep half-way through due to the after effects of Sunday’s change to daylight savings time.