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  Van der Graaf Generator - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Van der Graaf Generator were a seminal 1970s English progressive rock band.
The signature VdGG sound was a combination of Peter Hammill's distinctive and dynamic voice and David Jackson's electronically-treated saxophones, generally playing over thick chordal keyboard parts (such as Hammond organ and/or clavinet).
Van der Graaf Generator albums tended to be darker in atmosphere than many of their prog-rock peers (a trait they shared with King Crimson, whose guitarist Robert Fripp guested on two of their albums), and guitar solos were an exception rather than a rule.
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 Van de Graaff generator - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A Van de Graaff generator is an electrostatic machine which uses a moving belt to accumulate very high voltages on a hollow metal globe.
A simple Van de Graaff generator consists of a belt of silk, or a similar flexible dielectric material, running over two pulleys, one of which is surrounded by a hollow metal sphere.
Van de Graaff applied for a patent in December 1931, which was assigned to MIT in exchange for a share of net income.
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 Howstuffworks "How Van de Graaff Generators Work"
Van de Graaff generators are described as "constant current" electrostatic devices.
There are two types of Van de Graaff generators: one that uses a high-voltage power supply for charging and one that uses belts and rollers for charging.
For the Van de Graaff generator, the belt is the charged object, delivering a continuous positive charge to the sphere.
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 Amazon.co.uk: Present: Music: Van Der Graaf Generator   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Van der Graaf prove, once again, that they are a force to be reckoned with, one that could knock the current crop of whiney pretenders into a cocked hat.
Van der Graaf Generator still have the potential to drag the listener towards the abyss and dangle them over the edge.
Van der Graaf Generator are as powerful as they were in the 1970s and still as threatening in the 21st century.
www.amazon.co.uk /Present-Van-Graaf-Generator/dp/B0007VWRBC   (1580 words)

  
 Van Der Graaf Generator
The intended Hammill solo album was released as Van Der Graaf Generator (The Aerosol Grey Machine) in the U.S. in '69 (the album wouldn't see a U.K. release until '75).
Van Der Graaf Generator would reform once again in '75 and release a handful of powerful albums.
Van Der Graaf Generator has reunited at various times in the 90's for a few "one-off" concerts.
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 Van der Graaf Generator and Peter Hammill
In the early part of 1971 Van der Graaf Generator embarked on a tour of the UK with Lindisfarne and Genesis, fellow Charisma Records artists.
During 1972 Van der Graaf Generator toured extensively in Italy, had a Number One with Pawn Hearts and appeared twice in Ciao 2001 magazine, firstly in the 27th February 1972 edition and then later in June 1972.
An event that has become part of the Van der Graaf legend was when their gear was stolen in Italy.
www.vandergraafgenerator.co.uk   (2504 words)

  
 Van Der Graaf Generator
I guess the best way to explain my ambiguous feelings towards the group is to say that, for me, Van Der Graaf Generator are the fathers of "mediocre prog." (This should not be taken as me saying that VDGG themselves were mediocre, because I don't really believe that).
The general gist of the piece, best as I can tell, is that it's about a lighthouse keeper going nuts from a combination of loneliness and all of the ghosts, real and imagined, that are are inherent to the mythology of sea travel.
VDGG, for the most part (yes, I know there are little nibbles of difference here and there, but for the most part it's true), was a very style-specific band, and this aspect struck me as a presenting a very likely no-win situation for the band.
www.johnmcferrinmusicreviews.org /vdgg.htm   (8048 words)

  
 Van Der Graaf Generator - Godbluff | Album Reviews | PM Media Review   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
The other band, Van Der Graaf Generator (named after American physicist Robert Van de Graaf's high voltage invention) labored in obscurity virtually their entire career leaving behind one of musicdom's strangest catalogues of sound.
The re-release of Van Der Graaf's entire output thus continues with two classics from their middle period, Godbluff, and Still Life.
Van Der Graaf, however stick closer to the rockier side of progressive music, using jazz timing to spice things up a bit.
www.pmmediareview.com /archives/2005/12/van_der_graaf_g_1.aspx   (935 words)

  
 Van Der Graaf Generator
Unlike prog contemporaries Yes and ELP, Van Der Graaf were too ferocious to be phased by punk….Bowie, Mark E Smith, Nick cave, Julian Cope, Graham Coxon and Luke Haines have also named Hammill as a crucial influence.”
Originally formed way back in 1967 - memorably named after the machine that generates huge electrical charges - VDGG were the very first signing to Charisma Records, their debut UK album being released by the fledgling Charisma in January 1970, some 35 years ago.
VDGG played shows with amongst others Jimi Hendrix, T Rex, Pink Floyd and label mates Genesis, and enjoyed many, many wonderful and some less than wonderful adventures.
www.astralwerks.com /vandergraafgenerator/default.html   (276 words)

  
 Science Center, Van de Graaff Generator
Voltages of hundreds of thousands of volts can be generated with a demonstration model Van de Graaff generator.
Though startling, discharges from the Van de Graaff do not represent a serious shock hazard since the currents attainable are so small.
The plastic bowl is attached to the Van de Graaff dome with masking tape so that it doesn't fly off.
www.simplot.com /education_council/van_de_graaff_generator.cfm   (226 words)

  
 Amazon.com: Godbluff: Music: Van Der Graaf Generator   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
It builds in its own time, like the best of VDGG (and the best of wines), but the recording is sub-par and Hammill sounds like he's singing under the sea (again, not in a good way like on _Pawn Hearts_'s "Plague of Lighthouse Keepers").
Van Der Graaf, as I am again obliged to state, is NOT for everyone, and "Godbluff" (like their other CLASSIC record, "Pawn Hearts") is almost sure to scare off timid or casual listeners.
Van Der Graaf were not looking for chart-topping smashes, they were (are) artists fortunate enough to be chasing their muse at a time when commerce favored musicians in that pursuit.
www.amazon.com /Godbluff-Van-Graaf-Generator/dp/B0009QZ4CE   (1670 words)

  
 Fast 'n' Bulbous Reviews: Van Der Graaf Generator
Van Der Graaf Generator was an enigma from the start, and remain just as mysterious over 35 years later.
At the peak of the punk era, when the bloated circus road shows of Pink Floyd, Yes and Genesis were dismissed by punkers as irrelevant, Johnny Rotten famously gave props to Van Der Graaf singer Peter Hammill during a radio show.
When other so-called “progressive” bands were polishing their schtick into static performances, Van Der Graaf Generator embodied that restless, questing spirit that led to constant change.
www.fastnbulbous.com /vandergraaf.htm   (554 words)

  
 Van der Graaf Generator - Present - Review - Uncut.co.uk
Although customarily associated with prog, Van der Graaf Generator were always a world away from the ridiculous likes of Yes and Jethro Tull.
And it was a rapturously received Van der Graaf encore at a 2003 Hammill gig that sparked their reunion.
Such hints of English pastoralism, always key to Van der Graaf’s appeal, bolster “Boleas Panic”’s bucolic spaciness, all flutes and church organs, pacific yet musically tense.
www.uncut.co.uk /music/van_der_graaf_generator/reviews/8602   (455 words)

  
 Ground and Sky review - Van Der Graaf Generator - Godbluff
With the exception of perhaps more facial hair, it was as if they had never been away, for none of the band's power had diminished in their hibernation.
All tracks display the trademark Van Der Graaf sound, with Hugh Banton's growling yet clear Hammond tones locking in with David Jackson's sax through some intricate but not impossible arrangements.
Still, this is an album that is worthy of the Van Der Graaf name, and is a welcome purchase for both fans of the band and VDG newbies.
www.progreviews.com /reviews/display.php?rev=vdgg-gb   (554 words)

  
 Reunion - Van der Graaf Generator reunion in 2004
This wasn't an exercise in nostalgia and no old Van der Graaf material was played all week but instead a serious amount of jamming went on and work done on several new numbers.
Described in the press release of November 29th as a "reunion" rather than a reformation, VdGG will perform songs "ancient and modern", and further recording is expected in the autumn of 2005.
The Guardian, 10th February: "Van Der Graaf Generator, the influential experimental rock band fronted by Peter Hammill, have re-formed.
www.vandergraafgenerator.co.uk /reunion2004.htm   (421 words)

  
 Open Directory - Arts: Music: Bands and Artists: V: Van der Graaf Generator   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Peter Hammill and Van der Graaf Generator - Memories of Peter Hammill and Van der Graaf Generator.
Van der Graaf Generations - A Van der Graaf Generator family tree.
Van der Graaf Generator, official releases - Officially released records, covers and lyrics.
dmoz.org /Arts/Music/Bands_and_Artists/V/Van_der_Graaf_Generator   (258 words)

  
 Van Der Graaf Generator
I can't exactly call VDGG a band of 'amateurs' - most of the members were quite skilled at their instruments, and anyway, it's probably an impossible thing to imagine a progressive rock band whose members couldn't play their instruments.
The VDGG recordings, each and every one of them, apart from, maybe, the debut album, is an involving, invigorating "show", a completely fake and insincere, yet an interesting, drama that it's just plain fun to follow.
And yet, this "Mark II" of Van der Graaf Generator turned out to be a completely different band, apparently, due to huge transformations in Hammill's style along the way.
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 Van Der Graaf Generator - Still Life | Album Reviews | PM Media Review
Following their 1975 release, Godbluff, one of England's most severely serious proponents of progressive rock, Van Der Graaf Generator used the momentum of that dark vision to create a more hopeful set of songs.
Eventually, like all things Van Der Graaf, the lions are let out of the cage and the listener must bolster himself for the fangs to come.
In the end, it is the overall sound of the band that has captivated the fringe element's attention and raised VDGG to cult status.
www.pmmediareview.com /archives/2005/12/van_der_graaf_g_2.aspx   (831 words)

  
 VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR: Present
“In Babelsberg” showcases Van Der Graaf extravaganza, by means of abrading guitar and sax while Banton and Guy Evans support with propulsive bass and drumming.
But admittedly, VDGG know how to put on a furious show here, demonstrating their capability to put a recording studio on fire for more than an hour.
Like King Crimson, VDGG always were on the darker side of prog, and on the most adventurous side of music.
www.prog-nose.org /engels/albums_2005/van_der_graaf_generator_present.htm   (360 words)

  
 Perfect Sound Forever: Van Der Graaf Generator
To cynics, the reunion of Van der Graaf Generator's classic lineup for its first album and gigs in 28 years might seem like fodder for a dodgy movie along the lines of Spinal Tap or Still Crazy.
In their 1970s context, Van der Graaf Generator were a singular, often perplexing musical presence who suffered guilt by association with those prog rockers who committed very real aesthetic crimes.
That proclivity for cacophony and chaos, as opposed to longevity and commercial reward (they didn't break even until around 1984), and an inability to understand the word "compromise" meant that Van der Graaf Generator had a surprising amount in common with the more interesting members of the subsequent punk and post-punk generations.
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 Amazon.co.uk: World Record: Remastered: Music: Van Der Graaf Generator   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Van der Graaf Generator has to be one of the least recognised and understood bands of the seventies.
This was to be the last VdGG studio album for nearly 30 years until this years very pleasing "Present".
The generator was gone, so Van der Graaf came into being.
www.amazon.co.uk /World-Record-Van-Graaf-Generator/dp/B0009Y33DS   (525 words)

  
 Van Der Graaf Generator - Music Downloads - Online
After the release of the 1968 single "People You Were Going To," Judge Smith left Van Der Graaf Generator, which by then consisted of Hammill, keyboardist Hugh Banton, bassist Keith Ellis and drummer Guy Evans.
Following a pair of 1976 albums, Still Life and World Record, Banton and Jackson exited; as simply Van Der Graaf, the band recorded The Quiet Zone with new violinist Graham Smith.
Twice during the 1990s, Van Der Graaf also reunited for one-off gigs, and in 2005 released a reunion album, Present.
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 BBC - Classic Rock/Pop Review - Van Der Graaf Generator, World Record/Van Der Graaf/The Quiet Zone/The Pleasure ...
By the middle of the 1970s, Van Der Graaf Generator's sound was subtly changing from their early incarnation.
Recorded at London's Marquee during the second punk winter, it is desolate, dark and heavy, a mixture of new material and classics, delivered sparsely and aggressively.
All VDGG originals are shredded with Hammill in loud rock guitar mode.
www.bbc.co.uk /music/classicpop/reviews/vandergraaf_van.shtml   (592 words)

  
 Van Der Graaf Generator - Progressive Rock Forum - Hip Forums
VDGG is pretty damn good...my interest has wanned a little but they still rock.
For me Van Der Graaf is one from the most important and interesting noncomersial progresive bands.
VDGG are one of those bands that I loved right from the first time I heard them.
www.hipforums.com /forums/showthread.php?t=120920   (402 words)

  
 New Gibraltar Encyclopedia of Progressive Rock V
This one is good for VdGG fans of the second generation, who may find it as one of their best.
So in general if you are a fan of Rush you should find enough to your liking here along with something quite new and if you're unfamilar with Rush you'll see that Victor can stand on it's own quite well.
Musically, it seems to be influenced by "The Plague of the Lighthouse Keepers" of Van Der Graaf Generator fame, and I don’t know which suites me more, because both are jewels of the highest "caratry".
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 Amazon.com: Pawn Hearts: Music: Van Der Graaf Generator   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Suffice it to say that this is VDGG's finest recorded moment and is very highly recommended along with H to He, He who am the Only One (1970) and Still Life (1976).
Setting VDGG apart from most prog bands is their combination of avante-garde jazz and symphonic tendencies.
I didn't know anything about VDGG, but I picked up on a couple tid-bits form the album jacket: 1) Robert Fripp appeared on the album on a couple tracks--this was a good sign; and 2) John Anthony was the producer.
www.amazon.com /Pawn-Hearts-Van-Graaf-Generator/dp/B0009F9O6W   (2379 words)

  
 Van der Graaf Generator - Part 1 - PH - The Brazilian Site - Ley Line
Com o antigo nome, Van der Graaf Generator, e com um baixista, Keith Ellis, continuaram a banda, realizando apresentações locais.
It is not my intention to infringe on any copyrights that belong to the artist and to the record and publishing company.
These samples are not to be used for any other objective and are not a replacement for buying the CD's.
www.leyline.com.br /VdGG.htm   (391 words)

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