It was the strange and mystical Ather Green World (1975) that was the cosmic bridge between Old E and New E, between Rock and Ambient, between the guitar and the synthesizer, between the old world and electronic music as we kw it. Ather Green World was a total paradigm shift, an introduction to a new way of thinking: for E, and for the world of popular music. Geeta Dayal interviews E, and his many collaborators on the album. She digs into the album, excavates its odd past, and untangles how, exactly, it was a link to the future of electronic music - by foreshadowing how powerful, personal and emotional this music could be. Thirty-Three and a Third is a series of short books about critically acclaimed and much-loved albums of the past 40 years. By turns obsessive, passionate, creative and informed, the books in this series demonstrate many different ways of writing about music.
Geeta Dayal is currently managing editor of Flavorpill's New York edition. Her writing on music, visual art, and science has appeared in the New York Times, Wired, Bookforum, The Wire, and many others. She has a master's degree from Columbia Journalism School.