24 October 2013 / submitted by filiprasmusson, twitter
Q.  @filiprasmusson
Is there any reason that only Chris performed Atlas?
For anyone that missed the news, Atlas received this year's Hollywood Song Award. Chris collected the award & performed the song at the ceremony (21 October).

In answer, it was purely a logistical decision. Chris has performed at such events on his own before - or with Jonny. Atlas worked perfectly with just Chris singing at a piano. It was a fantastic performance.

24 October 2013 / submitted by Olivia, United States of America
Q.  Dear Oracle,
What's the strangest question you've ever been asked on here?
P.S. Do you know of anywhere I could watch Coldplay's performance on Hollywood Film Awards?
Too many strange ones to be honest (no offence, chaps!)

I have watched it online, albeit a shaky, amateur phone recording. We haven't got an official link so it's a case of searching the web. It's not the band by the way, just Chris & a piano.

23 October 2013 / submitted by Ethan, United States of America
Q.  Hello Oracle,
I hope all is well, I am just curious is there such an instrument that made the beginning /main sound in Life in Technicolor?
Have a great day,
Absolutely. The opening of the video shows 2 musician puppets. It's not terribly clear what the puppet at stage right is playing but if it's what we can hear, it should be a hammered dulcimer (strings).
FYI the other dude is playing tabla (drums).

23 October 2013 / submitted by Forrest, United States of America
Q.  Ok so I went and listened to Brian Eno's track An Ending (Ascent) that you posted and it sounds exactly like the music that was playing in a World War II museum I went to in New Orleans. Was it? There was this room that was showing footage of the atom bombs the U.S. dropped on Japan and I remember music playing that was so moving for the terrible things on screen. Was it this song??
I've never been so I don't know! Have you called the museum and asked?
I was at Disney when I was younger and wanted to track down a piece of music I heard in the Epcot Centre but nobody knew, so they may not be able to answer you. Shame they didn't have app like Shazam, it would have saved me years of searching.
Anyway, An Ending (Ascent) was taken from the album Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks, I suggest you listen to that in case it's on there. You never know, it could be what you're looking for.
As an aside, the music was also used on the film For All Mankind that I have mentioned previously.

23 October 2013 / submitted by Ian, United Kingdom
Q.  Hi Oracle,

I was listening to Mechanical Bull, Kings of Leon's new album. Their track Temple sounds very, very similar to Don Quixote/Spanish Rain... It seems to have a very similar tempo, chord sequence and sound.

Not to say that Coldplay will, but could the band legally question the song's similarity to a track they did not officially release? Have the band ever questioned other artists from pinching their music, or is it a touchy subject?

Many thanks in advance!

Really? When I first heard Don Quixote/Spanish Rain I said it sounded like Kings of Leon so I'd say you have that the wrong way around. Not that it matters because songs are bound to have similar chord progressions and tempos to others as there aren't infinite numbers of either.

I hadn't heard Temple so I decided I should. This is not and never would be a legal issue at all not just because of the friendship between bands but because as far as my ears can tell, there's no issue full stop. There's a fine line between plagiarism and similarity and if it's anything, it's the latter.

It's not always a case of "pinching"; semblance does not necessarily mean theft.
As you know, Coldplay have always credited their sources and paid royalties in accordance.
Whether a song is released is a grey area - but as it exists and has been heard, one could argue by whom, when & where. Hard to prove but I'd like to think that if somebody knowingly takes a sample or whatever, they'll pay for it. That's how we would always do things around here as we're a moral, decent bunch.
I've written jokes, slogans and thoughts that I may never have publicly performed to large audiences but they've appeared in the ether. I'd say that us humans aren't all that unique and it's highly likely someone else had the same idea that I did. Same goes for music. It's not an impossibility.

22 October 2013 / submitted by Teresa, India
Q.  Hello Oracle!

I came across Brian Eno's track An Ending (Ascent) yesterday and could have sworn I've heard it in the opening of a Coldplay track but I can't remember which one! Google says a portion of it was used as a run-up to Politik on the AROBTTH tour, but I can't shake the feeling that I've heard it as an actual part of a track, on one of the albums! Please put my doubts to rest, won't you? :)

Hope you're having a great week! Love from India.
An Ending (Ascent) was indeed used as Coldplay came on stage during the AROBTTH tour before Politik started.
It's not been used as part of any track though. I am guessing that the ambience of The Escapist from Eno collaborator Jon Hopkins' Light Through the Veins is what you're reminded of.

In case you don't know, Brian Eno first came into the studio during the X&Y recording session and subsequently became involved on a production level with Viva & MX. He invited Jon into The Bakery and he's worked with the band many times.

22 October 2013 / submitted by Carrie, United States of America
Q.  Just a quick question.

Do Coldplay actually pen their own music to paper during the writing process and then refine it or, do they have recordings of songs in various stages and put them down on paper after the music is refined?

Or is it neither or both??

Many thanks!
Chris writes the lyrics down and maybe notes for chords and whatnot but as he can't read music, he can't write it either.

22 October 2013 / submitted by Tyler , twitter
Q.  How much influence, if any, did Oasis have on Coldplay?
Oasis were a MASSIVE influence on Coldplay. Mind you, I'd wager that was the same for every indie / rock band around that time.

21 October 2013 / submitted by Isabelle, France
Q.  Hello Oracle !
Can you tell me why How You See The World have 2 versions? And only 1 on ? I'm very curious about the story of this song :-)
Thanks a lot !
I think you mean Coldplaying is an unofficial fan site so I can't comment on their content.
The first version of the song appeared on the Japanese release of X&Y as a bonus track. Chris re-recorded vocals with new lyrics for the second version that was re-written for the Help!: A Day in the Life album.

The version we have on our site (the b side to The Hardest Part) is listed as it appears on the sleeve as How You See The World but it is actually no. 2.

21 October 2013 / submitted by Josh, United Kingdom
Q.  I saw in an interview that Coldplay used to be called Trombolese. Free from desire by Gala just came on shuffle and I noticed when the singer says "strong beliefs" it sounds weirdly like trombolese. This song also came out around the time the band was formed. Could this hilariously be the inspiration behind the shortlived band name?
Tsk, tsk! Josh if you're going to send the same question FIVE months after I have answered it, prepare to do some detention.
Drop and give me fifty!

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