Blackmore who as a member of Deep Purple wrote the classic riff to Smoke On The Water says hes only listened to renaissance-era music since 1973 when he heard an early music band on TV.
Ever since, hes been stuck in the 1500s and admits some of his rocking bandmates found his choice of music odd.
Still, he loves the tunes so much that he even has his own renaissance rock band with his girlfriend Candice Night called Blackmores Night.
But while rock and renaissance music may sound like a weird combination, Blackmore says hes taken musical inspiration from the older tunes.
As he puts it, The harmonic structure of Smoke On The Water is based parallel fourths and could have been played back in the 1500s.
Blackmores latest project is a Christmas album with Night called Winter Carols that hits stores November 7.
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