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This has been sitting in my Bandcamp wishlist for a while, as a reminder to one day seek out the supposed 2CD release. I find something human and organic and timebound in electronic music of this era: the quality of the sound locates it in a specific place and time, it speaks of human hands operating instruments which were not yet fully understood to be instruments. I can hear motes of dust in the air.
I’d forgotten how incredibly good this record is.
The follow-up to John Levy’s astonishing ‘Tibetan Buddhist Rites from The Monasteries of Bhutan’, this second volume again sees the London ethnomusicologist (fit that on your passport!) delving deep within a sacred culture and bringing out a clutch of affecting material. Combining together the Tibetan and Bhutanese tradition of lutes and fiddle, the spectrum of field recordings included here range from the borderline Delta Blues of Go-Te Do-Pe through to the haunting percussive rattles perpetrated by Tibetan Monks. Having somehow gained access to the most private of ceremonies, Levy has allowed those of us unlikely to ever see the Himalayas from anything other than a plane window to access some of the bewildering array of cultural fabric that has bound this remote region for centuries.
Stream for free above, or click the player to buy the digital download, or Amazon seems to still have physical copies. That’s where I had to source my CD copy in 2019. Music to disappear into.
Featuring Stephen O’Malley & Lucy Railton. Only one track available to stream right now, but it’s twenty minutes long and beautiful.
Does Spring Hide Its Joy is an immersive piece by composer Kali Malone featuring Stephen O’Malley on electric guitar, Lucy Railton on cello, and Malone herself on tuned sine wave oscillators. The music is a study in harmonics and non-linear composition with a heightened focus on just intonation and beating interference patterns. Malone’s experience with pipe organ tuning, harmonic theory, and long durational composition provide prominent points of departure for this work. Her nuanced minimalism unfolds an astonishing depth of focus and opens up contemplative spaces in the listener’s attention.
Previously: LIVING TORCH, Kali Malone, one of the great records of 2022.