Shakuhachi players of old followed the path of ichion-jobutsu, or “enlightenment in a single tone.” The spiritual element of the simple bamboo flute with its notched mouthpiece and five fingerholes is essential to its existence, and part of what led Henry Cowell to refer to it as “the universal flute.” Ralph Samuelson’s album shares that name, and presents remarkably evocative works for the shakuhachi by American composers.
"Holographic is about exploring different worlds – improbable combinations of sounds – hidden and imaginary sonic landscapes both acoustic and electronic," explained Wohl (b. 1980), "By processing or re-sampling more traditional instruments like strings, percussion, or the human voice, I wanted to create music that has a strong link to the past while at the same time being rooted in what I listen to on a daily basis. I was hoping to retain the warmth and inconsistencies of human playing while interfacing with the technologies that are available to all of us."
BHZ’s Total Harmonic Distortion provides some amazing sonic landscapes; this music makes you want to smile and cry at the same time. The album seems to be conceived as a single work of art; a journey through space and time, reminiscent of Iaian Ballamy or perhaps Howard Shore’s work with Ornette Coleman. ...The high level of trust amongst the performers is evident in their improvisational interplay and varied musical conversations...
This 50 CD Box Set includes Archiv Produktions finest analogue recordings made between 1959 and 1981, representing a Golden Age of a pioneering label that defined the way early music should be performed and recorded. Featured artists include Karl Richter, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Pierre Fournier, John Eliot Gardiner, Trevor Pinnock and other icons of the Archiv label. The collection also includes a 150-page booklet with tracklists, rare photos and a new note by David Butchart.
30 years on from it's original release, FM have decided to record a modern-day version of their now classic debut album, Indiscreet The band was asked many times to consider re-recording some of these tracks using today's modern technology and recording techniques to give the songs a makeover and now that wish has finally been granted. In addition to the re-recording of the original album, Indiscreet 30 also features seven bonus tracks including brand new song Running On Empty and a new recording of Let Love Be The Leader.