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ARTIST
TITLE
Aurora
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
CH 13236CD CH 13236CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
3/8/2004

"The music of Aurora is, in a number of respects, a piece of sonic research, an experiment, the outcomes of which are tested in sound. One aspect of the experiment is that of space and spatiality. Apart from the usual technical process whereby instruments recorded in a relatively lifeless studio are artificially placed in a reverberant space, an attempt has here been made to explore the placement of sounds in somewhat unusual spaces. In addition to pieces such as 'Blue Globe Saltarello', which use a relatively conventional approach to panoramic placement of the instruments, we find 'At the Rising of the Dawn', in which the listener is presented with the instruments from a possibly unfamiliar position: that of the performer. 'Caverns' and 'Again the Stars' are, at one level, spatial fantasies. Within the framework of the stereo recording medium, these pieces construct spaces by analogy with their sound sources. The ruined piano, which forms a major textural layer of 'Caverns', becomes a space through which the shakuhachi travels. The music of Aurora is also an experiment in cultural interaction. Two of the instruments employed, the shakuhachi and koto, derive from traditional Japanese musical culture. They interact here with instruments from western cultures: piano (albeit in a ruined state), guitars, marimba, double bass. In summary and as a totality, Celestial Harmonies offer the results of these researches in sound, in their various facets, as an enrichment of the source traditions on which Atherton and Franklin have drawn -- Eastern and Western."