Monday, January 4, 2016

The Deep Listening Band - Sanctuary (1995)

In the 1990's, I used to jam out to my copy of The Deep Listening Band's The Ready Made Boomerang (1991) which was recorded in a very deep cistern in Washington State in 1988, such that it was connected elementally as in a big hole in the ground and the acoustics down there were such that there was a 45 second natural echo on every sound. It is a great album and I recommend it. I had, however, until right now, never heard this album, Sanctuary, which was not recorded in a hole in the ground, but in Trinity United Methodist Church, Kingston, NY in 1993-1994. It is less severe than The Ready Made Boomerang and more on the sacred music/new age tip that blossomed and proliferated in the late 80's and the early 90's. The church has a lovely sonic space to set up and play in, and the interplay of the not-to-slightly-to-really-expanded Deep Listening Band is beautiful to behear. The always-rad Joe McPhee plays with lots of other people on the last track, 'Non-Stop Flight (excerpt)' in a continuous proliferation of sound! The core of The Deep Listening Band is as is generally the case: "Stuart Dempster (trombones, didjeridu, garden hose) Pauline Oliveros (just tuned accordion, electronics) David Gamper (organ, overtone flutes, electronics)" source: Here is the officially sanctioned playlist for Sanctuary:

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