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Frank Perry

Deep Peace / New Atlantis (2CD)

Label: Celestial Harmonies

Format: 2CD

Genre: Compositional

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*2022 stock.* For the first time, Deep Peace and New Atlantis, two classics from Celestial Harmonies, are available on CD. Originally recorded in 1980 and 1983, these meditative masterpieces have long been recognized as remarkable and meaningful works.

Frank Perry employs a fascinating array of acoustic instruments, including 400 year old Zen Buddhist Densho bells and a Ming Dynasty Chinese temple bell. He adds various kyeezees (Burmese meditation gongs), Burmese chime bowls, other glass bowls, Tibetan invocation cymbals and meditation cymbals, plus a variety of bells from Tibet, India, Japan and China. He uses no electronics whatsoever in his recordings; the long reverberations are the natural effect of the percussion instruments he uses.

"Bells and gongs are representative of some of the most spiritual music," says Perry. He is a master of his art form, understanding how each gong produces its fundamental tone, harmonics and sub–tones. He carefully blends to create the specific meditative mood he desires. "Admittedly, percussion is not a field of instrumentation or sound–source most usually associated with meditational music, but I have spent half of my life refining the potential usages and overcoming the initial restrictions imposed by this musical medium of percussion." 

Cat. number: 14007-2
Deep Peace Total Time 40'06" The production of the music on this album involves no electronics whatsoever. Aprat from where obvious (i.e., accurately timed gong strikes on Side 1) all the music is as completely improvised as it is inspired and spontaneous. Recorded September 1-3 and October 4-6, 1980 at Ridge Farm Studios, Surrey, England Released by arrangement with Quartz Records / Publications, London ℗ & © 1983 Celestial Harmonies New Atlantis Total Time 43'00" Apart from a predetermined skeletal structure, all music is both improvised and purely acoustic. Recorded [...] in The Music Room, London England (September 1983) Equipment used, in part: Sony PCM-FI Digital Processor, Sound-Field microphones (Track 1), AKG micropones (Track 2), UREI 813 time-aligned monitors Front cover art from an early 16th century woodcut © & ℗ 1984 Celestial Harmonies Total time: 83'06" Printed and manufactured in Germany Jewel case packaging with 20-page booklet