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A long-lost classic of the Terry Rilesque (!) music and experimental world fusion. French saxophonist Ariel Kalma is one of the pioneers of early experimental electronic music; born and raised in Paris and studying recorder and saxophone from an early age, Kalma became interested in other musical traditions during his international travels in the early '70s, even going so far as to study circular breathing techniques from an Indian snake-charmer. His debut album, originally recorded in 1975 and now available in a remastered CD edition, is a stunning blend of Eastern and Western traditions. Despite the seemingly familiar bleats and honks of the saxophone, his work is less jazz than raga and more ambient space music than either. Title track "Le Temps des Moissons" begins with a deep sax drone, then gradually adds multiple layers of exotic melodies swirling together in a mystical blur of incense smoke and delay pedals, with wah-wah effects sneaking in midway to add a more psychedelic mood. "Bakafrika" is less trance-inducing and more improvisational, with electric guitar playing back and forth with looped saxophone and African percussion, while "Fast Road to Nowhere" takes things further East with bamboo flute trilling over the bouncing twang of a mouth harp. "Voyage Reternelle," though comparatively brief, sees Kalma at his most ambient, accompanying himself on saxophone via multiple loop pedals, while the much longer "Reternelle" closes things with a return to hypnotic Indian themes, two saxophones in circling harmony over lower drones. While there's an unmistakable psychedelic edge to what Kalma has done here, it's amazing how contemporary the album sounds more than 30 years after it was made.