I just listened to Kassel Jaeger's newie : I'm utterly impressed. I must say that from the start the title disconcerted me slightly, but the more I progressed into the listening and the more I found it right. Rituel : this composition is a piece which digs within us, moves us and reaches our buried strata, resonating straight inside with something essential and primordial, in the literal sense. Mort du Soleil : there also is something which concerns the essence of the sound and the world of sound themselves ; one gets the impression of standing in a circle surrounding a dying fire, bathed in the last glimmers of fading ashes before the dark comes, and the world opens itself in this darkness to populate it with other images, internal these : we're at the very heart of the acoustic phenomenon. This piece seems to surge from a fundamental necessity, and that's also what gives it such a strength, I find it tremendously inaugural and emblematic 'What's a ritual ? A set of systematized actions creating a symbolic community. This community, on this evening of July 15, could form thanks to the aptly named Jan Minuit who helped me to realize this ritual in a strange, completely isolated, place. In this location, which is a kind of small vertical world, I've seen the trees grow, and then be uprooted due to the storms. There I've learned to know people, gone since, and whose traces have slowly varnished. This ritual consisted of a systematic exploration of sound potentialities from the location itself, aerial, hydrophonic, contact, magnetic sound potentials, etcTrying this way to re-invoke the faded. The ritual unfolded at sundown during black night, going from a capture of diurnal to nocturnal, obscure energies. Ritual on a barely recovering desolate land, ten years after, under a dead Sun. Everything still rustles after the death of the Sun. But for how long ?' (Philippe Lamy translated by Daniel Crokaert)
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Sound capture and Ritual executed by Jan Minuit & Kassel Jaeger. All the sounds, except one, are derived from recordings made during the ritual, between sunset and dark night. | Location : near Pellechevent, France on 15th July 2011 | the ritual : dusk, pond, wood, bones & plants, arch, nuit d'encre