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Moniek Darge

Sounds of Sacred Places

Label: Kye

Format: CD

Genre: Electronic

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**500 copies** Remastered digital issue of perhaps Moniek Darge’s defining 1987 LP (originally issued on the storied brussels-based igloo imprint) . Five pieces recorded throughout the early & mid-80’s :: “turkish square” (“soundscapes, voices, violin, n-dimensional oscillator system”) works a slowly morphing / heterodyning electronic pulse (ala Roland Kayn) under street-captures & sound-events in ghent ... “abbey sounds” is a collage-piece weaving location recordings & reflections on st. bavo abbey in ghent by david moss, john king, charlie morrow, guy de bievre, and others ... “rain” (“voice amplified by larynx-microphone, soundscape of rain”) beats mama bär at her own game by about 25 years, with a dense layering of poly-rhythmic rain clicks & orgiastic / orgasmic inner-throat moaning(s) ... “solstice sun” is a superb musique concrète treatment of not just the klang of the “roland bell,” but it’s wooden arch-supports & surrounding mechanisms (listen to the sound-sample for a taste) ... finally, “three sunbeams” fixes contact-mic’s to the bodies of a series of nine bells, which are “gently stroked by mallets with a steady beat” creating a new “ring tone”

“In most ethnic cultures, sacred places serve an important social function. The qualities, typical of these places, explain to western people the magic magnetism of these “holy grounds”. During our international Logos Duo concert tours we have had the opportunity to visit quite a few of these places. Uluru, the “Shadowgiving Mountain” of the Aborigines, better known under its western name of Ayers Rock (Australia), impressed us more than any other. The presence of water and an enormous monolith in the midst of the vast desert plain is given as an explanation for its magical appeal. But to the Aborigines, each little place of the rock contains tracks of their ancestors, the “Dreamtime People”, who live in this mountain and speak to them in the sounds of the winds howling through the crevasses and rockholes. Uluru is also the dwelling-place of the “World Serpent”, the most powerful totem shared by the surrounding tribes. Sounds of Sacred Places attempts to transform the listener into a living witness of the sounds of similar places, not far away in any specific ethnic culture, but in Flanders”. - Moniek Darge  

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