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Earth Breath by Philip Corner

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Earth Breath
Released:October 27th, 2010
Length:01:47:33
Label:Zeromoon

ALPHORN IN THE ALPS, WITH WATER AND METAL

5 solos from a weekend in September 1994 at Arte Sella, an outdoor art festival in Borgo Valsugana, Italy—-towards the end of a near 20 year long period of a daily personal spiritual practice with music; though using a variety of media they fit into the general series of improvisations i called Withinstascys—-of which the constant is a willed absence of prethought ideas, keeping the body-mind in a moment-to-moment awareness of present “rightness”. (This possessed me so completely that for many years i did little else, and so very few written compositions from that time.)

The alphorn itself was ordered from Beat Collegger in Alvaneu-Dorf in Switzerland; first played for an event by Alain Gibertie, the many subsequent performance-improvisations subsumed in the concept EarthBreath……building upon previous experience as a trombone player.
Gong/Ear freely combined with, initially (and even now) a meditation with my “tam-tam”, flat type gong manufactured by Paiste, or another appropriate resonant metal instrument: in this case the pair of Korean shaman cymbals given to me by Mr. Ho-sun Cheon when he was cultural attaché to Denmark. The core idea is the aural sensitivity which creates a loop back from the music-making action by its perception to a further continuation of that acting; this may pass through an ideal listener who may be a dancer whose vibration-inspired movements render visible the sound-continuity.

All these performance within the sound of a running stream.

  1. Gong/Ear-th Breath Sep 17, 1994 42:22 (note, at around 37:30, the microphone lowered into the bell of the horn creating a “listening center"
  2. Earth Water Breath Sep 17, 1994 17:10
  3. EarthBreath (with gong/ear prelude) Sep 17, 1994 20:05
  4. Gong Stone – Korean cymbals & river stones Sep 17, 1994 10:15
  5. Gong/Ear-pulse Sep 18, 1994 17:39

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