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Osmose Extra tracks

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Ariel Kalma's magical and weird Osmose originally released in 1978 masterfully matches Richard Tinti's rainforest field recordings with Ariel's left field minimalist compositional ideas. Rather than simply relying on the rainforest sounds providing a pleasant backdrop to the drones, the drones interplay with the pitches of the natural sounds to create melancholic, Popol Vuh like grandeurs. The natural chirps and creaks blend with the music to become similar to ambient loops themselves; such that their very tonal nature shifts from being recognizable jungle sounds, frequently phasing into blurred rhythmic elements under the electronic parts. Ariel's musical minimalism avoids being serialist or academic, despite being part of the INA GRM studios for many years. So, neither is it concrete like Parmeggiani or Risset, nor is it classical like Philip Glass or Michael Nyman. If anything, Ariel's music is deeply cosmic, sometimes even a bit psych, ala the great Krauts of yore: old Tangerine Dream, Sand, Cluster etc. His cathedral like tones and running counterpoints actually give the rainforest noise a sinister edge. The music absolutely subverts the traditional idea of the rainforest as that of a happy hunting ground for cause riddled yuppies with Benzes full of Kruggerrands. Osmose reminds that not only is the rainforest a place of awe inspiring beauty, but it is also something very dense and alien. It is a place of removal; it is a place of isolation; it is a kind of inner space; it is an extraordinary and surreal church of sorts; and it is deadly. The album has a progression that's almost a story in toto, where the next rise is finally crossed revealing the huge, seemingly impenetrable expanse of lush greens. The expanse is then explored with wide eyed wonder until the guide dies and the companions start succumbing to fever, ague, snakes and unseen primitives at home in the shadows. Appended by 3 previously unreleased tracks from the same sessions.


Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 11, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 1978
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Beta-Lactam Ring Records/Revol
  • ASIN: B000EXZH4M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #748,180 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robert Carlberg on November 24, 2007
Format: Audio CD
The CD version of this release is credited to Ariel Kalma alone, rather than Ariel Kalma/Richard Tinti as in the original double LP, because the second disc of that set is not included here. That's a shame because Richard Tinti's field recordings of the Borneo jungle in 1977 remain some of the best unspoiled jungle recordings ever taken.

But the first LP disc, reissued here on CD for the first time (with 3 bonus tracks) where Kalma improvises on saxes, flute, tape loops, organ and harmonium over a backdrop of Tinti's jungle recordings, is still pretty wonderful. It's like Jon Hassell or Urban Sax in its ability to transport you to a different time & place.
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