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Aka-Darbari-Java / Magic Realism

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 1, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Editions Eg Records
  • ASIN: B000003S2U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #594,430 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Guillermo Rizzotto on December 2, 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This record is the most "intrinseco" and deeper work by this master, the trumpet player Jon Hassell.
One of my favorite composer.
I can't belived how the companies not make a new edition, this is the most different music art i found since the 50s till now.
Buy it and keep it for all your life and for your child.
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World Music is now a buzz term, but the interest in this concept began with players like Bela Bartok, Modest Mussorgsky, and in jazz, Duke Ellington and Miles Davis. The 1970s saw so much of this kind of thing going on - one thinks of John McLaughlin with his solo projects like My Goal's Beyond and then Shakti, Oregon, Don Cherry playing bizarre instruments from Tibet on projects like Eternal Now and Relativity Suite, and then Hassell.
This record was one of the earliest CDs,from 1983, and its Hassell's use of precorded samples and computers to create compositions in a modular way that makes this album so interesting. The music is like a soundtrack for a film, extremley gentle and slow moving, with dense textures of precorded raga and gamalan rhthms embellished by Hassell's (backwards?) trumpet and Abdou Mboup's percussion. The engineer Dan Lanois plays as big a part as the musicians.
The personel and cover art by Mati Klarwein, who painted the popular cover art for Santana's Abraxas album and did a few covers for Miles, indicate this album was really a continuation of the ideas he explored in Earthquake Island, which was made five years ealrier (also with art by Klarwein). There are liner notes by Hassell which explain the technical and artistic realites involved in this project which sound incredibly dated now, but must have been massively difficult at that time.
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this album is pretty strange- kind of ambient with muted trumpet and javanese influences. the most interesting thing would be how it pre-dates the current interest in ethnic and world music, although in a very non-commercial way. If you like this album see if you can locate a copy of Jah Wobble's Bedroom album, which accomplishes a similiar goal in a more accessible way.
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A friend of mine who visited me when I was playing this record on endless repeat thought there was something wrong with the record, a defect in manufacturing ! What's wrong with the music, it sounds like it was recorded backwards? I felt sorry for the fool. How wrong he was. The defect in manufacturing was in his washed brain and inability to appreciate anything outside a narrow paradigm.

Like many others, I was first turned on to Hassell's work through the album he did with Brian Eno. Everything you hear on this album is there for a precise reason. The mixing of ancient with modern at the exact levels where neither overwhelms the other but a synergistic melding or transcendence occurs. Stravinsky did this with "Rite of Spring" in 1913 and Hassell does something similar in the Ambient field. There are even small sections of this piece that sound like parts of "Rite of Spring' with their cross-polyrhythms and such, although there are none of the spastic neuroticisms you encounter in modern classical music, the overly sharp edges are rounded out into the ambient tapestry but without making the music toothless. The very intransigence and non-comformity of this muse-inspired activity gives it very sharp teeth indeed in the service of a higher meditative state.

There are also some unfortunate souls out there who confuse 'ambient' music with new-age or 'elevator.
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