All Things Pass collects audio from Darren Almond’s video installation of the same name. As its title suggests, it’s concerned with transience; it’s based on footage recorded in the same location (Chand Baori, India) at different times, under varying conditions. So too are the four raga performances recorded in varying manners; at different distances and orientations using a shotgun microphone. All in all, the music and the textural intimacy with which it’s recorded are stunning.
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Darren Almond presents on this record, ‘All Things Pass’, a collection of audio recordings to accompany his video installation of the same name. Concerning transience, the sounds on this record relay four raga performances which all took place in Chand Baori, India at different times of the day and with microphones placed at varying distance and orientation.
These highly melodic performances have been expertly recorded so that you can really hear the textural details and feel an intimacy and closeness to the musicians; you can even sense their deep concentration akin to a meditation or deep dream. The instrumental sounds of the tabla, manjira, santoor and bansuri / flute are undeniably beautiful and conducive to a fully immersive and totally relaxing listening experience.
The santoor is -- according to wikipedia, at any rate -- an “indo-persian trapezoid-shaped, hammered dulcimer.. generally made of walnut, usually with seventy-two strings.” 72 strings. Wow. Played at often outrageous speed, with incredibly practiced, dexterous fingers. Wonderful, magical, life-enhancing music.
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