Recorded soon after the death of J. Derwort in February last year, Travel In Peace is the final chapter in the long history of The Chi Factory. Recorded in Patmos by Hanyo van Oosterom amid all kinds of handmate woodwind instruments, it makes for an incredibly moving yet restful listening experience.
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Since Hanyo van Oosterom's comrade Jacobus Derwort made his transition to the stars, ‘Travel In Peace’ represents the closure of The Chi Factory circle. So it’s bittersweet as this is the final album from The Chi Factory. But fear not, as Hanyo van Oosterom will continue in the future as Sons Of Chi…
I was momentarily overcome by a wave of sadness listening to this record, pondering the loss of a friend, and yet there is much joy in this spiritually resonant music - it yields a sense that death is not the end. Indeed Derwort came to van Oosterom in a visitation dream from a place where he "saw beautiful and ever changing constructions of plants" and where "everything is created and connected by intuitive vegetable intelligence". The music here sounds like that better place - how I would envision the Garden of Eden. It’s beautifully earthy music that begins like wandering alone and then discovering this heavenly plant realm. Within the layers of sound are sensitively and respectfully recontextualized field recordings, the voices of indigenous, native forest dwellers, and recordings of Derwort himself during his last days. It’s this deeply personal, human story that the music relays that sets this apart from the deluge of ambient and new age music, and elevates it to be something quite profound.
Sonically, try and imagine Brian Eno and Robert Fripp Pussyfooting along to Ragnar Johnson & Jessica Mayer’s recordings of New Guinea's ceremonial/sacred flute music and Jon Hassel's Fourth World ambient. Iasos joins them in a rainforest playing his Angelic and Inter-Dimensional Music and the whole thing coming off like a more organic David Sylvian & Holger Czukay Plight & Premonition/ Flux & Mutability jam at an Ayahuasca ceremony.
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