I am

John Palmer (electronic sounds)

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label: Animato
ACD 6143

Auf einer vierwöchigen Reise durch Japan hat John Palmer im Oktober 2001 das akustische Material für sein Hörstück gesammelt. Neben dem Alltagsleben auf den lärmenden Straßen der Großstädte interessierten ihn vor allem die Orte des Rückzugs: Buddhistische Klöster und Zen-Tempel. Im Tonstudio verwandelte er seine Aufnahmen in eine metaphorische Reise in die Welt des Zen-Buddhismus und in unser Inneres. Gebete und Gesänge, Tempelglocken und Gedichte, in denen Palmer während des Aufenthalts seine emotionalen und spirituellen Erfahrungen festgehalten hat, sind Erkundungen der östlichen Philosophie aus dem Blickwinkel einer westlich geprägten Perspektive.

DeutschlandRadio Kultur, Berlin

 

The long acoustic composition I Am reflects John Palmer’s perception of the inner dimension of existence in terms of a search for spiritual transcendence and self-realization. It illustrates a double journey taking place simultaneously: one physical, to Japan, the other metaphysical, into the world of perception. The musical journey is based on sonic references from Japan:  sounds with spiritual reference, such as temple bells and chanting, and secular sounds taken from everyday life including Japanese traditional instruments and nature. The sounds are proposed both in their original form and as transformations of the original sources through electronic means. Literary texts in Japanese, English and German are de-composed and re-composed electronically throughout the piece.

As Palmer puts it, “I Amis a surreal journey in the memory of the I” where changes of sonic references correspond to changing perceptions of the spiritual dimension of life. A journey where the sensual and the spiritual, the physical and the metaphysical go hand in hand, and where spirituality becomes a personal challenge rather than a complacent state of the mind.

Vision Music, 2005

Credits:

John Palmer (electronic sounds). Full credits on the CD booklet.
Produced by John Palmer at Vision Studio, Stuttgart.

TRACK LIST:

1. three memories  (04:00)

2.Flying (04:31)

3. Narita (03:07)

4. fragments of Perception (08:31)

5. Mirrors Uncertain (11:00)

6. On the Margin (07:48)

7. Return (13:05)


Reviews

I think of your piece lasting hundreds of years, and you are presenting it to the listeners of the 31st century.

Kunihiko Goto, 2003

I found myself drifting/drowning after a while in the vast sonic, reverberant textures – even though compositionally there is timely punctuation with Japanese spoken voices, foreground instrumental textures, changing sonic spaces.

Hildegard Westerkamp, 2003 

An extraordinary journey that took me into profound consciousness. The sounds are enthralling.

Eine außergewöhnliche bewußtseinserweiternde Reise. Fesselnde Klänge.

Jonathan Harvey, 2005