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AEOLIAN STRING ENSEMBLE - Eclipse

-¢‚Ǩ-ì2004 release. Eclipse is the long-anticipated second CD by the Aeolian String Ensemble, following the Lassithi/Elysium disc from 1998 (ROBOT 016CD). Collecting material recorded in 1981, 86, and 99, the disc opens with "Espacios," dedicated to the art and architecture of César Manrique. Wind patterns emerge, interspersed among distant, radiant tonalities. Zephyrs sustain waves of resonance emanating from the Aeolian harp, transporting the sound of the strings while revealing the surface of the harmonic textures. The second composition, titled "K1" (1981), first appeared on the 1986 Journey to the End of Night cassette compilation with a radically different title. "K1" was renamed and remastered for this release to deliver its originally intended listening experience. This early work consists of three movements for Aeolian harp, harmonic extractions, and voice. Each movement consolidates elements from the previous, creating gateways toward new and even more expansive realms. Concluding the album is "Eclipse," which was recorded live in the open air near Bosham Quay, England on the occasion of the 1999 solar eclipse. Performed inconspicuously among the bystanders observing the eclipse, the resulting sounds could most certainly be heard; however, the performers remained eclipsed by the moon. A fresh set of shifting, hazy, and spacious compositions for your total aural immersion. Cover art by Christoph Heemann." - Robot.

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Over the next few months, as we take inventory, clean house, and delve into our storage, we will be uploading thousands of additional items, gradually, on a near-daily basis. This will include the majority of the LPs, as well as many titles, in all formats, once thought long-gone. Many currently “sold out” items are likely to resurface.

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