TIP OF THE TONGUE 14 AUGUST 2007
J D Emmanuel
OUT OF STOCK!
Much-anticipated reissue of this obscure 1982 private-press minimalist synth/trance masterpiece, more talked about than actually heard and a secret influence on much recent underground activity, from Wolf Eyes through The Skaters. Indeed John Olson was the first person I ever heard talking it up, describing it as sounding like "Corwood jamming Alpha Centauri" and that still feels like as good an approximation of the weirdly personal Kosmiche universe that Emmanuel floats through on this amazing side as you're likely to get. There are keyboard lines so pure that they sound like they are etched into the air via beams of dazzling light, the kind of celestial melodies and hosanna hymns most commonly associated with the heavy devotional cloak of mid-period Popol Vuh, occult drones that sound endlessly deep and a very personal cosmology that balances cracked 'real people' mysto-universe musings with everything that the term New Age might've been, had it been primarily practiced by future-bending loners in private Sirius-channelling lodges situated at the cardinal points of the earth. Something so completely lonesome about this that every time you spin it in the early hours it feels as if the very world has stopped spinning. All in all a major re-issue and the one that'll start you off chasing down alla those weird late 70s/early 80s synth/new age privates. Comes in a wrap around silkcreened sleeve version of the original packaging. "I compose and perform electronic synthesizer music, which sometimes includes electronically enhanced acoustic and electric guitar. The term I like to use for my music is Electronic Minimal. My music style is to first create a foundation using cyclic, poly rhythmic music, then build several layers of improvised leads and rhythms. I have an extensive background in spiritual and metaphysical studies. This is another influence in how I compose and perform my music as I also look at my music as an Electronic Meditation. In meditation, a mantrum is used to focus the mind and keep it from drifting during the meditation. The manturm then allows the meditations and comtemplations. My music is very similar to a mediatation in that the mantrum is the cyclic, poly rhythmic music foundation that I use to set the theme of the composition. The leads and rhythms are my meditations based on the mantrum foundation. Not only is my music for general listening, it can also enhance the ability of the mind and the spirit to go beyond what is considered the "normal" boundaries of the five senses to the "Source of One's Being" for work with creativity, increase spiritual awareness, mind expansion or to just have a nice time being there to refresh the Soul. My music is wonderful as background when working, reading or studying to help focus for better retention without getting too tired, as well as used for relaxation or during a massage to release tension better for deeper body work. Wizards was my first deep trance electronic music album. This album was inspired by TERRY RILEY, one of the earliest people ever to compose and perform long, extended, cyclic pieces in the electronic format. This music was composed and performed in '81 and '82. I consider this album to be the best representation of the type of music I like to create. The instrumentation is three Sequencial Circuits PRO-1s and a Yamaha SK-20, all real time recording to a Teac 4-track reel-to-reel." - J D Emmanuel. Highly recommended.