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Artist: TOOP, DAVID
Title: Entities Inertias Faint Beings
Format: LP
Label: Room40
Country: Australia
Price: $24.00
"The music existed already, spores maybe or dormant clusters of digital files. Out of three periods of solitude the germination began. The first was in Queensland, on Tamborine Mountain (an aboriginal name), so silent at night that I listened to recorded music - Japanese Gagaku, Buddhist ritual from Bhutan, Korean Confucian music - as if drifting into cavernous black space. Stepping into sleep I saw a hypnagogic image - a transparent swimming pool suspended over the mouth of a volcano. I read Stephen Mansfields book on Japanese stone gardens - Successful stone arrangements seem almost alive, the elements conversing among themselves with an occult vitality, the call and response that has been noted between well-placed rocks resembling the chanting of Buddhist sutras; Daylight listening in chill air, hearing whip birds, butcher birds, noisy mynahs, kookaburra chatter, rainbow lorikeets; catapult elastic, I wrote, radio waves in a kettle, electric buzzers. On Queenslands Gold Coast I gazed at a distant humpback whale breaching out to sea, watched Yasujiro Ozus 1934 silent version of A Story of Floating Weeds, listened to cicadas burst into life as a helicopter flew overhead. Back into society and driving with Lawrence English I asked him, why would anybody release music in the 21st century? He laid out his philosophy; I was convinced. Then in St Ives, Cornwall, solitary again, drawing, reading Timothy Mortons Hyperobjects and Clarice Lispectors Agua Viva, gazing at ocean flux, music trembling into life from secreted audio files, music becoming living entities. Phantoms rose up out of sea mist, images of black light and blistered skin from photographers (Takuma Nakahira and Tomatsu Shomei), the fermenting of sounds. From a distance I heard voices - the extraordinary painter Mariko Sugano reciting ancient Japanese garden texts on the taboos associated with stone setting; Emi Watanabes flute as if a ghost from the Noh; the sounds of underwater creatures in my pond; Sylvia Halletts sarangi crying; the fervent drumming of Rie Nakajimas small mechanical beings; John Butchers reeds, music as a scientific exploration of the body, the instrument. In the Noh play Aoi no Ue, the spirit is compelled with drum and plucked string (the catalpa bow). In solitude I contemplated death, decay, the gush of life. Back in the car, Lawrence told me, when you die youll leave many projects unfinished. I laughed. Unspeakable truths, notes for a language to come, maybe not this world." - David Toop

Artist: TOOP, DAVID
Title: Life on the Inside
Format: LP
Label: Sub Rosa
Country: Belgium
Price: $16.00
"Limited edition of 300. David Toops environmental beauty Life on the Inside is the audio companion (created and recorded in 2015) to French sculptorPierre Bessons 2014 exhibition Dobjets noires et de Choses carrées (Black Objects and Square Things). This 34-minute ambient track was diffused inside of the sculpture and has never been published before. An excellent addition to the David Toop discography and a must for any wide-ranging ambient fan." - Sub Rosa.

Artist: TOOP, DAVID
Title: Lost Shadows: In Defence of the Soul - Yanomami Shamanism, Songs, Ritual, 1978
Format: Double CD
Label: Sub Rosa
Country: Beligum
Price: $19.00
"Recordings from 1978 by David Toop of Yanomami ritual songs, shamanistic ceremonies, and rainforest sounds. The voices of spirits and animal familiars, ventriloquial illusions of sound in dark spaces, secret spirit languages, the clap of thunder that links shamanic trance with the sleep language of Finnegans Wake... Out of these passages of the everyday, intensity flares like flames caught by a gust of wind. Skin burns or oozes blood, the wind blows up havoc as the spirits move about. Both double CD and LP include 40-page booklet with text and pictures telling the full story of Toops fascinating journey in 1978 through the Amazon jungle to meet and record the last Yanomami shamans. CD presented in six-page digipak." - Sub Rosa.
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Artist: TOOP, DAVID
Title: Lost Shadows: In Defence of the Soul - Yanomami Shamanism, Songs, Ritual, 1978
Format: LP
Label: Sub Rosa
Country: Belgium
Price: $16.00
“Mixed by Lawrence English. Recordings from 1978 byDavid Toop of Yanomami ritual songs, shamanistic ceremonies, and rainforest sounds. The voices of spirits and animal familiars, ventriloquial illusions of sound in dark spaces, secret spirit languages, the clap of thunder that links shamanic trance with the sleep language of Finnegans Wake... Out of these passages of the everyday, intensity flares like flames caught by a gust of wind. Skin burns or oozes blood, the wind blows up havoc as the spirits move about. Includes 40-page booklet with text and pictures telling the full story of Toops fascinating journey in 1978 through the Amazon jungle to meet and record the last Yanomami shamans.” - Sub Rosa.

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