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Ambient 3: Day of Radiance
     

Ambient 3: Day of Radiance

by Laraaji
 

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Few albums are as aptly titled as the shimmering Day of Radiance. The album contains five solo improvisations by Laraaji, who plays a specially tuned, electronically altered zither that produces an invigorating, polyrhythmic, ever-changing, ever-consistent ring of pure joy. Produced by Brian Eno and released in 1980 as part of Eno's

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Few albums are as aptly titled as the shimmering Day of Radiance. The album contains five solo improvisations by Laraaji, who plays a specially tuned, electronically altered zither that produces an invigorating, polyrhythmic, ever-changing, ever-consistent ring of pure joy. Produced by Brian Eno and released in 1980 as part of Eno's original Ambient series, Day of Radiance is rare in that it happily plays aural incense for nonfocused listening but is equally rewarding of concentrated attention. Lots of folks claim to make ambient/contemplative music; very few have Laraaji's mastery, sensitivity, or heart. Day of Radiance is instant springtime.

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All Music Guide - Brian Olewnick
Edward Larry Gordon was a comedian/musician attempting to work his way through the Greenwich Village clubs in the '70s when one day he impulsively traded in his guitar for a zither, adopted the name Laraaji, and began busking on the sidewalks. Brian Eno, living in New York at the time, heard his music and offered to record him, resulting in this singular, unusual album. Laraaji uses an open-tuned instrument with some degree of electrification (and, presumably, with studio enhancements courtesy of Eno), which creates a brilliant, full sound. The first three pieces, "The Dance, Nos. 1-3," are rhythmically charged and propulsive, with tinges of Irish hammered dulcimer music mixed with a dash of Arabic influence. The layered production gives them a hypnotically captivating quality and an echoing vastness, inducing a dreamlike state in which the listener happily bathes. The two parts of "Meditation" are arrhythmic, ethereal wanderings, still effective if less immediately riveting. Day of Radiance is considered an early new age masterpiece and, while it shares certain aspects with the genre (including a heady mystical aura), it has far more rigor, inventiveness, and sheer joy of playing than the great majority of its supposed descendents. It possesses a sense of timelessness that has enabled it to quite ably hold up over the years.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/23/1992
Label:
Editions Eg Records
UPC:
0017046157322
catalogNumber:
19
Rank:
45718

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Performance Credits

Laraaji   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Guitar,Zither,Bells

Technical Credits

Brian Eno   Producer

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