Lux Vivens: The Music of Hildegard von Bingen

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The teaming of former Miranda Sex Garden vocalist/fiddler Jocelyn Montgomery with the bleak auteur-of-darkness David Lynch might seem inaccessible in theory. But the duo's startlingly lovely modern take on 12th century abbess Hildegard von Bingen's music on Lux Vivens is remarkably alive and endlessly compelling. Lynch's industrial drone and bizarre sound samples, from gentle waves to crashing thunder, aren't that far removed from his Eraserhead score. His brooding tones suggest funeral marches, chirping birds in flight, battles between Heaven and Hell, landscapes devoid of light, and percolating medieval stews. One can't emphasize enough just how beautifully Montgomery's...
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All Music Guide - Tim DiGravina
The teaming of former Miranda Sex Garden vocalist/fiddler Jocelyn Montgomery with the bleak auteur-of-darkness David Lynch might seem inaccessible in theory. But the duo's startlingly lovely modern take on 12th century abbess Hildegard von Bingen's music on Lux Vivens is remarkably alive and endlessly compelling. Lynch's industrial drone and bizarre sound samples, from gentle waves to crashing thunder, aren't that far removed from his Eraserhead score. His brooding tones suggest funeral marches, chirping birds in flight, battles between Heaven and Hell, landscapes devoid of light, and percolating medieval stews. One can't emphasize enough just how beautifully Montgomery's tender, yearning voice works with Lynch's stoic sonic base. She comes across like a sweeter and more religious Sinéad O'Connor, without the latter's pop sense. Montgomery almost seems the perfect mixture of O'Connor and the Cocteau Twins' Liz Fraser; equal parts inner strength and angelic levity. Indeed, it would be hard to overstate the otherworldly beauty of Montgomery's stunning, nearly transcendental vocal work here. It seems both Montgomery and Lynch found equal muses in each other, if only because their highly contrasting musical styles clash and weave together so magically over the course of the album. Completely accessible, and brimming with emotion and style, Lux Vivens is an absolute aural treat that both sounds wonderful as background music, and rewards intensely close listening. The title says it all, really: the duo's music is a kind of living light. Gorgeous.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/25/1998
  • Label: MAMMOTH / PGD
  • UPC: 035498018329
  • Catalog Number: 980183

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jocelyn Montgomery Primary Artist, Strings, Violin, Accordion, Pipe organ, Glass
Everyone Noise
John Neff Synthesizer, Guitar, Strings, Choir, Chorus, Bells, Noise, Vocoder, E-bow, Pipe organ, Drones, Natural Sounds, Wind Synthesizer
David Lynch Guitar, Strings, Drums, Wind, Bells, Noise, Drones, Natural Sounds, Glass
Mark Seagraves Synthesizer, Strings, Drums, Noise, Drones, Natural Sounds, Bass Drone
Jo Montgomery Strings, Violin, Accordion, Vocals, Noise, Pipe organ, Glass
Technical Credits
Monty Montgomery Executive Producer
John Neff Arranger, Sound Effects, Engineer, String Arrangements, Pitch Adjustment
David Lynch Arranger, Sound Effects, Producer
Chris Eselgroth Graphic Design
Lane Wurster Art Direction
Jocelyn Montgomery Arranger, Graphic Design, String Arrangements
Roger Manley Graphic Design
Mark Seagraves Arranger, Sound Effects, Engineer, Contributor
Heidrun Reshoeft Producer
Monty Montgomery Executive Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Lovely, Dark, and Ethereal

    The tracks that comprise this compilation of works by the undervalued poetic, composer, physician, and philosopher, Hildegard von Bingen, create a wide and thoughtful conceptual space. Montgomery's voice lends a perfect air to the dark spaces of this music. These songs are both lovely and dark (my rusty Latin notwithstanding)--a gorgeous, swirling collection. Also, don't miss the little extras, like the movie tracks that document the making of the CD and some of von Bingen's history. Lovely touch.

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