by Shelley Hirsch


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This CD is the soundtrack to Nina Danino's movie Temenos, an impressionistic documentary on the Virgin Mary's alleged apparitions in Medjugorje (Bosnia). It features vocal performances by avant-garde improvisers Sainkho Namchylak and Shelley Hirsch and soprano Catherine Bott, with Danino narrating, Pavlo Beznosiuk on occasional hurdy-gurdy, and in situ recordings (birds, dogs, wind, children, pilgrims' testimonies). Each performer was recorded separately improvising solos and Danino later combined and arranged the tracks into the soundtrack presented here. The whole thing translates into an extended piece of audio art, a captivating blend of environmental sounds and vocal experimentations with narration, radio, and treated sounds adding colors here and there. Temenos is mainly a showcase for Sainkho Namchylak's incredible vocal capabilities, and the listener constantly comes back to the detailed program notes to check if the sounds are really derived from a human voice or if they are something else. The soundtrack stands nicely on its own and gains from being listened to with headphones in order to catch the quieter passages (the volume range is huge). Namchylak laughs, cries, moans, and drones in ways impossible to describe. The work is split into 22 tracks, but none of them could be taken out of its context; this is the kind of CD one must listen to in one sitting, attentively, with as little distraction and ambient noise as possible in order to be literally engulfed by the sonic tapestry. Then, and only then, will Temenos reveal its hidden beauty. For the most adventurous listeners only or those fascinated by the human voice.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/30/2001
Label: Leo Records Uk
UPC: 5024792030323
catalogNumber: 303

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Shelley Hirsch   Primary Artist,Vocals,Voices,Drones
Catherine Bott   Soprano,Voices,Soprano (Vocal)
Pavlo Beznosiuk   Vielle
Sainkho Namtchylak   Humming,Echo

Technical Credits

Catherine Bott   Composer
Shelley Hirsch   Composer
Simon Humphries   Engineer
Dave Hunt   Engineer
Dill Katz   Engineer
James Mackay   Producer
Dave Katz   Engineer
Paul Hamblin   Dub Mixing
Leo Feigin   Producer
Sainkho Namtchylak   Composer,Sound Effects,Vocal Effect
Chris Blackford   Liner Notes
Steve Kulak   Liner Notes

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