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6 hours of music with 12 page booklet in double jewel case, released in 1999 on the Silverdoor label.
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Babel is a large-scale musical structure celebrating the multiplicity of musical language and evolving technologies as the 20th century came to a close.
Originally released as a 5-CD set in 1999, the first 3 CDs contain 'rooms' within an imaginary Tower oF Babel (a kind of aural virtual reality) and the other 2 CDs contain KBBL - the Tower's fictitious radio station, and 'live' circus music from the Tower.
Each of KBBL's 4 'shows' has its own style and atmosphere. Collaborating with DJs, writers, actors and singers, KBBL is made to sound like a real radio station with ads, traffic reports, phone-ins etc. ...BABEL - [KBBL] Earth At Full-Moon/Leisure Pursuits.
In the virtual architecture, we hear the electric guitarist in Mr. Brady's Room [BABEL - Chambers And Spirit Levels] and saxophonist in The Dressing Room [BABEL - Delusional Architecture] rehearsing their solos which are heard in a virtual concert-hall performance of a piece here called Pagoda Charm.
Later in Pagoda Charm, a gradual acoustic shift in perspective happens, when we seem to leave the concert-hall (at around 8'00). Moments from other pieces begin to be introduced as a disembodied voice is heard saying 'enter your memory number'. The opening chord of Earth to Earth is heard 4 times starting at 8'56; a voice from Cantilena is heard three times starting at 9'19. A short Cantilena moment is heard at 10'29. All this gives the impression of a choice of places to visit being offered as we flip through a maze of different sound worlds.
At 9'58 it is possible to hear the already-existing Mansard (an attic room with a sloped roof - a childhood memory room) underneath all the layers before it makes its unmasked appearance a little over a minute later.
A clarinettist rehearses in Kalu Rehearsals, for what, we don't know, but we do hear the Cantilena music in the distance (they are both temple musics).
The Iron Language Alphabet is a sound alphabet containing tiny fragments of Babel within it (49 samples of music from KBBL spread over a 7 octave keyboard). It opens with an heraldic trumpet solo followed by 'letters' of an alphabet being introduced one by one slowly, and then being sped up.
The solos in these recordings evolved in collaboration with the individual musicians and I am extremely grateful to Jo, Cindy, Tim, Lorraine, Rachel, Claire, Ger, Michael and Ian for their unique talents. See track info for more detail.
released 30 August 2012
All music composed and produced by Roger Doyle © PRS 1991-97.
Tracks have been uploaded from original DAT masters. Total time: 76'05.
Tracks 3, 8 and 9 were produced at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada, during 2 happy residencies there in 1992 and 1993, which I'll never forget.
Track 5 recorded at and commissioned by the Institute Internationale de Musique Éxperimentale de Bourges, France, in 1991.
All other tracks: home studio.
Lengthy review: www.nightoftheworld.com/reviews/rdbabel.html
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