Choral Works & The Apsaras (ART 1026, 2005)

by Philip Perkins

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sound works by Philip Perkins

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CHORAL WORKS and THE APSARAS are two groups of sound works made in a fairly straightforward manner from recordings I’d made in various locales between 1991 and 1995. CHORAL WORKS is based on people singing, with a UN cast of voices from various places around the world. I had these location recordings, I listened to them, and then I edited them and added other things that seemed to support what I was feeling while listening. THE APSARAS was originally intended to be a fairly grandiose live radio work that would reflect my experiences in Cambodia and observe its recent history. Instead I found that the material I had became tiny “sound melodies” made from the repetition and variation of small commonplace sounds I heard and recorded there.

“Apsaras” are the celestial female dancers one sees carved in profusion on ancient Khmer temples. THE APSARAS is dedicated to Barbara Golden, who asked me for a piece for “Crack O’Dawn,” her KPFA-Berkeley radio show, where it and CHORAL WORKS premiered on Feb. 6, 2003. Thanks for listening.

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released May 5, 2005

Mastered by Scott Fraser
Pressing by Oasis Inc.
Graphics by Michael Sumner

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