Jon Hassell ‎– Aka / Darbari / Java - Magic Realism

Genre:
Style:
Year:
Notes:
MAGIC REALISM • Like the video technique of "keying in" where any background may be electronically inserted or deleted independently of foreground, the ability to bring the actual sound of musics of various epochs and geographical origins all together in the same compositional frame marks a unique point in history. • A trumpet, branched into a chorus of trumpets by computer, traces the motifs of the Indian raga DARBARI over Senegalese drumming recorded in Paris and a background mosaic of frozen moments from an exotic Hollywood orchestration of the 1950's [a sonic texture like a "Mona Lisa" which, in close up, reveals itself to be made up of tiny reproductions of the Taj Mahal], while the ancient call of an AKA pygmy voice in the Central African Rainforest — transposed to move in sequences of chords unheard of until the 20th century — rises and falls among gamelan-like cascades, multiplications of a single "digital snapshot" of a traditional instrument played on the Indonesian island of JAVA, on the other side of the world. • Music which is to this degree self-referential, in which larger parts are related to and/or generated from smaller parts, shares certain qualities with "white" classical music of the past. AKA/DARBARI/JAVA is a proposal for a "coffee-colored" classical music of the future — both in terms of the adoption of entirely new modes of structural organisation [as might be suggested by the computer ability to re-arrange, dot-by-dot, a sound or video image] and in terms of the expansion of the "allowable" musical vocabulary in which one may speak this structure — leaving behind the ascetic face which Eurocentric tradition has come to associate with serious expression. • JON HASSELL

Tracklist

Empire I
Empire II
Empire III
Empire IV
Empire V
Darbari Extension I
Darbari Extension II

Versions (14)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
EGED 31 Jon Hassell Aka / Darbari / Java - Magic Realism(LP) Editions EG EGED 31 UK 1983 Sell This Version
EEGCD 31 Jon Hassell Aka / Darbari / Java - Magic Realism(CD, Album) Editions EG EEGCD 31 US 1983 Sell This Version
EGEDC 31 Jon Hassell Aka / Darbari / Java - Magic Realism(Cass, Album) Editions EG EGEDC 31 US 1983 Sell This Version
28MM 0277 Jon Hassell Aka / Darbari / Java - Magic Realism(LP) Editions EG 28MM 0277 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
811 914-1 Jon Hassell Aka / Darbari / Java - Magic Realism(LP, Album) Editions EG 811 914-1 France 1983 Sell This Version
EGED 131 Jon Hassell Aka / Darbari / Java - Magic Realism(LP, Album) Editions EG EGED 131 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
EGED 31 Jon Hassell Aka / Darbari / Java - Magic Realism(LP, Album) Editions EG EGED 31 US 1983 Sell This Version
811 914-1 Jon Hassell Aka / Darbari / Java - Magic Realism(LP, Album) Editions EG, Polydor 811 914-1 Italy 1983 Sell This Version
EGED 31 Jon Hassell Aka / Darbari / Java - Magic Realism(LP, Album, TP) Editions EG EGED 31 US 1983 Sell This Version
28MM 0277 Jon Hassell Aka / Darbari / Java - Magic Realism(LP, Promo) Editions EG 28MM 0277 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
EGED 31 Jon Hassell Aka / Darbari / Java - Magic Realism(LP, Album, RE) Editions EG, Virgin EGED 31 UK 1987 Sell This Version
VJCP-2507 Jon Hassell Aka Darbari Java - Magic Realism(CD, Album, RE) Editions EG VJCP-2507 Japan 1990 Sell This Version
EEGCD 31 Jon Hassell Aka Darbari Java [Magic Realism](CD, Album, RE) Editions EG EEGCD 31 UK 1991 Sell This Version
AN-2405, EEGCD 31 Jon Hassell With Dan Lanois* Jon Hassell With Dan Lanois* - Aka Darbari Java [Magic Realism](CD, Album, Ltd, RE, Unofficial) ArsNova, Editions EG (2) AN-2405, EEGCD 31 Russia Unknown Sell This Version

Recommendations

Reviews Show All 11 Reviews

Add Review

Arizur

Arizur

September 5, 2018
referencing Aka / Darbari / Java - Magic Realism, LP, EGED 31
This is just a curious observation that I want to put up for discussion on this unrivalled and beautiful album. The 'Tracks Empire III' and 'Darbari Extension II' undoubtedly have a very similar basic rhythm. But their overlapping rhythms are strikingly similar in their structure to an Indonesian-Western popular style, namely the - today somewhat dusty - Kroncong! This is all the more interesting because the album is strongly influenced by Indonesian music culture, but I don't believe that this similarity was consciously brought about! ...

Yuripetusko

Yuripetusko

August 22, 2017
referencing Aka / Darbari / Java - Magic Realism, LP, EGED 31
My vinyl version has a terrible pressing quality, I can barely hear it, digital files I have sound 10 times better u nfortunatly
damien.mcgrane

damien.mcgrane

July 20, 2017
referencing Aka / Darbari / Java - Magic Realism, LP, EGED 31
Does anyone possibly have any album recommendations similar to this?
Rudloe

Rudloe

June 6, 2014
referencing Aka / Darbari / Java - Magic Realism, LP, EGED 31
For me this is the high water mark of the work of Jon Hassell. A tremendous synthesis of Fourth World soundscapes which resonates to this day.