Norman Lowrey ‎– Spirit Talk: Conversations With The Singing Masks

Deep Listening ‎– DL 12-2000 CD
CDr, Album


Ver. 1 Soundscape 33:04
1 Untitled 2:58
2 Untitled 3:00
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In Performance For EarthSounding, St. Stephen & The Incarnation, Washington, D.C. 33:45
12 Untitled 2:51
13 Untitled 6:00
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<i><u>Spirit Talk</u></i> is a continuation of two prior ceremony/performance pieces (<i>riverdream through us</i> and <i>Spirit Dream: Stories of the Singing Masks</i>) in its exploration of experiencing the intelligence and underlying spiritual essence of the non-human realm. Whereas the previous pieces approached this by way of dream, <i>Spirit Talk</i> focuses on glossolalia - the spirit language of all things. The accompanying soundscape consists of a rich layering of prior works, each of which contains multiple recordings of river sounds, birds, crickets, and other voices of nature.

The specific ingredients of this soundscape are:
<i>On the Line</i>, an exploration of the Line of Power from Soltice Rock, York, NY to South Hill, Canandaigua, NY (3 superimposed mask ceremonies, one at Solstice Rock, another on the Genesee River, and the third South Hill); <i>Spirit Dream I</i>, with Pauline Oliveros playing a variety of instruments processed through delay units together with 12 Singing Masks, presented at Drew University University, March, 1993; <i>A Vision of the Primordial Delaware</i> (sound installation for the wall hanging by Peter Kinney presented at the National Seaport Museum, Philadelphia, June, 1995), which includes recordings from the 7 sites of the Delaware River Soundings and a performance of <i>riverdream through us</i>, with Pauline Oliveros at the Nutshell Gallery in Huntington, NY, July, 1995; birds outside my 2<sup>nd</sup> floor bedroom window, 5 am, May, 1998; woodthrush, Linwood, NY (location of Solstice Rock), June, 1998.

1. ver. 1 Accompanying Soundscape
2. in performance for EarthSounding sponsored by St. Stephen & the Incarnation Episcopal Church, Washington, D.C., April 24, 1999, with Comma (Thomas Bickley, Matthew Ross Davis, Joseph Zitt), Ronald Stolk, and the Choir of St. Stephen & the Incarnation.