Stuart Dempster ‎– In The Great Abbey Of Clement VI

New Albion ‎– NA 013 CD, New Albion ‎– NA013
CD, Album, Reissue

Tracklist Hide Credits

1 Standing Waves - 1976
Trombone – Stuart Dempster
2 Didjeridervish - 1976
Performer [Plastic Sewer Pipe] – Stuart Dempster
3 Standing Waves - 78/87
Producer – Bob Hodas, Loren RushTrombone, Effects [Lexicon 480l Digital Processor], Tape – Stuart Dempster

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Track 3 recorded May 21, 1978 at Mills College Concert Hall, Oakland.

Tracks 1 and 2 originally released as an LP by 1750 Arch Records.

Catalog# "NA 013 CD" on CD, "NA013CD" on spine, "NA013" on backcover.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 0 22551-0013-2 9
  • Matrix / Runout: MADE IN CANADA BY AMERIC DISC 0E5S1<1124>NA013CD
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI 2S09
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • SPARS Code: ADD



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September 4, 2015
I found this review on line and thought it was important to have it listed here:

"escalation746 Oct 16 2012 4.00 stars
Since no-one has reviewed any of his releases, I presume that the name of Stuart Dempster is hidden in obscurity. And what a shame, because anyone interested in drone, harmonic tone music, circular breathing, and so on will find much to enjoy here. In fact this album, recorded way back in 1976, could be the archetypal dark ambient release, long before anyone had really thought to coin such a term.

Dempster's instrument is the trombone, though he also uses other wind instruments, sometimes as simple as a length of PVC tubing, as on the second track here. The basis for this album are two improvisations with the acoustics of the Great Abbey of Clement VI in Avignon, France, taking special advantage of the 14 second reverberation time. His sensitivities to the space generates a work of beauty.

The first two pieces were released on vinyl in 1979. New Albion re-issued the record in a new sleeve in 1987, and added a third track for the CD. This was based on Dempster revisiting the abbey in 1978, two years after the first recording. He utilises a digital delay in order to permit him to overlay tones over a drone, all in real time. Lovely."