Ingram Marshall is another great composer of the New Albion record company, based in San Francisco. As an introduction to his musical universe, I chose this Elektra / Nonesuch recording..
Three Penitential Visions (1986) surfaced as a radio work, part of a series called "The Territory of Art", sponsored by the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art.
Hidden Voices (1989) draws must of its substance from recordings of ethnic vocal music from Eastern Europe, particularly the strange wailing laments heard typically at funerals. Ingram Marshall wrote: "It has been my intention not only to exploit, but to pay homage to these found voices. The sources used are from Central Russia (...), Northern Russia (...), Romania and Hungary"
Into the mix, processed electronically through digital delays and often combined with their own echoes, Marshall has stirred a live soprano, singing the old Anglican hymn "Once, in David's City".
These ambient soundscapes rely on the mixing of natural sounds, voices, synthesizers. The result is totally original and has a kind of haunting beauty...
It is impossible to compare Ingram Marshall's music with anyone else. Brian Eno could be, however, a possible challenger.
The mood, the soundscapes, the sonic depth are unique...
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