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simon wickham smith - Extreme Bukake
Extreme Bukake is the perversely titled follow-up to Simon's 1999 CD Butterfly Dust. In contrast to the live performance-based pieces on BD, Extreme Bukake is a dissection of religious music, realized by Simon on laptop. Traditional components like Catholic hymns and Simon's vocal on a Hare Krsna prayer get fragmented, splintered, and reassembled into a rich blob of sound. Simon's notes on the tracks: "The Self-Immolation of Thich Quang Duc" is a programmatic work based around the death of this Vietnamese monk who set himself alight to protest about the activity of the Vietnamese government in the early 1960s. He was a friend of Thich Nhat Hanh, whom Martin Luther King Jr nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1965. The music sounds like the craziness of the situation, the external noise of cars and people and the internal noise of the heart and the soul of this man. "Sri Guru Vandana" is a song from the Hare Krsna (ISKCON) tradition of Krisna Vaisnavitism, a nod in the direction of my pre-Buddhist, teenager self, the young man who got into ISKCON and then freaked out at the evangelical nature of the organization. This is my acknowledgement of the positive side of my experience. "Ave Regina Celorum" is based round a Catholic hymn to Mary, an attempt to create a piece which could perhaps be used for meditation, either formal or informal.