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Beautiful, heavy-lidding drone music from Catherine Christer Hennix’s just-intonation ensemble The Deontic Miracle, realised and performed at an eight-day festival in the Museum of Modern Art, Stockholm, spring of 1976; marking the first in a necessary series of previously unreleased, archival releases issued by Important Records.
In the purest sense, Central Palace Music makes us want to shut our eyes and follow the patterns wherever they and the music take us. However, right now i’m in an office full of people and fear I look a bit daft doing so. But, please trust us: the pull is near overwhelming with this one.
The first issue of Catherine Christer Hennix’s material since The Electric Harpsichord (2010) features the polymath on Renaissance oboe and custom sine wave generators leading an ensemble including Peter Hennix on Renaissance oboe, and Hans Isgren on sheng.
Combined, they induce a pineal tingle of the rarest sensation as the result of thorough mathematical calculations and in-depth study of far-flung, yet hyper-specific styles such as Japanese gagaku music, the 13th-century vocal music of Pérotin and Léonin, and years spent under the tutelage of master Indian vocalist Pandit Pran Nath and alongside La Monte Young and Henry Flynt during the ‘70s.
If you’re new to this music, you’re highly recommended to check out all of the above; but, likewise, you can approach this without any prior knowledge and a clear and open mind for equal, if possibly more revelatory results.
Building from cyclical, reedy flights of fancy, the 46 minute piece imperceptibly congeals to a breathtaking, densely radiant lattice of tone clusters by the 21 minute mark which begin calving, bifurcating across the field to deliver sensations longer lasting and more visceral than any narcotic experience we can recall (and to be fair I was shaking hands with Dimitri only a few days ago).
We’re not messing; this is absolutely incredible stuff. Unmissable for anyone with the patience and taste for such stuff, or anyone who fancies challenging themselves in return for great rewards.
I’m off to get a curry now, buzzing my tits off.