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Sonic ghost hunter CM Von Hausswolff and LA’s Chandra Shukla (Xambuca) disclose their sublime travelogue of Nepal with nearly an hour of subbass bathing and steeply hypnagogic magick
For the first in a series of global dispatches, following the Touch: Isolation series, ’Travelogue (Nepal)’ invites listeners to pay closer attention to the metaphysical presences of Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Kirtipur, cities at the roof of the world, each with a deep history of Buddhism and mysticism that Von Hausswolff and Shukla tap into. Using a range of microphones/spooky action detectors, they document a spectra of sounds, from the infrasonic to birdsong, amplifying and layering the inaudible to become tangibly present but hauntingly elusive at the same time.
The results document seven days in September 2019 spent between the Bagh Bhairav Temple and Chilancho Stupa in Kirtipur, Durbar Square, Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath Stupa and Shri Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, and Pokhara’s World Peace Pagoda, The Shiva Cave, Devi Falls and Phewa Tal Lake, reworking the locations’ mix of diesel-fuming traffic and sacred sites into intoxicating aural vapours and the kind of drones that make our eyes defocus and roll back in the head.