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The Delphic Drone (MP3)

A variety of drones and drone-like sonorities make up Resonances, the recent five-track set by Savaran, aka Wales-based Mark Walters. Some are environmental, some digital, many hybrid, and the one that may be the most striking is the closing entry, which is titled “Delphic.” Even without reading the detailed liner notes that accompany the album, it wouldn’t be a stretch to associate the sublimated female voice heard on the track with that of the Oracle herself — not the one who baked cookies in The Matrix, but the one who occasionally shared prophecies with ancient Greeks. Heard here, the voice is part of a ritualistic blur of light percussion and swelling tones (MP3). Part of the sense of ritual is how the track frames the presence of the voice — how it builds to the voice’s appearance with bell tones (pings and gong-like swells), and also how it cossets it, the voice emerging from a deep field of processing, as if a curtain were being pulled back.

[audio:http://www.archive.org/download/fbl014Savaran-Resonances/05Delphic.mp3|titles=”Delphic”|artists=Savaran]

More on the release at archive.org and feedbacklooplabel.blogspot.com. More on Savaran/Walters at savaranmusic.wordpress.com, soundcloud.com/savaran, and twitter.com/savaran_music.

By Marc Weidenbaum

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  1. Leonardo Rosado
    [ Posted June 1, 2011, at 2:02 am ]

    Hi Marc,

    glad you liked the Savaran release :) and especially also my favorite Delphic, it is a very special track indeed, and I think you framed it quite well.

    Abraço

    Leonardo

  2. Mark Walters
    [ Posted June 1, 2011, at 9:08 am ]

    Hi Marc

    Thanks for the thoughtful review. You captured the essence of Delphic perfectly in your description :)

    Best wishes

    Mark

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