Ode to Nature

by Sonic Blessings

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Nature sound recordings plus organic music performances by Gordon Coxon and Yi Ling (Monica) Chao.

Inspired by travels through the Scottish Highlands and the mountains and coastal regions of Taiwan, Gordon spent much of 2016 collecting field recordings of birdsong, bugs, ocean waves, rivers, and other water courses, as well as thunder storms and even a typhoon with a view to creating a natural soundscape into which he placed a variety of organic instruments. Gongs, singing bowls, crystal bowls, bird whistles, flutes, shamanic drum, tongue drum, traditional Chinese drum, conch shells, chimes, shruti, harp and the human voice combine with these sounds of nature in an aural celebration of life and spirit. Special thanks to Tom Soltron for contributing 60in Earth gong.

“The sound of nature can make perfect music: ancient Chinese people listened to nature as an echo of themselves” - Oscar-winning composer Tan Dun

Photo: Applecross Bay, Scottish Highlands

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released March 27, 2019

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Gordons Gong Soirees Brighton, UK

A summer breeze; a winter storm; dancing on mountaintops; swimming deep in the ocean; journeying through the cosmos: composer, gong practitioner and multi-instrumentalist Gordon Coxon, often together with his Sonic Blessings partner Yi Ling Chao, explores the resonant power of the gong and other organic instruments, creating a sonic kaleidoscope of immersive meditative soundscapes. ... more

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