Simon Wickham-Smith – Love & Lamentation
Another fine album from Simon Wickham-Smith, sound sculptor, Tibetan monk, translator, scholar of Mongolian and Tibetan literature, and a frequent collaborator of Richard Youngs. Extensive digital manipulations are the modus operandi on this disk. The three compositions/five tracks, The Sandokai, love&lamentation and The Kin-kindness of Beforehand are based on chants and prayers. Samples were processed and mangled, chants pitch shifted, sounds flip back and forth, some of the pieces have twisty sequencer driven beats…The Sandokai is a prayer written by the eighth century Japanese Zen teacher Sekito Kisen while love&lamentation started life as a recording of a blind Turkish troubador and the ex tempore psalm singing of the Scottish Isle of Lewis.
Originally published in the Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter.