music for Moby​-​Dick: part 1

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Music for Moby-Dick is a dark ambient opera consisting of 74 tracks spanning 3.5 hours of music divided into three parts for digital download.

Drawing inspiration from Viola Sachs’ critical interpretation of the novel, Music for Moby-Dick is a contemporary singing of the primordial language instilled within the literal text of Melville’s novel:

“In the final instance, this language is inarticulate. Its means of communication are those of the infant man or world newly born or still in its cosmic womb. It emits guttural and nasal sounds, piercing shrieks, barbaric yawps. Music imagery, so important in romantic literature, transmits here not only the deepest emotions, but also the non-articulate, sonorous primordial rhythmic manifestations of life. As in the case of language, musical harmony is disrupted giving place to wild barbaric rhythms and sounds.”

(from Literature and National Identity: Labrynthic Form and Primordial Language in Moby-Dick, or, The Whale by Viola Sachs)

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released August 1, 2016

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driving off the spleen Houston, Texas

"It is a way I have of driving off the spleen and regulating the circulation."
(Ishmael / Moby-Dick)

ambient, electronic, and experimental concoctions created with cabalistical contrivances

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