Astral Cathedral

by Ariel Kalma

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Inspirations from St John the Divine cathedral in New York where I ‘secretly’ stayed during summer 1976 in the basement, accompanied by a rescued dove with a broken wing. I lived in the Earth Society’s large room and could only go out at night … so I learned to play the grand harmonium, or practiced circular breathing on soprano saxophone under the crypt (large echo!!). After two months, I could sneak out during the day to feed squirrels in the garden… even met Bishop Moore … he was very kind and knew about me but could not officially acknowledge it…

Force et Courage, 7:11 – Composed for rebirthing sessions in Margot Anand’s workshops. Recorded at the GRM, Paris, circa 1980 with a modified Yamaha PS30, Synare Analog Drum, Wasp synth and effects.
Slow Trancing, 2:33, - Calling the muse. Recorded in Montparnasse, Paris, circa 1979
Out of Breath: 7:51 – Another part composed for rebirthing sessions in Margot Anand’s workshops. Recorded at the GRM, Paris, circa 1980 with a modified Yamaha PS30, vocal loops, Synare Analog Drum, Wasp synth, variable speed control Studer, and (lots of) effects.
Ajna Vision, 8:29 - An Indian pedal harmonium meets a VCS 3 matrix synthesiser and an EMS Pitch to Voltage convertor, for serious fun! Recorded in Montparnasse, Paris, circa 1976.
Saint Julien Harmo Flute, 4:02 – Calling the muse and playing a high pitched flute with natural echoes. Recorded on a circa 1978 at Chapelle de Vauguillain, St Julien Du Sault, France.
Planet Air Variation, 6:57 – Another variation on ‘Planet Air’ (see ‘Planet Air Full Version’, or edited version on Osmose). Recorded in Montparnasse, Paris, circa 1980 with a modified Yamaha PS30 and Wasp synth.

• Note: two of the tracks are also presented on the ‘Never Mind’ album.

Remastered with the technical knowledge of Kamal Engel @ Art of Audio, Byron Bay.
Ariel Kalma: all instruments, cover art, remastering.
Background photo (modified) of space courtesy of NASA Spitzer telescope

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Ariel Kalma Byron Bay, Australia

Over 4 decades, Ariel Kalma published several vinyl LP's, cassettes, and CD's. His compositions have been used for modern dance-theatre, films, musical poetry, guided meditations, transformational groups. Ariel Kalma has also played on many albums in France - even throughout Europe, the US and recently Australia, where he lives. ... more

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