LA BARCA complete edition

by Thomas Koner

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James Newcombe
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James Newcombe This is a beautiful album, a mix of field recordings and music blended into a journey around the world. One moment you're on the street weaving between cars and bicycles, then you find yourself in a temple hearing the religous chants, then a small boy is whispering in your ear. An album I frequently return to and a trip worth taking your ears on.
John Cratchley
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John Cratchley This is a fascinating aural travelogue that really piques the imagination and engages strong sensory perceptions for me; bringing the 'inward journey' to life.
Koner brings an amazing (and surprising) range of emotions to the fore...there are so many stories being told here and more is unravelled with each listen...
I find myself unwittingly drawn back to these pieces time and again, trying to 'fill in the gaps' and enhance his aural scenarios (or "Sonic Cartography", as Koner calls it) with my own imagination.You can dwell in one location or submit to the ever-moving diaspora...
A truly absorbing and engrossing experience. Favorite track: Hochallee, Hamburg.
Kathleen Gatliffe
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Kathleen Gatliffe A tremendous travelogue and gentle reminder of quiet moments during travel past and future. Wonderful for study and meditation. Favorite track: Jerusalem (Hour Nine).
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This digital edition offers for the first time the complete edition of the La Barca cycle. This release contains all tracks of the (sold out) La Barca CD (2009) plus the five bonus tracks of the (sold out) double LP (2010) PLUS five additional tracks that have never been released before due to space limitations.

For La Barca, I spent two years travelling and recording, and these compositions take the listener on a journey around the world. The delicate use of harmonies, silence, stillness and field recordings gives the music on La Barca a hallucinogenic effect and a Zen-like feeling of eternity.
The title La Barca refers to the solar barque, or sun boat, which passes through the realms of the underworld (Duat according to Egyptian mythology) each night to reappear in the east every morning.

With these pieces I am creating a sonic cartography of the places I visited.


IN A BARQUE SHE SAILS ACROSS THE HIGH LANDS OF THE PAST.

THE BARQUE HEADS SHIMMER AND GLOW AT STERN AND BOW,
AND THAT LIGHTS HER UNSEEABLE PASSAGE.

SHE CALLS TO THE SPIRITS OF THIS HOUR,
AND THAT IS HOW WE COME TO EVEN HEAR HER VOICE.

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released November 1, 2014

Photography by Thomas Köner

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Thomas Koner France

Thomas Köner's works are audiovisual meditations that explore our notion of time, memory and location. He invites audiences to enjoy impressions of depth, distance and disappearance, and to fathom the qualities of the space around our limits of perception. As a media artist, Thomas Köner is working across the spheres of composition, visual arts, installation and music production. ... more

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