Through Fire, Crevice + the Hidden Valley – jim denley

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budawangs_front_300“From the 18th of May 2006, I spent 15 days armed with sax, camera, audio recorders, food and a solar recharger in the Budawang Mountains, a wilderness area in the Morton National Park, South West of Nowra on the east coast of Australia. These mountains are full of dramatic and rugged rock formations, caves, crevices and a hidden valley – it’s a wonderland of natural acoustics. Presumably people have been making music in these spaces for thousands of years, but it’s almost certain sax hasn’t been heard there before. JD.

The quavering long tones and sustained flutters he favors on several tracks are brimming with subtle shifting timbres, which create moments of sublime counterpoint with the environmental sounds, particularly the waterfalls. Occasionally, he mulls over clipped phrases at length; but, then, so do the birds. This is truly music beyond category.
Bill Shoemaker Point of Departure

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