The new music for saxophone and electronics on this recording is inspired by ancient Greek mysticism and magic. It grows out of my longstanding fascination with ritual and symbol as means of giving physical expression to non-physical realities, of opening us to the ineffable, and of moving us beyond the limitations of discursive reason to engage the numinous. The Greeks pursued this impulse in forms ranging from the ancient mystery cults, to the esoteric-philosophical speculations of the Neoplatonist, to celebrated oracles like Delphi and Trophonius. Oracles were more than simple predictions; they were the direct utterance of the gods. Cryptic and enigmatic, if correctly interpreted the oracle unveiled divine wisdom – the very act of wrestling with the oracle, of attempting to penetrate its symbolic meaning, was itself the act of engaging the mystery it concealed. In this music, sound is the oracle that simultaneously reveals and conceals, the veil between the manifest and the unmanifest, as the listener moves through imagined rituals of ascent and descent, initiation and transformation.
released June 19, 2020
All music composed and performed by Randall Hall.
Recitation by Mischa Hooker.
Recorded and mastered by Gabe Zeigler.