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Track(s) taken from CDA67475
Recording details: January 2004
Temple Church, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: September 2004
Total duration: 17 minutes 56 seconds

Shûnya
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Shûnya takes for its text three Sanskrit words, meaning ‘void’ and ‘Hail, Infinite Light’, in a majestically static fashion deliberately recalling Buddhist ritual. There are two choirs, one a mixed ensemble and the other of a few bass voices – who sing the word ‘shûnya’ (‘void’) throughout – accompanied by the resonant booming of a Tibetan temple bowl. The dissonant organ pedal of The Second Coming (and, going even further back, the constant E flat triad of Celtic Requiem) is recalled here, but transmuted into a pure low C, bathed in the sonic halo of the temple bowl, an ecstatic evocation of eternity.

from notes by Ivan Moody © 2004

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