**Please note: **
This remix was intended as a special 2009 Christmas gift from Akira Rabelais.
It is now no longer available to download
Right from the very first time I heard the “Spellewauerynsherde” album by Akira Rabelais (released in 2004 by David Sylvian’s Samadhisound label) this album has been one of my absolute favourites.
And now, 5 years since the original release, it still is a sound unheard neither before nor since.
Spellewauerynshere is built from found sounds, field recordings of traditional Icelandic accapella lament songs that were recorded in the late 1960s or early 1970s. The recordings are heavily (and sometimes less heavily) treated and manipulated by Rabelais’ custom built music software, Argeïphontes Lyre.
You can check back on ambientblog to read my review from 2005:
“It’s as if a voice coming from the middle ages haunts you in your deepest sleep. It’s beautiful, heavenlike. But at the same time it’s distorted and confusing, scary even.”
Now, Akira created a complete new mix from the same source material, and decided to present it as a Christmas gift.
It has the same haunting atmosphere, so if you want to have some ‘slightly’ different christmas music at home this year, this gift is for you. You’ll have to act quick, since the links and podcast will be removed after christmas day.
“1340 Gaw. & Gr. Knt 471 Wel By-Commes Such Craft Vpon Cristmasse” is a full hour remix, and will probably work best when played softly in the background.
I guess it won’t be long until you will literally feel the presence of the Ghosts of Christmas all around you.
To me, it has all the beauty and eerie enigma of the original recordings as presented on Spellewauerynsherde..and not to forget the original original recordings from Iceland.
Thanks to Akira Rabelais for permission to publish this mix on ambientblog.net!
By the way:
Spellewauerynsherde also was the main inspiration source for a 4 hour radioprogram in 2006. The first part was a special mix of the 2004 album, the second and third were mixes that still can be found here: they are called “Wave” and “Ring“.)
*** FILE REMOVED ON DECEMBER, 26, 2009 ***