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David Hykes & The Harmonic Choir

David Hykes & The Harmonic Choir
Hearing Solar Winds = À L'Ecoute Des Vents Solaires
Style: Classical, New Age
Label: Ocora
Catalog Number: 558 607
Released: 1983, 80's
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Established experimental film-maker David Hykes’ interest in traditional and sacred music, specifically western Mongolian khöömi performed in Tantric Tibetan Buddhism, would lead him to form The Harmonic Choir in 1975. Seeking to develop a new form of universal sacred music with the group, Hykes was the first Westerner to venture into the world of harmonic and overtone singing with his own “harmonic chant” that was based upon the natural harmonic overtones present and fundamental to music and nature. Hearing Solar Winds was his first album with the group, recorded over the course of two nights in L’Abbaye du Thoronet, a 12th-century Cisterian monastery in Provence, France. There are no instruments besides the human voice: a single low bass note holds, another voice in a higher note joins, creating an overtone, each member’s voice shifting the harmonics and musical trajectory through each of the album’s eight pieces. Much like the voices themselves, the album works best as whole, creating an hour-long introspective journey or a means of tapping into a higher spiritual frequency. The voices shimmer in a mystifying way, creating moments of almost auditory illusion, rooted in reality but at times feeling as though they belonged to a choir of otherworldly spectres. A massive milestone for the human voice, it’s unsurprising that Hearing Solar Winds would eventually become the most successful vocal overtone record of all time.

– Jocelyn Romo

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Tags: Buddhism / Obscure / Overtone Singing / Vocal
Tracklist:

Hearing Solar Winds = À L’Ecoute Des Vents Solaires
A1 Part I: Rainbow Voice Chant De L’Arc En Ciel
A2 Part II: Multiplying Voices At The Heart Of The Body & Sound = Multiplication Des Voix Au Cœur Du Corps Sonore
A3 Part III: Arc Descents = Descentes: The Fall
A4 Part IV: Gravity Waves = Ondes Gravitationnelles
B1 Part IV: Gravity Waves (Suite Et Fin)
B2 Part V: Lens By Lens = Focalisation
B3 Part VI: Telescoping = Octaves Telescopiques / And The Flight Of The Sun = Le Vol Du Soleil
B4 Part VII: Two Poles; Ascent = Polarisation; Ascension
B5 Part VIII: Ascending And Descending = Montées Et Descentes

Credits:

Composed By – David Hykes
Directed By – Pierre Toureille
Directed By – David Hykes
Edited By, Mastered By – Roland Michel (2)
Engineer – Jacques Glenet, Raymond Buttin
Engineer – Michel Lepage
Liner Notes – David Hykes, Louis Dandrel, Michelle Dupéré-Hykes, Theodore Levin
Liner Notes – Michelle Dupéré-Hykes, Théodore Levin*
Liner Notes [Translated By] – Marianne Sinclair
Mixed By – Jacques Levasseur, Michel Lepage
Painting – Paul Raymond*
Photography By – Vincent Kaldor
Vocals – David Hykes, Luc Ringger, MacLean Zehler, Michelle Dupéré-Hykes, Rebecca Krause, Theodore Levin, Timothy Hill

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