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TEMPLE MUSIC - Incompleteness

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Shining Day SHINE 10 / Faria Records FAR-26
Release Year: 2009
Note: incl. 4 full-colour postcards
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €13.00


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"INCOMPLETENESS" is the all new album from the visionary duo of TEMPLE MUSIC, beautifully presented in typical Faria fashion with 4 full colour inserts in an immaculate art housing...

In 1931, the Czech-born mathematician Kurt Gdel demonstrated that within any given branch of mathematics, there would always be some propositions that couldn't be proven either true or false using the rules and axioms of that mathematical branch itself... the implication is that all logical system of any complexity are, by definition, incomplete; each of them contains, at any given time, more true statements than it can possibly prove according to its own defining set of rules. This implies that you'll never entirely understand yourself, since your mind, like any other closed system, can only be sure of what it knows about itself by relying on what it knows about itself.

TEMPLE MUSIC'S Alan Trench and Stephen Robinson have used both the implications of Gdel's theorem and the doctrine of anamorphosis to compose and fashion an album of 4 interconnected and complementary tracks that somehow look both forward and back; that juxtapose the old and the new into an organic whole of both sacred and temporal instruments - Indian harmonium and shruti box, plucked and hammered dulcimers, bodhrans, mosenos, various flageolets, synthesisers and keyboards, guitars, bass, Tibetan bells and singing bowls - 4 drifting shards of ethereal and sometimes frightening beauty, rose petals on the snow that are finally revealed to be tiny, perfect drops of crystalline blood...
Tracy Jeffery of Orchis, Cunnan and SQE contributes to 2 tracks: vocals to Elemental and harp to Anamorphosis

Track listing:
"The Transmission of Enochian Via The Seer Edward Kelley" (11.44)
"Anamorphosis" (19.47)
"In Completeness" (11.30)
"Elemental" (9.08)

TEMPLE MUSIC believes that each piece of music should reflect the place, time and circumstance of its creation; that each composition should, in effect, be a Genius Loci of a moment; of a thought: a manifestation of the True Will. To this end, we employ a number of techniques, some more abstruse than others; alchymical as well as musical. The project took it's first steps back in 1995 as an offshoot of the English dark folk band ORCHIS and their interest in ancient Greek modal music, drone, magical trance states and krautrock. Orchis made several recordings for a planned ritual music side project, only one of which ever saw the light of day; 'Anadiomene' on 'Mandragora' (1999). There was then silence until 2004, when the first Temple Music recordings began to be released via the Polish experimental label Shining Day. Initially it was essentially a solo project by Alan Trench (ex World Serpent), but before long Trench joined forces with Stephen Robinson (ex The Beloved), initially for further recording but eventually to undertake live semi-improvised performances. The live Temple Music experience proved to be a phenomenon, veering between shifting walls of noise and moments of arctic intensity, sometimes unsettling but always demanding attention, rhythm and chaos combined.... Temple Music employ both acoustic and electronic instrumentation, from vintage synths and samplers to a vast array of plucked, bowed, blown , hammered and invented sound makers in order to accomplish their dense, introspective and numinous music."

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