I first discovered the work of Genesis P-Orridge a few years ago when, in an effort to explore the roots of my beloved industrial music scene, I picked up a copy of Throbbing Gristle’s Miission of Dead Souls. Having read several interviews, I was already impressed by the ideas and motivations behind GPO's various projects. Who could deny the immense influence of the man who w...(展开全部) I first discovered the work of Genesis P-Orridge a few years ago when, in an effort to explore the roots of my beloved industrial music scene, I picked up a copy of Throbbing Gristle’s Miission of Dead Souls. Having read several interviews, I was already impressed by the ideas and motivations behind GPO's various projects. Who could deny the immense influence of the man who was perhaps one of the more important founders of the industrial genre, has worked with such brilliant personalities as Timothy Leary, William Burroughs, and Brion Gysin, and was the first person to be exiled from the UK in over a hundred years? However, I found that the music of TG was something I could only listen to on rare occasions, when in a very precise mood, best suited as background noise to a night alone in dimly-lit room. Shortly thereafter, I was captivated by the much more musical work of his later band Psychic TV. Fans of either band should expect to not expect anything too similar to his other projects. Directions ov Travel offers neither harsh, abrasive noise nor beat-drive dance tracks. The instruments listed on the liner notes are Tibetan bowls (whatever those may be), drums, Tibetan bells, and violin. You won’t find discernible beats, rhythms and riffs on this album. Rather, you will find about forty-five minutes of brooding ambient soundscapes, sometimes soothing and sometimes haunting. As with most albums involving GPO, the liner notes alone are probably worth the cost of the disc. A 13-page essay by Z’ev explores the 4-fold evolution of trance states. The essay draws on psychological theories, the philosophy of Plato, and traditional ideas from the Japanese, Buddhists, Native Americans, and Mayans. He also draws inspiration from the Tibetan Book of the Dead, Qabalistic tradition, and Vedic metaphysics. All of this offers an organized and comprehensive argument which is very interesting, if not convincing. A paragraph by GPO is also included, focusing more specifically on the sort of psychic travel this music is supposed to inspire. According to the Temple records discography, this disc was available in 1991 as a Psychic TV release: “The tracks are mostly abstract ritual soundscapes. The CD was distributed by Midnight Music Distribution just before they ended business, so only a few hundred were distributed. This is possibly the most rare official CD release of the band.” The disc I picked up was released by Cold Spring records with a copyright date of 2000 – I haven’t found any ‘official’ information, but I’m guessing this is a reissue and probably the only one you can find in stores these days. On second thought, I bought this disc in London, so it may not even be available in the States. You can find it for sale at the label’s website, www.coldspring.co.uk. This album is certainly not something for everyone, but fans of ritual music and ambient soundscapes may find it enjoyable. Anyone who follows the work of Genesis P-Orridge, or is interested in expanding their industrial music boundaries by taking a look at something different from much of the work out there today, will find this album an important part of their collection.
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