Transient

Live 1997: Dharma Day

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This two-CD set has been recorded live at the Mapin Gallery in Sheffield, England, on the weekend of the Buddhist Dharma Day in July 1997. The performance is presented "as is," with minimal editing to fit the length of the two CDs and some cross-fading at the end of disc one and the beginning of disc two. Dharma Day is one continuous improvisation of over two hours. Synthesizer loops provide a background as the two musicians pick up an instrument (bass guitar, violin, amplified objects -- but these are heavily treated with live electronics) or prepare the next sequences of loops. The whole piece flows without interruption and remains in a constant state of contemplation. If Transient v Resident's studio album Electrical Shroud showed an affinity with experimentalism, this live set clearly puts TvR in the ambient electronics realm. The music is soothing, slow, and has a positive quality to it not found on the more troubled Electrical Shroud.

Although Live 1997: Dharma Day was only available as a CDR, it is an official release in the purest DIY tradition.