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Songs of Milarepa

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Disc 1 of 2
Mila's Song In the Rain
Song of the Path Guides
Elimination of Desires
Symbols of Yogic Experience
Disc 2 of 2
Mila's Journey Inspired by a Dream
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Total Tracks: 5   Total Length: 139:20

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Great narrator too!


Don't be put off - the narrator is Robert Ashley, whose lazy Southern drawl seems an odd choice, but it's one that works well. Ashley, whose voice also features extensively in his own operas, manages to be hypnotic and laconic at once (there's no other way I can think of to describe it!). Definitely worth a listen. Oh - an of course, typical eMuxup, the composer is Eliane, not Elaine!

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Nice drones, annoying narrator


This is Radigues typical drones but overlayed with a monk reading a story in tibetan(?), which creates a nice hypnotic feel. Unfortunately though, the (I assume) translation is read in english, which I only find annoying. The last 20min of Disc2 is pure instrumental dark drones mixed with, what sounds like, distorted chanting, this part alone is worth the credits for me.

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This two-CD set combines two vinyls previously issued by Lovely Music. Disc I contains four of the Songs of Milarepa: “Mila’s Song in the Rain,” “Song of the Path Guides,” “Elimination of Desires,” and “Symbols for Yogic Experience.” Deeply meditative, compassionate and inspiring, these settings for voices and electronics from the Buddhist classic The 100,000 Songs of Milarepa were realized in 1981-83 in Paris. Disc 2 contains the complete 63-minute “Mila’s Journey Inspired by a Dream,” both discs with Tibetan singing by Lama Kunga Rinpoche and English singing by Robert Ashley. Radique’s electronic music is rich in harmonics and slowly changing harmonies with a real sense of the eternal that moves the depths of the soul. – “Blue” Gene Tyranny

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