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DreamWeaving A Singing Mask Ceremony

Norman Lowrey

Recorded in performance at Ione's Sixth Annual Dream Festival, Deep Listening Space, Kingston, NY, October 6, 2001. The accompanying soundscape for DreamWeaving consists of recordings of over 50 dreams submitted to Ione's Dream Festival Dream Sack and to the Deep Listening Institute Deep Listening listserv, together with recordings made of birds in a woods in western New York state. The audience was invited to contribute dreams at any time during the live presentation. The Singing masks sound along with this tapestry of communal dreaming, guiding and translating the dreamscape into their language of ceremonial dreamtime.

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Mysterium Magnum - Norman Lowrey

"Mysterium Magnum: Singing Mask DreamSong Meditations" was originally a mixed-media video that represents a culmination of the work Norman Lowrey has been doing with his Singing Masks for the past 30 years. It was intended not so much as documentation as the realization of a Singing Mask Ceremony now in the form of an ebook.  Images and video clips are presented here from the original video and may be viewed and heard as mandalas for meditation purposes.

 

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ReVoicings

Norman Lowrey

In this collaboration with poet Robert Carnevale, Lowrey has extended the concept of listening to the language of the non-human realm to include crickets, cicadas, and katydids. This is an exploration of the sources of language and poetry in sound. It is a participatory ceremony that was premiered at Deep Listening Space in Kingston, NY on November 12, 1999 as part of the Deep Listening Institute Community Café series. This CD includes a live recording of Spirit Talk: Conversations with the Singing Masks presented at the same event.

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River Sounding Works

Norman Lowrey

Three separate works stemming from the Delaware River Sounding Project which use recordings of the river made during those events. OIR al RIO (to Listen to the River is an overlay of excerpts made at each of the 7 River Soundng /site/sites along the 350 mile length of the Delaware. from Scripture of the Lotus Blossom of the Fine Dharma is a setting of the Lotus Sutra for mixed chorus and river sounds, performed by the Drew University Chorale. A Vision of the Primordial Delaware, which includes Pauline Oliveros on accordion in a performance of riverdream through us at the Nutshell Art Center in Lake Huntington, NY, July 23, 1995, was created as a sound installation for a wall hanging by artist Peter Kinney.

 

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Riverdream through us

Norman Lowrey

The first of Lowrey's River Sounding Trilogy stemming from Delaware River Sounding project held in the summer and autumn of 1994. riverdream through us uses an accompanying soundscape of recordings made along, on, and in the Delaware River together with Lowrey's Singing/Listening Masks as guides to listen to and participate in the mind of the river. There are 7 "dreamings:" 1. Opening, 2. Flowing, 3. Riving, 4. Bottoming, 5. Verging, 6. Weaving (river/stars), and 7. Riverdreaming. This CD was recorded live at Ione's Dream Festival, at Deep Listening Space, Kingston, NY, October 25, 1997. It includes the participation of Pauline Oliveros on a variety of instruments and Tom Bickley on recorders.

 

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RiverSoundMind

Norman Lowrey

RiverSoundMind for Singing Masks & Electronics
on a Poem by Pauline Oliveros
Recorded live in concert, F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theater, Drew University, Madison, NJ , April 23, 2001. The accompanying soundscape here consists of recordings made a various /site/sites on the Delaware River together with a transformed sounding of Pauline Oliveros' poem Humayun's Tomb, which is about the mind of sound. The text was processed using granular synthesis and "folded" into river sounds to make a somewhat human-sounding voice seem like another of the river's many complex voices. Various masks function as guides along this sonic journey into the intelligence of River and Sound itself.

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Spirit Dreams: Stories of the Singing Masks

Norman Lowrey

Second of the River Sounding Trilogy, Spirit Dreams is a branch of riverdream through us, wherein the masks which function as guides for that ceremony (an other masks) tell their individual dream stories a a further way to enter the mind(s) of the non-human realm. This work is for recited texts (live and/or recorded), sampled sounds of the Delaware River environs initiated by a real-time complex-dynamic (fractal) computer interface program, and the singing masks, set in a context of ceremonial dream time participation by all present. This edition was recorded at Ione's Dream Festival with Ione narrating.

 

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Spirit Talk: Conversations with the Singing Masks

Norman Lowrey

Spirit Talk is a continuation of the two ceremony/performance pieces referred to above in its exploration of experiencing the intelligence and underlying spiritual essence of the non-human realm. Whereas the previous pieces approached this by way of dream, Spirit Talk focuses on glossolalia - the spirit language of all things. The accompanying soundscape consists of a rich layering of prior works, each of which contains multiple recordings of river sounds, birds, crickets, and other voices of nature. This CD includes both the original soundscape and a live recording of a presentation for EarthSounding at St. Stephen & the Incarnation Episcopal Church, Washington, D.C., April 24, 1999, with Comma (Thomas Bickley, Matthew Ross Davis, Joseph Zitt), Ronald Stok, and the Choir of St. Stephen & the Incarnation.

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