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DOYLE, ROGER - Chalant - Memento Mori

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Psychonavigation Records PSY 052
Release Year: 2012
Note: emotional release by the Irish composer with 13 beautiful nostalgic tracks using material from old / personal Telephone answering machine messages from 1987-1989 (!), along with piano & synth-arrangements...
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"The latest album by the godfather of Irish electronica is surely the artists finest moment. Roger dusts down his old answer machine messages from his parents, son and close friends and skillfully blends these with his trademark piano & string arrangements.

After the haunting narrative tale of Cool Steel Army in 2009, Psychonavigation Records is proud to present the latest project by Irelands Godfather of Electronica Roger Doyle. When speaking about the project recently Roger said I have composed music around telephone answering machine messages left on my machine from the late 1980s: from my now-deceased parents, my son when he was ten (he is now a father himself), Jonathan Philbin Bowman, and the morning after the opening night of Oscar Wildes Salom at the Gate Theatre, for which I composed a 2 hour onstage piano score. Theres a presence, an atmosphere of nostalgia around these messages. Perhaps it is something to do with irretrievable time and the distance of 24 years that has passed since they were left.

These intimate verbal time capsules have been interspersed with instrumental compositions evoking a world of an ancient race memory, giving a hint of exotic imagined cultures. Both ideas are forms of time signatures.

In 2011 The NOVA programme presented by Bernard Clarke on Lyric FM broadcast a one hour profile of these new works of Doyle. The programme which is built around Chalant was then chosen as one of the Top 5 winners in the prestigious Prix Europa awards in Berlin.

Album Of The Week in The Irish Times (30 March 2012), the digital copy of this album can be bought via our Bandcamp site here." [label info]