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Philip Blackburn: Ghostly Psalms, for large chorus, organ and instruments / Ellen Fullmann, Theresa Wong

Audio Samples

>Blackburn, Philip : Duluth Harbor Serenade
>Blackburn, Philip : Ghostly Psalms, for voices, speakers, chorus & ensemble
>Blackburn, Philip : Gospel Jihad, for chorus

Album Summary

>Blackburn, Philip : Duluth Harbor Serenade
>Blackburn, Philip : Ghostly Psalms, for voices, speakers, chorus & ensemble
>Blackburn, Philip : Gospel Jihad, for chorus
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Some say that an artist's output is necessarily autobiographical. This set of three substantial works by Philip Blackburn does nothing to disprove that; they have his visionary DNA all over them. They show his deep concern for space, people, and ideas discovering each other through sounding and listening in the moment of performance. From a city-wide organized industrial soundscape to a virtuoso Cambridge choir, from a brainwave-generated laptop solo to Ellen Fullman's 80-foot long string instrument with cloistered nuns blowing on organ pipes, these live events are as audacious as they are unrepeatable: Community-based experimental music at its most raw and refined, fun and profound.

After producing nearly 400 albums for the innova label, this is the first disc devoted to Blackburn's own music. His work as an environmental sound artist has made plants, sewer-, and eco-systems audible, and has animated harbors, science museums, children's festivals, parks, parking lots, and deserts with extra opportunities for community listening.



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>Blackburn, Philip : Duluth Harbor Serenade
  • Performers: Philip Blackburn (Electronics); Justin Rubin (Piano); John Conroy; William Chen (Piano); Isaac Enyard; Florence Wright; Jason Ratajek; Ben Tryton; Julie Conroy; Elias Mokole; Waabi Furo; Preston Wright (Percussion); Shannon Midbrod; Ryan Kaiser; Justin Leroux
  • Conductor: Philip Blackburn
  • Ensemble: Wild Music Chorus
  • Running Time: 8 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Blackburn, Philip : Ghostly Psalms, for voices, speakers, chorus & ensemble
  • Performers: Maria Jette (Soprano); Philip Blackburn (10-String Bass); Philip Blackburn (Electronics)
  • Running Time: 48 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Blackburn, Philip : Gospel Jihad, for chorus
  • Performers: Cambridge Clare College Choir; Philip Blackburn (Electronics)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary