Indexical has announced a new album from Ghost Ensemble entitled We Who Walk Again. The album features three compositions from three different composers. The first track was composed by Ghost Ensemble member Sky Macklay and is entitled "60 Degree Mirrors". It was inspired by "subtly shifting repetitive-yet-distinct geometric-mosaic patterns, multiplying and beautifying whatever objects live within the kaleidoscope."
The album also features the first officially released recording of Pauline Oliveros's "Angels and Demons". Originally composed in 1980, "Angels & Demons" features a text score which states that "any sound that has been heard inwardly first may be made." Players are to take on the roles of Angels (a representation of "the collective guardian spirits of this meditation") or Demons (a representation of "the individual spirits of creative genius"), and are able to switch between the two during the performance. You can hear the track above. The song also appeared on Live at Pioneer Works, an album featuring live performances by The Lightbulb Ensemble and The Ghost Ensemble.
We Who Walk Again also features a composition from Ghost Ensemble founder Ben Richter entitled "Wind People". Writing about the piece, Ricther states that his hope was to "draw a sense of peace and comfort from our smallness, transience, and fragility in the face of an overwhelming immensity, the music mirroring the constant ebb and flow visible when zooming in or out to quantum or geological time".
Ghost Ensemble will also have tour dates throughout the next month. You can view see the tour dates below. We Who Walk Again will be officially released on May 18th. You can pre-order the digital album and 12" LP on Indexical's Bandcamp page here.
We Who Walk Again tracklist:
1. 60 Degree Mirrors (Sky Macklay)
2. Angels and Demons (Pauline Oliveros)
3. Wind People (Ben Richter)
Ghost Ensemble tour dates:
Apr 20 - New York, NY at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music
May 17th - San Francisco, CA at Center for New Music
May 19th - Santa Cruz, CA at Indexical (Wind River)
May 20th - Paso Robles, CA at Lefondusac Winery
May 22nd - Los Angeles, CA at Basic Flowers
May 23rd - San Diego, CA at Bread & Salt (Athenaeum Art Center)