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Shri Camel [Import]

Terry Riley , Riley Terry Audio CD
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Riley is one of the founders of Minimalism. His music tends to be for soloist (usually himself) playing a barrage of electronic instruments. The works on this disc hail from the mid-seventies, when Riley began to dabble with Eastern modalities, mostly Indian ragas that strive for swara, a transcendental state reached through perfect pitch. Along the way, notes will clash and (to our ears) sound like performance mistakes. These are the product of Riley's overlapping Eastern modalities with Western modalities, often in the same measure. Riley travels farther afield in his music than other Minimalists do, but it's worth the journey. --Paul Cook

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is good Feb. 6 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This music is very good. Listen to this album many many times. Hopefully you can find something new everytime you hear this album. Also, listen to Persian Surgery Dervishes. Listen to all of Mr. Riley's organ works - there is a wealth of content in this music. Deep listening, as Pauline Oliveros suggests - that is, listening to the music very closely and in every way possible, is the best way to hear this material.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Riley's great Organ/tape loop albums Jan. 6 2011
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Riley discovered in the 1960's that adding a simple tape-loop playback delay system (kind of like a slow-motion reverb) to his live performances allowed him to play against 3 or four slightly older versions of himself. You could call this trance, or techno - I just call it amazing. This album, along with "Persian Surgery Dervishes" and "A Rainbow in Curved Air" are simply great, even many decades later. Very few modern practitioners of techno or trance achieve anything like the depth and long-lasting interest of these Riley records,
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A spiritually transcendant work July 23 2000
By Paul Minot - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Simply put, this is one for my top ten "desert island" collection. I've had this for about 20 years, first on vinyl and then CD, and have never tired of hearing it. Quite frankly, when I listen to this album I feel the presence of God, no matter how despairing I might otherwise feel. This is due in part to the use of just intonation--the beating of certain intervals on the organ recall the sound of water ripples, or something, and when the dissonances resolve into "true" harmonies it's somewhere between soothing and ecstatic, or both. However the liner notes indicate that Riley performed each of these pieces in real time using an organ and a system of digital delays, which is simply unbelievable given the stunning complexity of the result. I believe it is one of the most spiritually inspired performances ever put to record, clearly reflective of his studies in raga. This CD puts the alleged meditational intent of conventional "New Age" music to shame--this is the real deal, a true "Masterwork" as the previous reviewer stated, and the best work by Riley I've heard. In short, buy this CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Balance March 13 2007
By D. Garcia - Published on Amazon.com
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As suggested this work has a very spiritual feel to it.

If I am correct Mr. Riley plays two Yamaha organs (specially modified by Yamaha for him) using digital delays.

The music is sort of an extension of Rainbow on Curved Air except far more complex and developed. It's very easy to listen to and enjoy despite it's complexity and sophistication. The polyphony and timbre are well integrated with the tunings. The organs are well suited to Mr. Riley's ideas. Some of the instruments on his later works seem less well suited to my ears.

I believe it's one of Riley's best works if not the best. I'd also recommend the Ten voices of the Two Prophets (two Prophet 5 synths have 10 voices - get it?) which is similar.

I've listened to a fair amount of this kind of music that involves alternative tunings, Le Monte Young, Wendy Carlos, Ivor Darreg and I'd say this is one of the most listenable pieces yet it's retained it's deepness over the years. It's certainly one of my desert island disks. Essential.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just intonation's easiest-to-access work April 3 2000
By DAC Crowell - Published on Amazon.com
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Terry Riley here continues on his organ + delay explorations which first are heard on "A Rainbow in Curved Air", but adds the extra dimension of just intonation to the fray, to excellent results. The somewhat 'out of tune' sound might take a moment for some listeners to get used to, but once you're acclimatized, these minimal improvisational-based works are very rewarding and satisfying listening. Riley's training with Pandit Pran Nath is here strongly in evidence, as well, as raga-based structures play a strong shaping role in these shorter works. An exotic, wonderful work that never fails to satisfy, even on numerous repeated listenings as one slowly uncovers little details that might've escaped notice previously. Highly recommended, plus (as the topic line says) it's perhaps one of the best introduction to 'non-traditionally' tuned music one can get.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's all true... Oct. 14 2008
By Matthew Sutton - Published on Amazon.com
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While most reviewers tend to write in hyperbole about anything they buy and review...I have to agree with just about all the reviews here. Just listen to the preview samples.

This is probably the best example of minimalism meets just-intonation you'll ever find. AND It's probably the one album that seems most characteristically "Riley" of his entire ouevre-In C is essential, Requiem for Adam/Salome are both superb, and Atlantis Nath is probably the most varied offering.

Shri Camel is a good start to what Riley's work sounds like: all the issues (the role of improvisation in the process of performance, the concreteness of the musical experience, and the inevitable what is music?) in his work and all the influences (raga, minimalism, Baroque chamber music, and even ragtime and bop) are all perfectly manifested here. While it might be a fun academic exercise to try to determine his best work, or at least his most influential (that would have to be In C) they're all mostly very very good.

When I want to hear Riley on the keyboard, or Riley in general, I usually skip Rainbow and Persian Surgery Dervishes and go straight to this one. That's not to say those are inferior works in my estimation...they are both spectacular--the live dubbing of Dervishes is part of its charm...but its just a matter of what appeals to you. One reviewer said they felt the presence of God in it, another called it sublime...I can't really elaborate but only to agree. I always imagine an endless network of neurons firing off inside the human brain--a process both mechanical and organic at once, reflecting both the 'magic' of consciousness and a deterministic fatalism.

If thats New Age, well so be it.

It's intricate, full of dense texture but at the same time its banal and simple, abstract and concrete, so many things at once--and ultimately just a guy noodling around prodigiously on 2 modified synthesizers. The spiritual quality alluded to in another review is no doubt reinforced by the Bach-on-pipe organ meets raga meets trance sound and structure of it. It can accommodate really attentive, focused listening but it is just as compelling as ambient sound or a hypnotic drone you can almost physically feel inside your head. Shri Camel uncannily adapts to your level of consciousness of it, if that makes any sense at all.

Persian Surgery Dervishes follows in the exact same trance-like vein and is also wonderful...it is longer and more 'cosmic' in its pace: meaning a listener who might get frustrated with 45 minutes of what may sound like much the same here might not want to go for that big a helping. I do encourage anybody interested in this to go and p/u that one too. Persian Surgery Dervishes is sort of an extended exploration of the same sonic territory.

Rainbow is great as well, although I like Poppy Nogood even more. Its more sonically diverse (rainbow is more frenetic) and probably a good initial step into the Riley organ stuff. It was the first Riley I purchased after In C and it only whet my appetite for more.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CBS Have Masterworks for Good Reasons Aug. 29 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Some reviews are too technical and lengthy. This performance by Terry Riley is sublime - an India influenced electronic tour-de-force - anything is possible when you are listening to this. One of the top three in my collection.
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