Ujjaya ‘Le maître des carrefours’


Ujjaya ‘The Master of Crossroads’
CD-R recorded 2004, released 2006?

  1. Raksha bandhan (Bracelet of protection)
    keyboards, effects, congas, sampler, whales (12:38)
  2. The Sentinel
    keyboard, effects (3:55)
  3. Arudra Darshan
    waves, congas, sampler, birds (13:47)
  4. A Veil of Storm
    E-bow guitar, effects, water (2:39)
  5. Trishoulon (The Trident of Shiva)
    3 didgeridoos, effects, mrdangam (16:13)
  6. The Master of Crossroads
    E-bow guitar, effects, tibetan bowl, bamboo chines, gong (4:47)

Can’t remember the last time I heard an engaging whale singing recording – it seems ages ago. So Ujjaya (real name Héry Randriambololona, see previous post for more info) took me by surprise here with the openner ‘Raksha bandhan’ incorporating the cetacean’s wailing amid a drum-led, repetitive, trance-like track. At first, it sounds like Steve Roach after he watched a documentary on whales on Disney Channel. But, wait: the heavily processed, infectious drum track really kicks off and its hypnotic effect is augmented by warm, enveloping synth swashes. And the whale doesn’t sound cliché, just… ‘deep’ and mournful.

After a short slow-motion interlude sounding like Zoviet-France on tranquilizers (‘The Sentinel’ tr.2), ‘Arudra Darshan’ start with an insistent drum track, before getting weird with the addition of a hindu preacher’s strange devotionnal chanting, and a peacock’s singing shrill notes, both field recordings Ujjaya made in Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu area, South India. The Arudhra Darshan festival takes place every year in Tamil Nadu, celebrating the cosmic dance of Shiva. The track ends with cicadas and birds singing at night in a gorgeous several minutes-long fade out. I loved it.

The monumental ‘Trishoulon’ is an extravagant affair altogether, succeeding in sounding like Lustmord’s electronic masterpiece ‘The Place Where The Black Stars Hang’, while being actually performed on… 3 didgeridoos! After 10 mns of heavily processed, multiple didgeridoos thick droning, the drumming starts while your mind was still high from the previous drones, and the effect is truly uplifting.



15 Responses to “Ujjaya ‘Le maître des carrefours’”

  1. 1 vespucci February 27, 2008 at 11:16 am


    just in case you’re interested: over at skafunkrastapunk (you once had some posts there) is some stuff you might be interested in:

    [***edited by blog owner***]

    Thanks for your work here.

  2. 2 paphio23 February 29, 2008 at 10:47 am

    suberpe album. Merci.
    if you need sthg, i have some good stuff to post…

  3. 3 continuo February 29, 2008 at 11:08 am

    to vespucci:

    Hi, long time no see! Sfrp is getting a bit too overcrowded for me lately. Still a good resource for mp3s, though. Thanks for visiting.

    to paphio23:

    I agree this is a ‘superbe album’. Ujjaya would deserve to be better known abroad, I think.
    As to your offer, of course I’d be glad to host some of your stuff on Continuo, I like unexpected and surprising music. Let me know what your plans are. You can reach me at:
    teepeesfrp [at] yahoo [dot] fr

    Btw, something bothers me, lately: I’m trying to post a 400Mb video on Continuo and I can’t find a server that would agree to upload such a big file size. I’ve tried badongo, but it splits the file into 5 parts and you need additional software to recombine it. Does anyone have any idea where I should look at?

  4. 4 nightlight March 14, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    I think the bigger files I’ve seen have been on Megaupload, but only for premium accounts etc. and I don’t remember anything bigger than 300MB (it takes ages to down it, anyway).
    If you want my opinion, just take the easy way, zip it and choose the classic format for the old ZIP disks, where it splits the file in parts of 100MB (actually it’s about 95.6) and after the download joins it automatically. Then upload it in some fast host you know and trust.
    You can use HJsplit (http://www.freebyte.com/hjsplit) which is free and fast, but then everyone would have to have and use it as well.

  5. 5 continuo March 14, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    Thanks for the tip, Nightlight. The 422Mb video is now uploaded on Megaupload and Send Large File. The former seems to work perfectly for most users. See the post:
    Thanks for visiting.

  6. 6 Ujjaya November 18, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    Concert d’ujjaya à Montrouge le 15 Janvier 2011 à la fabrique des talents 42-
    46 rue Henri Ginoux 17h

  7. 7 ujjaya November 27, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Re-issue of “What we know about the unexpected” (1996) that was initially on K7. (available at Bimbo Tower ,5 passage Saint-Antoine 75012 pARIS

  8. 8 continuo August 13, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Nice artwork. Thanks for the link.

  9. 9 Ujjaya August 16, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    My albums are all available at Bimbo Tower (bimbo.tower@free.fr)
    – What we know about the unexpected – 1996
    – De retour – 1998
    – Le Maître des carrefours (enhanced with bonus tracks) – 2006
    – Something happens – 2007
    – Arunachala – 2011

    (10 € each shipping included)
    Some more re-issues and a best of (Ujjaya & friends,scanning 20 years of
    collaborations) will be released soon

  10. 10 Hery Randriambololona December 31, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    This is the old album sleeve that no longer exist now. A newer sleeve have been created much more fitted to the subject : The central character of the album is Ganesh , the master of the crossroads, but the picture show a part of a Singapore temple dedicated to Vishnu. You can notice that only if you are interest by hinduism.

  11. 11 Hery Randriambololona January 24, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Ujjaya en concert à la médiathèque de Voisin le Bretonneux le Samedi 4 Février de 14h à 18h.
    Les gongs , bols et instruments à vent étranges rencontre les scupltures en bois de l’artiste Jean-François Bertrand.Une musique cryastalline , méditative et diaphane
    sonorise une exposition où chaque oeuvre de l’artiste s’élance vers le haut symbolisant un oiseau.Ainsi le son rencontrera l’air .
    Entrée libre – présence de l’artiste

  12. 13 Hery Randriambololona April 10, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Ujjaya en concert le Samedi 19 Mai à 15h à la médiathèque Buffon , Paris 5°, Hypnotic veena -entrée libre

  13. 14 Hery Randriambololona June 6, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Ujjaya & Patrick Parola en concert gratuit le Samedi 28 Juillet 15h 30 à la Bibilothèque Jean Verdier 11 rue Lancry ) à Paris ( 10°)
    Transe chamanique : “A call through the bush” : http://soundcloud.com/ujjaya/a-call-through-the-bush-1

  14. 15 Hery Randriambololona October 25, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    En concert le 20/11 à Paris à l’Entrepôt avec Zygmunt Blazynsky (texte):”Les pensées du Bouddha”.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPcF1ZnJoIQ

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