Moniek Darge ‘Sounds of Sacred Places’

01 Turkish Square (09:11)
02 Abbey Sounds (12:26)
03 Rain (07:05)
04 Solstice Sample (10:28)
05 Three Sunbeams (05:47)

Total time: 45:00
LP released on Igloo Records, 1987

As far as I can tell, this is Moniek Darge‘s unique solo recording, and a major release in the field of location recording and sound poetry. She is well known today as a violinist, performer, creator of numerous music-boxes and half of the Logos Duo with Godfried-Willem Raes (see previous post). She is assistant professor at the Hogeschool Ghent, Belgium. Darge wrote a book on Annea Lockwood (published on the Gynaika belgian imprint) and an article on Maori music ‘Traditional Maori-music from New-Zealand’ [+], after making field recordings in New-Zeeland that included Maori chanting. ‘Sounds of Sacred Places’ is devoted to what she calls ‘soundscapes’, that is, sound art based on location recordings from the Flanders area, specifically churches and abbeys from Ghent. Sounds include: bells, doves, children, rain, oscillators courtesy G-W Raes. ‘Turkish Square’ is build on interviews and location recordings of a turkish community in Ghent, gathering around a derelict square (pictured above). It starts with electronics by Raes and then builds on lively vocals and field recordings. ‘Abbey Sounds’ is a montage of several contributors’ voices (including: David Moss, Frank Venaille, John King, Charlie Morrow – see Tellus #2, 1984 – and others) amid the insistent doves’ cooing. French poet Venaille is improvising an exquisite, fantastic story in french, of a bird king living in the old abbey for ages. Other contributors are dutch or english speaking. The last 2 tracks are electroacoustic music build from bell sounds only, the last one very quietly ending this excellent collection of tracks. See actual LP liner notes on this page.



7 Responses to “Moniek Darge ‘Sounds of Sacred Places’”

  1. 1 Margot July 14, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    Taking this one! Very curious about it.


  2. 2 continuo July 15, 2008 at 7:10 am

    You’re welcome, Margot.

  3. 3 space debris July 16, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    Cheers for this ! Logos have been at it for decades – yet are often overlooked.
    Looking forward to this.
    Keep up the great work!


  4. 4 owlqaeda October 15, 2010 at 10:20 am

    so it was you! belated thanks

  5. 5 fred November 5, 2010 at 2:42 am

    I have heard that Graham Lambkin will be reissuing this album in the next few months on his KYE label. “Crete Soundies” and “Soundies:Selected Work 1980-2001” are currently available from him.

  6. 6 continuo November 5, 2010 at 8:35 am

    I have both and the appearance of Sounds of Sacred Places would be a nice addition. Thanks for the info.

  7. 7 antipenultimate September 9, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Just to let you know the Kye re-issue of this is out now. Beautiful package and gorgeous sound on this release. An untouchable record this one.

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