French, artist-funded label Le Kiosque d’Orphée was active from the mid-1960s, pressing records on demand for un-signed artists until 1987, their last year of existence. See previous post for details on Kiosque d’Orphée (hereafter: KO). Madhya released two LPs on KO, the first one in 1981 titled Les Chants du Soir à la Villa Carlotta (KO 810909), the second one in 1987, titled Méditations Sur Le Seuil (KO 870611). Madhya was the musical project of Thierry Guinot, then a member of the French branch of A.M.O.R.C., or Ancient Mystical Order Rosae Crucis, the Rosicrucian Order. Now president in charge of the A.M.O.R.C., Guinot wrote two books on Mantras, apparently an important part of the Rosicrucian practice. A member of the Rose-Croix himself with friend Claude Debussy, Erik Satie wrote several music pieces for the order in 1891, including the sublime Sonneries de la Rose-Croix for solo piano (listen here), Uspud and Le Fils des Étoiles.
♫ In a way, Madhya’s music sheds light on Satie’s intention when writing for Rose-Croix, which was composing music for meditation, initiation and revelation purposes, written without time or bar lines, according to Olof Höjer. Accordingly, Thierry Guinot composes ambient, sometimes unvarying music with solemn passages played on synthesizer with saxophone, flute and gong accompanyment. The title means Meditations on the Threshold, the threshold of initiation one supposes, but also on the verge of silence, as some tracks are extremely minimal, such as the last two tracks, the most disturbing of the LP, which repetitive and metaphysical nature reminds Lustmord or Tarkovsky”s Stalker soundtrack.
01 Thème Solennel de la Rédemption (2:20)
02 Méditations (16:44)
03 Ouverture de la Grande Porte Rouge (3:10)
04 Introït – Entrée dans le Temple (11:00)
05 Exit – Sortie du Temple (10:45)
Thierry Guinot, percussion-driven synth, vibraphone, composition (+tampura?)
Alain Champ, gongs
Jean-Claude Dessertines, flute, saxophone
Christian Falaise, synthesizer
André Nemeth, synthesizer
Total time 43:40
LP released by Kiosque d’Orphée, ref. KO 870611, France, 1987