Artist: Deborah Martin + J. Arif Verner
Album: Anno Domini

Released: 10 April 2007
Label: Spotted Peccary

Anno Domini
For decades electronic musicians have been trying to synthetically recreate the quality of the human voice. On Anno Domini (49'50"), Deborah Martin + J. Arif Verner see the past as prologue and incorporate the oldest musical instrument, the voice, with contemporary music technology. By combining the root of all music with the guiding principles of spacemusic, the duo realize an album of intimate synthesizer psalms colored by sacred words and singing voices. Summoning the exalted feeling of Gregorian chant, Anno Domini makes connections between the past and present. The works on this CD range from ceremonious synth-scapes and vivid sonic incantations to ethereal electronic hymns and spirited instrumental meditations. Even on the tracks where a living voice is not present the arrangements seem as if for a choir. Martin and Verner are working in a magnificently expressive medium. Their music channels feelings of wonder and elation and provides comfort to a listener - and has the power to make any spot on earth the living center of the universe.

- Chuck van Zyl/STAR'S END   19 July 2007

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