(music for the rite of) ophis

by benjamin silva-pereira

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about

(music for the rite of) ophis is a very old project that started in 1992 when i began writing about an imaginary world and civilization that once existed in the sudanese desert and was obliterated by the troops of mussolini. what rested of that culture was discovered and excavated to reveal a wealth, healthy stash of ruins and artefacts, especially a vast library. and a written language based on ideograms, and at first sight primitive, which proved to be inexact. to accompany the writings of that vast library i composed a nine hundred page dictionary that I would lose almost in its entirety; what possible to salvage being now published in a book (with the same title as this pamphlet and sound recordings).
many years after i thought it would be nice to compose a possible soundtrack to this culture, based on its myths, stories and language. this is it.
amongst the manuscripts found in the library were fragments of poems by one certain ibn al iznar and his partner sakoyan (already published in a separate book) and that we use as interludes between the music tracks.

this project is dedicated to ricardo v. pereira which is always present, like ophis and samuqan.

benjamin silva-pereira,
13th february 2015.

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released February 13, 2015

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(music for the rite of) ophis
by benjamin silva-pereira

percussion, keyboards, samples and words by benjamin silva-pereira © 2015

1. arishankar 05:57
2. (some chimneys watering the sky) 03:37
3. takshaka's paradox 11:44
4. (barefoot virgins go by, little maids) 01:08
5. ophis & ophis dance 19:10
6. (impenitent byzantine) 01:04
7. samuqan & music for the rite of ophis I 22:52
8. (pure love) 01:17
9. thoth 06:10
10. (is being build a temple up in the mount) 01:20
11. maat 07:41
12. (i flew inside of my body) 00:27
13 light 21:07
14. (your ashes i will be) 00:15
15. samuqan (reprise) 15:10
16. (little windows) 00:18
17. the plains 16:12

text/poems, voice, music composed, recorded, mixed, performed & produced by benjamin silva-pereira, recorded @ the naked lizard lounge, february to june 2014 and february 2015.

AAD - analogue recording | analogue mix | digital media
graphic design by wassily blossfeldt for w.b. industries, london

(c)+(p) catalogue of wonders (arts); the copyright in this sound recording is owned by benjamin silva-pereira under exclusive licence to the catalogue of wonders (arts), London.

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