whom it may concern:
My name is Lisa Gerrard. It
is out of a love of accuracy that I have chosen to communicate directly the outline of a
solo project I have recently completed called "The Mirror Pool."
Let me begin with a brief
history: For the past fifteen years I've worked with Brendan Perry under the title of Dead
Can Dance - a title chosen to describe the process of creativity. Brendan and I have
released eight albums. There is usually a surplus of work that overlaps the continuous
nature of a Dead Can Dance record. Some of these pieces, which were not realized for
reason of continuity, have been collected together in the form of largely orchestral-based
works and pieces written primarily for 'voice' music. They are acoustic pieces made up of
Greek bouzouki, yang chin (Chinese dolcimer) and live percussion including derabukkas,
hand claps, camel drum, bass tablas, Indian elephant bells, tambours, tambourines, and
finger cymbals. Alongside these works exist pieces created out of instrumental samples.
The orchestral music was
composed by myself on a computer, using samples in my home studio. These parts were then
translated into score form by John Bonnar, who also conducted the recorded performance by
the 'Victorian Philharmonic Orchestra' at Eaton Studios in Melbourne, Australia. I
performed the vocal pieces live with the orchestra.
The acoustic pieces, which
I also composed, were recorded live in my home studio, as were the sampled works and all
the 'voice' music.
Usually when work is
reviewed there are references made to cultural influences. In my case, I have explored
cultural expression as a means of freeing the spirit.
I have chosen the title
"The Mirror Pool" because it is suggestive of the abstract properties that exist
within the entity of music - the properties being those that permit reflection.
Lisa Gerrard - June 1995
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