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Ariel Kalma is the kind of musician that collectors live their lives to find at the bottom of a dollar record bin, and the kind who fellow musicians hope to become. He is a composer who worked on the periphery of a fringe movement, whose early adherents have recently seen an explosion in popularity...

- Vivian Hua, redefinemag.com

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An Evolutionary Music - 2xLP and 2xCD

Release from the 70s

An Evolutionary Music (Original Recordings: 1972 – 1979) compiles unreleased recordings from the archives of multiversal artist Ariel Kalma. Concerned as much with musicality as spiritual facility, Kalma’s work vibrates aside fellow travelers along the great rainbow in curved air of the 1970s avant-garde.

Ariel Kalma’s boundary-blurring electronic music is heard here in radiant detail across a selection of work spanning his early free-jazz and spoken word trips to his infinite modular synthesizer and analogue rhythm machine meditations. Kalma’s story is one of world travel, musical discovery and ego-abandonment. Yet for an artist who often discarded public recognition in favor of the ascetic truths in music making, An Evolutionary Music offers the imprint of an outright auteur.

This album had an All Music rating of 4 1/2 stars and reached #5 on the Billboard New Age albums chart in 2015.

An Evolutionary Music

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An Evolutionary Music
Head Noises
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VINYL
  • Side A (33 RPM)
  • A1. Almora Sunrise (3:20)
  • A2. Ecstasy Musical Mind Yoga (10:44)
  • A3. Echorgan (5:39)
  • A4. Sunset Inside (2:08)
  • Side B (33 RPM)
  • B1. Chase Me Now (4:12)
  • B2. Enuej Elleiv (2:52)
  • B3. Sister Echo (3:43)
  • B4. Les Mots de Tous Les Jours (Rêves Etranges) (3:38)
  • B5. Rainy Day (4:05)
  • B6. What Would You Say (3:16)
  • Side C (33 RPM)
  • C1. Les Etoiles Sont Allumées (2:31)
  • C2. Voltage Controlled Wave (4:20)
  • C3. Montparnasse Morocco (4:15)
  • C4. Head Noises (1:57)
  • C5. Asalam Yamarek (6:54)
  • Side D (33 RPM)
  • D1. Love and Dream (4:50)
  • D2. Yogini Breath (19:00)
2XCD
  • Disc 1
  • 01. Almora Sunrise
  • 02. Ecstasy Musical Mind Yoga
  • 03. Echorgan
  • 04. Chase Me Now
  • 05. Enuej Elleiv
  • 06. Sister Echo
  • 07. Les Mots de Tous Les Jours (Rêves Etranges)
  • 08. Rainy Day
  • 09. What Would You Say
  • 10. Voltage Controlled Wave
  • Disc 2
  • 01. Les Etoiles Sont Allumées
  • 02. Montparnasse Morocco
  • 03. Head Noises
  • 04. Asalam Yamarek
  • 05. Sazz Tabla (Edit) (Bonus Track)
  • 06. Echo Planetarium (Edit) (Bonus Track)
  • 07. Devil Forest Spirit (Bonus Track)
  • 08. Sunset Inside
  • 09. Ma-A-E-A (Bonus Track)
  • 10. Love and Dream
  • 11. Yogini Breath
DIGITAL
  • 01. Almora Sunrise
  • 02. Ecstasy Musical Mind Yoga
  • 03. Echorgan
  • 04. Chase Me Now
  • 05. Enuej Elleiv
  • 06. Sister Echo
  • 07. Les Mots de Tous Les Jours (Rêves Etranges)
  • 08. Rainy Day
  • 09. What Would You Say
  • 10. Voltage Controlled Wave
  • 11. Les Etoiles Sont Allumées
  • 12. Montparnasse Morocco
  • 13. Head Noises
  • 14. Asalam Yamarek
  • 15. Sazz Tabla (Edit) (Bonus Track)
  • 16. Echo Planetarium (Edit) (Bonus Track)
  • 17. Devil Forest Spirit (Bonus Track)
  • 18. Sunset Inside
  • 19. Ma-A-E-A (Bonus Track)
  • 20. Love and Dream
  • 21. Yogini Breath

 

Reviews:

(1) factmag.com by Joe Muggs, Oct 2014

" RVNG Intl. have also delivered a nice one-two. As well as the Bing & Ruth, they’ve dug up something very interesting for their Archival Series. An Evolutionary Music (Original Recordings 1972-1979) by Ariel Kalma (who they describe as a “multiversal artist”) is, frankly, a revelation.

Given references to ‘Ecstasy Musical Mind Yoga’, ‘Sunset Inside’, ‘Yogini Breath’ and so forth, you might think that this is just another blissed-out new age kook. And there is plenty of that in here: the 20 minutes of ‘Yogini Breath’ will give you all the zero gravity sinewave glissandi and overtone-singing angelic voices welcoming you through the gates of enlightenment you could ever wish for.

But Parisian-born Kalma is a very hardcore musician, having studied with the electro-acoustic gods of the Group de Recherches Musicales, jammed with Don Cherry and Richard Pinhas and hung with the Arica collective, whose creative philosophies directly inspired Alejandro Jodorowsky’s The Holy Mountain.

So yeah: not just some vapidly-beaming hippy, and his music has a lot more to offer than an aural Radox bath. This stuff really is magic, and the collection manages to float alongside the very best of Terry Riley, Cluster, White Noise and a whole lot more, as well as coming uncannily close to the unique world of Arthur Russell in the utterly delightful ‘Sister Echo’."

(2) Pitchfork.com by Andy Beta, Nov 2014

Tracing the trajectory of French-born musician Ariel Kalma does not yield a straight path. Which makes sense for an artist prone to world travels and crafting a strain of music that acts as a peregrination through numerous musical forms of the late 20th century: free jazz, progressive rock, drone, tape-loop based minimalism, electroacoustic composition, field recordings, new age meditations, and more. His name crops up as a sideman for the likes of bossa nova guitarist Baden Powell, Belgian pop crooner Salvatore Adamo, and prog rock guitarist Richard Pinhas, while his own recorded works are ludicrously rare, released in small batches that now fetch astronomical sums online. Saying that Ariel Kalma is underappreciated isn’t quite right in that most of his work remains unheard. More....

(3) The 405 by Nicholas Glover, Nov 2014

The bones and sinew of Kalma's '70s output feel pleasingly familiar today, at least to those raised listening to the more scratchy, sound field-sampling house, hip-hop and ambient electronica. The French-born 'multiversalist' certainly wasn't the first to employ tape looping and drone, but he did originate his own heady mix of Orientalist self-annihilation, combining these elements with Stone Age synthesised drums and live percussion - comfortable touchstones for listeners of Terry Riley, Parmegiani and his ilk. More ....

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