Violin

Album of the week: Valentina Goncharova | Ocean – Symphony for electric violin and other instruments in more than 10 parts

Epic.

Valentina Goncharova Ocean – Symphony for electric violin and other instruments in more than 10 partsrecently re-released by Hidden Harmony Recordings in Estonia, is a singular and monumental work and ranks among my best finds of all time.

The music on Ocean was composed and performed by Goncharova in her flat in Tallinn, Estonia in 1988 with the help of her husband and his home electronics. This is monumental music, an amazing discovery and reissue/remastering from the original 6.3mm analog tapes. I especially remember Hilma af Klint because the two artists, Hilma in painting and Goncherova in sound, produce otherworldly art that seems touched by the mystical in a profound and compelling way. You haven’t heard (or felt) anything like Ocean and that’s part of its deep, deep beauty.

From the liner notes:

The ocean is the source of all forms that can receive life in time and space. It’s here. It has it all: beautiful and terrible, good and bad, selflessness and betrayal. Boundless love and inspired creativity. But the contact is not made immediately. The memory of a bygone civilization is still fresh, and of the dearest things left with it.

My double LP is on order.