SOUND DREAMING - Oracle Songs From Ancient Ritual Spaces

by Wendalyn

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The music originates from improvised vocal recordings made at temple and cave ritual sites in Malta and Crete. By attuning myself to the exquisite architectural stone structures, female figurines, fertility sculptures, spiral carvings and frescos, my intent was to align my voice with ancestral wisdom and through the primordial language of Sound, Dream my way into connection with the sacred life-force energy. The improvisations of resonant tones and vocal gestures were then mixed with environmental and instrumental sounds to create a series of pieces or “Oracle Songs” to guide the listener in their own journey with the evolutionary and creative powers of life.

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released May 5, 2012

Composer and Primary Vocals – Wendalyn
5.1 Surround Sound Mixing and Mastering – Hector Centeno
Front Cover painting: “Oracle Room of the Hypogeum” – Gareth Bate
Jacket and Booklet Design – Gareth Bate Design
Assistant Producer – Hector Centeno
Producer: Wendalyn Bartley and Spiral Sound Productions

This recording was made possible through the assistance of the Canada Music Fund and the Music Section of the Canada Council for the Arts. The travel, research and musical composition were supported through the Chalmers Arts Fellowships program at the Ontario Arts Council. Track 3 was composed with the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council.

CONTACT: sounddreaming@gmail.com

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Wendalyn Toronto, Ontario

Wendalyn is a composer, vocal performer and sound energy practitioner living in Toronto, Canada. Her compositions are rooted in the contemporary chamber and electroacoustic music traditions, extended vocal practice and soundscape studies. They are inspired by her vision to express the embodied voice of the sacred feminine, the primordial lifeforce energy. ... more

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Track Name: Stone Mysteries
Stone Mysteries

I enter the oval forecourt of megalithic stone walls and temple archways, and step over the flat limestone threshold etched with a snake-like vein. Time draws away and I am swept into the fertile initiatory chambers of the instinctual and wild terrain of the ancient great mother. I open my voice and the sounds emerge pure and simple. Her mystical echo fills me with an aching desire to remember her presence within my flesh.

Vocal Recordings from the Mnajdra Temples, Malta
Track Name: Sirens of the Deep
Sirens of the Deep

She rises up from the primordial seas to greet me with her Siren Song, leading me into the vast legions of the ancient feminine. Within the shadowy depths of ritual caves, her memory arises from my breath, from my breast, from my womb. From high on the mountaintop, her incantations soothe the long-held pain of separation from body and earth. Passing through ancient theatre court stairways, her buzzing choral strains recall the exuberant and ecstatic celebrations of life that once rang through the air. Lying upon the cave’s stone floor, I return into her embrace with a love song flowing gently through my veins.

Vocal Recordings from the Skoteino Cave, Dikteon Cave, and Phaistos Temple-Palace in Crete; the Acropolis of Patmos Island
Track Name: Sounding Dream Woman
Sounding Dream Woman

A rumbling clarion call summons me down into the labyrinthian depths of her subterranean home. Trembling with sensations I cannot comprehend, I tip my head back and gaze into a web of red ochre spirals and circles hovering on the ceiling walls above me. My mouth opens and I slide into a reverie of soundmaking that releases my body into her awakening current. Vibrations flood through my opening heart as my voice transforms into a sonic kaleidoscope reverberating throughout the limits of the space, propelling me back into time. My senses enlivened, life-blood pulsing, Sounding Dream Woman reveals her holy ground.

Vocal Recordings from the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, Malta
Track Name: Serpentine Dance
Serpentine Dance

As tambourines shake and the cicada chorus swells, I begin my dance in a wind swept temple court, stepping into the radiance of the Snake Queen’s immortal presence. Guided by the rhythms of my breath, I sway and spin on the rocky ground as she casts her spell and the sacred knots uncoil from the full length of my spine. Pulsing mantras, nasal modulations and melodic strains swirl forth as an undulating procession of full-breasted priestesses draw me into their ritual dance, their eternal trance. I reunite with my serpentine soul.

Vocal Recordings from Kato Zakros Temple-Palace, Crete
Track Name: Temple Muses
Temple Muses

The towering stone-layered temple sanctuary enwraps me like an enormous cocoon. Standing before the stone altar, the Muses whisper in my ear: Let the blood run deeply now, Deeply through your veins. Their chants pour forth, rising in vibrant song-chord strands as my body descends into a squat, with heartbeat pounding, to rebirth my wildchild self. I slip into the timeless expanse where sound resides, the juice of her deep red lifeblood singing through me now, returning to comfort and ease aching ancient memories.

Vocal Recordings from the Ġgantija Temples, Gozo Island, Malta
Track Name: Into The Hypogeum
Into the Hypogeum

Re-entering the womb-like chambers of her moist and resonant earth home, my body and voice effortlessly remember her ‘sound dreaming’ ways. I invoke her many names into the oval oracle hole carved into the wall, and listen back as her vibratory knowledge throbs within my cellular memory. Her message resounds: The Oracle Song of Creation has been opened; the sonic wisdom of Eros is ready to be embraced. In the dark stillness of this elemental holy place, I offer my mantras for an embodied humanity that honours the wild sensual beauty and instinctual sacredness of all life.

Vocal Recordings from the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, Malta