Daniel Biro ‘A Still, Thin Sound’
An electronic Biblical concept album. Featuring Gareth Davis on bass clarinet.
A full-on electroacoustic experience with two contrasting movements, the narrative of which are directly inspired by Biro’s study of mystical Talmudic sources dealing with the nature of prophetic revelation.
The first part, ‘Sinai’, revolves around the sound of the Shofar, the ram’s horn blown during the traditional Jewish High Holidays, and is an abstract narrative of what the collective revelation at Mount Sinai might have sounded like. An echo of supernatural communication between God and a whole nation following the Exodus from Egypt.
The second part, ‘Elijah’, is a piece for solo virtuoso bass-clarinettist Gareth Davis and real-time electronics. Representing the individual struggle experienced by the prophet Elijah to attain enlightenment through Divine communication, the bass-clarinet goes through different ‘mystical states’ of electronic transformation before reaching the breath-like stillness of intimate, personal revelation. ‘Elijah’ was specifically written for Davis and his mastery of extended playing techniques