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by Sound Animal

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This EP explores the concept of liminal space. In some pieces, complex noise immerses you into the location of an in-between realm of consciousness.

For example, "It Was the Dawning of the Day, but She" is eerie, with simple brief lyrics. Perhaps it is grappling with the realm created in the mind by the idea of the world continuing after a person has died. That bizarre sense of mortality that's so hard to come to terms with for us all, makes some people wistfully speculate: Does a person's presence, like an egregore, merge with the perspective of those who loved her, forming a disintegrating dreamlike fragmentary imprint in the magnetic field in which black holes sing the lonely music of the spheres?

Another track portrays the historical figure, Charles Bonnet, who discovered a phenomenon that was later named after him. With Charles Bonnet Syndrome, a person who has lost his vision hallucinates out of the habit of seeing. Macular degeneration and stroke contribute to its likelihood.

My father had those conditions, and when he went blind, he hallucinated regularly, living in a liminal state in which he finally lost the ability to distinguish visions from reality.

Charles Bonnet himself lost his vision. Some words in the piece are meant to be his thoughts are in French and others in English. Go to the song itself to read the lengthier description of the amazing man.

Other than collaborative contributions specified in credits in the track descriptions, all music is created and produced by SA (Rosemary Bensko.) The collaborators are the celebrated multi-talented musical genius, Igor Iofe of the Netherlands, igoriofe.com and XAW and Steve Gilmartin, both living in Berkeley, California. Both have participated in other Sound Animal songs as well.


released November 5, 2022

Rosemary Bensko (SA)
Igor Iofe
Steve Gilmartin


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Sound Animal Berkeley, California

Ranges feral beyond traditional human constraints.

Many non-genres. Khaen, pungi, bass, guitar, flutes, melodica, harmonica, bodhran, cajon...

SA produces; most is solo. Collaborators: Igor Iofe, Steve Gilmartin, XAW, A.J. Kaufmann, Infinite Wimshurst, Psychedic Mayhem, The Fall of Saigon, Tom McCarthy, Chris Nolte.


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