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Death, Ritual & Resonation

by Billy Jenkins (low strung guitar)

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***ALBUM DL INCLUDES BONUS PDF BOOKLET WITH ARTWORK AND RELEASE INFO***

In 2008, the guitarist, composer and blues preacher Billy Jenkins announced that ‘the music business is dying, so I’m going one step on from the blues to conduct humanist funerals…’

Seven years and 368 carefully created, crafted, conducted ceremonies later, he returned to the recording studio – not only to musically document the resonation of a typical non-religious ritual, but also to underline how real music (played by humans) is, in this technological mass communication age, becoming a tepid, impotent and irrelevant aural wallpaper.

Over-compression (the ‘squeezing of frequency’ that reduces high and low sounds and reduces communicative tension and release) and arbitrary, binary machine translation, removes the spirit, soul and purpose from most music produced today.

Like the Industrial Revolution, this Digital Age is denying human activity and talents in many, many ways.

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Lifelong musician 58 year old Jenkins feels that the solo low strung acoustic guitar, with its unique slack string discombobulation is the one music he can make especially for download only listening.

For, as is noted in the seminal Penguin Guide To Jazz On CD, he ‘is uniquely concerned with the packaging of music, not just in the cardboard-and-laminate sense, but in terms of its perceived contours and limits.’

With ‘Death, Ritual & Resonation’ and as with last year’s first low strung guitar release, ‘The Semi-Detached Suburban Home’, Jenkins reminds the listener that real music – every single note - should be ‘scratched out of silence’ by the hand, mind and heart.

‘Death, Ritual & Resonation’ – eight blues infused acoustic tracks skilfully recorded by fellow musician Charlie Hart.

Give yourself 20 minutes of real music for a meditative re-affirmation of the human spirit.

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released June 22, 2015

Eight improvised studies on low strung guitar created by Billy Jenkins

Recorded at Equator Studios, London SE4, February 2015

Produced & Engineered by Charlie Hart

Edited at RMS studios by Andy le Vien

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Billy Jenkins London, UK

As a teenager BJ recorded for legendary Clive Davis with artrock band Burlesque (72-77); with 'alternative musical comedy' duo Trimmer & Jenkins (79-82) before founding (81) the Voice of God Collective. He has recorded 40+ albums incl Motorway At Night, Entertainment USA and recordings about SE London Sounds Like Bromley, Greenwich, Still Sounds Like Bromley and Suburbia. ... more

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