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The Oratory of Divine Love

Purgatorio (CD) Waystyx

>Even if the content of this disc - dated 2006 but completely escaping my attention then - derives from heavily processed radio sounds and, accordingly, a trained ear can catch glimpses of famous songs wrapped by a thick haze of reverb (I, for one, managed to spot KC & The Sunshine Band's "Please don't go"), its character recalls something like channel-surfing in a dark tunnel - cars continuously passing by - or maybe the experiment of someone who stuck a microphone outside a window trying to record the urban activities in all their richness of superimposing washes, whooshes and hums. In general, what we hear might vaguely be associated to the power of an enraged ocean, or remind us of a strong wind that transports voices, calls and noises from a not-so-distant world. Nothing new under the sun of drone, we should say; yet this time the concoction satisfied this writer's needs in full, so much that I felt the urge of playing the CD several times to see if more secrets could be revealed. Indeed listening by headphones brings out a few hidden details, yet the resonant force of this stuff is obviously better served by allowing the variable mass to spread through your environment, especially in a gray rainy day. Rather than a purgatory, you'll have a clear idea of the moments preceding the apocalypse. Very well made, definitely interesting music from one of the many artistic personae of John Gore (Kirchenkampf), the actual reason for the good quality perceived here. Trust me - the guy is serious. (Touching Extremes)


Meditatio (CD) Diophantine

>An alias of prolific sound-architect John D. Gore, this new project is a single 51-minute track of subtle, reverberated sound. It all begins as a dark and spacious machine drone (or is it a collage of natural environmental recordings?), echoing infinitely in all directions. 'Meditatio', from the onset, seems almost too dark to be meditational music, as the sound-leviathan here is massive and all-encompassing, leaving little room for any light to shine through. However, over the course of this long piece, the sound manages to open itself up to a more open, and dare I say, even spiritual vibe. Here, the piece evolves into a chorus of what seems to be effected voice-sounds and crystalline tones -- a transformational journey, unquestionably. As the oppression is lifted, an almost joyous feeling permeates the recording. Whether or not this is the intended outlook, I don't know, but it works. Kudos to Gore, as this is a straight DAT recording with no overdubs -- he successfully creates a journey that, with some patience, is handsomely rewarded. (Goatsden)


ARCHangel (CDR)

> John Gore, the man behind Cohort, is also a man to use various names, such as Kirchenkampf and The Oratory Of Divine Love. The latter is a conceptually edged project in which he uses radios to produce the music and which allows no overdubs. Such exactly how that translates to the music is a bit of a mystery of course. Its either one radio fed through a bunch of sound effects or a multiple play of many radios all tuned to those wave lengths in which 'nothing' happens. As a child I loved to scan particularly those frequencies of 'nothingness' - the crackles, static and white noise was something that appealed to me, although it not always crossed my mind to actually create music with it. But Gore does and he does it quite well, as this 'ARCHangel' proofs, such as the previous releases he did under this name. When listening to this, I keep thinking of how he did the music, and I find it not easy to think of this without the use of effects, especially the use of reverb. Now of course you could argue this is all not really of the utmost importance and that I should be discussing the end result only. Ok, so I will. The end result is a mass (to stick with the archangel approach) of static sound waves, which only seem to change over a longer period of time. Very minimal of course and also a bit distant. Two parts that span an hour of music of nocturnal haunting quality. (FdW, Vital)