R.I.P. Hayman – Dreams of India & China
Rip Hayman is many things - sailor, artist, owner of the oldest bar in Manhattan, the Ear Inn, and founding editor of Ear magazine; collaborator with the New Wilderness Foundation and other things too numerous to list and wonderful to believe. Dreams of India & China is the first retrospective LP of his work, a pair of side-long works stitching together found sounds and “repercussions” from oceanic voyages undertaken between 1975-1986 - collaging many hours of tape recordings weathered by time (30 years of it), environment and love.
Side A is a welcoming invitation to dream, featuring Indian nose flute and whistle in duet; Tibetan monk thigh bone trumpet invocation; water cymbals and flows; “dreamwaves, dreamers’ recollection and birds” from the 1986 Dreamsound event; and harmonic flutes and bells tones from 1984 Sounding the I Ching event; all flowing over the listener in aqueous equanimity. Side B is populated with “of the world” sound signs, as many stories intersect and overlap. Field recordings of instruments, experiences and events in Rajastan, Nepal, San Francisco, the Ganga River and more lay holy and quotidian sonic remnants together in contemplative commendation. Presented by the ever-illuminating Recital Records with mixology by Sean McCann.