Sounds from around the globe

cover Nick Storring - My Magic Dreams Have Lost Their Spell


Nick Storring, composer and performer.

Orange Milk Records

Toronto-based composer Nick Storring creates musical landscapes by layering his own performances on a wide assortment of instruments: keyboards, percussion, electronics, strings (his primary instrument is cello), and perhaps my favorite, “found junk.”

His work has earned much attention, including the 2011 Toronto Emerging Composer Award and the 2008 Jeux De Temps competition for electroacoustic music.

In ‘My Magic Dreams Have Lost Their Spell’ one tours cultures across the globe, hearing an east Asian choir,  call to morning prayer in North Africa, Indian sitar, a west African  drum circle. At one point the listener rides a bathysphere into a midoceanic abyss.

An Indonesian gamelan orchestra. The moan of a low-flying airplane. A choir of Moroccan castanets clapping. We feel our way into cold, cavernous dark spaces, where mists and clouds roll. A smiling Pat Metheny seems to emerge from billowing chords and ascending arpeggios.

But this is more than pleasant listening; it’s a disciplined and masterful bringing together of textures and colors that transcends just about anything I’ve heard.


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