Eliane Radique, Trilogie De La Mort

Rod Smith

By Rod Smith

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
From rigor mortis to resurrection, without wasting a note

Without death, life would be a paltry gift indeed, especially after the first few thousand years. Nobody understands that fact better than Eliane Radigue. A dedicated practitioner of Tibetan Buhddism since the '70s, she celebrates recurring vitality at least as much as its cessation in this three-part magnum opus, proceeding from rigor mortis to resurrection over the course of three short hours. As befits its basis in the Bardo Thodol, better known as the Tibetan Book of the Dead, the piece starts with a simple synthesized drone that mutates as the listener encounters various post-life states, ending with a glorious culmination of all that has come before it — again, and again, and again.