Alicia Bay Laurel & Ramon Sender Barayon | Songs from Being of the Sun

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Songs from Being of the Sun

by Alicia Bay Laurel & Ramon Sender Barayon

Nature songs and chants composed and performed in 1973 by Ramon Sender Barayon and Alicia Bay Laurel, co-authors of Being of the Sun, a DIY music and spirituality book, on modally tuned harp and open tuned guitar, voice and the occasional accordion.
Genre: Folk: Psych-folk
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1. Planting Day Ceremony
Alicia Bay Laurel & Ramon Sender Barayon
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2. Only Thou / Sunset Chant
Ramon Sender Barayon
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3. Spring Equinox
Alicia Bay Laurel & Ramon Sender Barayon
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4. Zither Meditation
Alicia Bay Laurel & Ramon Sender Barayon
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5. Summer Solstice
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6. Welcoming Chant
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7. Noon Chant
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8. The Sun Is Forever a Lover
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9. Everything Is Flowing
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10. Autumn Equinox
Alicia Bay Laurel & Ramon Sender Barayon
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11. The Gayatri
Alicia Bay Laurel & Ramon Sender Barayon
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12. Clouds Chant
Alicia Bay Laurel & Ramon Sender Barayon
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13. Oh Friend
Ramon Sender Barayon
1:47 $0.99
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14. Aditya Hridayam Punyam
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0:46 $0.99
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15. Winter Solstice
Alicia Bay Laurel & Ramon Sender Barayon
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
“Songs From Being of the Sun” was created from digitized versions of archival tapes from 1973 recorded by my partner from the early 1970s, Ramon Sender Barayon, a composer who co-founded the San Francisco Tape Music Center and co-created the Buchla Box, one of the earliest synthesizers.

Ramon loves modes and drones, and was, in the ‘60s and ‘70s, collecting autoharps, taking the "machines" off of them, tuning them to various modes and using them as drones for sacred chants.

We wrote a book together, published in 1973 by Harper & Row, titled Being of the Sun. The book includes Ramon’s information on drones and modes, plus some songs I wrote, some he wrote, and some we wrote together. Ramon recorded the two of us performing some of this music, he mostly playing harps and me mostly on open-tuned guitar, shortly before the book was released. He also made field recordings of wild birds to add to the recording.

After Being of the Sun was released, I moved to Hana, Maui to learn Hawaiian style open tuned guitar, and I forgot about these recordings, until November 2012, when I discovered a cassette copy of the recording in my home. I played it, was charmed by it, and called Ramon to find out what had become of the original 4-track reel-to-reel tapes on which he had recorded this music.

The 4-track tapes turned up in an archive of Ramon’s music at Mills College, where he had earned his MA in Composition under Darius Milhaud many years before. Ramon introduced me to Maggi Payne, Chairman of the Music Department at Mills College, who kindly located and digitized these tapes in December 2012.

Ron Grant, a dear friend and film composer in Los Angeles, used 21st century audio technology to remove various hums, hisses and clunks from the recordings, then mixed in the bird tracks, and also recorded a few new tracks of Ramon and me singing that enhance the original. He sampled some bells and small gongs I brought to the studio and played them on some of the tracks.

Ramon listened to the result and gave my collaboration with Ron a “thumbs up.” The CD went to press in May 2013.

~ Alicia Bay Laurel

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Gordon Kennedy

In The Sunshine Of Your Love
Being of the Sun is an enchanted Solar Mass of relaxing, charming, seductive sounds. If I could pop into the book version like a superflex Gumby this musical soundtrack would rejuvenate me and I can't wait to meet all of the colorful sun children. I visualized Gods-dog and even she sports a nice tan.
Inside my sauna the harmonies feed my inner sweat glands with radiant waves of helio-therapy. I surrender.
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