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The Labyrinth of Ohgel

by Radio Free Clear Light

14 chambers of dark ambient sound for inner voyaging.
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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1. Ohgel
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2. The Sparring Chamber
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3. The Chamber of Stone
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4. The Garden Chamber
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5. The Grinding Wheel
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6. Chamber of Psychic Food
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7. Chamber of the Elements
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8. Chamber of Decapitation
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9. Chamber of Withering
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10. Fountain of Youth
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11. Chamber of the Salamander
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12. The Gauntlet
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13. Treasure Chamber
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14. Innermost Chamber
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Album Notes
"Then it seemed like falling into a labyrinth: we thought we were at the finish, but our way bent round and we found ourselves as it were back at the beginning, and just as far from that which we were seeking at first."
-From Plato's dialogue Euthydemus

Long has the labyrinth been symbolic of death, rebirth, and the hero’s quest. Found in locations and cultures throughout the world, labyrinths and mazes have been constructed from a variety of building materials; stone, clay, foliage, and now sound. Based on a series of unique interconnected web installations, The Labyrinth of Ohgel is a dark ambient musical voyage through 14 chambers. Created from a mix of found sound and recordings, each piece is a smooth sonic construct with its own distinct mood. RFCL has recreated an ancient rite of passage in a modern form that parallels the voyage of all beings through the matrix of life. Dare to enter the Labyrinth of Oghel and explore yourself as a microcosmic mirror of the universe.

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Blood 1000 - ambient and dark ambient reviews by Mark

Dark-tinted Gems
Here’s something that Radio Free Clear Light have released – The Labyrinth of Ohgel is a 14 track album comprising several chambers that span a range of styles. There are dark-tinted gems such as the opening track Ohgel, The Chamber of Stone uses the teleporter sound from the original Star Trek series (and uses it intelligently) as part of an ambient voyage, Fountain of Youth begins with a slightly haunting atmosphere that slowly builds into an almost pure digital distilation of what such a fountain might sound like. Overall, a very good album. I’m pleased it came my way (thanks folks!) :)
original review here:
http://blood1000.wordpress.com/2013/02/17/variety-is-the-spice-of-life/
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Hypnagogue

When you’re ready for a little adventure in sound...
Always a bit on the dark side, often kicking into a light techno vibe, The Labyrinth of Ohgel truly conveys the sense of passage and the forward motion of story.

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JC Mendizabal and his crew are back to put sound through the wringer and shape it to their liking on the latest Radio Free Clear Light offering, The Labyrinth of Ohgel. Eclectic is the name of the game here. Each of the 14 “chambers,” which are based on “unique interconnected web installations,” presents a new vision, built in part around interesting swaths of found sound. “Chamber of Stone,” for example, has perhaps the finest musical use of the Star Trek transporter sound effect you’ll ever hear. Mendizabal is joined by Etanna Sack and Lydia Harari on what’s listed only as “noise makers [and] vocals” and Keith Yates on clarinet and sax. Whatever sound these folks conjure is then manipulated by Mendizabal and mixed with his own offerings, including their deconstruction, and the output is turned into a shifting maze of sonic impressions. Always a bit on the dark side, often kicking into a light techno vibe, The Labyrinth of Ohgel truly conveys the sense of passage and the forward motion of story.

While it’s not entirely necessary to take the music and the web installations together, it definitely heightens the experience. The disc is one way to listen; the 14 stations at the site also play the matching track as you click your way from room to room. It makes for an interesting, direct glimpse into each piece’s inspiration. Get to the clockwork rhythms and metallic overtones of “The Grinding Wheel” and you’ll immediately feel what’s written about it on that page–”The monotonous grind of eternally turning cogs. Their mechanical chug and whine fills the air with metallic clangs and the deep rumbling of an engine…” Enter “The Chamber of the Salamander” and listen to how the crackle of flame works through the sound, rising and falling–according to the narrative–with the beast’s desires. The glitch of “The Gauntlet” captures in sharp focus a “tangle of diabolical machinery…having the appearance of a tangled orgy of mechanical insects gnashing their pincers at you as you intrude upon their intimate encounter.” In addition, the chambers are not lined up according to the track listing on the disc. You literally make your way through the maze, clicking your choice of chamber, following a path of your selecting. The art at the site is interesting too. Look closely. Yes, those are Legos.

As with all of RFCL’s work, there’s an inherent challenge to listening. Leave your preconceptions at the door and open a little space to appreciate an impressionistic approach. Even in the noise-oriented places–and there are plenty–there’s always a sense of purpose, of moving ahead with the plan. The depth of sound is strong; Mendizabal can firmly pack a piece without overloading. There’s plenty there to feed your imagination. And it doesn’t hurt that when he does kick out a groove, it’s solid and barbed with hooks. So when you’re ready for a little adventure in sound, head into The Labyrinth of Ohgel.
original review:
http://hypnagogue.net/2012/12/19/radio-free-clear-light-the-labyrinth-of-ohgel/?like=1&source=post_flair&_wpnonce=58edc31406
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