Syon4 - La Déploration de Johannes Ockeghem [Dylan Henner edit]

by Josquin des Prez

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Dylan Henner says:

"Two threads lead me to this music. Firstly, as a boy I spent a lot of time sitting at the back of cold churches, reading or doing homework, waiting for my mum's choir rehearsal to finish. This bored me a lot when I was a kid. But I realise - a bit older - that the regular immersion in choral music left me with a really deep love for it. Now, I'm totally obsessed with it. I spend loads of time with composers like Gabriel Fauré, Thomas Tallis, Josquin des Prez.

Secondly, I've come to understand Early Music through a contemporary lens. A lot of characteristics found in Early Music - the tempo, the simplicity, the appeal to deep senses instead of surface interests - coincides with what we would now call ambient music. A lot of the choral music I like most could be seen as a kind of proto-ambient music. This includes Josquin des Prez, and this yearningly beautiful piece Deploration sur la Mort de Johannes Ockeghem, a memorial to the death of a friend.

I can't take credit for the piece. It's des Prez' composition. But in listening to it, I realised just how much influence I take from it. I processed a recording of the piece (heavily, through a variety of reverbs, filters and time-stretches) to try to bridge the gap between its original form and a version of it that views through a contemporary lens - highlighting those elements we could call ambient music."

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released October 30, 2019

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