No "listener comments" here yet, although plenty of people have ordered the CD... so I'd encourage people to give feedback if they have anything to say about Rinpoche, positive or negative or indifferent.
Brooke aka Birds of Tin passed along to me this bit of commentary he wrote about the release, for those who are interested:
Some thoughts on Rinpoche:
In many ways, Rinpoche is a continuation of the process we used in creating the Scapegrace and Votive material. Thus, I do view Rinpoche as part three in a series per se, with a further recording, Altarwise, being the fourth and final chapter.
The work itself is created in a very unique and specialized way that is very different from my “standard” studio recordings. In the case of Rinpoche, I worked with one other, who for a time became a temporary second member of Birds of Tin. To prepare for Rinpoche, we spent months talking, ruminating, and then, individually, preparing sounds for the recording. While we talked in general about some vague idea of how we wanted the project to sound and some of the general philosophy behind what we wanted to achieve, there was no discussion about types of sounds we would use or sources. Hence, by creating the sounds in isolation from one another, when the time came for recording, each of us had no idea what the other had prepared.
The process of preparing sounds for an improvised recording is an interesting one. I’ve commented before that for me, I do the best I can to remove myself from the process and literally try to let the sounds dictate to me where they want to go and how they will fit together. I would compare this more readily to some of the more eclectic artistic processes such as automatic drawing, then a more traditional musical approach. I more or less view the studio as my “blank canvas” and the sounds as my paint/colors. As the process moves along, similar hues begin to suggest a connection and direction…my goal is to be open enough to recognize that moment and be free enough to allow myself to go with it without imposing my preconceived ideas on what is right or wrong here. This is my favorite aspect of what I do.
Of course, the final step is to get together and make a recording. For Rinpoche, we came together in my studio in the morning…set up our equipment, which included everything from cheap samplers, old record turntables, children’s toys (including a malfunctioning stuffed animal that made a terrific sound! ), a cello, and our prepared Cd’s, among numerous other things. The rest as they say, is history and to be honest once the actual recording process begins I, frankly, remember very little of what we actually did. Somehow, when the muse is flowing through us, our sounds flow together like a river and it just “is”. Rinpoche was certainly one of the more magical and lovely moments for Birds of Tin. I hope you, the listener, feel the same after hearing the result.
Birds of Tin