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Rüdiger Maul - Adura

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Rüdiger Maul - Adura

More travels exploring the in-and outside will come. The wheel of birth and rebirth will then be transmitted by our own children. The planet rotates according to the sound of the spheres. The places of one's own life set the beat of a recurring rhythm that clearly de nes the spiral of a mandatory journey, but with a sometimes unpredictable itinerary: ADURA...

1. The "Echo of Knowledge"
represents the recurring attempt to become friends with one's own shadow. “With great calmness”, as the Buddhists say, the Initiand must nd the way out of his inner darkness after the ritual, to resurface once again. In the “Echo of Knowledege” I play so-called echo sounds with my ngers on a Framedrum, with no other technical-sound effects. Only to complete the illusion of playing in a cave, I added dripping water and gongs from the noise box of my recording program.

2. "Tribe",
is the connection to 3. "Modube". Whereas in "Tribe" an old Sufirhythm called “Waahd al Mathusta” accompanies the Initiand on his path, the "Ijexa" rhythm, brings the "Modube" to life. Once a Brazilian musician, a descendant of the Yorubas, explained to me that Afoxe/Ijexa meant making energy and that it refers to the past “way of the Yorubas”. The West-African people of Yoruba, originally from Egypt, came to the Ivory Coast, today Nigeria in West Africa, migrating approximately 5000 years ago. With this reference to the long-ago migration and the quotation “the way of Yoruba“, this rhythm began taking shape in my head: a nomadic tribe, or a clan of several families embark on a long and dangerous journey. By singing songs and drumming certain rhythms, they are energized, comforted, and strengthen their sense of community. In Egypt the aforesaid rhythm is called "Karachi". However, it exists throughout the Arabic world and as far as India, and can be easily identi ed by its unmistakable drive:... TAK - - KA TAK – DUM - / TAK - - KA TAK – DUM - Framedrums of different sizes, a Bendir, several Congas, Shakers, Pandeiro and Bell were used for Tribe and Modube. On this occasion, I would like to thank Stephen McArthur and the team of Multicultural Media Lyrichord, who allowed me to use the track "Wurukaduwai" from a talented yet relatively unknown music group from Nigeria. Many years ago, as a beginner, I would listen to their LP while practicing my Congas. Now this piece of music history will serve me as a base to evoke a sense of celebration or a sort of percussive pilgrimage through Africa. For those who may be interested, this excellent recording is still available: „African Rhythms and Instruments“ (Lyrichord 1969!!!!), “Wurukaduwai” a.o. Jens Rabenseifner, an instrument maker and importer of Spacedrums – also called hand Pan - temporarily lent me a Spacedrum. Even since I cannot do without it while I am playing... and lost in thought the

4. "Spacedrum" in 7/8....
From Africa to the Spacedrum and the sphere sounds: The idea that the movement of celestial bodies are the origins of music began in antiquity. In the late Middle Ages Johannes Kepler sought harmonic proportions in the Solar System, assigning musical intervals to the orbital velocities of the planets. Then in the 1970s, musicologist Hans Cousto succeeded in mapping the course of the planets in the range of audible tones. The formula used for this has become known as the concept of the “cosmic octave”. “Earth ́s rotation & Lunation” were composed while I was studying Sphere sounds and Planet tones – a very exciting eld! Both compositions are based on the formula that can be found in Cousto ́s books. Furthermore, to make things more challenging, I limited myself to using only the tones of the respective overtone series.

5. “Earth ́s rotation”
follows the calculation of the solar day. Beginning with small melodies in G where all sound modules (Synthies, choirs etc.) instruments are tuned to 435 hertz, so a little lower than the standard 440 hertz. Tempo is 91 bpm, like a easy strole on a sunny day. Different Percussion instruments like a shaker, Framedrums and Congas support the intensifying character of the feeling: “The earth revolves around the sun, everything is right with the world!”


6. "Lunation"
has become my favorite piece. A deep drum (Davul) from the workshop of Norbert Eckermann is played as if by a shaman, with the rhythm of a heartbeat or of the "Sidereal" month at 106.6 Bpm. Short AIS melodies form the meditative foundation for a choir, who slowly but clearly recite the Mantra OM, AH, HUM. All this is in a mood of 429 hertz.
 N.: Sidereal month - the duration of a full lunar orbit around the earth approximately 28 days; Mantra: Mostly used in meditations to recite syllables, tones or words, which can be ascribed a certain bene cial effect.

In the language of Yoruba ADURA means prayer. For me prayers are dialogues with the higher self and serve as meditation to look into oneself and to be thankful. Because prayers, meditations and a trip to Africa gave me the opportunity to experience certain key moments in my life, I chose the Yoruba word ADURA as a title for this CD and say– MODUBE, - thank you!

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