Thin Places is centered around instrumental music I composed for quartz singing bowls, exploring the percussive and harmonic potential of these instruments. Other instruments such as tuning forks, guitars, drums, shruti box, and Himalayan bowls are also woven in. The music is informed by my studies of how music and sound are used in healing and contemplative contexts.
A thin place is a term used to describe sites where the veil between worlds grows thin and permeable, places where the distance between the mortal and eternal realms shrinks, and time collapses. It often refers to sites in Ireland and Britain such as Skellig Michael (I incorporated photos I took of Skellig Michael for the album art). I was fortunate to do some of the mixing work for the album while in residency in Eyeries, Ireland at a home purchased by Ione and her partner, the late Pauline Oliveros, whose work in Deep Listening has been a big influence on my musical practice.
While technically compositions, they are also contemplations: reminders of the calm, centered places we have ignored, and long to revisit.
– Richard Allen, A Closer Listen
I played drums and sang in the band Odds of Survival.