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Thousands of years old and covering huge stretches of inhospitable and unforgiving terrain, this journey from west to east is captured in musical form by Novagiger. Temples, grotto’s, caves, bazaar’s, still lakes, oases, gardens, tombs, vast deserts, huge cities, the music here moves through these places and marvels at the cultures, the landscapes and the vast empty distances involved.
Over seven hundred years ago Marco Polo described some of the difficulties of travelling along this ancient route, its otherworldly nature and the enigmatic sounds that may be heard by travellers:
"When a man is riding through this desert by night and for some reason -falling asleep or anything else -he gets separated from his companions and wants to rejoin them, he hears spirit voices talking to him as if they were his companions, sometimes even calling him by name. Often these voices lure him away from the path and he never finds it again, and many travelers have got lost and died because of this. Sometimes in the night travelers hear a noise like the clatter of a great company of riders away from the road; if they believe that these are some of their own company and head for the noise, they find themselves in deep trouble when daylight comes and they realize their mistake. There were some who, in crossing the desert, have been a host of men coming towards them and, suspecting that they were robbers, returning, they have gone hopelessly astray....Even by daylight men hear these spirit voices, and often you fancy you are listening to the strains of many instruments, especially drums, and the clash of arms. For this reason bands of travelers make a point of keeping very close together. Before they go to sleep they set up a sign pointing in the direction in which they have to travel, and round the necks of all their beasts they fasten little bells, so that by listening to the sound they may prevent them from straying off the path."
---- Marco Polo Travels
All music and electronics programmed and performed by Novagiger 2nd February 2012
released 08 June 2012
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