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Music of the Five Elements

by Sam McClellan

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Acupressurist and electronic composer Sam McClellan's Music of the Five Elements is a work of perfectly tuned healing music. A deeply felt distillation Minimalism (in the Tony Conrad / La Monte Young school), American Primitive guitar (Fahey & Basho) and even psychedelia. The album is a continuous sound voyage for voice, synthesizer, guitar, bowed bass, piano, effects and ciao (Chinese flute) all played by McClellan himself. Although divided into sections, the journey is best undertaken as a whole, without distraction. As McClellan himself wrote on the original liner notes:

"The optimum effect of Music of the Five Elements will be achieved if each side of this recording is played through, from beginning to end without interruption. Music of the Five Elements, when used as a meditational or body work tool, rather than entertainment, will increase in effect over time. Overplaying or improper use, however, may eventually diminish its designed effect.”

Re-mixed and mastered from the original master reels.


released June 12, 2018

Part One: Gathering
A1 Wood
A2 Metal
A3 Fire
A4 Water
A5 Earth
A6 Wood

Part Two: Focussing
B1 Wood
B2 Earth
B3 Water
B4 Fire
B5 Metal
B6 Wood

Guitar, piano, synthesizer, bowed bass, ciao (chinese flute), vocals and all effects written and performed by Sam McClellan.

Music of the 5 Elements was conceived, written, performed, recorded and mixed by Sam McClellan in 1982. Recorded at Hampshire College Electronic Music School. Mixed at Le Studio, Boston.

2018 remix from the master reels by Sam McClellan
Mastered by Brandon Hocura


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