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Life Garden - Caught Between The Tapestry Of Silence & Beauty
Life Garden - Caught Between The Tapestry Of Silence & Beauty
Singer: Life Garden
Album title: Caught Between The Tapestry Of Silence & Beauty
Country: US
Released: 1992
Style: Tribal, Ambient
Rating: 4.6/5
FLAC size: 1856 mb | MP3 size: 1961 mb | WMA size: 1687 mb
Genre: Electronic

Tracklist Hide Credits

1 Varikara 15:45
2 When The Lion Licks The Sun 4:20
3 Run, Run, Run: Blue Room
Synthesizer – Gary Mankus
4 Petals
Voice [Background] – Alan Bishop
5 Blue Moon Child 7:30
6 Oulam 3:30
7 It's A Small World 7:45
8 George & Taijasa (April 1990) 0:15
9 Bali North Dakota 3:45
10 Pale Horse
Trumpet – Gary Mankus
11 Life Garden
Synthesizer – Gary Mankus
12 I'm Not A Ghost 7:45

Companies, etc.

  • Manufactured By – Technidisc
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Agni Music
  • Copyright (c) – Agni Music


  • Artwork [Art Direction] – Frazer Hall
  • Artwork [Typesetting] – Kevin Sandusky
  • Performer [Child Sounds, Doors] – Taijasa Oliphant
  • Photography By – Jon Gipe
  • Sampler, Synthesizer, Computer, Tape, Piano, Bells [Tibetan, Noah], Singing Bowls [Tibetan], Chanter [Middle Eastern], Recorded By, Mixed By [Final Mix To Dat] – David Oliphant
  • Voice, Flute [Bird], Chanter [Reed], Bells [Tibetan], Singing Bowls [Tibetan] – Su Ling Heydrich-Oliphant
  • Voice, Sampler, Bells [Tibetan], Singing Bowls [Tibetan] – George Dillon


Recorded January 1990-August 1990 except 4, 5, 12 December 1990-April 1991.

Recorded and mixed at home on 8-track to DAT. Additional overdubs and mix down on tracks 4 and 5 at Apache Tracks (16-track) Tempe, Arizona. Final Mix October 1991.

Special thanks to: Mark Seagraves, Jonie Belluzi, Ricky, Jon Gipe, Kerry Kugleman, Katie Kealy, Tom and Maryellen, The UNICEF Shop in Phoenix, Paul Dickerson and Bill Montague of We Never Sleep, and our friends…
Additional special thnaks to Daran S.

George Dillon passed away March 8, 1991 from natural causes. The releasing of this music was a long time dream of his. Tracks 4, 5, 9 and 12 were being worked on at the time of his death. I'm not a ghost being his last recording. 4, 5 and 9 were finished posthumously.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout: #484-032-166B 03/27/92P

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
AGNI 07 Life Garden Caught Between The Tapestry Of Silence & Beauty ‎(Cass, C60) Agni Music AGNI 07 US 1990

Comments (1)
This is a very unusual album, varying from complex to simple musics - an easy album to listen to, but more demanding to analyse. It opens with the epic amorphous track "Varikara", a l5'45" long piece of non-beat, non-shape music, a drifting, shimmering, chiming, humming cauldron of sounds, mostly with an Eastern feel, given voice by it's sustained sitar sound, humming didgeridoo soundalike which fades in & long-decaying gongs, among a myriad other sounds. How can something of this length be analysed in a handful of words - not easily. For Instance, it seems random, yet somehow there's a leaning towards form, a gelling of sounds to form shapes, borderline fractal images ripped into fragments then reassembled. "When The Lion Licks The Sun" opens once more on a sort of Ethnic shimmer before settling into a medium-paced drum rhythm with electronic enhancements - something akin to the white side of MUSLIMGAUZE's black. "Run, Run, Run, Blue Room" begins with some-one whistling over ambient sound before settling into a 'normal' Ethnic drum rhythm with strange squeeky noises & a great deep drum punctuation appearing at a set point. It tries (I feel) to be darker than it actually is, although it manages to maintain a strong sense of the senseless. "Petals" has a non-beat voice & koto-type beginning, giving it a trad Japanese flavour - a rather beautiful shapeless thing with the more Western, earthier voice. "Blue Moon Child" is another rather atmospheric piece - rising out of flanging ocean waves, this probably owes a little to people like HAROLD BUDD, although to he honest it evades easy comparisons. It moves through a languid dream-space, puntuated by piano arpeggios which shimmer like golden showers. The female voice, calm, almost a whisper, is joined by strange child-like sounds. "Oulam" builds up on a thin but constant rhythm as ancient spirits rise in whirling clouds from sandy graves, encouraged to dance by the music and the memory of pain and a distant lost past. "It's A Small World" enters the arena on chimes and gongs while taped child-like voice (& instrument) play like !Hometime" from TG's "D.O.A." album - ambient noise etc with strange, disconnected words. As with all these tracks, strange & fascinating effects, almost too subtle to register in the review, appear like kinephantoms - dying away as soon as focussed upon. A rhythm, along similar lines to O YUKI CONJUGATE, MUSLIMGAUZE etc, grows up through the chimes, changing as it goes. "George & Taijasa (April 1990)" is a short, infant groan. "Bali North Dakota" is another Ethnic-sounding rhythm over which has a very electronic soul, a sound too much on a level to be anything but synthetic. Having said which, it's a great, compulsive thing, surging forward at a medium pace. "Pale Horse" opens as a non-beat drifting thing with subtle shifting of pink noise and keyboard while trumpet (courtesy of GARY MANKUS) plays across the background. The voices - female singing, male orating in a calm, DAVID BYRNE-like-way a tale that drifts with the shapeless, calming music. "Life Garden" uses a sitar sample like morse code, before building a whole huge, almost funeral-march-slow rhythm over the top, growing through the firmament, reaching ever-upward with it's voice phantasies. "I'm Not A Ghost" closes the album, using chains as a rhythmic device. It grows on almost pained male voice, wailing in great misery. The female vox seem further back in the indefinable, almost-Industrial rhythm, a sound which is darkly atmospheric. LIFE GARDEN are GEORGE DILLON, SU LING HEYRICH-OLIPHANT & DAVID OLIPHANT with assistance of GARY MANKUS & the voices of ALAN BISHOP & TAIJASA HEYDRICH-OLIPHANT. The instruments include Tibetan Bells & bowls, Bird flute, Chanter, Noah Bells & a variety of more common instruments. A fascinating album for those who want something lighter, more mellow, yet rhythmic & don't feel like going as far as to risk New Age. An album to drift to. Originally reviewed for Soft Watch.