Hungarian composer and musicologist László Hortobágyi, took his first expedition to North India in the late 1960's to record music, study philosophy and learn traditional instruments such as the rudra-vina, sitar, surbahar and tabla. These ongoing trips heavily influenced his musical style and much of his recorded work. LFI is happy to announce the reincarnation of one of his most illustrious works, Transreplica Meccano originally released by Hungaropop in 1988.
As a child László fantasised about interacting with otherworldly muses and imploring them for the hope and guidance he yearned to escape the intellectual bareness of his surroundings. His early feelings of alienation combined with the almost sensual pleasure he remembers from these interactions, influenced and helped shape his life long musical journey. In 1980 he established the musical society called Gáyan Uttejak Mandal. It was named after the Hindu-Moslem musician's society founded by Navraojí Kabrají in 1870 (it was the school of the great musicologist, V.N Bhátkhánde). The society expanded throughout the 1980’s with an archive of oriental music, to be considered unique and unrivalled in Eastern Europe, which has operated parallel to the Gáyan Uttejak Studio and the Gáyan Uttejak Orchestra. The members have made it their duty to practice and study the world heritage of traditional cultures.
The remastered and revised edition of Transreplica Meccano is reborn after 31 years. László weaves a tapestry of sample based magic, transcribed from travels across the orient, transporting the listener to a fascinating world of archaic musicality.
released September 30, 2017
L. Hortobagyi : ibm-pc, sampler, been, synths, tabla, sitar, vocoder
Nora Hortobagyi : voice, strings
P. Radvanyi : Sygnus modular-synth (on Cathedral of Reptiles)
Toto : bass, Goezi : pozauna, Chipy : flute
Recorded in the Gayan Uttejak Studio, Budpest. 1986
Remastered and revised by L.Hortobagyi in 2006
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SImply wonderful. So ethereal! This is a fantastic compilation, & I really love the album art. A treasure to discover. There's somewhat a "new age" vibe but really this is just great electronic music. Favorite Track: Mushroom Trip Mike DeRoitr