Theo Travis to release hour-long duduk meditation produced by Steven Wilson

Theo Travis
(Image credit: Theo Travis)

Robert Fripp and Steven Wilson collaborator Theo Travis is to release Aelous, an hour-long mediation recorded using a duduk, an Armenian wind instrument sometimes described as ‘the saddest sounding instrument in the world’, through Panegyric Records on September 6.

The release gained momentum when Travis began experimenting with long-form improvised instrumentals for the instrument, one of which, Ancient Soul, Modern Times, has clocked up in excess of a million plays on YouTube!

Earlier this year Theo worked with producer and former bandmate Steven Wilson, (who has previously mixed and mastered many of Theo’s solo recordings) to produce a new duduk improvisation in multi-channel audio as well as stereo, with soundscapes assembled by Wilson from Travis’s alto flute playing.

"The result is a stunning and utterly unique piece of work which helps to define new possibilities for so-called “Immersive audio”, without losing focus on the pure sound and inherent musicality of the duduk improvisations which have struck such a chord with a wide and growing audience online," say Panegyric of the upcoming release.

Aeolus is available on CD and Blu-ray, the latter of which also features Ancient Soul, Modern Times.

Pre-order Aeolus.

Theo Travis

(Image credit: Panegyric)
Jerry Ewing

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock.