- Shimmering Ghost
- Artist: Letha Rodman-Melchior
- Format: LP
- Release Date:1/20/2015
Vinyl LP-only pressing. This 2014 posthumous release, following last year's HANDBOOK FOR MORTALS, presents the peak of Letha Rodman-Melchior's compositional work. Traversing landscapes of affective registers with the organizational ability of Christine Sun Kim and the diversity and intimacy of Throbbing Gristle, Rodman-Melchior re-categorizes objects to find the foreign in the familiar. Moving in and out of focus, her musical patterns themselves grow and become more and more self-aware. As a response to possession and the human / nonhuman interface, SHIMMERING GHOST recalls the most moving of performances by Roger Reynolds. It exposes the overlap between senses and suggests that resonance, as distinct from hearing, is a source for beauty beyond sense. And by the use of sense's special effects, Rodman-Melchior crafts a language that is simply a pleasure. Mary Lattimore's harp playing at times is reminiscent of Three Musicians' MUSIC FROM THE ROCHESTER FOLK ART GUILD, but with urgency heard nowhere else.