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Thin Places

by Shawn Feeney

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Invocation 05:04
Chelonii 06:03
Veilstrom 02:08
Sleeprunning 04:32
King of Cups 03:18
Sidh 03:51
Jewels 06:21
Chroma 04:47
Rift 05:20
Hibern 04:27
Somnium 05:47
Devocation 06:17


Thin Places is centered around instrumental music composed for quartz singing bowls, exploring the percussive and harmonic potential of these instruments. Other instruments such as tuning forks, guitars, drums, shruti box, and Himalayan bowls are also woven in. The music is informed by Feeney’s studies of how music and sound are used in healing and contemplative contexts, as well as his academic music training, and various electronic and rock band experiences.

A "thin place" is a term used to describe sites where the veil between worlds grows thin and permeable, places where the distance between the mortal and eternal realms shrinks, and time collapses. It often refers to sites in Ireland and Britain such as Skellig Michael (featured in the album art). Feeney did some of the mixing work for the album while in residency in Ireland at a home purchased by Ione and her partner, the late Pauline Oliveros, whose work in Deep Listening has been a big influence on his musical practice.


released June 22, 2020

Composed, performed, and mixed by Shawn Feeney 2019-2020
Quartz bowls recorded by Tyler G. Wood at Sauce Farm Studio
Additional recording by Shawn Feeney
Mastered by Tyler G. Wood at Sauce Farm Studio
Special thanks to Ione and Pauline Oliveros for The Pink House residency: Eyeries, Ireland


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Shawn Feeney Highland, New York

Shawn Feeney is a composer, performer, and visual artist. As a multi-instrumentalist and recording artist, Feeney crafts sonic worlds inspired by ambient, classical, electronic music, and more. His 2020 debut solo album, “Thin Places,” and 2021's "Bloom Infinitum" are centered around music written for quartz singing bowls. ... more

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