A tribute to Eyvind Kang
A list of works which include the word NADE in their titles is as follows; "Theme from the first NADE", "5th NADE/Invisible Man", "Theme from the sixth NADE" (all three from the debut album 7 NADEs, 1996); "Jewel of the NADE", "Mystic NADE" (both from Theater of Mineral NADEs, 1998) and "Harbour of the NADE" (Virginal Co-ordinates, 2003).
As we can see, Kang's first album was called 7 NADES. There are purported to be 7 chakras in the human body, these chakras are joined up by subtle channels, called nadis. I believe that Kang's compositions are musical interpretations of these energy centres, and that NADE is a variation of the Sanskrit nadi.
In any case, his music is certainly awe-inspiring. On the album Virginal Co-ordinates, that he released with Mike Patton – on Patton's label – we hear a song that is both beautiful and haunting. To me it is the sound the Gods use to sing the Universe into being. It is at once a powerfully driven and regrettably sad piece of work; it is the Innocent Eye Crystal See;