Although released in 1999, the music here dates from 1990 (tracks 1 & 2) and 1994 (track 3). The CD notes that these tracks are "music for multi-media installations". Those already au fait with Sylvian's work with Holger Czukay will already sense the form and style that is to be expected.
Indeed, in the sleevenotes Sylvian thanks Czukay for the supply of some sample material in the opening track, `The Beekeeper's Apprentice' (Sylvian the apprentice, Czukay the beekeeper?) It's great for meditation, as a sustained chord held throughout its thirty-three-minute length acts as a support for strange arabesques and interesting sounds. The only `problem' for me is the dive-bombing effect that appears towards the end, which appears out of place.
Track two, `Epiphany', lasts just two minutes and can be seen as a pendant to the first.
Robert Fripp contributes to the third and final piece, the thirty-eight-minute-long title-track. The combination of Sylvian and Fripp has in the past produced excellent results. There is no disappointment here either, although do not expect to hear examples of Fripp's complex guitarwork. Instead, here, another constant chord sustains a sense of awe throughout. But what marks this piece out is the sound of the regular tolling of a gong or bell-like instrument. This tolling is immediately followed by a sustained ten-second response as if pilgrims are hallelujahing with distant Buddhist drums in the background. It is an arresting experience, especially since the tolling occurs almost every minute (but occurs every two minutes come the end).