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Meredith Monk was one of the names in my reference book to strange sounds, New Sounds: The Virgin Guide To New Music. I read that book over and over again, and made lists of names that sounded interesting. The description of Meredith Monk's music, her vocal music, was so intriguing that I looked for anything by her. Sure enough, I quickly found Dolmen Music at Red Eye Records in Sydney (small plug for Red Eye - they usually have anything strange that I require in stock, or they can order it).
Dolmen Music was the first Monk cd I found. It is still my favourite. Most of the tracks have an ethereal quaility. It's not the same as the soundtrack cd from Twin Peaks by Julee Cruise. That has a soft, safe edge to it, although I would still describe it as ethereal. Monk's sound is strange, weird, hard-edged, ritualistic, unexpected, and still ethereal. The sound of the spheres as done by human voice. Plus, there's humour. Some tracks always make me laugh.
Since Dolmen Music, I've acquired six cds, and one lp. I don't play them as often as I should, and I should play some of the others and not just Dolmen Music all the time.
I just enjoy the music, but these articles and interviews describe it better than I can.
This discography is not complete. It's just the releases that I know about or have.
Here's a link to Greg Sandow's Web page. He's got a few interviews and reviews of Meredith Monk that are worth reading.