Becket G. Senchur, O.S.B: Music For Electronic Synthesizers

I’ve been unable to piece much together about this musician or the original performance of this cassette recording. It seems that Becket G. Senchur is (was) a member of The Order of Saint Benedict and this is a recording from one of his concerts at the Basilica of Saint Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

The majority of this cassette includes standard Christian symphonic pieces. While on a few tracks, Senchur manages to produce an original moody soundscape that succeeds on a truly epic level. I can only imagine the live experience of hearing this in a setting such as the Basilica of Saint Vincent.

“Cosmic Callings”

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  • I enjoyed this a lot. Reminds me of similar sounds on Bernard Szajner’s Zed – Visions of Dune. Must have discovered the same buttons on their machines.

  • Well, you’ve managed to piece together just about all the relevant information. I think that tape was made sometime in 1986 or 1987. My father had just started working at St. Vincent College at the time, I was 11 or 12. Father Becket was pretty wild for a monk. He wore leather jackets, road a Harley, and played synths. His concerts were interesting to say the least, and yes, the basilica was a surreal place to hear “synthesizer music.”

  • Wonderful! I loved listening to Becket play at the Monastery. He is truly an inspiring individual.

  • Becket remains a musical genius. Knowing him and experiencing his music has been one of the highlights of my life. Why can’t we all be as self-confident as he? As creative? As just-plain-good?

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