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2022 Celestial Harmonies (CD)
AAtmanaut is New Zealand-based master synthesist and world music explorer David Parsons' 20th release with Celestial Harmonies. Originally released in 2018 as digital only, this double CD is now available. His music remains highly revered worldwide, with the respect earned by a life-long dedication to the art and spirituality of sound steeped in the roots of classic European electronic music, Northern Indian music and years of indigenous location recordings in Cambodia, India, the middle east, Tibet and beyond.
|1. ||Beyond the Gopuram|| ||11:37|| |
|2. ||Thom|| ||10:02|| |
|3. ||Mahakund|| ||10:33|| |
|4. ||Mahal|| ||6:01|| |
|5. ||Chandranatya|| ||9:02|| |
|6. ||Ramanti|| ||8:04|| |
|7. ||In Praise of the Forest Deva|| ||6:18|| |
|1. ||Perhatian|| ||8:32|| |
|2. ||Cosmic Sea|| ||11:36|| |
|3. ||Dhamek|| ||21:59|| |
|4. ||Atmanaut|| ||7:37|| |
|5. ||Rakshasloka|| ||7:36|| |
|6. ||Apparition|| ||7:11|| |
Omar Faruk Tekbilek (with Steve Roach)
1998 Celestial Harmonies 13176 (CD)
Turkish master musician Omar Faruk Tekbilek drawns from Persian mysticism, the sounds of Azerbaijani folksong and classical Arabian belly dancing. He even pays tribute, on the song "Yalel", to the famed Egyptian singer Omm Kulthum. (Tekbilek himself is half Egyptian.) Working with many of the same musicians who have made such distinctive contributions to Tekbilek's earlier albums, he creates a kind of global music, a music that acknowledges Greek, Indian, and of course Turkish music, and attempts to find a common ground between all of these. Perhaps his greatest achievement on CRESCENT MOON is that the album is more than the sum of its parts: it consistently evokes the ecstatic trance of the Sufi dervishes, the biting winds of the desert at night, the rich and exotic scents of an Oriental market, and yet it does so without clearly staying in any one musical tradition.
|1. ||Crescent Moon|| ||7:56|| |
|2. ||Yalel|| ||6:57|| |
|3. ||Salute to the Sun|| ||8:57|| |
|4. ||Tamzara|| ||4:10|| |
|5. ||Baglama Delight|| ||5:31|| |
|6. ||Hijaz Raks|| ||4:59|| |
|7. ||Last Moments of Love|| ||4:56|| |
|8. ||Adanali|| ||5:10|| |
|9. ||Azeri|| ||7:23|| |
|10. ||Yunus|| ||10:12|| |
2, 3, 10. with Steve Roach
David Hykes & The Harmonic Choir
Celestial Harmonies 13010 (CD)
In CURRENT CIRCULATION, David Hykes and the Harmonic Choir expand beyond the scope of the traditional tantric Tibetan Buddhist chant, in which the singer holds one steady note and one unmoving harmonic. They also expand beyond the traditional Mongolian Hoomi singing, in which the singer projects soaring harmonic melodies from the overtone series of the steady fundamental.
In CURRENT CIRCULATION, the singers create new melodies and chords by simultaneously moving both the harmonic and fundamental notes, sometimes in converging directions, or by holding the high harmonic while varying the fundamental. This kind of harmonic chanting is very demanding for the singers, and can be for the listener as well. The listener may choose to focus on the complicated tunings between harmonics and fundamentals, and the chords between the singers as they move among the notes of the inverted harmonic scale. Or, the listener may choose to let his mind soar through the architectural spaces created by the intangible energies emanating from the Harmonic Choir. The vibrations both define the space and inhabit it, shimmering through the air in a timeless dimension.
|1. ||Subject to Change||MP3||5:02|| |
|2. ||Current Circulation|| ||31:44|| |
|3. ||Solstice Kyrie||MP3||6:50|| |
|4. ||Inward Calling||MP3||11:07|| |
|Departure From the Northern Wasteland|
1978 Celestial Harmonies KUCKUCK CD 079 (CD)
An historic look back at a pinnacle release for the 70's German Electronic Music scene that still holds the magic. Michael Hoenig worked briefly with Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze, but this monumental solo recording released in 1978 is one of the true electronic classics to emerge from the so-called Berlin School of that time. This release presents a twist on the sequencer-dominated sound of that time. Short, melodic analog sequencer patterns are woven into a polyrythmic array that shift and phase constantly creating a meditative study of tonal and rhythmic motion. Warm harmonic analog synth and guitar textures and melodies support the movement of the pieces creating a pastoral undertone. Hoeing's influences of Philip Glass, Terry Riley and especially Steve Reich are part of what takes the era's standard approach to sequencer-based music into a place that is still unmatched in its minimal elegance. As vital-sounding today as it was upon its release, this one is among Steve's top all-time favorite "roots" CD's. The 21-minute title track is simply epic.
Takadja (with Steve Roach)
1996 Celestial Harmonies 15025 (CD)
Produced by Steve Roach
|1. ||Diny'è||MP3||4:46|| |
|2. ||M'beguel||MP3||4:20|| |
|3. ||Siarré|| ||4:19|| |
|4. ||Le Génie du Village|| ||6:27|| |
|5. ||Séoufo|| ||2:44|| |
|6. ||Medley Ivoiren||MP3||3:47|| |
|7. ||Wami||MP3||4:52|| |
|8. ||Mam||MP3||4:22|| |
|9. ||M'bar - N'dorabine||MP3||4:56|| |
|10. ||Doumdoumfaré|| ||4:16|| |
|11. ||Signokhoya||MP3||5:15|| |
|12. ||Les Enfants Takadja||MP3||3:12|| |
5. with Steve Roach
2002 Celestial Harmonies 17076 (CD)
Since 1975, David Parsons has made numerous trips to India to absorb the culture, study the music, and record performances by indigenous artists. In addition to producing two albums of Tibetan ritual music, in the Sacred Ceremonies series, the composer and synthesist has translated the essence of his journeys into the lush, yet, profound soundscapes of Himalaya and Yatra, two critically acclaimed albums of original music.
2008 Celestial Harmonies 13231 (CD)
Reviewed by e/i Magazine / Audio Verite
"Over his past few releases, New Zealand veteran electronic composer David Parsons has deliberately been refining his electronic composition approach and overall sound sense, drawing from a keen awareness of tone and nuance and a sense of inner and outer spaces in balance. This awareness has developed over many years from both pure electronic music explorations and a deep connection to the music of south Asia. Having traveled extensively through India, Thailand, Indonesia and beyond, recording the indigenous music from these cultures, his many diverse recordings are featured on the Celestial Harmonies label. David's years of experience and the understanding drawn from these acoustic realms has infused EARTHLIGHT in a deep and powerful way."
|1. ||Earthlight||MP3||7:20|| |
|2. ||Altai Himalaya||MP3||13:01|| |
|3. ||Beyond the Light||MP3||9:33|| |
|4. ||Corona||MP3||8:42|| |
|5. ||The Winged Ones||MP3||7:32|| |
|6. ||Bathing Light||MP3||20:05|| |
David Hudson (with Steve Roach)
1998 Celestial Harmonies 15033 (CD)
Reviewed by Hans Stoeve, Exposé
This is actually a full collaboration between Steve and David. Another visit to the Timeroom provided the didgeridoo solos that Steve then worked on his own over a few months. "Dreamtime Soundworlds" were created in ways that support the didgeridoo in an expansive and surreal setting.
David Hykes & The Harmonic Choir
1992 Celestial Harmonies (CD)
This is a long-time favorite CD of Steve, who listens to this when its time to get away from music, using it as a bridge to silence. A remarkable recording that nourishes with every listen.
|1. ||Lines To a Great Lord||MP3|| |
|2. ||Harmonic Relation||MP3|| |
|3. ||Kyrie Opening||MP3|| |
|4. ||Foregather In the Name||MP3|| |
|5. ||Kyrie Fragments||MP3|| |
|6. ||Eleison Closing||MP3|| |
|7. ||Brotherhood||MP3|| |
|8. ||Hallelujah|| || |
Celestial Harmonies 17059 (CD)
This is a musical journey through India and the Himalaya Mountains. Using a variety of synthesizers, David Parsons creates a beautiful and vivid musical picture. We hear and feel the driving wind and sense the mystery of the deserted snowy mountain meadows. In "Rishikesh", an underlying growling depicts the awesome feeling of standing at the base of the majestic Himalaya Mountains and looking up. The full-bodied rumble of "Kailasa" portrays the power of the shrine of Lord Shiva. In "Varuna Deva" rhythms are used like brushes to paint the lively Ganges River. Spiced with recordings of natural sounds, such as thunder and chanting, HIMALAYA is a passionate view of India and her mighty mountain range.
|In Retrospect: 1980-2003|
2004 Celestial Harmonies 14204 (CD) – 2-CD
"What a long strange trip it's been." It was the Grateful Dead who sang that line, but it's David Parsons who has actually lived it. In Retrospect: 1980-2003 is a double CD retrospective of David Parsons' recording career, one heavily influenced by other cultures and extensive travel.
1.1, 1.4 previously unreleased
2005 Celestial Harmonies (CD)
INNER PLACES is an outstanding new release from New Zealand-based veteran synth and Indian music artist David Parsons. This is one of drifting, mysterious beauty. No rhythmic elements are present on the CD, leaving the focus towards the mystical atmospheres and cloud-like pieces. Highly recommended to those who want to float into a pure mystical drift.
|1. ||Pahla Loka||MP3||10:19|| |
|2. ||Dusra Loka||MP3||10:13|| |
|3. ||Tisra Loka||MP3||9:31|| |
|4. ||Chautha Loka||MP3||9:01|| |
|5. ||Panchwan Loka||MP3||10:01|| |
|6. ||Chhatha Loka||MP3||12:03|| |
2009 Celestial Harmonies (CD)
David's new release plays like a deeper extract from the 2008 Earthlight release. The live feel is evident and the flow is effortless thoughout the six pieces. Elongated sound textures and delicate use of unique sounds and subtle rhythmic elements intermix in classic Parsons style, transcendent and earthy. While this release is fully electronic, his years of playing Indian music and recording volumes of indigenous projects for Celestial Harmonies has provided his personal music with a special quality that is infused into the overall atmosphere of his masterful soundscape music.
|1. ||Jyoti||MP3||10:29|| |
|2. ||Incarnation||MP3||11:02|| |
|3. ||The Valley Below||MP3||9:35|| |
|4. ||City of Spirits||MP3||10:02|| |
|5. ||Tsaparang Moon||MP3||9:32|| |
|6. ||They Come||MP3||10:07|| |
Khenany (with Steve Roach)
1993 Celestial Harmonies 13078 (CD)
|1. ||Kacharpari||MP3|| |
|2. ||Ceremonia In La Naturaleza||MP3||4:28|| |
|3. ||Bonita (Pretty One)|| || |
|4. ||Danza del Zikuri (Zikuri Dance #1)|| || |
|5. ||Cambita (Dance from Argentina)|| || |
|6. ||Mis Llamitas (My Little Llamas)|| || |
|7. ||La Savanera (Columbian Festival Song)|| || |
|8. ||Rio Pucara-Amanece (Pucara River-Sunrise)|| || |
|9. ||La Partida (The Departure)|| || |
|10. ||Montes Ponku (Ponku Mountain)|| || |
|11. ||Dolencias (Anguish)|| || |
|12. ||Regreso a Caso (Returning Home)|| || |
|13. ||Cancion Prehispanica (Prehispanic Indian Song)|| || |
|14. ||Pajaro Campana-Huapango (Bell Bird-Huapango)|| || |
2. with Steve Roach
|Maitreya: The Future Buddha|
2002 Celestial Harmonies (CD)
These spiritual odysseys of sound are created from a variety of synthesizers and acoustic instruments. They will appeal to anyone who enjoys the long form pieces and deep sound meditations found on WORLD'S EDGE, DREAMTIME RETURN, and EARLY MAN, to name a few. David Parsons has been a label mate with Steve on Fortuna / Celestial Harmonies for many years, and their music could be considered as sharing a kindred spirit in its essence and intention.
1999 Celestial Harmonies 13171 (CD)
Longtime fans of David Parsons' sampling and synthesizer originals of the 1980's will be pleased with the musician's return to the studio. After a long hiatus as a composer/performer, Parsons' Ngaio Gamelan was unmistakably his magnum opus to date.
2000 Celestial Harmonies (CD)
These spiritual odysseys of sound are created from a variety of synthesizers and acoustic Instruments. They will appeal to anyone who enjoys the long form pieces and deep sound meditations found on WORLD'S EDGE, DREAMTIME RETURN, and EARLY MAN, to name a few. David Parsons has been a label mate with Steve on Fortuna / Celestial Harmonies for many years, and their music could be considered as sharing a kindred spirit in its essence and intention.
Celestial Harmonies 13181 (CD)
In composing SHAMAN, David Parsons "imagined a gathering of mystics, headed by a high shaman, at night in a remote desert valley." This recording is his "impression of a complete ceremony where mantras are chanted and dervishes are whirling in ecstatic trances to the rhythm of the music." It is Parsons' intention to leave the listener to imagine what the track titles mean, as they will surely mean different things to different people. The CD is filled with a rich composite of electronic and acoustic rhythmic and melodic elements. At their center, most pieces are pulsing sequencer-based patterns, very hypnotic and centered in the body but not overstated. If you appreciate the movement on THE SERPENT'S LAIR and CORE by Steve, this release will prove a nice surprise.
2008 Celestial Harmonies 13227 (CD)
This new release from New Zealand-based David Parsons feels like a natural and welcomed progression of the deep atmospheric realms of his recent INNER PLACES release. With the focus on texture and purity of analog-based and inspired sounds, David stands in a small circle of electronic composers who continue to use "real" stand alone hardware synths for his sound creation. The rich sound quality and visceral impact is proof positive of why these instruments in the hands of a true sound artist generate transcendent work. Essential, and a current favorite of Steve's.
|Symphony of the Harmony of Celestial Revelations|
The Complete Hildegard von Bingen Vol. 1
1996 Celestial Harmonies 13127 (CD)
Like the HARMONIC MEETINGS recording, this is another release that Steve draws inspiration from as a transition to silence. A rich atmosphere of medieval mysticism is felt at the heart of this music.
|1. ||Honey and Milk Beneath Her Tongue (Dripping Honeycomb - avus destillans)|| ||7:46|| |
|2. ||Ursula's Virgins (et ideo puelle)|| ||2:28|| |
|3. ||The Devil's Suggestion (O You Who Are Illumined - o tu illustrata)|| ||7:09|| |
|4. ||Place of the Ancient Heart (O You Angels - o vos angeli)|| ||9:02|| |
|5. ||Zeal of Divinity (studium divinitatis)|| ||0:57|| |
|6. ||O Fiery Spirit (o ignes spiritus)|| ||7:16|| |
|7. ||Red River Falling (o rubor sanguinis)|| ||4:02|| |
|8. ||O Orzchis Ecclesia||MP3||2:12|| |
|9. ||Living-Light Angels (o glorissimi lux vivens angeli)|| ||6:37|| |
|10. ||The Clouds Are Grieving (our king is swift-rex noster promptus est)|| ||4:28|| |
|11. ||The Firstwoman (deus enim in prima muliere)|| ||1:43|| |
|12. ||From Their Homeland (de patria)||MP3||1:37|| |
|13. ||But the Devil Mocked (sed diabolus in invidia)|| ||2:27|| |
|14. ||Song To Ecclesia (nunc gaudeant materna viscera ecclesia)||MP3||3:02|| |
|The Art of the Didjeridu: Selected Pieces 1987 - 1997|
David Hudson (with Steve Roach)
1997 Celestial Harmonies 13071 (CD)
Produced by Steve Roach
A great collection of David's didg playing, produced by Steve from the three solo CDs listed.
1, 7, 13. with Steve Roach; 9. from Michael Askill's FREE RADICALS
|The Big Picture|
Michael Shrieve, David Beal
Celestial Harmonies 17060 (CD)
For a limited time, we're offering this unique recording which was lost to many. Two of the foremost drummers of rock and new age blended their exceptional talents with the latest technology to create a landmark album. On THE BIG PICTURE, Michael Shrieve and David Beal produce fully orchestrated music using electronic drum pads and digital samplings. Through this system, a drum-pad can sound like a trumpet, violin, voice, or it can create a completely new sound. Though originally composed on computer, all the music on THE BIG PICTURE was played entirely with drumsticks. This album is a refreshing celebration of rhythm and melody. The pieces compose a dazzling menu, ranging from the exotic to the mischievous, all sharing a compelling vibrancy and excitement. THE BIG PICTURE opens a new door for percussionists. It puts the percussionist on a plane with traditional front line soloists and elevates him to orchestral arranger, with infinite combinations of sounds, timbres, rhythms, and instrumentations at his disposal.
|1. ||The Invisible Architect||MP3||5:45|| |
|2. ||Mon Amie||MP3||4:08|| |
|3. ||Unspeakable Dawn||MP3||7:09|| |
|4. ||Izibongo||MP3||5:23|| |
|5. ||Shaman's Drum||MP3||5:30|| |
|6. ||The Big Picture||MP3||6:05|| |
|7. ||Rocked in the Cradle of the Deep||MP3||5:24|| |
|8. ||Iron Voices||MP3||4:57|| |
|Tibetan Plateau / Sounds of the Mothership|
Celestial Harmonies 17013 (CD)
This CD brings together selections from David Parsons' early recordings, TIBETAN PLATEAU and SOUNDS OF THE MOTHERSHIP. The collection includes eight compositions that evoke the sounds of remote, deep space through the soaring voices of Parsons' synthesizers in combination with classical Indian instruments. Inspired by the ancient Vedic songs of India, Parson's music lies at the well-springs of consciousness, tempered by soothing sounds from the physical world: the soft chirping of crickets, the calls of songbirds, and the restless sounds of the four winds. The music serves as a centering point for the mind amid the swirling vortex of the temporal plane.
|Woolunda: Ten Solos For Didgeridoo|
1993 Celestial Harmonies 13071 (CD)
Produced by Steve Roach
Hudson's first solo CD, and perhaps the first-ever recording to present the didgeridoo as a solo instrument on CD at the time of its release. Recorded at the Timeroom with Steve treating the didg through the Lexicon Digital Reverb. All pieces were recorded live.