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Trip to the Andes [Ark 21]
     

A Trip to the Andes [Ark 21]

 
The back story for this album might've made a nice CD-ROM. In 1995, label owner Mo Fini led an expedition into the Andes to record the flutes, string, and drum music of the Queras, last of the Incan blood lineage. Their tunes were updated by the flutes, strings, and percussion of Inti Raymi's album Inca Quena. In turn, Inti Raymi's

Overview

The back story for this album might've made a nice CD-ROM. In 1995, label owner Mo Fini led an expedition into the Andes to record the flutes, string, and drum music of the Queras, last of the Incan blood lineage. Their tunes were updated by the flutes, strings, and percussion of Inti Raymi's album Inca Quena. In turn, Inti Raymi's album was sampled by 12 ambient artists for this project. But that's three degrees of separation and it shows, to listeners' disappointment. The potential for conflicted entertainment is certainly built in: Incan outsiders versus corrupt dance techs from the northern hemisphere, piping and plucking versus rhythm machines, silicon versus the carbon dioxide pushed through hand-crafted Peruvian pipes. Instead, what could've a been half-decent soundtrack illustrates the smugness of any project seeking to meld "past" with "future" as a cure for the "corruptive influence" of Western culture. This mellow music inspires violent metaphors: Inti Raymi's original work is chopped up, drowned out, stripped beyond the bone, and virtually buried alive in some of the puniest beats of the ambient genre. The titles are worthy of guided-imagery readings -- Hidden Chipsters' "New Day," Pylon King's "Mask of Inner Thought," Youth's "Half Moon," Zone 12's "Moody Pan Pipes" -- without the usefulness or the amusement value. Only the last two cuts are any fun because both artists decide to induce a little corruption instead of merely thematicizing it. Fun^Da^Mental's "Sufi Inca" is built on the sharp, unyielding rap of a tabla drum. And µ-Ziq's Mike Paradinas concocts a classic musical mutation: the "Mo Sox Punchay" remix sends a squadron of ugly flutes and strings against one badly beset little xylophone riff. However cruel the noisy setting becomes, the xylophone never gives up.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/07/2000
Label:
Ark 21
UPC:
0618681000822
catalogNumber:
810008

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Youth   Track Performer
Fun^Da^Mental   Track Performer
µ-Ziq   Track Performer
Transglobal Underground   Track Performer
T-Power   Track Performer
Aphrodite   Track Performer
Astralasia   Track Performer
Pylon King   Track Performer
Hidden Chipsters   Track Performer
Fini Tribe   Track Performer
Zone 12   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Youth   Producer,Remixing
Paul Thomas   Arranger,Producer
Aki Nawaz   Arranger,Producer
Transglobal Underground   Arranger,Producer,Remixing
Mike Paradinas   Arranger,Producer
Aphrodite   Arranger,Producer
Astralasia   Remixing
Edgar Villarroel   Composer,Engineer
Pylon King   Remixing
Swordfish   Composer,Producer
DJ Butterfly   Engineer
Vicky Cespedes   Engineer
Junior Tomlin   Graphic Design
Hidden Chipsters   Arranger,Producer
Dunderhead   Remixing
Fini Tribe   Remixing
Tony Byrne   Arranger,Producer,Executive Producer
Ott   Engineer
Tim Harney   Arranger,Producer

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