Singing Stones

Singing Stones

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by Michael Stearns
     
 
This is a fascinating, amazing album that comes from all directions at once -- Native American, ambient, electronic, meditational, you name it. Singing Stones are found at a number of desert sites, many of them in California; these are rocks that resonate when struck or rubbed, producing a sonorous, gong-like tone. Michael Stearns and Ron Sunsinger have taken

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This is a fascinating, amazing album that comes from all directions at once -- Native American, ambient, electronic, meditational, you name it. Singing Stones are found at a number of desert sites, many of them in California; these are rocks that resonate when struck or rubbed, producing a sonorous, gong-like tone. Michael Stearns and Ron Sunsinger have taken this as the starting point and foundation of the 12 pieces on this album. While some of the material uses nothing but the Singing Stones themselves, others incorporate a variety of Native American flutes, traditional songs, Native American vocalists (including the Cahuilla Bird Singers), samplers, synthesizers and studio processing (including some digital delays that make it seem that many of the sounds were played inside a gigantic cave). The Singing Stones themselves were recorded on location with microphones designed to record sounds during earthquakes. For all the rumbling sense of the planet that is built into this album, however, there are other tones, too -- bright tones, high tones, the sound of passionate voices raised in song, the sound of flutes, even the sounds of birds surrounding the sounds of thundering drums. The overall effect is one of celebration and respect connected firmly to the earth. Stearns and Sunsinger have achieved a dramatic effect here, producing a gloriously beautiful album that's as effective for celebration as for meditation and dreaming.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/31/1994
Label:
Hearts Of Space
UPC:
0025041104227
catalogNumber:
11042
Rank:
223637

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Stearns   Primary Artist,Flute,Drums,Voices,Multi Instruments,Bells,Sampling,Track Performer,Rainstick,Ambience,Sampled Vocals
Apache Ridge Coyotes and Crickets   Background Vocals
John Barlit   Percussion,Drums,Human Whistle,Whistle (Instrument)
Cahuilla Indian Bird Singers   Vocals
Red Road Crossing   Vocals
Lessert Moore   Vocals
Neshoba   Vocals
Sam Rhodes   Flute,Shakuhachi
Alvino Siva   Vocals
Ron Sunsinger   Synthesizer,Flute,Drums,Ocarina,Whistle (Instrument),Rub,Sampling,Track Performer,Lakota Flute,Ambience
Norman Toy   Keyboards
Greg Walkup   Didjeridu

Technical Credits

Michael Stearns   Sound Effects,Contributor
Stephen Hill   Art Direction
John Barlit   Sound Effects,Contributor
Cahuilla Indian Bird Singers   Contributor
Red Road Crossing   Contributor
Lessert Moore   Contributor
Neshoba   Contributor
Alvino Siva   Contributor
Ron Sunsinger   Sound Effects,Contributor
Norman Toy   Sound Effects
Greg Walkup   Contributor

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Singing Stones 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
marzel More than 1 year ago
This is ideal for background music or for careful listening.