Singing Stones

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All Music Guide - Steven McDonald
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steven McDonald
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/31/1994
  • Label: Hearts Of Space
  • UPC: 025041104227
  • Catalog Number: 11042
  • Sales rank: 154,460

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Ringing Desert - Ron Sunsinger (4:07)
  2. 2 Invocation - Ron Sunsinger (2:55)
  3. 3 Shadows & Light - Ron Sunsinger (3:40)
  4. 4 Petroglyphs - Ron Sunsinger (4:58)
  5. 5 Stone People - Ron Sunsinger (4:36)
  6. 6 Ghost Dance - Ron Sunsinger (5:16)
  7. 7 Night Rocks - Ron Sunsinger (4:31)
  8. 8 Subterranean Garden - Ron Sunsinger (8:57)
  9. 9 Shadows - Ron Sunsinger (1:17)
  10. 10 Honoring Stone Magic - Ron Sunsinger (7:42)
  11. 11 Sunrise Ceremony - Ron Sunsinger (4:11)
  12. 12 Return of the Red Hat - Ron Sunsinger (5:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael Stearns Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor, 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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Exquisite

    This is ideal for background music or for careful listening.

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