This is an interesting mix of electronic dance music fused with various traditional song forms from Tibet (with a bit from Nepal and Thailand, as well). Waterbone is actually a pair of American artists, Kendall Jones and Jimmy Waldo, who simply composed bits and pieces of song motifs before traveling to the/a>/a>… See more details below
This is an interesting mix of electronic dance music fused with various traditional song forms from Tibet (with a bit from Nepal and Thailand, as well). Waterbone is actually a pair of American artists, Kendall Jones and Jimmy Waldo, who simply composed bits and pieces of song motifs before traveling to the Himalayas to record the bulk of the album's material. A few of the pieces are pre-composed works for synthesizers, drum machines, and flutes, but the majority is a synthesis of synthesizer and drum loops with recordings of the native musicians. While the performers from the various schools, temples, and street corners are all enjoyable, the excitement here comes from the fusion between the old vocal and modern technological music forms. The vocalists range from young female singers of Bangkok to ancient monks of Katmandu. The seamless transitions from one to another and the delicate fusion with electronica make the album worth hearing. Mixing Asian vocals with electronica is hardly anything new (especially since the success of Enigma's "Return to Innocence"), with notable albums in the vein coming from any number of Asian dub groups, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and a lump of single singers enhancing their own abilities from throughout the continent. Any of these can compete with this Waterbone album, and, musically, many might outdo it, as Tibet stays relatively conventional in its ways as far as electronica goes. Give it a listen as a solid album, but look elsewhere for the groundbreaking sounds.
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Performance CreditsWaterbone Primary Artist
Technical CreditsEric Lindert Executive Producer
Steve Rosen Liner Notes
Jimmy Waldo Producer
David Evans Executive Producer
Candace Upman Art Direction
Sandy DelRio Graphic Design,Art Direction
D. Kendall Jones Producer
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Absolutely transcendent... a mystical ride over the Himalayas. I got this CD soon after its release in 1998, and it's still my favorite in my entire collection. Groovy and spiritual at the same time -- the best mix of ancient east and modern west I can imagine. I gave a copy to a Tibetan friend in Lhasa and it's become his favorite CD, too.
I have only heard these little clips bit it SOUNDS GREAT!
I had found it once at a store in the mall and they had it playing there. I fell in love with it and bought the tape. I wore it out and then came back and they were out of stock. It is my absolute favorite music ever! I love listening to it while drawing. I find it inspirational.