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5.0 out of 5 stars a must for fans of Michael Stearns and natural recordings, 7 Oct. 2001
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This review is from: The Lost World (Audio CD)
This was my first Michael Stearns cd, I had never heard anything like it.
In the mid 90-ies Michael Stearns joined a scientific expedition to Venezuela and with him he brought recording-devices.
The first piece is Kama Meru which includes recorded waterfalls, bird sounds and some nice ambienteeering.
Lost World Theme is the pillar on this cd, it has some VERY heavy drumming imbedded with natural recordings, it also features the singing of Keri Rusthoi - a opera singer from the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra - her singing reminds me of Lisa Gerrard from
Dead Can Dance, a very majestic piece.
Imu Paru introduces some ethnic drumming together with native flutes, it starts very quiet but then the tempo rises and soon a trance enducing dance of drums, gongs, flutes and whistles ascends, in the end it mellows down to a ambient landscape.
On Maripak:The Last Pterodactyl you can hear their guide Dionisio Ortiz tell a story from his people's history, the story is recorded in a cave after a rainstorm, it's a quiet semi-dark piece, containing some heavy drumming and flutes.
Matawi: Killer of Men has some slow drumming, etheral singing and symphonic synths it's a very eerie and dreamy piece.
On Sabana Keri Rusthoi returns with her great voice, this is perhaps the most ethereal piece on the cd.
Volcano features some very heavy and ritualistic drumming, with insect sounds in the background and random flutes, which
together with the synth creates a very cinematic sound with hints of danger and mystery.
The etheral Auyan adds to the overall mysteric touch
Warao is a piece where the ambience was recorded at night on a canoe in the Orinocco delta, it's a minimalistic ambient piece.
St.Francis continues in the same vein as Warao, featuring some bells and insect recordings.
Crystal Canyon is my favourite , it has a very nice acoustic guitar parts and beautiful bells.
Lost World Reprise is a return to the Lost World Theme.
This cd is a very cinematic experience great for headphone listening or if you have a good stereo the soundrecordning is incredible, it feels like you were right there with him in Venezuela.
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