David Corter

Didgeridoo Mania

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Admittedly more of a conceptual album than a purely musical one, this album from David Corter (of the Blue Man Group, now of Intel commercial fame) attempts to "create color and mood" by showing the common denominator among indigenous instruments. In that attempt, he combines alternatively and commonly instruments from Australia (didgeridoo, boomerangs), New Guinea (bullroarer, jaw harp), Tibet (singing bowls), Brazil (berimbau), Africa (mbira, djembe), the West (guitars, drums, etc), and modern electronic touches (the Blue Man Group's signature tube -- a cardboard tube with added pickups and feedback techniques). As such, one shouldn't expect too much out of it. Unfortunately, it lives up to such expectations. The musicians apparently weren't given any music to follow, only a feeling. Again, this doesn't provide for such beautiful music. The overdubbing effects are only too widely used in here, and the music is neither traditional nor cutting edge. At times it's even painful (example being "Prelude," performed solely on the Tibetan singing bowls). Really, if one wants to hear the didgeridoo, one should hear it in it's traditional context. Aside from that, however, even if wanting to hear the newer fusionist forms of traditional instrument usage, there are still much better albums available.

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