Adham Shaikh

Drift

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During August and September of 1995, Adham Shaikh and Tim Floyd journeyed to a cabin on an island in the Pacific Northwest (U.S.A.). In August, they explored the island and recorded sounds of nature, natural occurrences, and some human interactions with nature. In September they sifted through the material and added music to the recordings. They, in effect, used the nature samples as instruments. They added ethnic instruments and technical wizardry (processing, mixing, recording, engineering, and mastering) to create a "natural" soundscape. Drift is a magnificent set of minimalist soundscapes and pastoral ambience. Shaikh and Floyd took great pains to perfect this masterpiece. The organic textures and deep drones play off and to each other. Every detail of the sound design is complimentary. There are no missing elements and the performances are flawless. This CD will appeal to fans of Alio Die, Robert Rich, Viridian Sun, and Kevin Keller. It is essential for e-music and new age fans.

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