Drumming Inside Mother Earth

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Quality in the world of drum circles varies as in other musical styles, but given its populist and communal nature, seems to attract -- more often than not -- unskilled participants. MotherDrum Group began as a group of friends gathering for a drum circle underneath the Discovery Bridge in Columbus, OH. Perhaps the industrial echo off the steel girders wasn't sending out good enough vibes, because these intrepid "percussionists" ventured to a deeper locale. Recorded live inside the Echo Auditorium of the Great Saltpeter Cave in Mt. Vernon, KY, Drumming Inside Mother Earth is either an incredibly moving, spiritual experience or tacky hippie experiment. Individual biographies are not included, so it is unclear what sort of percussion expertise each "musician" has. That said, one could hazard a guess that the MotherDrum Group is not populated with Max Roaches, Jon Bohhams,Evelyn Glennies, Airto Moreiras, or even Mickey Harts for that matter. Fractured beats, inconsistent rhythms, as well as lame, repetitious pounding all echoing around a large cavern could either describe the latest industrial entry from Einst├╝rzende Neubauten or this disc. The real star of the album is the Great Saltpeter Cave itself, a natural instrument that deserves to be played by more accomplished musicians.

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