James Harvey

Earth Dreaming Dance

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The didjeridu (also spelled dijeridoo) is one of the most ancient and trance-inducing of all musical instruments. Fashioned from a hollowed-out branch of the eucalyptus tree, it has been used for millenia by the Aborigines of northern Australia in their sacred ceremonies. On Earth Dreaming Dance the hypnotic modulated drone of the didjeridu is combined with a whole raft of electronically sampled sounds, mainly various real or found percussion instruments. The opening piece, "Papang" (reprised at the end of the album), uses the continuous rolling rhythm of the didjeridu as a backdrop for mysterious clanking gongs and a sliding bamboo flute sounds. On the 21-minute title track the didjeridu comes to the forefront with James Harvey's energetic voicings offsetting Tom Wasinger's simple hand drum and click stick rhythm, while, on the equally lengthy "Dingoman," his on-again-off-again didjeridu and dog-man vocalizing rides on a clip-clop hand drum rhythm, accented by metallic synthesizer chords. James Harvey, an American musician who lives in Australia and is absorbed in an in-depth study of Aboriginal culture, has, with the help of keyboardist Tom Wasinger, produced a trancelike album of primal sounds solidly rooted in the strangely beguiling magic of the didjeridu.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
3:11
2
21:13
3
21:43
4
5:28
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