Various Artists

Eternal Journey: Authentic Music from Tibet

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Eternal Journey is an attempt to combine the traditional forms of Tibetan music with some effects and such to make it rather more listenable to the average uninitiated listener. The opening track is essentially a composition for the dung chen horns with a strong wind-effect laid over the top to add an air of mysticism. The next three tracks are simple chants laid quietly underneath a thick layer of synth mood music and birdcalls. "Mandala" incorporates some light chimes and piano music over a background of the low-pitched group chant that's particular to Tibetan music (perhaps best known from the Gyuto monks in the west). The rest of the album follows the same basic course: traditional vocal and instrumental pieces with layers of synths and the occasional drum set providing beats and chord changes to help out the listener. For those fully uninitiated in Tibetan music, an album along these lines might not be the worst way to start out and get a feel for the more foreign sounds. For those who want something more authentic, something like Rounder's Anthology of World Music Tibetan installment might be a better choice.

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