Steven Halpern

Peruvian Whistling Vessels

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This unique album incorporates lectures and storytelling about the ancient Andean peoples and their use of clay whistling vessels, demonstrations of the whistles and resonances of these instruments. Even a single whistle can sound very high and penetrating; gang them up and the effect is unbelievable. According to the liner notes, the vibrations can actually set up sympathetic sounds within your head. (I'm convinced. It feels like I have three sets of eardrums, and there might be a miniature bullroarer in my head.) Definitely a different experience; the term "psycho-acoustic" really seems to fit. Daniel Statnekov narrates the introduction, while Halpern plays the electric and acoustic pianos in the background.