White Morning: Healing Music

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Two long pieces make up the program on this disc by the Japanese synthesist and new age maestro Fumio. "See the Light" consists of a very quiet drone, a V-I cadence in the bass repeated every twelve seconds or so, and slow, improvisational melody lines on top. This goes on for just over 25 minutes, and while the result isn't terribly interesting, there's no denying the soothing power of that dominant-tonic resolution as it's gently played over and over and over. "Morning Prayer" is also built on a drone and an obligato, but in this case the repeated figure sounds less sure of itself -- it ends on a raised pitch, as if asking a question; hence, perhaps, the title of the piece. The celestial answer comes in the form of upper-register noodlings with an almost vocal inflection. This disc will appeal greatly to those who use music for meditation and to fans of Brian Eno's Discreet Music (which it resembles almost too closely).