I've just rolled into my crossover network some Teflon super-tweeter capacitors and rewired all of the point-to-point connections with Teflon-insulated silver-stranded wire (20AWG,7 strands). Needless to say that after performing this upgrade, I appreciated quite a few sonic benefits, mostly above 2KHz. It also helped reveal more of the nuances buried within a recording like background noises that were once distant being brought more forward.
So with the system tweaked, it's a cloudy Saturday morning, I'm sitting with my feet up, coffee cup on the end table, and I am listening David and Steve Gordon's album entitled "Shaman's Vision Journey." This is a four-song meditation-style CD whose sonic virtues fall in that exclusive category of well-arranged and produced Red Book recordings.
This is a relaxing production featuring bird chirps, flutes, guitars, chanting vocals, Native American drums, and both contemporary and ancient percussion. Most alluring is the cadence seamlessly complimented by the perfect blend of all sounds. None are too loud nor too soft meaning that this timeless music sweeps you away as if cradled by the magic of the performers and the synergistic talent of the recording engineer. It's pretty cool; I think you'll like it!
Each of the four tracks honors one of the four cardinal directions (therein referenced as the four winds) - east, south, west, and north. Each track was inspired by the chants of an ancient culture. The clever cover adds another dimension to this album acknowledging these four ancient cultures from which these four tracks were created. Four crystal "singing" bowls adorn the edges with engraved symbols borrowed from the same cultures whose chants inspired that track. The symbols, left-to-right and top-to-bottom, are:
- Sanskrit OM
- Hopi Four Directions
- Tibetan Double Dorje
- Buddhist Knot of Eternity
The attention to detail in the music is similar to that of the cover art. Each song contains a core drumbeat whose rhythm maintains the emotion and foundation of that piece. Enhanced by other instruments, each song takes on a slightly different character although if you did not pay attention you may think that they were all the same song. Such is the indistinguishable nature of well-orchestrated deep meditation music. Not only does the performance lull you into calmness and peace, it also drains away your stress and helps you experience personal insights you may not have previously known.
If I were you, I would follow the directions on the album notes and quietly meditate while listening to this music on your own high-end rig. You nay find yourself fascinated by the accuracy of the instruments or intrigued by the unsuspected appearance of a harmonious instrument, but stay focused on your meditation and let all external influences dissolve. Let your meditation take you deep into your higher consciousness and beyond with the help of these chants. It works as my wife and I can both confirm.
I never thought the integration of playback system and well-recorded sound could make such a difference as to the quality of my meditation. I hope that you find a new use for your rig as I did mine.
I once prayed for the Creator to allow me to hear "perfect sound." I was blessed in a meditation with a single note whose purity drives me to achieve a similar experience with my playback system. While I am much closer today than that day over 20 years ago, I still vividly recall the pureness of that one note not heard with my ears but rather with my inner spirit. Music of this caliber as the Shaman's Vision Journey re-inspires me to continue my journey into revealing that quality of an experience. I hope that this music similarly inspires you to continue on your own journey into audio perfection.
Steve Gordon's Comments
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