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Just as the mythology of the Australian people and their continent was personified through the complex Aboriginal creation stories called The Dreamtime, the land also gave rise to a rich musical culture unlike any other. Australia: Sounds of the Earth captures the primordial hums and rhythms that have emerged from and moved across this continent in the four directions, like the winds themselves since The Dreamtime began. This recording features the didgeridoo, an Aboriginal wind instrument of remarkable flexibility and power, in traditional and innovative formats. Virtuoso solos by Aboriginal artist, David Hudson, are complemented by performances of up to four didgeridoo players accompanied by drums and electronics.

Tracing the development of an indigenous music firmly rooted in patterns of existence dictated by the rhythms of the land, Australia: Sounds of the Earth embraces Australia's musical past and present. The riveting performance of cellist Sarah Hopkins, acknowledges the debt 20th century composers owe to the influence of Aboriginal music. By utilizing a combination of bowing techniques and overtone singing, the Australian cellist emulates sounds of the didgeridoo. Producer, Steve Roach, blends the recordings from the outback with their haunting modern echoes by creating evocative soundscapes, and the illusion of a journey through time and space to the origins of these primal sounds.

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"Australia: Sound of the Earth is an important album which seems to know no barriers - It is world music, ambiance, traditional music and electronics all blended together in a powerful and innovative mix." -- Sydney Morning Herald, Australia

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Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Red Dust and SweatSteve Roach10:45Album Only
  2. Call to KurandaDavid Hudson 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. The Ancient VoiceDavid Hudson 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Atmosphere for DreamingSteve Roach, Sarah Hopkins 7:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Darktime / The InitationSteve Roach, Sarah Hopkins 7:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. OriginSarah Hopkins 4:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. SpiritsDavid Hudson 3:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. The HunterDavid Hudson 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Awakening EarthSarah Hopkins14:10Album Only
10. Land Sound / The Dreaming PlaceDavid Hudson, Steve Roach 5:14$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 23, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fortuna Records
  • ASIN: B0000007UX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,930 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Bladerunner B26354 on April 11, 2001
Format: Audio CD
When I purchased "Australia," I was expecting more of something like "Dreamtime Return," which Roach recorded around 1987 for the 1988 release. Ever since then, I was hooked on Roach. His ambient, totally original style is evident on this, another Australian recording that is permeated with the digeradoo, a long, wind instrument frequently used there that produces deep, pleasantly haunting sounds. It is believed that Roach uses whatever can carry a sound as percussion instruments: rocks, water, bottles, washboards--and some instruments you never would have guessed--in addition to his synthesizers.

At first, I had resistance to the syncopated, off-beat patterns, but as I let the album play, the rhythms of the other hand-made instruments Roached used, and the overall down-to-earth, unrehearsed style got to me, like the distant sound of a bull roarer in the background. I listened to the entire album, and nearly an hour went by like it was 15 minutes. Roach's music is difficult to explain, but is best summed up as music for the mind. I listen to it--with REPEAT ON--while reading and writing, and to help me reach a transcendental, meditative state. For these reasons, as with all Roach's music, I find that it is best as a personal, solo journey best experienced with the privacy and deep sound of a good pair of headphones. Highly recommended as an effective, immediate means to reduce stress, aggression and hostility. If you don't have this album, then you are truly missing out on one of the most original pieces of ambience from one of the most respected musical artists of our time.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Zekeriyah VINE VOICE on January 7, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This music is some of the most beautiful and spiritual Aboriginal music I think I have ever heard. Its very modern and upbeat, but at the same time has a definate connection to the Aboriginal culture. I can't stress this CD enough. If you are into New Age or World Music, you owe it to yourself to check this CD out.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By earthworm on May 28, 2008
Format: Audio CD
This is music for communicating with the Spirits, with the Dreamtime, with the Australian Earth. This was my introduction to all three of these artists, and while I have pursued the music of all three, and all three have done amazing work, nothing that any of them has done separately seem to approach the depth of this album. Their synergy generated an extraordinary Power. (Sarah Hudson's unique and extraordinary cello solo, "Awakening the Earth," deserves special mention. I wish she would do a whole album of music like this, but it may have been uniquely inspired for the occasion.)

This is not very accessible music. It is not entertainment. It is not even especially pretty or pleasant. But as you tune into it, it can put you into a profound altered state.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yogi-Ama on March 31, 2013
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Will keep this a brief review. Songs seem to flow naturally between each other with significant variation of textures. Listen to this at low volume on a lazy rainy Sunday afternoon in order for it to get in your "bloodstream". After thousands of listening sessions, I never find this boring, the songs all seem to stand on their own and yet fit together so well. As with all of Steve's music, you are transported to another time, another place....in this case somewhere between nature and a spiritual realm.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Debra Jan Bibel TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 8, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Long ago,I purchased this recording, the first of my digeridoo albums, because of its blend of electronic atmospherics and New Age/Ancient deep guttural traditional sound of the digeridoo and spirit catcher whirligig. It was among the first albums for David Hudson, who has made a major career playing the digeridoo. Since then, I have largely avoided mushy New Age electronica and prefer acoustic traditional instruments. Relistening to the recording, I find that it may serve well as a movie soundtrack but does not stand up alone because of the inconsistency and fuzzy ambience. It is best when Hudson plays solo, though track 5, The Initiation, when all three musicians perform, is very powerful. The earthiness and romantic sound of an ancient people make the album worthwhile, and it is significant by leading the way for more focused digeridoo albums. That it is still available indicates that it was among the better experimental fusions of the era.
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