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Ecstasy is one of several pivotal albums that Deuter recorded as a result of his studies in India during the mid 1970s. There he took up residence in an ashram, probing deeply into Indian music, and completed many compositions that he had begun in Germany. In mixing Eastern and Western textures with engaging, uplifting melodies, Deuter found an appropriate balance for his spiritual ideals. With soaring flutes, rich synthesizer textures, resonant guitars, spiraling sequencer patterns, and delicate percussion, he created a sense of exhilaration and joy matched by few artists. The music on Ecstasy truly lives up to its name.
Deuter himself is a product of both East and West. He was born in 1945, in a small village of post-war Germany. As a child, he learned flute and taught himself guitar and harmonica. As a young adult, he worked as a graphic designer and newspaper columnist in Munich, but the musical drive within him persisted. Eckart Rahn, a young record producer at that time, recognized Deuter's talents, and in 1971 released his first recording, D, on the then fledgling Kuckuck label.
Deuter began to go into the mountains to record birds, water and wind to accompany his music. He was one of the first artists to do so and his deep relationship with nature persists to this day. He also began his spiritual search, spending much of his time at an ashram in Poona, India. Deuter was also one of the first artists to blend that Eastern influence into his music. He did that blending in such a gentle fashion that it never jarred Western ears, unaccustomed to Eastern rhythms and tonalities.
Aum and Celebration were his first recordings to spring from this new direction in his life. His 1978 release, Haleakala, was recorded in Poona. This release was a true portrait of Deuter's spiritual quest as well as production talents. Using a four-track tape machine and a progression of sub-mixes down to two tracks, Deuter was able to blend his own performances of two flutes, two guitars, organ synthesizer, and bells percussion along with natural sounds. This sixteen-track requirement he accomplished in the middle of India on just four tracks with an amazing technical fidelity.
Future releases only perfected the recording quality of Deuter's magical music. In his own words, that music takes us to the beautiful place inside where the listener can experience warmth, the playfulness, the love, the compassion, the gentleness. That is the music I want to make for others. And that is just what he has done.
Cicada and Nirvana Road showcase Deuter's remarkable ability to produce music that is more and more danceful, lighter, happier and more playful, full of heart and still have in it somewhere a vision of silence. Call of the Unknown: Selected Pieces 1972-1986, contains a compilation of the most sublime pieces of Deuter's repertoire. Land of Enchantment is Deuter's biggest selling album.
His other recordings for Kuckuck Schallplatten are Ecstasy, Silence is the Answer, San, Sands of Time: Selected Studio & Concert Recordings 1974-1990 and Henon.
I think this is the one true cd that took me nearest to heaven. Particularly Brazilian love and La Ilaha Il Allah. Thank you deuter.Published 18 months ago by Jean-philippe Martin
As a NYSLMT I have used Deuter's music for my clients in the past,and having read the reviews-I purchased this -I will NEVER USE THIS,with my clients,I found the CD to be anything... Read morePublished on December 19, 2006 by Massage Therapist
Deuter has been for me, and my two sons, a miracle. Now, I have a young daughter who has never heard his music. I have waited until I thought she might be ready. At six, she is. Read morePublished on June 29, 1999