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How to Know - Spirit Music - Crazy Wisdom, Shamanism And Trips To The Black Sky [Kindle Edition]

Ken Hyder
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Book Description

This is a memoir of a musician from Dundee, Scotland who began
exploring spiritual energy before his teens when he embarked on a lifetime
journey of connecting spirit through music. Ken Hyder's musical explorations took
him through over 30 albums of jazz and various ethnic musics. The spiritual
path included encounters with Japanese and Tibetan Buddhist monks and finally,
in Siberia with shamans.

 

Ken Hyder's memoir is unusual. It is short, and tight. And
it reflects the way he gained insights along his path...from Dundee, Scotland to
the heart of Siberia and the shamans of Tuva, on the border with Mongolia.

 

He said: "Of course I read books. Lots of books. And I
learned a lot from books. But what really struck me was that all along the way,
everyone who gave me insights did it and a simple, brief way.

 

"They did not go on and on, deluging me with words, nor
binding me with coils of instructions.

 

"So that is why the memoir is brief and to the point. It is
more about showing how to find the knowledge rather than giving a booklist."

 

He argues that most of what we need to know, we already know
inside ourselves. But we are unaware of that fact. So we need to know how to find
the knowledge which is often so simple, we just don't see it.

 

Hyder examines how spirit manifests itself in different
musics - including Gaelic psalm singing which was the fore-runner of American
gospel -  and how musicians working in
spirit music put themselves in the right frame of mind to create that fusion of
spirit and music.

 

He says: "There is no single right way, though there are
plenty of wrong ways. Individuals need to find the right way for themselves.

 

"Some people may do better with peaceful meditation, while
others will thrive better on active meditation."

 

The insights of Siberian shamanic practice were gained just
as shamans were coming out into the open after decades of oppression under the
old Soviet regime.

Reviews
"Although not a long read, it is a very enjoyable one, frank and
funny and often profoundly deep."
Nicholas Breeze Wood, Sacred Hoop Magazine.

Editorial Reviews

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"The result is a seductively uncomplicated lattice of musical and spiritual cosmology from someone who has immersed himself in some of the most remote cultures on Earth."
 
Alex Neilson, The Wire Magazine


"Although not a long read, it is a very enjoyable one, frank and
funny and often profoundly deep."
 
Nicholas Breeze Wood, Sacred Hoop Magazine.

About the Author

I'm a freelance Home Affairs correspondent - brought up in Scotland, but now living in London - specialising in policing,cyber-crime,counter-terrorism, drugs, and race for a range of national daily and Sunday newspapers.

I am also an avant garde musician playing what you might call "art music". I've made around 30 albums, starting with five albums fusing jazz with the music of Scotland, latterly collaborating with folk-based musicians from quite differing backgrounds - Tibetan monks, Siberian shamans, South American and South African musicians.

In 1990 - with another player, Tim Hodgkinson - I did the biggest tour of Russia by any British musician up till then. We even played in closed cities, like Vladivostok.

It was then that I began studying shamanic music in Yakutia, Buryatia, the Altai and Tuva in Siberia. I've made a lot of long trips to Siberia combining playing with research. I play with a shaman from Tuva, and that made it much easier for me to gain the confidence of local shamans who were very generous with the information they gave me.

By the way, if you want a soundtrack while you read Black Sky, White Sky go here - myspace.com/kspacesiberia

And here's a video of some of the shamans who inspired me :-
uk.youtube.com/watch?v=2KopD0R38w4

Some of my favourite books :-
Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism - Chogyam Trungpa
For Whom The Bell Tolls - Ernest Hemingway
The Dancing Wu Masters - Gary Zukav
Shamanic Songs and Myths Of Tuva - Mongush B. Kenin-Lopsan
Miles : the Autobiography - Miles Davis with Quincy Troupe
Knowledge Of Time And Space - Tarthang Tulku
The Concise Scots Dictionary - Mairi Robinson
Aesthetic Theory - T.W. Adorno
The Highland Clearances - John Prebble
Qigong: The Art And Science Of Chinese Energy Healing - Kenneth S. Cohen
Zen Flesh, Zen Bones - compiled by Paul Reps
Tracing Shamans In Siberia - Vilmos Dioszegi
101 Scottish Songs - selected by Norman Buchan

Music info kenhyder.co.uk

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  • File Size: 524 KB
  • Print Length: 58 pages
  • Publisher: Ken Hyder (January 1, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GQL0MD2
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5.0 out of 5 stars Important Summary of Shamanic and Spirit Music January 7, 2014
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This came to me at just the right time in my life. I have a a drone improv group (Big Doug and the Fish Sticks) where we perform ambient/trance music using Ableton Live and improvised accompaniment on live instruments. I follow an aesthetics based on art and music as spiritual vocations similar to shamanism - if done correctly - and Ken Hyder provides some important insights into how he defines music, spiritual music, and shamanistic "music." He addresses the importance of intention and state of mind during performance and discusses his experiences with Tuvan and other Siberian shamans he has studied under. Short and to the point, this extended essay will be valuable to musicians seeking a spiritual dimension to their work. Highly recommended!
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More About the Author

I'm a freelance Home Affairs correspondent - brought up in Scotland, but now living in London - specialising in policing,cyber-crime,counter-terrorism, drugs, and race for a range of national daily and Sunday newspapers.

I am also an avant garde musician playing what you might call "art music". I've made around 30 albums, starting with five albums fusing jazz with the music of Scotland, latterly collaborating with folk-based musicians from quite differing backgrounds - Tibetan monks, Siberian shamans, South American and South African musicians.

In 1990 - with another player, Tim Hodgkinson - I did the biggest tour of Russia by any British musician up till then. We even played in closed cities, like Vladivostok.

It was then that I began studying shamanic music in Yakutia, Buryatia, the Altai and Tuva in Siberia. I've made a lot of long trips to Siberia combining playing with research. I play with a shaman from Tuva, and that made it much easier for me to gain the confidence of local shamans who were very generous with the information they gave me.

By the way, if you want a soundtrack while you read Black Sky, White Sky go here - http://www.myspace.com/kspacesiberia

And here's a video of some of the shamans who inspired me :-

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=2KopD0R38w4

Some of my favourite books :-

Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism - Chogyam Trungpa
For Whom The Bell Tolls - Ernest Hemingway
The Dancing Wu Masters - Gary Zukav
Shamanic Songs and Myths Of Tuva - Mongush B. Kenin-Lopsan
Miles : the Autobiography - Miles Davis with Quincy Troupe
Knowledge Of Time And Space - Tarthang Tulku
The Concise Scots Dictionary - Mairi Robinson
Aesthetic Theory - T.W. Adorno
The Highland Clearances - John Prebble
Qigong: The Art And Science Of Chinese Energy Healing - Kenneth S. Cohen
Zen Flesh, Zen Bones - compiled by Paul Reps
Tracing Shamans In Siberia - Vilmos Dioszegi
101 Scottish Songs - selected by Norman Buchan

My music websites :-

www.kenhyder.co.uk

http://www.myspace.com/kenhyderdrums


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