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Hudson River Wind Meditations

Lou ReedAudio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sounds True
  • ASIN: 1591795540
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,279 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A practitioner of Yoga and Tai Chi for many years, Lou Reed brings his unique sensitivity and knowledge of a broad spectrum of music genres to provide a tranquil bed of soothing harmonics that open the heart and settle the mind. The pieces on this hypnotic album will wash away tension and negative energy with sparse instrumentation and subtle waves of electronic sound.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Yet Another Side to Lou Reed. May 14, 2007
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Thirty-two years after the release of his notorious electronic instrumental album "Metal Machine Music", Lou Reed has returned to the electronic genre once again with "Hudson River Wind Meditations". Unlike the endless streams of feedback and noise that was "Metal Machine Music", "Hudson River Wind Meditations" is a quiet meditative collection of four ambient pieces and is intended as a serious musical work (as opposed to the former album being an obvious joke on Reed's former record label RCA). The intention of this music is made clear in Reed's brief liner notes to the album. This isn't music designed to make a person scream but rather a collection of music that is tailor-made for relaxation.
"Hudson River Wind Meditations" opens with two extended pieces. The opening piece "Move Your Heart" is a 28-minute minimalist piece consisting of slow pulsating synths. There is very little change throughout this piece and the music almost seems as if it were a long loop set on infinite repeat. There is a striking similarity between this piece and Brian Eno's disc-length piece "Neroli".
The second extended piece "Find Your Note" runs for close to 32-minutes and consists of endless droning sine-wave tones. While the ambient nature of the previous piece is still very much present, the overall style is more similar to the electronic music created in the 1960's (ie: the music of Karlheinz Stockhausen or Lamonte Young).
The disc closes with two shorter pieces. The two-minute "Hudson River Wind" is simply an electronic simulation of ocean waves while the closing "Wind Coda" is basically a five-minute summary of what was heard in the previous three pieces - the pulsating notes of "Move Your Heart" combined with the sine-waves of "Find Your Note" and the white noise of "Hudson River Wind".
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lou meditates March 14, 2009
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People, let's relax, this is what it is. I've owned it for a year now and had only given it one listen. Then I got into a spiritual direction program at the local Jesuit college and kept having trouble praying. One day inspiration hit and I began to use this cd, along with a Brian Eno ambient music cd, voila! my problem was solved. So if you're looking for classic Lou Reed don't bother with this, buy the Berlin concert he did recently, which I think is an improvement on the original album. If you want to meditate, do tai chi, etc. ...look no further.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother to listen to it July 2, 2008
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I do a lot of intricate works with databases and fixing corrupt data so a work of art like this makes the day fly by. I put it on, crank up the jobs and get completely relaxed while plowing through a jungle of human errors. As Eno's Ambient albums helped me while getting my B.A., this album helps make what should be stressful flow like a stream. But you don't listen to it, you let it in.
I've been practicing Tai Chi since 1986 as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not meant for everyone, so don't take it to be! March 6, 2011
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So many negative reviews seem to only pretend to know much about ambient music, and it's really sad because this is an excellent collection of ambient/drone/noise compositions. I personally am an enthusiast of experimental/non-conventional music, and am perhaps one of the biggest fans of Metal Machine Music around, so when I first learned of this release I jumped at it; mind you that I didn't simply say to myself 'Lou Reed does ambient music? I already love it!' or something similar and equally pretentious; actually, I heard Wind Coda on Reed's myspace page a few years back (decades past in terms of social networking)and I really liked it.

The big point in defense of the noisy equivalent, MMM (it even looks menacing when abbreviated!), or any ambient/noise record, is you have to listen and appreciate the subtleties, the quiet moments that bring about the atmosphere or change it somehow, the warming or cooling of the tone, or your ear suddenly picking up on a sound that had always been there; these are all things I listen to and look forward to every time I pop on a record of this sort, just the same as with MMM, or really any other Lou Reed album (because he has profound subtleties, whether he lets you in on them or not).

To name, for example of ambient music gone bad, the latest David Lynch album (yes, the mastermind behind Eraserhead), called Polish Night Music, is a totally bland 'finger holding a note on a keyboard while another randomly pokes at the keys of a piano' that goes on for an hour, it's really, really awful: no subtleties, the contrast between piano and ambient tones are irrelevant and often conflicting enough to be painful, and virtually the same thing the entire way through.
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