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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 15, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: June 11, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Celestial Harmonies
  • ASIN: B00000J8MV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,368 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Longtime fans of David Parsons' sampling and synthesizer originals of the 1980s will be pleased with the musician's return to the studio. After a long hiatus as a composer/performer, Parsons' Ngaio Gamelan is unmistakably his magnum opus. To date that is, we are optimistic Parsons has more to come.

From 1992 until 1997, David Parsons traveled the world as a producer for Celestial Harmonies. After The Music of Cambodia (19902-2), The Music of Vietnam (19903-2), The Music of Armenia (19909-2), The Music of Bali (19905-2), and the award-winning The Music of Islam (19907-2) in addition to several recordings from India and Indonesia, this is the transfigured music of a reborn composer/performer - the result of an exemplary multi-cultural existence on four continents drawing from the inspiration of hundreds of fellow musicians and music traditions from around the globe, recorded in Wellington, New Zealand.

Tracks one, two and four use sampled phrases from the Armenia project. Track six uses sampled sarangi phrases from a recording made in Pakistan. Tracks three and five are new compositions by Parsons, without any sampling. Most tracks use Indian percussion instruments played by Parsons. The phrase samples have dictated musical scales resulting in the gamelan accompaniment being based on scales otherwise unheard of in Indonesian music. Although Parsons did not strictly follow any musical traditions, as that was not his intention, this is rather an experiment attempting to produce a hybrid - a kind of east-west fusion.

About the Artist

From his homeland in New Zealand, David Parsons travels frequently to Asia for spiritual and musical inspiration. After collecting musical samples and studying different musical and cultural traditions, Parsons returns to his studio to integrate these influences with his own experiences. In the process, he bridges disparate elements with seamless grace, and creates a unique musical affirmation of our common humanity and cultural endowment.

David Parsons has been a student of Indian music, studying with Dr. Krishna Chakravarty. He produced her recordings Ananda (17046-2), Dancing to the Flute (13135-2) and Circular Dance (13133-2).

Parsons' recordings make the Eastern sensibility comprehensible to the Western listener and formulate a unique and captivating new expression. To Parsons' credit as a musician, composer and performer, he has evolved into a rare and highly acclaimed producer of cultural music traditions. His work is often featured in film, television and radio scores, and continues to be widely praised by reviewers.

His own recordings on Fortuna Records and Celestial Harmonies are Tibetan Plateau/Sounds of the Mothership (17013-2), Himalaya (17059-2), Dorje Ling (17076-2), Yatra (18072-2), Ngaio Gamelan (13171-2), Shaman (13181-2), In Retrospect 1980-2003 (14204-2), Maitreya: The Future Buddha (13214-2) and Buddha: Transcending Space & Time (14215-2).

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A refreshing music for relaxation especially in the mornings.
VIJAY N CHAK
The pure essence of his music will touch your soul; I long for more of his thought-provoking music.
Lester Barnes
David Parson's is a musical genius, playing all instruments on the album.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 7, 1999
Format: Audio CD
 
David Parsons- Ngaio Gamelan
Celestial Harmonies 13172-2
What ever happened to David Parsons, the man who brought us such memorable recordings like Sounds Of The Mothership, Tibetan Plateau,Yatra, Himalaya and more. Well if you have been following his career you would know that Parsons has been traveling the world for Eckart Rahn of Celestial Harmonies, and documenting the sonic histories of Vietnam, Armenia, Cambodia, India, Indonesia and more. How can I get a job like that I hear myself say? I had heard whispers that 'something' was in the pipeline, and was pleasantly surprised to find this at my doorstep a few weeks back. Ngaio Gamelan sees DP exploring a sophisticated blend of east west fusion sound, incorporating samples of various recordings he has done for Celestial Harmonies on those boxed sets, and weaving his own electronically based eastern music around these samples. Having just immersed himself in such rich and diverse musical cultures it is only logical that his own sounds and tastes have been colored by what he has heard in the last few years. DP plays gamelan, Indian percussion and woodwinds and of course keyboards. Sampled instruments include the duduk, sarangi, voice and kamancha. Overall if you are familiar with the DP sound, you'll know what's in store. The ever present 'Indian' experience comes out on this recording like all of his recordings; drones,sarangis, gentle rhythms based on multi ethnic influences. When you hear this release, you'll want to get on a plane and go somewhere. This is of course the magic within music, that ability to make the mind wander. Nothing really new jumps out at you, but it's great to hear him compose again. Like Steve Roach or Brian Eno, David Parsons has his own signature sound, which admittedly some people say has dated, but for this listener always an enjoyable experience.
 
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By VIJAY N CHAK on March 7, 2001
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David Parsons lives upto his expecations. He joins the ranks of othe New Age Wizards like Anugama, Dueter and others. We have to commend him for his skilful handling of the east-east fusion. The perfect use of native instruments has enhanced its ambience and brings out the natural beauty associated with the sounds unique to those instruments e.g the "Sarangi". In "Tjampuhan", every note falls rightly into a another note forming a spiraling continuum. I really got addicted to this particular piece and listen to it every morning. A refreshing music for relaxation especially in the mornings. Though I will exploring some of his other works, I strongly recommend this CD to anyone interested in ambient music.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Max Johnson on October 18, 1999
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This album is a fine addition to Parsons' earlier, more atmospheric works. Here he takes classic scales, rhythms and motifs from Indonesian Gamelan-style music and improvises on them using both traditional Indonesian and state of the art electronic instruments. As usual, his sensibilitys to non-western music are dead-on. He manages to capture the essence and spirit of Gamelan in a way few Western "New Age" composers could touch. The result is mystical, ancient, and modern all at once. Transcendent.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 17, 1999
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This CD has departed from the Tibetian Mode and has given us another taste of a different Eastern cultural music. I found this CD on "Par" with all of the rest of Parsons work. This CD is excellent for going into a more energinzing type of trance as opposed to the more relaxing trances created by David's previous CD. This in sum, is the difference.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Piers Moktan on September 2, 2008
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This was a wonderful chance discovery for me whilst perusing the catalogue of the interesting Celestial Harmonies label. I had not previously heard of David Parsons and being labelled a New Age composer is not a description that I would ordinarily find enticing, but the gamelan in the title immediately attracted me. I soon realised what an experienced and skillful composer David Parsons is- one who really understands melody, harmony, rhythm and their emotive potentials when deployed synergetically, and not merely some faddist in love with oriental exotica.

This is a meditative and uplifting set of rhythmic ambient pieces fusing western electronic compositional practices with Indian and Indoniesian instrumentation. Besides the tuned percussion of the Javanese, Balinese and Sundanese gamelan bell stylings, the stringed drone of the lute-like tambura, and the hammered dulcimer tones of the santoor, also evident are the percussive sounds of kanjira, ghatam and mridangam from the Carnatic music tradition of South India (as far as I can tell). Cliched it may be to say so, but the effect really is entrancing, rapturous and engaging. This is perhaps as essential listening as John Mclaighlin's Shakti and Remember Shakti projects- and that should serve as ample endorsement! Absolutely brilliant.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By joesurfsand on February 9, 2014
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As a person whose spent time in Bali and appreciates Balinese instrumentation, but who has limited tolerance for the "ethnicity" of that kind of sound by their local musicians, David Parsons has been eminently successful in bringing to us that exotic sound experience, subtly "tweaked" for our more culturally westernized ears. The detailed craftsmanship in each of these renderings is of such depth that this is the kind of album which sits in my rarified top 5% of CD's that can be played as often as I like, and I NEVER get tired of it! (even if, after nearly two years, I do not now play it that often.) I've listened to other pieces by David on you-tube (he's got a wealth of recordings out there) but I continue to find this one to stand apart from the rest as somehow being more "tuneful" and less of a totally abstract sound experience.
This is the rare kind of musical experience that you can enjoy solo as a "deep chill" kinda thing, OR put on background without comment for dinner music for musically astute friends and see if they pick up on it, knowing it won't intrude in your conversation and dinner ambience.
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