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  • Audio CD (June 12, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Spotted Peccary
  • ASIN: B000QGDZ6Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,995 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Music is beyond words, and far more eloquent at a basic level.
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If you know anything at all about creating this kind of music, you know how much talent and work is involved in creating such luscious ambience.
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I'm really enjoying this album, and would recommend this to all who enjoy New Age.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By P. Kowalsky on June 12, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I can't put my finger on it exactly, but I definitely think that these guys are on to something really cool here with this release. It sounds familiar, yet nothing like I've ever heard before. It's like "uplifting ambient" or something, with purposeful drones cast adrift in the lush ambience that supports an inspired musical form and design; majestic yet serene songs with intimate personal meaning yet to be made personal; glistening stringed instruments highlighting shadows cast by deep and dark harmonic chords. You won't find any Berlin-school arpeggios or '80s drum machines on this one!

My favorite tracks are "This Day Forward", "The Frozen Channel", and "The Knowing", each for different reasons, but all because they impart a sense of depth and breadth in more than just what I'm hearing. You know you're listening to something special when you find yourself "visualizing" against the soundtrack that's playing. That's what these tracks do for me, and I can't fully explain it.

Several other artists came to mind while listening to this fascinating disc, and if you like any of the following, I'd recommend you order this disc right away: Edward Shearmur, Patrick O'Hearn, Jeff Pearce, Cliff Martinez, Amethystium (Oystein Ramfjord), The Album Leaf, Steve Roach, Thom Brennan (certain sound elements), Ulrich Schnauss (certain stylistic elements). I'm sure you'll find many other references as well as you listen and imagine your own journeys.

What David and Jon have unleashed upon the world has elements of both of their excellent solo works, but formed together in an extremely fresh and intriguing new way. If what I've heard so far is any indication, this music could easily inspire me to get back into music making myself. I sincerely hope that this collaboration is the first of many yet to come, and that David and Jon are properly recognized for this magnificent and cinematic contribution to the ambient electronic music scene.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Dale on December 22, 2007
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David Helpling is becoming increasingly well known. His latest album, Treasure, a joint effort with Jon Jenkins, shows his skills at their highest ever. His extensive experience of film and media are evident in his masterful attention to detail and precision. Combined with his unique ability to convey depths of emotion and understanding, the result is a masterpiece that lives up to its title.

David's mastery of technique is second to none - comparison with others does nothing to convey the texture or balance of his creations, and the success of his DHM Design music company is testimony to his abilities. Look for his name in film credits (Trade-offs, Night Feeders and look out for Cold Storage when it appears - this is the best film work he has done).

David's compositions are crafted with great care and subtlety. They never flag, and through their subtle gradations of colour, texture and depth create a complex and strangely haunting landscape that slowly evolves to take the spirit to new plains. He achieves balance between so many elements - mood, texture, speed - that one feels in the presence of a great talent. The moods vary greatly, always intriguing and suggesting far more than meets the ear. Careful listening identifies many minor elements, like the tiny particles of colour in an impressionist painting. No one element predominates, but the overall effect conveys a very distinct identity.

His recent successes with film have confirmed the versatility of his talent: David is equally at ease composing for an Indian ear as he is for psychological thrillers and mysteries.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kristian Persson on January 17, 2009
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Treasure is a new collaboration between David Helpling and Jon Jenkins on the Spotted Peccary label. Spotted Peccary a progressive electronic music label that has consistently been releasing solid ambient/new age/space music projects.

On Treasure, Helpling and Jenkins create music that moves gracefully between the worlds of space music and more rhythmic "chillout" style grooves. The CD kicks off with Grand Collision, which alternates quiet sections that focus on synth string pads and evolving textures with more propulsive sections. The track also features interesting textural guitar work, which reminded me a bit of Steve Tibbetts' work.

This contrasting of an ambient/space feel with more rhythmic sections continues throughout the CD. On The Knowing, Helpling & Jenkins create a track that begins very quietly, and for the first half of the track they explore subtle textural variations over a repeating harmonic progressions. About halfway through, they move into a more overtly rhythmic section, adding layers of guitars and building the track to a peak.

Some of the tracks avoid strong percussive elements and stay in the space music/drone space. Beyond Words, for example, has long ambient drones underpinning much of the track. Synth strings and deep bass notes create a tranquil feel, but not without a hint of mystery.

Not A Soul, Not A Sound explores similar textures, with textural guitar emerging occasionally from a background of synth string washes and echoing guitar notes. A bass voice is introduced about seven minutes into the track, and it brings with it a deeper sense of progression or motion for the remainder of the track.

Overall, Treasure is another fine Spotted Peccary release.
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I can't WAIT for this release!
I have to agree with the previous comment. David Helpling and Jon Jenkins are among the finest musicians and composers I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. Their music has been inspirational to me both as a musician, and as a listener. I am extremely excited about the new cd, and I... Read More
Jun 6, 2007 by C. James |  See all 3 posts
Soaring heights and subtle textures
Check out 'Trade Offs', a film score from 2004 which he released in the last couple of years (you can order it on www.deepexile.com). Nice Indian-influenced material (with David's "sound" of course), and further demonstrates the composition talent that David has. I hope he is able to... Read More
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