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Bali

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The music of the gamelan playing softly in the backgound, the blue sky, quiet sea, and crimson setting sun. Welcome to a day in Bali – guaranteed to relax and soothe.

To enhance your enjoyment of the music, fragrant incense sticks are included in the spine of the CD jewel case.

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In Japan and China, New Age music is often produced with the same attitude they've applied to robotic manufacturing--and it sounds like it. The artists are faceless and the music is generic. But a label called Pacific Moon may be changing that. Jalan Jalan's Bali is one of the most haunting albums of the year. This Japanese group takes the sounds of the Balinese gamelan (although the slow cadences are more Javanese), and with pianos, flutes, small percussion, and environmental sounds, they loop melodic cycles into a deftly subtle fabric. There's an austerity and simplicity of form that owes much to Brian Eno's Music for Airports, with its sense of elegiac repose and resigned melancholy, particularly evidenced in tracks like "Firefly Sanctuary." The canon form, in which most of these pieces are written, and its stately pace make this music seem like it could go on forever, and you wish it would. --John Diliberto
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 27, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Pacific Moon
  • ASIN: B00000JLJY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,040 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I've put off reviewing this album for too long. I've owned it for nearly a year now, and I still listen to it in sheer awe.
So many albums promising a relaxing atmosphere end up falling through with blatant repitition, quirky sound effects, nature sounds that absolutely drown out the music, or an overall lack of substance. Jalan Jalan's "Bali" is absolutely not one that falls prey to such trivial discord.
"Jalan Jalan" means "to walk" in Indonesian, and I would travel with this music anytime. "Ocean Blue" and "Water Garden" in particular give me visions of walking on sunset beaches in Bali. "Sun-set" tends to give me the feeling of walking down the stairs from a temple, high in the mountains of Japan as waterfalls cascade down around me.
However, the stand out track of the whole album requires absolutely no movement at all. "Firefly Sanctuary" will probably remain among my all-time favorite songs for quite a long time with its gentle rhythms alternating between flute and gamelan, backed by a soft synthesized harmony. Take the eight minutes and set them aside to listen to this song in the quiet darkness. If you're like me, you can see the fireflies dancing among the trees as you swing in a hammock with your significant other at your side.
If I could give this album more than 5 stars, I would. If you need to relax, you need this album.
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This musical compilation is a true feast for the senses. From the breathtaking cover photograph to the accompanying exotic incense sticks, this CD has become my favorite for a weekly ritual, home spa night. The combination of candles aflame, incense in the air, a warm bath, and the most beautiful, tranquil music transports me instantly to a serene and peaceful destination.
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As a yoga teacher, I'm always on the lookout for appropriate, soothing music with a touch of the mysterious East. I purchased Bali to use in my classes. I personally love it and it is also a hit with my students, who often ask what is is, who it is by, etc. I enjoy the soothing quality and musicality of the CD so much I enjoy listening to it even when I'm not doing yoga. Since I'm generally a jazz fan, that's saying a lot.
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This recording takes me where I want to be. Incredibly beautiful. I just put it on continuous play and listen for hours. If Bali is anything like the way this sounds, I want to go there forever. In the meantime, this CD makes me feel like I am walking along the beach, or making a dreamy meditative pilgrimage. Just enough subtle background vocals, and delicate touch on all the insturments. Nothing jarring on this musical journey.
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wow! i bought this CD on amazon.com's recommendation... and it is wonderful! the soothing sounds, the esoteric ambience, the mellow flute...they combine to bring the listener into a floating wonderland!
thanks, amazon, for the recommendation! i'm telling all my friends about it.
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OK lets get the really honest bit out of the way..... this isn't exactly traditional Balinese/Indonesian/whatever music. The first hint is the fact the music is all written by people with the names of Yasufumi Yamashita and Yohichi Shimada. Which, you know, aren't exactly Balinese names. The second hint is in the music which is full of atmospheric keyboard/synthesiser 'washes'. So its connection to the island of Bali or anything relating to Gamelan music is much watered down.

But it is there, infused in so many of the Gamelan touches sprinkled like glitter throughout this CD of truly relaxing music. It seems to me more that a mellow massage music disc has been taken as a base point and then the composers impressions of Bali and touches of its music have been used as spice. And the effect is, as I pointed out in my title, pretty much the best massage disc or generic relaxation music I've heard.

This is a worthy purchase as long as you know what you are getting. This is a lovely disc to throw on in the background while reading or doing whatever, but it isn't traditional Balinese music by any means nor should it be consumed as such. But still... consume it you probably should.
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As a huge consumer of REAL ambient music (you know, minimalist, space music, new age, buddhist stuff--not the trip-hop crap that touts itself under that category) this is one of my most prized possessions. If you're a fan of transoceanic, 2002, Constance Demby, or any of the other ambient gurus, THIS is the CD to buy. (You gotta love the incense sticks that come packaged within the spine of the CD case--better buy it new to get these.)
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This is one of those quietly dreamy albums you put on for study or meditation. I like to write to it, as well. The gamelan is used as an ornament here, but it is played with the slowly hypnotic arpeggios that are used in traditional Balinese and Javanese sacred music. It'll stick in your head and follow you around. The incense sticks were a nice touch. I'll definitely get the next one!
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