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Hearing Solar Winds Alight Original recording remastered

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"Hearing Solar Winds Alight" is a special 25th anniversary edition audiophile edition of David Hykes' legendary composition and recording of "Hearing Solar Winds" with The Harmonic Choir. With over 300,000 "legacy" copies sold of the original album and CD, for this special edition, David Hykes revised and remastered his original audio recordings in a high-resolution 96kz digital audio environment. His deep familiarity with the music and the recordings in this new audio environment allowed him to bring into even clearer focus the extraordinarily rich, strong and magical harmonics of the voices echoing in the magnificent expanse of the Thoronet Abbey in France, where the work was recorded. This definitive edition, personally supervised by David Hykes renews the startling legacy of his "music of the spheres" for a new generation of listeners. It also features a wonderful new cover by Caterina Verdo.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 18, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Harmonic Presence
  • ASIN: B001L481O6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,587 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Larry Deemer on September 16, 2010
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This release assures that this classic album will survive into the digital age and as a bonus: clean and enhanced audio production. Tibetan and other throat singers have a simpler chant style but the Harmonic Choir wraps this pure chant core in subtle rhythmic and tuneful arrangements that have immediate appeal to the western ear. Effective on multiple listening levels: easy listening, relaxation, contemplation, meditation, near-trancing. Not small feats musically and culturally.
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It's very difficult to describe the sounds of these voices. The technique is referred to as "throat singing," I believe -- a phrase that seems obvious, in that, well, where else does one sing? The technique allows an individual voice to produce its own overtones and harmonic, producing more than simply the note being sung. I could be wrong with this description, but I tend to think of it as the way that the pipes of a pipe organ can produce overtones by pushing stops in only part-way (Keith Jarret demonstrates this in his album "Spheres"). The effect is ethereal, ghostly, something at once eerie yet comforting. The pun of being "swept away" on winds is both a bit cheap and quite accurate -- there is a sensation of gliding, of subtlety, far beyond other vocal music. There are no lyrics, just the open-throated purity of human, or perhaps superhuman, voices. Those who have heard Pete Namlook's "Air" album will recognize, at the beginning of disc two of that album, the sounds of "Arc Descents" in the track "Traveling Without Moving." A work guaranteed to be unique in all of your collection of music. Recommended for fans of ambient and meditative music.
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By lauriemazz on February 7, 2013
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Hauntingly beautiful! As a yoga and meditation teacher, I use the "Harmonic Convergence" in my classes. Clients are amazed. It is hard to imagine that David Hykes and others on this CD are using their voices only. Stunning!
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