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CD Descriptions

Deep Time Dreaming with Hemi-Sync®. / Metcalf & Seelig with Roach
Category: Trance  
Explore unknown spiritual realms with the ancient shamanic soundworlds of Byron Metcalf, Mark Seelig and Hemi-Sync®. A portal for shamanic travel and divine communion, laced with mysticism, Deep Time Dreaming is sacred music in the truest sense. German-based flutist Mark Seelig accompanies Metcalf’s trancing, organic percussion in this awe-inspiring otherworldly sojourn with support from dreamtime maestro Steve Roach. Originally released as Wachuma’s Wave, this multi-textured shamanic masterpiece was recognized by Backroads Music as the No. 1 release of 2003 across all genres. Instruments featured: frame drums, bass drums, clay pots, overtone singing, sacred chants and various soundworlds.
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Dream Tracker / Metcalf~Khlasa~Roach
Category: Trance  
The essential ingredients of ancient and contemporary shamanic trance states are fully activated in this highly potent new release. Byron carved out a collection of incredible trance grooves for nearly a year, eventually bringing in the prana-infused didgeridoo of Dashmesh Khalsa on every track. Steve joined on in early January 2010 and poured his heart and soul-drenched soundworlds into the six pieces, covering a full range of ecstatic dreamtime flow: rhythm, breath and expansion.The end result is a full-blown dreamtime alchemy of all the elements. The living, breathing percussion, didgeridoo and soundworlds are unified in a single purpose: to open to the door out of the ordinary world – initiating the listener into an empowered journey of infinite possibilities for spiritual rebirth, illumination, and transcendence.
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Feet in the Soil /Asher
Category: Percussion
James Asher, a well-known keyboardist in the ambient/new age music field, has always had a first love for the drums. On FEET IN THE SOIL Asher provides listeners with rhythms of infectious, hypnotic and tribal quality joined by didgeridoos, voices, djembe, darabuk, flute, cello, guitars, percussion and more. The two tracks that form the bookends of this album were inspired by Pemulwuy, an Aborigine, whose name means "earth." The tracks in between are an uplifting celebration on danceable energies centered in the earth. Kick off your shoes and get your feet into the soil!
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Helpers, Guides & Allies /Metcalf 
Category: Percussion  
For over 40,000 years shamanic societies throughout the world have used various musical strategies to achieve altered states of consciousness. These states, which are believed to be essential components to most of their sacred rituals and ceremonies, offer infinite varieties of inner landscapes which the shaman must navigate in order to retrieve insight and wisdom, and bring healing to the community. Drums and percussion, played in a continuous, driving manner are the basic instruments used for these purposes. With this in mind, Helpers, Guides & Allies...was inspired by Byron's passionate interest and involvement in the healing potential of non-ordinary (altered states) of consciousness.
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INDUCTION /Metcalf (Compilation)
Category: Trance/Worldbeat
Byron has edited and optimized some of his personal favorite tracks for breathwork into a compilation CD. This special production CD contains nine up-tempo compositions designed to induce and support expanded states of awareness and the journey toward wholeness. Features drums & percussion, didgeridoo, voice, drones, atmospheres, and sound worlds. Tracks compiled from Byron’s solo CDs: "Helpers, Guides & Allies", "Not Without Risk" and "A Warning From The Elders".
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Jiva Mukti /Shakti 
Category: Sacred / Chant
The always surprising Bruce BecVar - last year's flamenco guitar master - is this year's arranger, composer and performer, with the sweet-voiced Nada Shakti, of lyrical Indian and Tibetan mantras and chants. Expect a sacred, holy sound but don't expect a restricted and perfunctory performance. BecVar's backup provides strong, rhythms and melodies that create a seamless mood. The melodies are performed on a rich assortment of instruments, including the 28-string shakti harp, a BecVar original. A very strong piece of work, especially for those building a World Music collection.
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Kirtan! The art & practice of ecstatic chant   /Jai Uttal  
Category: Sacred / Chant
If you were to discuss chief innovators in the realm of Eastern and Western fusion, no doubt Jai Uttal's name would be one of the first to be mentioned. Peppering his chants with elements of various other cultures, his diverse compositions have helped to close the gap between the disparate musical cultures of America and Asia. With KIRTAN!, Uttal uses his music to teach listeners the fundamentals of the kirtan, a call-and-response style Sanskrit prayer to the divine. Disc 1 features songs that shed light onto the history of devotional chanting. These feature clear enunciation of the vowels/syllables for ease of learning. Disc 2 features Uttal singing only the base chants. This is a great album for finding healing and enlightenment through music.
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The Lama's Chants /Lama Gyurme / Rykiel 
Category: Tibetan
Originally released almost a decade ago, THE LAMA'S CHANT is a landmark recording that blends the serene, humble singing of Lama Gyurme with ambient synthesizer backdrops by Jean-Philippe Rykiel. Although creating a tasteful blending of Eastern and Western cultures is always a balancing act, THE LAMA'S CHANT is a wonderful example of how moving the results can sound when done correctly. Lama Gyurme's voice is in the medium ranges and has a melodic quality to it, which makes listening to him very hypnotic. The synthesizer work of Rykiel is very non-obtrusive, swirling in the backdrop and acting to enhance Lama Gyurme's voice rather than exist as a separate entity. Included are two discs - the first offers songs for awakening and enlightenment (the original LAMA'S CHANT CD) and the second presents a series of cuts that were performed live at concerts during the late 90's.
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Medicine Trance/ Professor Trance/ 2 CD SET 
Category: Trance
The provocative, rhythm-rich music of Medicine Trance was inspired by the long dances of North American Indians. This unique body of trance dance music, from the creators of Shaman's Breath, is designed to evoke deep healing trances and powerful visions. Double CD features six masterfully-energizing selections and over 140 minutes of music that is cause for celebration. This title is now out of print, but we have a few copies left that we are offering at a "Special Price" of $35.
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Music for Yoga and Other Joys  /Uttal / Leinbach  
Category: Music for Relaxation
Iconic new age fusion artist Jai Uttal and drummer/songwriter/mixmaster Ben Leinbach pair up for what is Uttal's first album specifically dedicated towards the practice of yoga. Although it may have been conceived to enhance your asanas, this album really would work well with any sort of relaxing activity - be it meditation or simply reading a book. The sonic environment is Asian-tinged featuring instruments like the dotar and slide tambora (which are played in such a way that they resemble Western guitars/string instruments) along with percussion and bamboo flute playing. The album's central attraction is the kirtan singing of Uttal, whose recognizable voice is filled with rapturous energy and joyful spirituality.
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Nomad /Nomad 
Category: Australian
The Aboriginal didgeridoo is at the center of this tribal tour-de-force from Nomad. Adapting it to a variety of sounds including that of natural ambience, synthesized mood and influences from other indigenous cultures, NOMAD is a cross-cultural celebration of the wonder and diversity of our globe's tribal peoples. Highlights include "Gathering," and upbeat African-flavored track that includes the vocal prowess of Senegalese singer Mor Thiam, "Wildlife" which showcases Nomad's virtuosity as a didg player and "Follow the Sun," one of two tracks featuring the extensive talents of Native American favorite Robert Mirabal.
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Rain of Blessing/ Lama Guyrme 
Category: Tibetan
a cross-cultural fusion album that unites the devotional chant of Tibetan monk Lama Gyurme with the contemporary synthesizer/instrumental arrangements of French composer Jean-Philippe Rykiel. Themes of healing and inter-cultural peace abound on the album, and the use of the Western oriented keyboard backdrops is designed to give the album an "accessible" quality. For the most part, Rykiel's arrangements are unobtrusive, providing quiet, euphoric undercurrents on the tracks. Gyurme's vocals are the clear highlight of the recording - his voice is low and gutteral, yet soft and silky. It doesn't take long for the listeners to find themselves mesmerized by his clear vocal tones. This is a great album for anyone who enjoys traditional Tibetan chanting with a contemporary flair.
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Shaman's Heart with Hemi-Sync®. / Metcalf  with Roach
Category: Trance  
This CD features the entire, original recording of THE SHAMAN’S HEART (Byron Metcalf with guest artist Steve Roach) and combines Hemi-Sync technology embedded within the tracks. Monroe Products refers to this process as “Metamusic” – music that incorporates specially blended Hemi-Sync frequencies to guide you into focused, whole-brain states of consciousness. Hemi-Sync helps you to achieve and sustain synchronized brain-wave activity in both hemispheres of your brain – an optimal condition for improving human performance. 
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Spirit Gathering with Hemi-Sync®. / Metcalf
Category: Trance  
SPIRIT GATHERING (formerly titled Not Without Risk) is an undisputed classic among shamanic practitioners who recognize Metcalf and company’s shamanic stylings as the real deal. Good shamanic music doesn't invite your participation, it literally draws you into the experience. Spirit Gathering is not “meditative” in the traditional sense, it’s shamanic “traveling” music—primordial, tribal percussion that’s intended to evoke transcendent inner journeys to push the boundaries of your own reality. Strap yourself in with a good audio system, or headphones, and let the consciousness-altering trance rhythms begin. Your immersive journey concludes with a soft landing afforded by track 8, Light From a Burning Bridge—an integrative “communion with Spirit” to complete your powerful experience of Spirit Gathering. The original tracks of Not Without Risk have been re-sequenced and remastered to enhance the flow.
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Tribal Sutras /Tya 
Category: International
Inspired by the Aboriginal people of Australia, TRIBAL SUTRAS explores the culture's appreciation for life and feelings of oneness with the world around them. Tya (a.k.a. Martin Scherl) takes listeners on a soulful journey across continents with a blend of Hawaiian and Indian melodies, Bulgarian voices and Aboriginal chants. The listener's travels start with the powerful "Baiame," whose danceable grooves and organic vocal harmonies are sure to uplift.
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Winds of Warning /Plack 
Category: Australian
a collection of songs that give thanks to Mother Nature, the wisdom of Aboriginal culture and the Australian landscape. Collectively, these songs are a votive offering for the hope that we may reconnect ourselves with Mother Nature, and see all cultures as important and equal. Winds of Warning contains a variety of sounds including that of natural ambience, synthesized mood and influences from other indigenous cultures with the Aboriginal didgeridoo is at the center.
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Warning from the Elders / Byron Metcalf 
Category: Trance
In this latest solo project, Byron expands his sonic explorations of the shamanic path of soul-based and heart-centered living that is the foundation of his work. Inspired and driven by his increasing frustration related to our current global and planetary challenges, A Warning From The Elders invites the listener to whole-heartedly embrace the urgency facing the planet, while also birthing the dormant seeds of hope and vision that lie within each of us. In essence, Byron’s CD is a healing prayer for a radical global awakening. Motivated by a deep and purposeful commitment to make his “voice” fully heard, A Warning From The Elders is the first project where Byron has used his overtone singing to create harmonic drones and soundscapes. With this potent emphasis on the raw, organic sounds of wood, skin, metal, clay, stone, and the human voice, Byron’s masterful production results in a delicious blend of fierce percussion, heart-opening textural voices and overtone singing – a bold sonic expression of power, purpose, presence and compassion for the Earth – the Mother of us all.
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