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In Retrospect: 1980-2003

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In Retrospect: 1980-2003
David Parsons
2004 Celestial Harmonies 14204 (CD) – 2-CD

"What a long strange trip it's been." It was the Grateful Dead who sang that line, but it's David Parsons who has actually lived it. In Retrospect: 1980-2003 is a double CD retrospective of David Parsons' recording career, one heavily influenced by other cultures and extensive travel.

In 1965, before the Beatles/sitar explosion, Parsons was at a barely attended concert by legendary Indian sitarist Ravi Shankar. "It was," he says, "love at first sight." He bought himself a sitar and began to teach himself.

It was in India in 1975, while studying proper sitar technique with Krishna Chakravarty, that Parsons heard the other sound that would change his life -- the synthesizer. He mixed electronic and natural sounds together with those of his sitar and in 1980 put some of these homemade tape pieces on a cassette called Sounds of the Mothership. It was heard by Ethan Edgecombe of the fledgling New Age music label Fortuna Records. Now on an American label, Parsons moved up to the next generation of synthesizers. Inspired by this new technology, Parsons created Tibetan Plateau. "I still couldn't believe people wanted this," he says -- but in fact they did want it.

Even during the rise of New Age music in the 1980s, David Parsons stood apart. There was he acknowledges a darker side to his music, a suggestion of hidden depths that echoed the sounds of the deep night ragas of india, that can be heard on Yatra, Himalaya and Dorje Ling.

In 1989, while visiting exiled Tibetan monks at the Dip Tse Chok Ling Monastery in northern India, Parsons recorded some complete ceremonies. Fortuna Records distribution was now performed by Celestial Harmonies, whose owner, Eckart Rahn, had already shown an interest in traditional Asian music. Music from Sacred Ceremonies - Ritual Music of Tibetan Buddhism was used by directors Oliver Stone in his film Heaven & Earth and Bernardo Bertolucci in Little Buddha. It was an auspicious beginning for what would become a second career for David Parsons. Over the next few years Parsons traveled the world for Celestial Harmonies, producing The Music of Cambodia, The Music of Vietnam, The Music of Islam and The Music of Armenia.

Parsons finally returned to his own music in 1997. Drawing on the melodies and instruments he had recorded around the Eastern Hemisphere, he set to work on a project that would bring the amazing experience of the world's ancient acoustic tradition into an electric setting. It became Ngaio Gamelan.

His next two albums brought him full circle. Shaman was an electronic imaging of a gathering of mystics, done at a time when Parsons was again looking for a change in his music. On the double album Parikrama, he returned, musically at least, to the Himalayas, mixing his sitar and sampled Buddhist chant with some of the deepest, darkest music yet.

The music on In Retrospect: 1980-2003 has been selected and sequenced by Parsons. It also features previously unissued material. We are pleased to offer a recording by one who has made such an immense contribution to the genre, both as a recording artist and as a producer.

 
Disc 1
1. IntrospectMP35:05 
2. Varuna GhatMP37:26 
3. Tibetan PlateauMP313:26 
4. Dhauladhar DreamingMP37:00 
5. Whirling Into The LightMP39:31 
6. Urartu To UbudMP37:06 
7. ManasarovarMP328:07 
Disc 2
1. MaitreyaMP311:59 
2. Dorje LingMP320:28 
3. SeparationMP35:38 
4. HimalayaMP319:21 
5. ShamanMP37:01 
6. Dawa GompaMP314:00 

1.1, 1.4 previously unreleased


Ngaio Gamelan

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Ngaio Gamelan
David Parsons
1999 Celestial Harmonies 13171 (CD)

Longtime fans of David Parsons' sampling and synthesizer originals of the 1980's will be pleased with the musician's return to the studio. After a long hiatus as a composer/performer, Parsons' Ngaio Gamelan was unmistakably his magnum opus to date.

From 1992 until 1997, David Parsons traveled the world as a producer for Celestial Harmonies. After The Music of Cambodia, The Music of Vietnam, The Music of Armenia, The Music of Bali, and the award–winning The Music of Islam 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.

 
1. Urartu To UbudMP37:06 
2. TjampuhanMP311:16 
3. LaplapanMP312:34 
4. Ararat LegongMP310:06 
5. Jalan JalanMP310:50 
6. Sarangi SaronMP310:12 





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