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2009 Celestial Harmonies (CD)
David's new release plays like a deeper extract from the 2008 Earthlight release. The live feel is evident and the flow is effortless thoughout the six pieces. Elongated sound textures and delicate use of unique sounds and subtle rhythmic elements intermix in classic Parsons style, transcendent and earthy. While this release is fully electronic, his years of playing Indian music and recording volumes of indigenous projects for Celestial Harmonies has provided his personal music with a special quality that is infused into the overall atmosphere of his masterful soundscape music.
|1. ||Jyoti||MP3||10:29|| |
|2. ||Incarnation||MP3||11:02|| |
|3. ||The Valley Below||MP3||9:35|| |
|4. ||City of Spirits||MP3||10:02|| |
|5. ||Tsaparang Moon||MP3||9:32|| |
|6. ||They Come||MP3||10:07|| |
2008 Celestial Harmonies 13231 (CD)
Reviewed by e/i Magazine / Audio Verite
"Over his past few releases, New Zealand veteran electronic composer David Parsons has deliberately been refining his electronic composition approach and overall sound sense, drawing from a keen awareness of tone and nuance and a sense of inner and outer spaces in balance. This awareness has developed over many years from both pure electronic music explorations and a deep connection to the music of south Asia. Having traveled extensively through India, Thailand, Indonesia and beyond, recording the indigenous music from these cultures, his many diverse recordings are featured on the Celestial Harmonies label. David's years of experience and the understanding drawn from these acoustic realms has infused EARTHLIGHT in a deep and powerful way."
|1. ||Earthlight||MP3||7:20|| |
|2. ||Altai Himalaya||MP3||13:01|| |
|3. ||Beyond the Light||MP3||9:33|| |
|4. ||Corona||MP3||8:42|| |
|5. ||The Winged Ones||MP3||7:32|| |
|6. ||Bathing Light||MP3||20:05|| |
2008 Celestial Harmonies 13227 (CD)
This new release from New Zealand-based David Parsons feels like a natural and welcomed progression of the deep atmospheric realms of his recent INNER PLACES release. With the focus on texture and purity of analog-based and inspired sounds, David stands in a small circle of electronic composers who continue to use "real" stand alone hardware synths for his sound creation. The rich sound quality and visceral impact is proof positive of why these instruments in the hands of a true sound artist generate transcendent work. Essential, and a current favorite of Steve's.
2005 Celestial Harmonies (CD)
INNER PLACES is an outstanding new release from New Zealand-based veteran synth and Indian music artist David Parsons. This is one of drifting, mysterious beauty. No rhythmic elements are present on the CD, leaving the focus towards the mystical atmospheres and cloud-like pieces. Highly recommended to those who want to float into a pure mystical drift.
|1. ||Pahla Loka||MP3||10:19|| |
|2. ||Dusra Loka||MP3||10:13|| |
|3. ||Tisra Loka||MP3||9:31|| |
|4. ||Chautha Loka||MP3||9:01|| |
|5. ||Panchwan Loka||MP3||10:01|| |
|6. ||Chhatha Loka||MP3||12:03|| |
|In Retrospect: 1980-2003|
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.
1.1, 1.4 previously unreleased
2002 Celestial Harmonies 17076 (CD)
Since 1975, David Parsons has made numerous trips to India to absorb the culture, study the music, and record performances by indigenous artists. In addition to producing two albums of Tibetan ritual music, in the Sacred Ceremonies series, the composer and synthesist has translated the essence of his journeys into the lush, yet, profound soundscapes of Himalaya and Yatra, two critically acclaimed albums of original music.
|Maitreya: The Future Buddha|
2002 Celestial Harmonies (CD)
These spiritual odysseys of sound are created from a variety of synthesizers and acoustic instruments. They will appeal to anyone who enjoys the long form pieces and deep sound meditations found on WORLD'S EDGE, DREAMTIME RETURN, and EARLY MAN, to name a few. David Parsons has been a label mate with Steve on Fortuna / Celestial Harmonies for many years, and their music could be considered as sharing a kindred spirit in its essence and intention.
2000 Celestial Harmonies (CD)
These spiritual odysseys of sound are created from a variety of synthesizers and acoustic Instruments. They will appeal to anyone who enjoys the long form pieces and deep sound meditations found on WORLD'S EDGE, DREAMTIME RETURN, and EARLY MAN, to name a few. David Parsons has been a label mate with Steve on Fortuna / Celestial Harmonies for many years, and their music could be considered as sharing a kindred spirit in its essence and intention.
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.
1991 Fortuna 18072 (CD)
David Parsons has long been fascinated by India and Tibet, two ancient worlds characterized by potent mythologies, mystical sacred sites, and sublime musical traditions. Over the years, this respected electronic composer has made numerous yatras (journeys, in Sanskrit) to India, experiencing the sites and sounds of this exotic land. Yatra is Parsons' first comprehensive attempt to log the essence of his Far Eastern adventures.
|1. ||Yatra|| ||3:50|| |
|2. ||Bengal Village||MP3||8:05|| |
|3. ||The Himgiri||MP3||5:43|| |
|4. ||Assi||MP3||5:37|| |
|5. ||Varuna Ghat||MP3||7:26|| |
|6. ||Adobe of Shiva|| ||29:39|| |
|1. ||Ram Bhakta||MP3||5:05|| |
|2. ||Earth Mother||MP3||8:15|| |
|3. ||Maha Puja||MP3||21:53|| |
|4. ||Manasorovar||MP3||28:06|| |
Celestial Harmonies 17059 (CD)
This is a musical journey through India and the Himalaya Mountains. Using a variety of synthesizers, David Parsons creates a beautiful and vivid musical picture. We hear and feel the driving wind and sense the mystery of the deserted snowy mountain meadows. In "Rishikesh", an underlying growling depicts the awesome feeling of standing at the base of the majestic Himalaya Mountains and looking up. The full-bodied rumble of "Kailasa" portrays the power of the shrine of Lord Shiva. In "Varuna Deva" rhythms are used like brushes to paint the lively Ganges River. Spiced with recordings of natural sounds, such as thunder and chanting, HIMALAYA is a passionate view of India and her mighty mountain range.
Celestial Harmonies 13181 (CD)
In composing SHAMAN, David Parsons "imagined a gathering of mystics, headed by a high shaman, at night in a remote desert valley." This recording is his "impression of a complete ceremony where mantras are chanted and dervishes are whirling in ecstatic trances to the rhythm of the music." It is Parsons' intention to leave the listener to imagine what the track titles mean, as they will surely mean different things to different people. The CD is filled with a rich composite of electronic and acoustic rhythmic and melodic elements. At their center, most pieces are pulsing sequencer-based patterns, very hypnotic and centered in the body but not overstated. If you appreciate the movement on THE SERPENT'S LAIR and CORE by Steve, this release will prove a nice surprise.
|Tibetan Plateau / Sounds of the Mothership|
Celestial Harmonies 17013 (CD)
This CD brings together selections from David Parsons' early recordings, TIBETAN PLATEAU and SOUNDS OF THE MOTHERSHIP. The collection includes eight compositions that evoke the sounds of remote, deep space through the soaring voices of Parsons' synthesizers in combination with classical Indian instruments. Inspired by the ancient Vedic songs of India, Parson's music lies at the well-springs of consciousness, tempered by soothing sounds from the physical world: the soft chirping of crickets, the calls of songbirds, and the restless sounds of the four winds. The music serves as a centering point for the mind amid the swirling vortex of the temporal plane.