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One of our most popular CDs and the reasons are obvious! Seriously hypnotic ambient music!
Running time: approx 66 minutes. Unique ambient textures recorded live in session, mixed and mastered by Robert Rich.
Tom is an internationally acclaimed composer, performer, improviser and recording artist famous for his unique ambient tuba recordings and performances.
Now turning his attention to the Didjeridu, Tom proves yet again a master at creating 'never before heard' sounds from a familiar instrument.
Creating long sweeping ambient soundscapes mixed with processed voice sounds, Tom creates a deeply moving world of sound that is far more organic than traditional synthesizer based ambient music.
Yes, the same Tom Heasley who amazed with his ambient tuba recordings just a few years ago is back with meditations using the didgeridoo, electronics and voice. Having visited Palm Springs for the first time earlier this year I can relate to the open desert as revealed through these three long passages. The rich depth of field drone on ‘Joshua Tree’ is pure mind-meld, like a levitating field of raw sound. In the distance you hear the ghosts of wild coyotes howling in the faded striations of a latter day painting by J.M.W. Turner. The way this live recording (2003) develops is out of its vibrating centeredness, outwardly parting with rhythmic layers that are so subtle, like the first cool breeze after a blistering humid day. ’Solitude’ see-saws in slow motion, ripped from the cord in the sky and floating towards a seemingly endless landing guided by voices reminiscent of monk chant. While I find the dense simplicity of the instrument, the didgeridoo is more like the simple beauty of a flower that is hard not to get instantly, unlike the tuba, which has its own rich traditions. This depicts Heasley as a multifaceted instrumentalist who has created his own hi-fi/sci-fi without the trappings and kitsch --quite mystical and expansive.
Above review from Igloomag.com
TOM HEASLEY - DESERT TRIPTICH (CD by Farfield Records)
The first time I heard Tom Heasley's music was on his CD 'On The Sensations Of Tone', where he played tuba, throat singing and electronica and had woven a very fine pattern of ambient music (see Vital Weekly 332). The tuba is left at home on this new release and replaced by the didjeridu – an instrument that is more likely to be connected with ambient music. The three desert pieces are all recorded in Williamsburg, Brooklyn - certainly not a desert place at all. Both the voice and electronics are still in place and since this is a live recording, didjeridu and voice not at the same time. Heasley adds a long line of sound effects (echo, reverb and what have you) to these primary sounds and quite naturally a web of spacious music emerges from this. Like noted with the release from Off The Sky (see elsewhere) ambient music is a bit of a dead end, and whereas Off The Sky adds rhythm to his palette, Heasley stays very close to the original ambient music, with just a few sound sources, electronics and certainly no rhythm. Well done, hovering closely on the edge of new age, but not crossing that border this is a more than excellent ambient disc, that yet again won't disappoint the die-hard fans of the genre. (FdW)
Above review from Vital Weekly (Staalplaat)