Tibet: Nada Himalaya 2
(New Earth, 2005)

This is a sequel with shorter pieces than the first Nada Himalaya, but still featuring Tibetan singing bowls. The music Deuter produces here might be more appropriate for meditation than for casual listening, with its drawn out notes and non-Western ambience. Some even claim that the sounds of the bowls have healing powers. What you have here is perhaps the earliest form of ambient music.

C.G. Deuter uses a few natural sounds and small bells and cymbals in these seven pieces, which range from 7 to 17 minutes. Mostly they are used at the beginning. Nearly all the sound, however, is that of the different sized bowls -- each made from seven different metals.

There are two types of sounds produced. If the bowls are hit with a padded mallet, they produce a sound like a muffled gong. If the mallet is rubbed across the rim of the bowls, which Deuter does more often, a long, lingering tone is produced, rich in harmonics.

This sounds like some ambient, minimalist electronic works, although Deuter's beautiful work is superior for its natural sound.

Listeners should be warned that there is not much variety in the pieces, which are designed to calm your mind instead of entertain you. Deuter's explanation, taken from the CD sleeve, explains the point of this work:

"One of my primary focuses in music-making has always been to create music which helps one to cross the threshold into the inner silence. Or to express it more colorfully: to touch the Divine, the Source which is in all of us. This album is designed to do just that. Sounds without a melody or a story create a space where one loses all sense of time. And time is a man made structure; it is past and future. Listening happens in the here and now. Free from time and the ego-self we reach the Oneness, the Healing."

- Rambles
written by Dave Howell
published 11 June 2005

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