Tuva, Among The Spirits: Sound, Music And Nature In Sakha And Tuva
 : Tuva, Among The Spirits: Sound, Music And Nature In Sakha And Tuva

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Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Binding: Audio CD
Brand: The Mountain
EAN: 0093074045220
Item Dimensions: 3956723492
Label: Smithsonian Folkways
Languages: EnglishPublishedEnglishOriginal LanguageEnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: Smithsonian Folkways
Model: 2030112
MPN: 1711966
Number Of Discs: 1
Number Of Items: 1
Publication Date: January 19, 1999
Publisher: Smithsonian Folkways
Release Date: January 19, 1999
Studio: Smithsonian Folkways

Disc 1:
  1. A Reverberant Valley
  2. Sakha Animal Imitations
  3. Tuvan Round-Up
  4. Fantasy On The Igil
  5. Birds And Birds Imitations
  6. Xoomei On Horseback
  7. Borbangnadyr With Stream Water
  8. Xomuz (Jew's Harp) Imitating Water
  9. Home On The (Mountain) Range
  10. Ang-Meng Mal-Magen Ottuneri (Imitation Of Wild And Domestic Animals)
  11. Ang-Meng Mal-Magen Ottuneri (Reprise)
  12. Harmonics In The Wind
  13. Sonic Landscape
  14. The Legacy Of Ancestors
  15. Cave Spirits
  16. Kyzyl Taiga (Red Forest)
  17. Talking Xomuz
  18. Chiraa-Xor
  19. Epilogue
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Product Description:
Tuva, Among the Spirits is a sonic journey to the steppes of southern Siberia, the wellspring of Tuvan and Sakhan music, where the spiritual power of nature is manifested through its sounds. In these unprecedented on-site recordings, master musicians imitate and interact with the natural acoustic environment. Recorded in 1995-1998 on horseback, in creek beds, caves, canyons, and grasslands. Extensive notes, photographs, and discography. 1999 New Age Voice Music Awards: awarded finalist for Best Traditional World Album of 1999.
Thanks to the astonishing clarity of modern recording techniques, this remarkable CD documents the oldest form of music making, which producer-recorders Ted Levin and Joel Gordon refer to as "sound mimesis," or the art of imitating natural sounds through music, as practiced in Tuva. With a variety of musicians, including members of Huun-Huur-Tu and other regular folk musicians and farmers, these 19 tracks were recorded outdoors on location (with the exception of two recorded in a small living room). Musicians and singers interact with the sounds of wild and domestic animals and environmental sounds like streams, the wind, and bird song. Throat singing and xomuz echo the harmonics of a babbling brook, upturned igil (fiddle) and doshpuluur (lute) replicate the effect of a wind harp with the breeze caressing the strings, and horsemen chant in the saddle, picking up the rhythm of galloping steeds. These and many other examples illustrate a living animist tradition where the boundaries between sound and song have no clear definition; indeed, the very term "music" as the Western world interprets it has no equivalent, and Tuva, Among the Spirits may well make you reassess the latent music in your own environment. --Derek Rath

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