Archive for November, 2010


This edition of “Neptune Currents” fell on Halloween 2010, and came just a couple of days before the midterm U.S. national elections. Could not help but provide commentary on the bogey man of horror movies and the “bogus man” of the political machine. Brendan Perry (formerly of the seminal group Dead Can Dance) provided the biting satire of “The Bogus Man,” from his excellent [import only] CD titled ARK.

(ARTIST — TITLE — ALBUM — LABEL)

Gustav Holst — Neptune the Mystic [George Byrd’s metallic mix] — The Planets — n/a
Tuu — The Ghost Road — Tracks Across the Universe [compilation] — privately published (by Jim Brenholts)
Sounding the Deep — Burden — A Union According to Energy — Sonic Meditations
Eberhard Schoener — Shape of Things to Come — Trance-Formation — Innovative Communication
33 Tetragammon & Human Metronome — Spectral Solitude, Part 1 — Spectral Solitude — ResonatingEarth.com [download only]
Robert Rich & B.Lustmord — Synergistic Perceptions — Stalker — Fathom/Hearts of Space
Dino Pacifici — Spectre — The Float Zone — Scorpio Rising Music
David Parsons — Realm of the Hungry Ghost — Maitreya: the Future Buddha — Celestial Harmonies
Popol Vuh* — Ich Mache Einen Spiegel : Dream Part 4 — Affenstunde — Bell

Jorge Reyes — El Costumbre — El Costumbre — Extreme
Dan Pound — Hunter (The) — Wolf Moon — Pound Sounds
Byron Metcalf — Raven Medicine — The Shaman’s Heart — Dr. BAM’s Music
Satori — Gathering Power — Invisible Rhythms — Ancient Sun Music
Tuu + Nick Parkin — Ghosts in the Landscape — Terma — Fathom/Hearts of Space
Popol Vuh* — Ich Mache Einen Spiegel : Dream Part 4 — Affenstunde — Bell

Richard Bone — Fata Morgana — The Spectral Ships — Hypnos
Richard Bone — Palantine — The Spectral Ships — Hypnos
Richard Bone — Voltiguer — The Spectral Ships — Hypnos
Transcendent Device — At One with Time — Architectronics & the Elaborate Construction of Meaning — Mahorka [download only]
Popol Vuh* — Ich Mache Einen Spiegel : Dream Part 4 — Affenstunde — Bell

Brendan Perry — The Bogus Man — Ark — Cooking Vinyl [CD]
Lustmord — The Eliminating Angel (~1st half) — Metavoid — Nextera
Eden — Removed from the Darkness — Gateway to the Mysteries — Third Mind
Johnny Whitehorse — Spirit Rider — Johnny Whitehorse — Silver Wave

Loreena McKennitt — All Souls’ Night — The Visit — Warner Bros.

* music under announcements

(ARTIST — TITLE — ALBUM — LABEL)

Gustav Holst (cond. by Zubin Mehta) — Neptune the Mystic — The Planets — London
Heavenly Music Corporation — Cloud Structure Silence — In a Garden of Eden — Silent
Michael Stearns — Morning — Jewel — Sonic Atmospheres
Don Slepian — Awakening — The Sea of Bliss [2000 reissue] — DonSlepian.com
Steve Roach — Quiet Friend — Structures from Silence — Fortuna
Steve Roach* — Structures from Silence (part) — Structures from Silence — Fortuna

Jordan de la Sierra — Song of the Rose (~1st 16 min) — Origins: The Early Years of New Age [compilation] Narada
Popol Vuh — Hore, Der Du Wagst — Bruder des Schattens / Sohne des Lichts — Spalax
Constance Demby — Lotus Opening — Set Free — Hearts of Space
Deuter — La Illaha il Allah — Ecstasy — Kuckuck/Celestial Harmonies
Steve Roach* — Structures from Silence (part) — Structures from Silence — Fortuna

Ishq — Bhakti — Orchid — Interchill
Makyo — Chandan (~1st half) — Shringara — Dakini
David Parsons — Varuna Deva — Himalaya — Fortuna
Brian Eno — A Clearing — Ambient #4: On Land — Editions EG
Steve Roach* — Structures from Silence (part) — Structures from Silence — Fortuna

Klaus Schulze — Freeze — Angst [soundtrack] — Thunderbolt
Healer — Go To Sleep (part) — Wonderground — Flying Rhino

Ravi Shankar — Shanti-Mantra — Inside the Kremlin — Private Music

* music under announcements

(ARTIST — TITLE — ALBUM — LABEL)

Gustav Holst (cond. by Simon Rattle) — Neptune the Mystic — The Planets — EMI Classics
Klaus Schulze & Lisa Gerrard — Ocean of Innocence (~1st 8:30) — Dziekuje Bardzo / Vielen Dank — Synthetic Symphony/SPV
Dweller at the Threshold — Worlds Without End — Ouroborus — Hypnos/Binary
A Produce — The Big Sleep — Smile on the Void — Hypnos/Trance Port
A Produce — Visions — Smile on the Void — Hypnos/Trance Port
Diatonis — Apotheosis — Ambient Life — Diatonis.com
David Parsons — Vayu — Akash — Celestial Harmonies

Thomas Ronkin — The Gates of Sleep — The Other World [compilation] — Hypnos
David Helpling & Jon Jenkins — Awake — The Crossing — Spotted Peccary Music
David Helpling & Jon Jenkins — For the Fallen — The Crossing — Spotted Peccary Music
Bruce Kaphan — Legacy — Hybrid — Wiggling Air

Mathew Montfort — Purple Raga — Seven Serenades for Scalloped Fretboard Guitar — Ancient-Future.com
Michael Hedges — Ursa Major — Torched — Windham Hill
Scott Huckabay — Into the Spirit — Peace Dance — Soundings of the Planet

Steve Roach & Mark Seelig — Nightbloom (part 1 excerpt & part 3) — Nightbloom — Projekt
DreamSTATE — Nocturnal Passage — A Decade Dreaming — e-Space Editions

Ancient Future — Socha, Socha (parts a & b) — Planet Passion — Ancient-Future.com
Ravi Shankar (w/ Yehudi Menuhin) — Prabhati — West Meets East — Angel

Deep Imagination — Awareness Part 1: Space Awareness — Prudence Cosmopolitan Music
Deep Imagination — Awareness Part 2: Clouds — Awareness — Prudence Cosmopolitan Music

Alpha Wave Movement — Synaptic Overdrive — The Mystic & the Machine — Harmonic Resonance Recordings
Emerson, Lake & Palmer — Hoedown — Trilogy — Atlantic

(ARTIST — TITLE — ALBUM — LABEL)

Gustav Holst (cond. by H.Van Karajan) — Neptune the Mystic — The Planets — Deutsche Gramaphon (sp?)
Klaus Wiese — Dunya (~1st 22 min) — Dunya — Aquamarin Verlag
David Michael & Randy Mead — Wings at Dawn — Heartscape — Purnima Productions
Paul Winter Consort — Koto — Miho: Journey to the Mountain — Living Music
MaEasy — Hentho — Topp Cosmos — n/a
Charles Lloyd — Pathless Path (formerly titled “Polestar”) — Best of HOS: No.1 First Flight [compilation] — Hearts of Space

Osamu Kitajima — Heavenscent — The Source — CBS
Kitaro — Silence — The Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai [volume 1] — Domo
Klaus Wiese* — Akhira II (part) — Dunya — Aquamarin Verlag

Popol Vuh — Mantra of the Touching of the Earth — Die Nacht der Seele: Tantric Songs — SPV/Revisited
Popol Vuh — In the Realm of the Shadows — Tantric Songs / Hosiana Mantra — Celestial Harmonies
Popol Vuh — Wanderer Through the Night — Die Nacht der Seele: Tantric Songs — SPV/Revisited
Popol Vuh — Listen, He Who Ventures — Tantric Songs / Hosiana Mantra — Celestial Harmonies
Popol Vuh — Im der Garten Ruhe (~1st 4:30) — Die Nacht der Seele: Tantric Songs — SPV/Revisited
Peter Michael Hamel — Madras — Piano Performance — Kreuz Plus Musik
Klaus Wiese* — Akhira II (part) — Dunya — Aquamarin Verlag

Tetsu Inoue — The Night in Goa (~1st 11:30) — Organic Cloud — FAX/Ambient World
DreamSTATE — Sandstone — A Decade Dreaming — e-Space Editions
Robert Rich — Black Skies — A Troubled Resting Place — Fathom
David Helpling & Jon Jenkins — For the Fallen — The Crossing — Spotted Peccary Music
Klaus Wiese* — Akhira II (part) — Dunya — Aquamarin Verlag

Ayub Ogada & Union Nowhere — Lhung Tir — Tanguru — Amiata [iTunes download]
Robert Mirabal — Popay Runner — Taos Tales — Silver Wave
Wimme — Enchantment — Nordic Roots 2 [compilation] — NorthSide

Deborah Martin & Erik Wollo — Gathering at Sunrise — Between Worlds — Spotted Peccary Music

(ARTIST — TITLE — ALBUM — LABEL)

Gustav Holst (cond. by Simon Rattle) — Neptune the Mystic — The Planets — EMI Classics

Ishq — Sol (Tokyo live version) — n/a — unreleased mp3
Michael Stearns — Jewel — Collected Ambient & Textural Works: 1977-1987 — Fathom / Hearts of Space
Al Gromer Khan & Klaus Wiese* — The Alchemy of Happiness (~1st half) — The Alchemy of Happiness — Rasa/TeaTime Music
Dan Pound — Inside the Crystal — Interlace — Pound Sounds

Peter Michael Hamel — Felix, Schlaf Ein — Piano Performance — Kreuz Plus Musik
Peter Michael Hamel — Verschmelzung — Piano Performance — Kreuz Plus Musik
Florian Fricke/Popol Vuh — Spirit of Peace 1 & 2 — Keys of Life — Celestial Harmonies
Georgia Kelly — Gypsy Boy with Roses — Gardens of the Sun — Heru
Peter Michael Hamel — Continuous Creation — Piano Performance — Kreuz Plus Musik
Ludovico Einaudi — Reverie — Nightbook — Ponderosa Music & Art

David Helpling & Jon Jenkins — Two Paths — The Crossing — Spotted Peccary Music
David Helpling & Jon Jenkins — From the Smallest Seed — The Crossing — Spotted Peccary Music
Deuter — Deux — Atmospheres — New Earth
Al Gromer Khan & Klaus Wiese* — The Alchemy of Happiness (excerpt) — The Alchemy of Happiness — Rasa/TeaTime Music

Stellamara — Aman Doktor — The Golden Thread — Lucidity Music
Paul Winter Consort — Yangjin (Words of Wish Fulfillment) — Miho: Journey to the Mountain — Living Music
Kutira & Raphael — Taua Mai E (part) — The Calling — Kahua Hawaiian Institute

[Christian] Fennez — Black Sea — Black Sea — Touch Music

Not really an edition of “Neptune Currents,” this show was my stint for the World Music Marathon at KKUP — it took place on a Saturday morning, not the usual Sunday. I had originally decided not to post this playlist, but I had a request for it. So here it is (there were interruptions to raise money for entirely listener-supported KKUP during this special annual fundraising marathon):

Ayub Ogada & Union Nowhere — Baya Baya — Tanguru — Amiata [iTunes download only]
Habib Koite & Bamada — Kanawa — Baro — Putumayo World Music
Trance Mission — Monkfish — Head Light — City of Tribes
Trance Mission — Head Light — Head Light — City of Tribes

Will Seachnasaigh — Barru (Crocodile) — The Didgeridoo — Dharpa: Songs from the Dreamtime — Lyrichord
Hassan Hakmoun — Live — Life Around the World — Alula
Dissidenten — Monsoon — Trance Planet Vol. 2 [compilation] — Triloka
Sevara [Nazarkhan] — Sen — Sen — Real World
Silvia Perez Cruz & Ravid Goldschmidt — Gitana — Llama — MA Recordings
Kevin Nathaniel — Dream — Mbira Magical — Gwenyambira Productions

Pusaka Sunda — Jeruk Manis — Samagaha — Sakti
Pusaka Sunda — Gagak Lumayung — Samagaha — Sakti
Pusaka Sunda — Jalir Jangji — Samagaha — Sakti

Shweta Jhaveri — Dream — Avishkar — Cosmic Khayals
Loituma — The Bells of St. Michael’s — In the Moonlight — NorthSide
David Hudson — Brunga — Gunyal — Black Sun
Anouar Brahem — The Lover of Beirut — The Astounding Eyes of Rita — ECM
Ayub Ogada — Kothbiro — Trance Planet Vol. 2 [compilation] — Triloka

Ayub Ogada & Union Nowhere — Mudno Gita — Tanguru — Amiata [iTunes download only]
David Gilden — Yarabi — Ancestral Voices — Kora Productions
Joji Hirota — Komori Uta — The Gate — Real World
Hector Zazou & Swara — Zannat — In the House of Mirrors — Crammed Discs
Stellamara — Lado — The Golden Thread — Lucidity Music

(ARTIST — TITLE — ALBUM — LABEL)

Gustav Holst (cond. by Simon Rattle) — Neptune the Mystic — The Planets — EMI Classics
Rudy Adrian — Trajectory — Distant Stars — Lotuspike
Celer — This Thinking Globe Exploding — Discourses of the Withered — Infraction
Steve Roach — Longing to Be… — Sigh of Ages — Projekt
DreamSTATE — Laika’s Last Orbit — A Decade Dreaming — e-Space Editions
Kevin Braheny — After I Said Goodnight (~last 13 min) — Lullaby for the Hearts of Space — Hearts of Space

Rudy Adrian — Le Songe du Singe [2nd half* = v/o music] — Distant Stars — Lotuspike

Ishq — Fluid Earth — Fluid Earth — Virtual
Heavenly Music Corporation — Anechoic — Anechoic — Silent
Blow Up Hollywood — Take Flight [*also repeated as v/o music] — Take Flight — Hollyskite.com

Bruno Sanfilippo & Mathias Grassow — Cromo (piano & drones) 2 — Cromo [piano & drones] — ad21 Music
All India Radio & Josh Roydhouse — Piano and Ambience (parts 4 & 5) — Piano and Ambience — AllIndiaRadio.com
Ruben Garcia — Lakeland — Lakeland — Close Tolerance Music
Ludovico Einaudi — The Planets — Nightbook — Ponderosa Music & Art
Liz Story — Solid Colors — Pure: Liz Story — Windham Hill/Legacy

Robert Carty — Trance of the Meteor Shower — Starlight Volume 3 — Deep Sky Music
K. Leimer — Common Nocturne (~1st half) — Degraded Certainties — Palace of Lights

Jai Uttal — Gopala — Beggars and Saints — Triloka
Jon & Vangelis — I Hear You Now — Short Stories — Polydor