Spirit of the World

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Drawing on the essence of disparate cultures, Terry creates a musical tapestry that transcends all differences of color and culture and speaks to us through the universal language of sound.

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Product Description

Drawing on the essence of disparate cultures, Terry creates a musical tapestry that transcends all differences of color and culture and speaks to us through the universal language of sound.

Additional Information

Artist

Terry Oldfield

Total Time:

50:27

Reviews

  1. Chris Spector, Midwest Record

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    “An impressionistic, audio travelogue in the best sense of the concept, Oldfield pays tribute to the ancient races that were the first populations of the earth. Since there’s no one around to say if he’s right or wrong, better to side with right and enjoy the ride. From the farthest corner of his imagination to your headphones, this is what PBS would love to come up with for pledge nights for the real egghead that wants to tap his toe along the way. One of those dates that really is a movie for your mind, you can write one as this soundtrack unfurls. It’s so nice when musos can be clever in the service of the music as opposed to clever in service of cleverness itself.”

  2. DailyOm

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    “Flautist and composer Terry Oldfield has never shied away from ambitious projects, and for Spirit of the World he covers the whole globe. With each track named after a particular region and focusing on the music of its indigenous people, Oldfield crafts backdrops rich in ambient nature, chanting, and local instruments over which his flute moves in alternating currents of contrast and mimesis. The overall effect is to feel the universal pulse of older, spiritually evolved cultures united in a truly unifying glow.
    ‘The Aborigines’ features the didgeridoo and ancient tribal chanting, the echo repetition providing the perfect backdrop for the arrival of Oldfield’s flute. “The Cambodians” starts with some long, birdlike notes from Oldfield’s flute before the jungle subsides in favor of a gamelan orchestra sound with marimba, Far East strings, and mimetic horns, all creating a merrily spiritual dance of the lights. Close your eyes and a ceremonial dancer appears in the shadows of the candlelight. “The Americans” isn’t some familiar colonial theme, but Native Americans with snake rattles, frame drums, chanting, and Oldfield’s flute following the procession from a mournful distance, like a silver bird in the sky, recording the memories and visions of the past and creating the sacred space for these ancient spirits to come forth in ceremonial garb for a new future.
    A great gift for a world music newbie due to its buffet-style eclecticism, Spirit of the World is nonetheless remarkable for its unifying effect, as well as for the clever and warmth-inducing ways in which Oldfield melds his flute into the musical worlds of these varied cultures. Whether that comes from direct experience or from being an outsider with a “looking down from the sky” perspective, the result is an album that can be listened to during an array of activities: driving, meditating, sleeping, or healing work. Oldfield’s flute awakens prana like few others. Allow it to work on yours and you can feel yourself thinking in its voice, free of concerns like words, and suddenly, because of that loss of spoken language, tapped into the primordial, eternal, always-the-same language—music.”

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