Zen

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Melodic flutes accompany soulful rhythms, inspiring a journey into the deeper self.

Suggested Retail Price: $16.98

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Product Description

Melodic flutes accompany soulful rhythms, inspiring a journey into the deeper self. Zen is a unique and ideal album to accompany yoga, relaxation, healing or simply chilling out!

Additional Information

Artist

Terry Oldfield

Total Time:

51:02

Reviews

  1. Chris Spector, Midwest Record

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    “Ever notice how Oprah tells you to buy something to simplify your life? Anything wrong with that picture? If you have to buy something to simplify your life, start with this Terry Oldfield audio take on what Zen is. Expertly crafted chill music that’s bottomed by real music, Oldfield takes you to places you should be visiting in dreams if you find yourself in a place where the little things mean too much, and not in a good way. Internal music for massage or quiet times, this is a first class audio getaway.”

  2. Bill Binkelman, New Age Retailer

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    “This re-release of a 1991 album by acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Terry Oldfield (flutes, keyboards, drums, percussion) clearly shows influences from Kitaro and the late Richard Burmer. From the former, Oldfield draws a variety of Asian musical flavors while Burmer’s signature melodic dramatic keyboards are also in evidence on many of the CD’s 10 tracks. As such, Zen is less of a meditative musical experience and more of a fully fleshed out pan-Asian one, equally suffused with “classic” New Age music textures.Oldfield mixes in quieter reflective pieces, such as the soothing yet mysterious “Duality,” among the more powerful ones. Judicious and discrete use of selected nature sounds only adds to the CD’s artistic depth.”

  3. Music Design

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    “ZEN is clearly on of Terry Oldfield’s most majestic recordings, and that is saying a lot, considering his extensive musical output. The essence of the Far East is very powerful on this recording, framed around Oldfield’s sublime flute playing (alto and soprano). Drums are used sparsely, but when they come into the picture they are a dramatic and powerful presence, reminiscent of Japanese taiko drums. Shimmering synth textures help to further define the album’s inherent Asian feel, causing one to think of ancient secluded temples and monasteries. Rounding out the album is the use of wisps of vocal tones and nature sounds. The flutes literally seem to dance in this atmosphere with a playful simplicity. The album would be a natural choice for Tai Chi practice, fitting the meditative and martial aspects of that practice perfectly. Though almost any healing or relaxation endeavor would benefit from its use.”

  4. DailyOM

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    “An accomplished and largely self-taught U.K. flautist, Terry Oldfield has been making soothing, healing New Age instrumental music for decades. Zen stands out as one of his most successfully realized efforts, plunging into bold but healing territory with Oldfield‚s soothing flute moving in and around sweeping cinematic orchestral passages, thunderous tribal frame drums, and ascending synths. Fans of music from 1980s science-fiction movies (like The Terminator) may find the vintage synthesizer buzz they’re looking for in the music’s dramatic swells and occasionally ominous cues, and those in search of a more peaceful vibe will appreciate the dark that makes the light all the more beautiful. Like the practice of Zen itself, Oldfield’s music lets go of the sunshine as well as the storm clouds, creating music as balanced as nature itself.
    “Transcending Time and Space” is a good example of that science-fiction synth edge, delivering powerful string movements and an ascending octave melody while Oldfield’s flute skitters around the sidelines like a wise shaman who knows when to guide and when to hang back around his students’ dream journeys. Delving into an ambient Buddha-garden vibe for the stoic but lyrical beauty of “See the Trees, Smell the Blossoms,” Oldfield’s flute strolls through fountains and misty waterfalls, over beds of fertile chiming synths that evoke the otherworldly feel of the Chinese zither.
    Stylistically, Oldfield covers a lot of ground while always staying true to his primal, soul-awakening sound palette. While ambient waterfalls, glittering chimes, and other soothing Zen-like touches abound, the use of tribal Japanese elements, like the booming echo of the frame drum, add an extra charge, reaching an eclipse of sorts in “Pointing to the Moon” which rolls along like cumulus clouds over a sunny plain full of darting birds and the snaking rivers of Oldfield’s healing flute.
    Unlike some flute-based New Age music, Terry Oldfield’s Zen carries a sense of cinematic emotion thanks to an uninhibited use of ‚80s-style synthesizers and percussion, making the moments of stillness even lovelier, as if no one can truly appreciate the peace of a sunny afternoon without a little thunder in the distance. In this sense, Zen is a perfect disc for someone new to healing work, offering just enough drama to keep the conscious ego occupied while it balances the listener’s own scales of light and dark back to a pitch-perfect resonance.”

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