Celestial 天上 | Spirit House

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Spirit House

by Celestial 天上

the first album from Celestial, Hong Kong's ambient dub masters: - it's empyreal and exotic, East meets West, dreamy Asian electronica.
Genre: Electronic: Dub
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5. The Last Gong Before Sailing celestial
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6. Life's Greatest Tragedy celestial
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7. Bio-Gravity celestial
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8. When Will My Love Return celestial
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9. Nepal celestial
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10. An Bradán Feasa celestial
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11. Trans-Mongolian Express celestial
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12. I Can Feel It celestial
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13. Cang DIng (Telepathic Remix) celestial
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14. Trans-Mongolian Express (Black Dragon Remix) celestial
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15. Plum Crazy (Black Dragon Remix) celestial
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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For more on Celestial, including reviews, news and videos, please visit:

http://www.hongkongdubstation.com/

The Celestial Story

"Celestial" is a Hong Kong based collective who have produced a series of albums, the first of which, "Spirit House", was released in 1996, the second "Happy Valley" in 2001, and the third album is "Hong Kong Dub Station" which is being released in 2004. "Celestial" was conceived by Peter Millward, a co-founder of Drum Music, Hong Kong's number one music production house. Originally Peter was asked to contribute some tracks for a compilation album then being produced for one of Hong Kong's best-known fashion boutiques. Peter completed three tracks for that album, which came out in 1992, and their unique fusion of Asian sounds with the modern production techniques was very well received - and, although it pre-dated the concept of "chill-out music" by several years, the idea for "Celestial" was born.

The first album from Celestial, "Spirit House", sold well across Asia, and resulted in a Gold Disc for sales in Singapore. Tracks from that and from the second album "Happy Valley, have been included on several well known compilations, including Café Del Mar Volumen Ocho (S. E. Asian Release).

On "Spirit House" the music reflected an East-West consciousness; an ethereal, trance-like soundtrack to a hip urban Zen Garden. First released in 1996, the album also reflects the pre-1997 cosmopolitan turmoil that was Hong Kong, and has now been re-released with a new sleeve design.

"Spirit House" draws on many diverse influences - Chinese, Vietnamese and Nepalese folk melodies, the sounds of Asian Orchestras and the rhythms of metropolitan dance floors. Drawing on the talents of musicians such as Hsin Hsiao Hung, Hong Kong's #1 Erhu (Chinese violin) player, Nepalese classical trio Sur Sudha, and world renowned jazz guitarist Eugene Pao, to name but a few, the music is a collage of many different styles: a sampled `70's funk groove loops beneath a timeless Erhu folk melody underscored by modern digital synth architecture; a 1930's Shanghai song segues into a Kathmandu Raga; sampled voice bytes from news broadcasts compete with dialogue from 1940's movies and a floating jazz guitar, an Irish folk melody is played on a traditional Chinese Zheng, with `80's analog synths and dub echo effects bubbling underneath; sound effects of trains, helicopters, bicycles, people on the move, fade in and out of the ever present hypnotic, trance like rhythms...

The re-release also features three previously unreleased tracks; remixes of tracks from "Spirit House", and "Happy Valley", the second Celestial album.


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Ren

Chill Out International
This intriguing selection of Eastern-infused tracks allows your mind to wander. The perfect combination of chill and low-fi, loose beats and flowing rhythm, Spirit House can play numerous roles. It can blend seamlessly into the background as pleasant, rolling ambiance. It can happily sit center stage, with enough of a beat to keep things moving elegantly and curiously. It's great for relaxation, meditation, even planning and thinking. I often play it when coming up with new designs for my paintings. The minimalist textures and carefully-planned riffs are like entering a temple on the other side of being.

Sarah

Positively Enchanting
Brilliant from start to finish! I've loved the Celestial albums, this cd being my second purchase in the series. I highly recommend it to any lover of ambient or down tempo music with an exotic Asian flair. This one's definitely staying in the cd changer for months to come!

Tony Wicaksono

Mr
I love listening this Album because makes me so life and more spirit for life. Buy it and enjoy it. I Guarantee you will be like this album.

Tony Wicaksono

Beautiful Spirit Music
Fantastic ambient Music in the world....