Pure tribal/shamanic ambient space music.
Planet Origo review:
"When I took this CD out of the envelope, I looked it over and read across the titles. The other Pound recording I have heard was quite a bit tribal in nature, so I was expecting this one to be similar. Reading the titles reminded me of the late Carlos Castenada’s stories of shamanism with such names as The Crack Between the Worlds, Little Smoke, Taming the Ally, and Path With a Heart. This last track is the longest on the CD at around thirteen minutes.
The tracks listed were quite varied in length, ranging from the above mentioned thirteen minutes to two and a half minutes on the shortest song. Yet, many (not all) of these tracks flow from one track into another. Often there is some gentle field recording of crickets, birds, or water that allows the two songs to link into each other.
I started listening to it and found that there certainly were a lot of tribal / shamanic passages and tunes, but I discovered that this was used more as a flavoring that was overlying more deep space / cosmic sounds. In fact, there’s quite a bit of blending of various electronica styles on this recording.
There certainly is the tribal feel in tunes like Gatekeepers Song with its Native American sounding flute and analog rhythms of drums, shakers, and rattles, not to mention the throaty didgeridoo sections. However, this and most of the tracks also have their share of floating tempos, tranquil atmospherics, and drifting serene ambience.
This is seen in Night Magic where the transition cricket sounds give way to atmospheric washes that wander the universe. Halfway through the track, a drumming phases in to maintain the flavor without overpowering it.
Pound’s website describes the title track as being “space meditation music” and many of the tracks share somewhat in this aspect. In fact, it might well be argued that this music is better suited as something to be played after the sun sets and evening falls." Planet Origo 2008
Perfect for late night star gazing and fire stirring tendencies,
this music is made for inner transformation and mind expansion.
Atmospheres of deep crevasses and flowing oceanic sound worlds take the listener on a personal imaginary spiritual journey of other worldly proportions. Lifting and lilting and even sometimes dark and penetrating, this set of searing, ambient textures is the perfect meditation for today's tension filled world.
Shamanic, ethnic percussion and instruments meet with space synth atmospheres and sequential pulses and beats.
Didgeridoo, Native American Lakota Flute, Tibetan singing bowls, frame drums, shakers and rain sticks and other assorted ethnic percussion, electric guitar, digital and analog synths, samplers, processing, shamanic vocals and field recordings of crickets, birds, and other natural ambiences.
Similar to Steve Roach and Vidna Ombana.
See Dans other albums on his website:
Dan Pound composes and produces ambient electronic, new age, world/shamanic, space-music soundscapes.
Dan was classically trained on piano, guitar and double bass at an early age and started writing songs soon after. He went on to be in the local honor orchestra and was soon writing pieces for the entire ensemble. Besides performing and composing, Dan has earned degrees in recording engineering and electronic music technology, and has received credits as 1st engineer and mixer for an indie jazz release, “Crusin’ Some Grooves” by the Steve Wolfe Quartet.
Over the last several years, Dan has developed a home project studio where he does most of his work now recording and producing his music independently. He specializes in music for film and multi-media, as well as recording and producing his own CD’s on his newly developed label, Pound Sounds.
Dan has earned numerous top 10 positions in various categories on Broadjam.com 's top 10 lists, and many of his pieces have been included in monthly top charts for the FM ambient radio programs, Secret Music, Stars End, and Morning Fog among others.
Dan’s Cd, “Solar Nexus”, was named one of the top ten Cd’s reviewed in 2006 on the ambient music review webzine, “Melliflua”.
Other professional credits include:
Greenpeace Organization: music used for the documentary, “Changes in Climate, Changes in Lives”.
MTV.com: music used for episode, “Shakira; Dirty Little Secrets”.
Random Productions: music used for the film, “Living Proof”.
Monkey House Productions: core music used for documentary, “Southern Fried Bigfoot”.
Image Maker Advertising Inc.: music used for internet online sales promotions.
Q.O.C productions: music used for internet website promotions.