About the album Sum:
Sum is James Whetzel’s first solo album. It the ambient Yin which preceded the upbeat Yang of his second album Capitol Hill: Secret Tracks. “Sum” is an instrumental album and the music features the sounds of Whetzel’s sarod and tabla playing, West Africa palm-wine guitar music, and throat singing, as well as all kinds of ambient live and electronically altered sounds.
"This is not indian-influenced electronic music. This is electronic-influenced indian music. It uses both electronic and classical indian instrumentation, but pulls an electronic vibe into the structure and pace of (mostly) classical indian music, as opposed to the other way around."
Review by Benjie, KZSU.
“Ambient music without cliches.”
Review by Lowell Lybarger, Tablatronic.
#50 on the overall charts for Palo Alto, California's KZSU (Stanford University Radio) for the week of August 3, 2003.
#10 on the overall charts for Palo Alto, California's KZSU (Stanford University Radio) for the week of August 10, 2003.