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Music For The Gods: The Fahnestock South Sea Expedition, Indonesia
Various Artists
Music For The Gods: The Fahnestock South Sea Expedition, Indonesia
Genres: Dance & Electronic, World Music, Pop
 
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This classic of ethnomusicology was originally recorded in 1941 by the Fahnestock brothers, Bruce and Sheridan, on what was then state of the art aluminum discs. The music is amazing both for the quality of the sound and...  more »

      
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Music For The Gods: The Fahnestock South Sea Expedition, Indonesia
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Rykodisc
Release Date: 10/18/1994
Genres: Dance & Electronic, World Music, Pop
Styles: World Dance, Far East & Asia
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 014431031526

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This classic of ethnomusicology was originally recorded in 1941 by the Fahnestock brothers, Bruce and Sheridan, on what was then state of the art aluminum discs. The music is amazing both for the quality of the sound and the beauty of the performing gamelans--the word means both the band and the music they play. The sound is rich and clear; individual notes hang shimmering in the air like rainforest hummingbirds. The enclosed booklet tells the story of the expedition that the Fahnestocks organized to capture these sounds, recorded just before the creeping invasion of Western influence. The journey included shipwrecks and lugging the unwieldy recording equipment through impenetrable jungles. It reads like a possible musical adventure for a future Indiana Jones flick. --j. poet

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The thing that justifies my music collection
false-sense-of-anonymity | Thule, Greenland | 04/30/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This CD is my most prized possession. I have listened to it so much that my brain can play it back - yet it is still listen-to-able. It contains a variety of types of music collected by the Fahnestocks during their South Pacific explorations during WWII. Every track is worth the price of the album, but the gamelan sounds stand out... one goal of the Fahnestocks was to document the music of the peoples of Indonesia before Western culture made it what it is today. If I knew of any other recordings from this era, I would buy them too.The liner notes give a brief telling of the expedition. The Fahnestocks risked life and limb to make this music available. Take advantage."
This is a must have
false-sense-of-anonymity | 02/27/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This recording from almost 60 years ago presents mostly Balinese music. No doubt a different generation of Balinese musicians, it has a different feel than what you find in the contemporary recordings. You will keep listening over and over to its haunting sound."
Mind blowing and expanding
Zekeriyah | 07/14/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"gamelan music remastered with the help of the percussion artist of the Greatful Dead. Haunting and simple melodies contrasting sharply with the harsh reality of tribal lifestyle. As a returned peace corps volunteer I find this cd authentic and true to the spirit of the people."