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Album Review

Scott August's fourth album, Lost Canyons, makes the point that there is a distinction between instruments employed and style of music played. August is a multi-instrumentalist who handles nearly all of the instruments on this disc, but his primary axes are Native American flutes, and the primary one he uses here is the Anasazi flute, newly discovered from excavations of the Pueblo Indians and said to date from AD 650 to AD 1250. (Of course, August is playing a replica.) "How these flutes were used is still not known," a sleeve note acknowledges, and it's worth pointing out that August does not use his, and several other Native American flutes, to produce music similar to other current Native American music. Rather, he is a new age composer/performer creating highly original work in his own style. He does give several tracks on the album — "Morning Star," "Swallows & Nighthawks," "Huuknyangw (Wind)," and "Evening Star" — over to virtually solo flute performances, with lots of added echo and "textures." He also creates ambient soundscapes in such tracks as "Desert Skies" and "Thermals" to rival those of Brian Eno. And he contrasts these spare, quiet efforts with lively, more melodic, and percussive statements such as "Thunder on the Mesa" and "Chasing the Sun." The intention seems more to provide a musical reflection on the American Southwest of the 21 century than that of a thousand or so years earlier.

Customer Reviews

I am not lost listening to this CD

Lost Canyons was my introduction to Scott August -through my teen-age son no less. Listening to Scott on KSBR in CA one Sunday morning, my son suddenly came running up the stairs to me. Thinking he was going to ask tell me to “Turn it DOWN, mom, JEEZ!!” he, instead simply blurts out, "Mom! You should get this CD." I went and called KSBR and let them know how much I loved the CD, then I contacted Scott himself. I was so taken by his music I began working on bringing him to my hometown for a show. Scott's music captures the mysterious, frightening, bewildering, haunting, romantic and the peaceful, yet it gently arranges those things in time with the movements of the light, energy, wind, life and death that shifts the amazing world of the American Southwest. .. It defines and describes all that charges that breathtaking land, but where it leads me, I never feel lost.. it is just too b e a u t I f u l for that .. tah

Canyons of your dreams

Listen, and imagine a spring morning, somewhere in southeastern Utah... Birds are singing songs of a million years ago, and the long, long history of our planet is revealed before your eyes; oceans giving way to deserts, deserts giving way to mountains, mountains giving way to lakes, and so it goes, for billions of years. On the cliffs, nestled under the overhanging rock, are the houses of the Ancestral Pueblans. You might have been here a thousand years ago, and heard flute music like this...


Lost Canyons should be the official soundtrack of the Colorado Plateau. Must have album for anyone traveling to Arches(Moab), and Canyonlands National Park. A great record on all accounts. I highly recommend.


Genre: New Age

Years Active:

Native American flute player Scott August was born in Los Angeles, CA, and raised in Fullerton, CA. He was the son, grandson, and great-grandson of musicians. He took up the cello at age seven, later learning to play the kalimba and the piano. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Music degree. He began making his own recordings while in college, at first distributing them as cassettes and then pressing up an LP, and his music received airplay on such radio stations...
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Lost Canyons, Scott August
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: New Age, Music, World
  • Released: Jan 01, 2007

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