"The Eternal Embrace" by Baird Hersey on iTunes

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The Eternal Embrace: Description


THE VOICES The age old sacred music of Tibetan Buddhist multiphonic chant and Tuvan throat singing are the roots from which PRANA's sound has grown. The technique of these ancient vocalizations is to shape the mouth and throat into a sympathetic resonating chamber for the voice. This produces a second beautiful high whistling harmonic or overtone. PRANA's singer use their regular singing voice instead of the low gravely drone characteristic of the Tibetan's and Tuvan's sound. They apply the fundamental overtone techniques of these older traditions to the "natural voice" to sing two mellifluous pitches at once. Singing as a group in this unique style they create beautiful rising harmonies, shimmering vocal textures, and high arcing melodies. THE MUSIC More than 2000 years ago Patanjali, a sage in India said "Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind". In his work, the Yogasutras, he offers the precepts for the practice of yoga through it's Eight Limbs: 1. External self restraint, 2. Internal discipline, 3. Postures, 4. Breath control, 5. Withdrawal of the senses, 6. Concentration, 7. Meditation, 8. Complete Union. The object of the eight limbed path is to lead us to stillness of the mind. "The Eternal Embrace" is a musical meditation on the Eight Limbs of Yoga. It is a suite of pieces to find a deeper understanding of the meaning of each limbs through pure sound. The twelve pieces are sung by the unaccompanied voices of Prana without text. Instead they use the perfection of harmonic intervals to bring the listener limb by limb to a deeper state of relaxation and peace.

Heavenly... what God must get to hear every day! WOW! Unique!


They say the Azusa Street charasmatic revival in 1906 had singing much like this-- where an aeolean harp-like quality spontaneously rose from the hearts of the singers. Vocal overtones and a calming excitement were married in music. That's what this CD reminds me of. John Tavener's "Song for Athene", the song played as they carried Diana's casket from the cathedral, has some of these qualities. The fact this is mainly or completely vocal is amazing. You WON'T see this on MTV.

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