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MP3 David Parsons - Vajra
A veteran composer of ambient and world music, this New Zealander has made a lot of journeys and during these travels he gathered many impressions from the regions he visited, both musically and psychologically.
"....Anyway the inspiration for Vajra was of course Tibetan Buddhism and the Himalayas. I have spent quite a lot of time in the Himalayan Dhauladhar/Kulu/Lahaul area of North India so this imagery is uppermost in my mind when working with the music. I''m never really comfortable with naming tracks because it kind of narrows down the listening perception to a specific thing or place. I feel my stuff is more abstract than that and I like the listener to develop their own imagery really. Anyway these are the track details
Cloud Gompa. Imagine a Tibetan monastery so high that its in the cloud base. You can just make it out momentarily through swirling mist. It feels isolated and mysterious. Other Realms. Dimensions beyond the material world one can visit with the imagination.
Masked Dancer. This reminds me of ritual monk dancing where they wear masks of skulls and demons. The music is not the sort of music they would use in reality but it paints that "Masked Dancer" picture in my mind.
Above Clouds. I''ve stayed in gompas (monasteries) in the Himalayas where you can be often above the cloud base. It gives a feeling of separation from the troubles of the world and a deep feeling of inner peace.
Kangra Yatra. Yatra means journey or odyssey and Kangra is the valley in Himachal Pradesh situated below Dharamsala, the seat of the Dalai Lama in India. I''ve travelled through it many times. It is one of the most historic sites in India because it is believed that many of the stories and battles mentioned in the vedas happened there.
Vajra. Vajra (also called dorje) is the diamond sceptre in Tibetan Buddhism. Almost like a laser it can cut through obstacles on the spiritual path. Sometimes referred to as a thunderbolt. "
2004. David Parsons
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