In late 2008, living 250 miles above the arctic circle, Northern Norway, I decided to create a more tribal / ethno sound. I was able to gather many samples I had stored from previous trips to certain places in this world. Field recordings galore.
I set out to create a more diverse, beat orientated sound that reflected my interest of shamanism worldwide.. It was a big step for me because I was so focused on the more ambient side of sound. But, as it happens, where I lived, I was able to encounter Sami culture, drink in it's colorful beauty and listen to the sounds they made/created, the music, chants and dances. The reindeer people opened eyes, certainly mine. I wanted this album to reflect that as well as other native cultures around our northern hemisphere.
Northern Shamans is heavily influenced by experimentation and dance tactics. This is why this album was never released. It was too gritty, with industrial influences. even sampled instruments from Northern Kazakhstan. It was put away, until now.
I hope you enjoy this album. A bit different then other releases, it certainly ranks as one of my favorites.
"eallit lihkolaš" Live happy - Sami
released November 1, 2009
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