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the project

Following in the footsteps of my previous album Earthlight, I present here a further collection of landscapes for the imagination.

In Sanskrit jyoti means light or flame.

This album contains mainly sounds generated by my beloved Novation synthesizers with a touch of Emu, Kurzweil and Roland instruments here and there. All synthesizer programming is mine and no standard factory presets have been used - no samples either. All sounds have generated by modulated oscillators or - to quote the labelling on an Indian fruit drink pack - "no natural ingredients".

As with most of my compositions I leave it to the listener to let the music create their own imagined landscapes; the track titles are suggestive only as a starting point for the mind to wander through the fabric of the music.

Special thanks to Subhash Muneshwar for his perseverance in teaching me more about Indian classical music over the last two years than I have learned in the previous thirty. Indian music has served as the inspiration for all my music compositions.

the artist

From his homeland in New Zealand, David Parsons travels frequently to Asia for spiritual and musical inspiration. After collecting musical samples and studying different musical and cultural traditions, Parsons returns to his studio to integrate these influences with his own experiences. In the process, he bridges disparate elements with seamless grace, and creates a unique musical affirmation of our common humanity and cultural endowment.

Parsons has been a student of Indian music, studying with Dr. Krishna Chakravarty (Ananda 17046, Dancing to the Flute 13135, and Circular Dance 13133-2), whose recordings he produced.

Parsons' recordings make the Eastern sensibility comprehensible to the Western listener and formulate a unique and captivating new expression.
To Parsons' credit as a musician, composer and performer, he has evolved into a rare and highly acclaimed producer of cultural music traditions. His work is often featured in film, television and radio scores, and continues to be widely praised by reviewers.

tracklist

1 Jyoti 10'29"
2 Incarnation 11'02"
3 The Valley Below 9'35"
4 City of Spirits 10'02"
5 Tsaparang Moon 9'32"
6 They Come 10'07"
  Total Time: 61'04"