Balanda Dancing

Black, Alastair

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Black, Alastair

Balanda Dancing

Non-traditional Didjeridu

Steven Richter
Steve Todd
Madbanjit Singh Dhami
Andrew Clermont
Lachlin McLeod
Chris Soole
Alastair Blackdidjeridu

CD, Playing time 47:00 minutes

Track List:

  1. Balanda Dancing - 5:17
  2. Rain Dance - 4:58
  3. Terra Rossa - 4:51
  4. Oasis - 3:52
  5. Before Time - 3:17
  6. Desert Land - 3:30
  7. Mirage - 4:54
  8. Nowhere To Go - 1:47
  9. Out There - 5:15
  10. Vast Space - 5:19
  11. Summer Dust - 4:00

Publisher No.:
(1993) Larrikin - CDLRF317

Compositions by Alastair Black and Steven Richter with cello, sax, didjeridu and tablas. Some natural sounds, many influences.
Reviewer: John Morfit

A few impressions after two listens: Different direction than I thought Alastair Black was heading from the 'Didgeridoo Dreaming' release. I felt that recording was in a New Age/Neo Classical or some other warm fuzzy term. This CD is more interesting and has some nice diversity. And Alastair does some overdubbing using two didjeridus (wow, he's getting a little too experimental for me). I noticed that each time he used two instruments they are a perfect fifth apart except on one track which is an octave apart. Interestingly, the low one is an F. The G on Alan Dargin's Plastic Fantastic was the lowest pitched didjeridu I'd heard recorded previously. According to the liner notes it's a seven footer. This is definitely a case where his IS bigger than mine. One track features five overdubs (err...I mean didjs) constructing a Bb Major chord. I'm more of a minor mode man myself. Although, I'm a little tongue in cheeky about the technicalities, the Album works for me. I like it much better than Didgeridoo Dreaming and will be listening to it a lot. Might even have to grab a didj and jam to it a couple of times. Disclaimer, I suspect many people will not find this work as charming as I do. I am very easy to please when I feel the recording artist is exploring most any musical mood.
Reviewer: Ed Drury

A compilation of western and indigenous influenced rhythms and melodic material.
Reviewer: Alastair Black

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