The story of the resonant percussion family is as unusual as it is old. The metallophones — bells, bowls, gongs and cymbals — have been used as ceremonial instruments by the world's religions for centuries, especially in the mountain Buddhist cultures of China and Tibet, and the Christian monasteries of Europe. They make sounds that exist at the borders of the physical and the spiritual: ethereal and psychoactive, calming and stimulating, all at once.
Bells sound particularly right in the cold, clear winter air. The crystalline structures of ice and snow seem to echo the crystalline metals of the instruments. The pure overtones of bells and bowls are the essence of clarity, while the rich harmonic sound fields of gongs and cymbals are like gray winter clouds and fog.
On this transmission of Hearts of Space, a winter journey for contemplative percussion, on a program called MYSTIC METALS. Music is by HIMALAYAN VOICES, PARADISO & RASAMAYI, KARMA MOFFETT, STEVE BRAND, HAROLD BUDD, RICHARD RUDIS, BRIAN ENO, and DEUTER.