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Garden of Contemplation

by Gongchime

A fusion of new age, Asian world, electronica, and experimental mindsets.
Genre: World: Asian
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1. Monsoon
Greg Turner and Laurie Webb
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2. Lost Temple
Greg Turner
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3. Buddha Palm
Greg Turner
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4. Lotus Dance
Greg Turner
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5. Magician's Companion
Greg Turner
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6. Traveling Shaman
Greg Turner
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7. Sorcerer's Crossing
Greg Turner
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8. Spirit House
Greg Turner
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9. Mukalinda
Greg Turner
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10. Borobudur
Greg Turner
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11. Vietnamese Melody
Greg Turner
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12. Champa
Greg Turner
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13. River of Stars
Greg Turner and Aparna Panshikar
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Performances:
Gave performances every month as both the director of the Northern Arizona University Preparatory School's Jazz Combos I and II and also as the bass player for their Swing Band.
Played in NAU's steel drum ensemble under Steve Hemphill, president of the Arizona Chapter of the percussive arts society.
Featured soloist for the Nevada Classical Guitar Society.
Played in many restuarants and weddings.
Recordings: 27 compositions for the Resplendant Garden of Contemplation/Gongchime Rainforest project with Aparna Panshikar world music vocalist of the year in both Korea and India.
Publications: Origins of Asian Folk Music Instruments from Indochina, Bali Lau, 2001 http://www.paradisemoon.com/thai_main/Huahin/thai_instruments_intro.htm
Awards: 1996 Highest ranking freshman scholar, 2000-Top 10 on the website Broadjam for the piece Vietnam, 2000-Top 10 on Broadjam for Vietnam Revisited
List of Works:
Changu percussion ensemble:
Anmaqam (2001) 4 minutes 13 seconds,
Steel drum ensemble:
Trinidad (2001) 5 minutes 2 seconds, Cirque Du Soleil (2001) 3 minutes 20 seconds, Help Your Fellow Man (2001) 3 minutes 35 seconds
Gamelan:
Nada Sutra (2001) 3 minutes 49 secondsRiver of Stars (2002) 4 minutes 27 seconds, Burma (2002) 5 minutes 27 seconds, Sorcerer's Crossing(2002) 3 minutes 22 seconds, Magician's Companion (2002) 6 minutes 35 seconds, Asian Melody (2002) 3 minutes 26 seconds, Buddha Palm (2002) 2 minutes 54 seconds, Vietnam (2002) 3 minutes 23 seconds, Vietnam Revisited (2002) 3 minutes 57 seconds, Traveling Shaman (2002) 4 minutes 58 seconds, Golden Triangle (2002) 4 minutes 37 seconds, Traditional Melody (2002) 3 minutes 21 seconds, Spirit House (2002) 4 minutes 4 seconds, Lotus Dance (2002) 2 minutes 41 seconds, Mukalinda (2002) 2 minutes 8 seconds, Lost Temple (2002) 2 minutes 7 seconds,
Arrangements, Arirang (2002), Kang Ding Love Song (2002), Man Jiang Hong (2002),

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Greg Turner


You can play this for meditation or martial arts work outs. At least that's what others have told me from feedback on myspace. One of the reasons I made this album is because there isn't a lot of music that sets the kind of mood I like to create in my home. If you've got Hindu gods or beings from the Buddhist "pantheon" in your house too then you need a sound track to match.

The tune Champa takes into consideration the changes people have said they'd like to hear and suggests the direction we're going in the future. Traditional Asian music doesn't normally have bass but it seems westerners miss that aspect if it's not there, so we've begun to add more frequent deep gongs. People also wanted louder more reverberant hand percussion and we've made that a regular part of our music too. Four tunes for the next album are already finished in that same vein.

My goal had been to create a sonic rainy Southeast Asian jungle. People said they didn't really care much about that, they wanted a kind of meditation music that wasn't too slow and boring. It turns out you can put this on and workout or you can lie down and fall into a trance. Nothing is going to cause you to get up and turn a noisy, obnoxious part down.

The finger cymbals, when they're boosted in the mix, just make you fall deeper into trance. If you drift into alpha or happen to see a small village in a Southeast Asian jungle in the rain among your visions say hello to the shaman living there and tell him my job here is finished.
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