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David Casper – Crystal Waves

David Casper
Crystal Waves
Style: New Age
Label: Hummingbird Records
Catalog Number: HSP-105
Released: 1984
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“I strove to produce a musical work which uplifts the spirit by calming the mind and organically stimulating the subtler dimensions of physiology, in a manner consonant with my own heart.”

So reads the back cover of Pacific Northwest sound sculptor David Casper’s hidden gem (crystal?) from 1984. The two side-length pieces, Dawn Poems and Crystal Waves, contain detailed, purposeful movements. Dawn Poems depicts the morning hours in all their spiritual wonder: the stillness of first light; the brightening of the clouds; the rising of the sun. The second side, Crystal Waves, read the liner notes, was “produced entirely with the sound of tuned crystals. Each glass was played individually with meditative attention and recorded, blended, and re-recorded … Sometimes as many as thirty glasses may be heard at once, each with its own pulsation and timbre, produced acoustically by finger on glass.”

Taken as a whole, the LP assembles a textural stream of melodic themes produced by a variety of attentively played crystals, cello, marimba, bamboo flutes, and zither. A deep meditative listen that you can feel, spiritually, emotionally, and physically, it’s a new age masterwork that does exactly what the style of music is designed to do: Ease the mind and heart.

– DM

Recommended: Full Listen

Tags: Electronic / Floating / Meditative
Tracklist:

Dawn Poems
A1 Dawn Poems, Part 1: Early Moments
A2 Dawn Poems, Part 2: Awakening
A3 Dawn Poems, Part 3: Rising Sun

Crystal Waves
B1 Crystal Waves I
B2 Crystal Waves II
B3 Crystal Waves III
B4 Crystal Waves IV

Credits:

Cello – Jami Sieber
Composed By, Producer – David Casper
Guqin (Ch’in) – T’ao Chu-Shen
Marimba, Xiao (H’siao) – Scott Cossu
Photography By (Cover) – Janlen

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