Red Sands Dreaming
by Global Collective
Farren Music America
This recording is a collection of traditional Australian Aboriginal music, contemporized by studio effects and synthesized music. I’m a very big fan of Aboriginal music. It ranks in my top five favorite types of music. There’s something about didgeridoos, bullroarers, clapsticks, and rich Aboriginal voices that resonates to my very core. Whatever that something is, it is completely ruined when digitized, processed, and subjected to “hip” studio effects.
Let me explain something to the brain trust that produced this: THIS TYPE OF MUSIC ISN’T SUPPOSED TO BE HIP! Subjugating traditional values and beliefs to “coolness” is the gravest injustice that can be perpetrated on a culture.
The liner notes for this CD proclaim that it was recorded by a group called CAAMA, which seeks to “advance the life of Aboriginal people and their communities” by helping “move the Aboriginal people back to their traditional homelands.” An organization with such lofty goals should never have allowed the commercial bastardization of their traditional music.
If you, my gentle reader, are seriously interested in quality Aboriginal music, feel free to contact me care of this magazine, and I will provide you with information. As for this drivel, I can only hope it goes the way of Vegemite and Crocodile Dundee movies.
RATING: 1½ Broomsticks
» Originally appeared in newWitch #02
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