Migration – Produced, composed, arranged, performed and programmed by Hamilton Sterling and Jimmy Haslip – Helikon Sound

by | Nov 14, 2009 | CD+DVD | 0 comments

Migration – Produced, composed, arranged, performed and programmed by Hamilton Sterling and Jimmy Haslip – Helikon Sound DualDisc 2005HE (One side DVD-V DD 5.1 surround + stereo PCM 48K/24bit; Other side DVD-Audio 5.1 48K/24bit, 50 min. [www.helikonsound.com] ***:

Well, this is the second actual DualDisc we’re received for review lately, so the format has not been completely abandoned after all. This is an ambient, guitar and nature-sounds-based environmental-type collection of a half dozen tracks created at a studio in Santa Monica, CA.  Jimmy Haslip is the guitarist in The Yellowjackets, but this is not a pop/jazz or smooth jazz effort at all. 

The surround element seems to be the primary purpose of this album, so it seems to me the two-channel option on Side 1 would be fairly dull without surround reproduction. There are African-sounding drums, low spiraling sounds here and there, birds and other nature sounds, and not very much melody or harmony until the final track.  You’d better have a surround-channel subwoofer or full range speakers back there or you may not benefit from the super-low-end information on the surround channels. It would probably be an even better listening experience if you had the new height-conscious ProLogic setup or any sort of height speaker playback. Also, if you don’t have similar matched speakers all the way around (at least the tweeters) you may be hearing rather odd effects from this disc. I kept hankering for some of the simplistic but catchy soaring synth melodies of Kitaro albums, but they never appeared.  I’m not listening to much in the ambient genre lately so am probably not the best ear to report on this album, but as much as I’m a supporter of surround sound for music I get the impression that this DualDisc is really more focused on the surround effects than on the music. It must have been fun putting it together in the studio, however.

TrackList: Senegal Suite; Migration; City of Light; Sadness, Away; City of Water; Spiral, Dreams of Home.

 – John Henry

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