Sunday, July 29, 2012

CD Review – Deep Alpha: Brainwave Synchronization for Meditation and Healing, by Steven Halpern

Pioneering new age music legend Steven Halpern has programmed his latest CD with sonic frequencies designed to prepare the human brain for meditation and healing.

Not only does Halpern get the job done, but he has also created a musical work that is as stirring in its melodic reverie as it is impactful in its recuperative power.

Halpern achieves his eight-hertz frequency mainly through the use of magical tones generated by his Rhodes Mark 7 electric piano, augmented by soft, gentle textures created by Halpern’s additional keyboards and synthesizers.

Although Halpern goes it alone on most of the tracks, he is joined by Paul McCandless, whose hypnotic oboe mesmerizes on the opening tune, and Michael Manring, who adds buoyancy to a couple of numbers with his fretless bass.

The result is a musical journey that is both enjoyable and cathartic.

--Raj Manoharan

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