This is without a doubt one of Steve's most important recordings. As a master sound-sculptor Steve shares the stage with giants like Steve Roach and Robert Rich, and we can clearly hear this on The Great Hoop! Awesome to read his album-comments, because although living in a country far, far away from the spirits of the Native American, since my childhood I feel a deep admiration and humility towards the North American Indians.. This spirit is só sensible on The Great Hoop!! To me a definite masterpiece and múst-have.....
*A truly breathtaking work which one could make a good argument that it is Steve's most cinematic in scope, themes and spirit in his catalog. Enjoy this journey through The Great Hoop and honoring that is presented here...
Favorite track: The Great Hoop_Album Sampler.
..."Medicine Bag Ghosts"... massively immersing and intensively transcendental alchemy creating a powerful tribute to Native American spirituality. Large dose of ultimate sonic medicine is served here, a true masterpiece...
"The Great Hoop" is absolutely breathtaking journey to the frontier of primordial shamanistic electroacoustic soundmagic. The best work of Steve Brand to date and one of the finest albums of 2013 so far!!! Deep respect, Maestro!!!
The Great Hoop (Limited First Edition CDr - edition of 10)
Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album
CDr in 5"x7" bi-fold booklet, first edition limited to 10, signed, hand-numbered and assembled in cello bag, one signed art card included. (If you'd like me to sign the 5"x7" packaging, just leave a note in your purchase order.)
Includes unlimited streaming of The Great Hoop (2016 Re-issue)
via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
November 11, 2016, reissued in with two newly remixed reenvisioned tracks and limited CDR in 5x7 cellophane bag
Great Plains | 16:13
Hoop of the Earth - 2016 | 16:55
Medicine Bag Ghosts (w/ Frore) - 2016 | 11:11
Mountain Pass | 15:16
Suspension Vision | 12:07
Basic tracks for “The Great Hoop” were first started back in 2010 subsequent and prior to one of my many visits with my wife to the Cahokia Mounds, near East St. Louis. At that time, I felt the need to continue themes that I had explored in my previous release, "Cahokia.” This music is inspired by the Plains Indians of North America. As with Cahokia, I am not aspiring to make Native American music, but to make music that is inspired by these cultures, their history and pre-history, the spaces, colors, flora and fauna, and wide variety of landscapes of the area I live in. During the making of these songs, the writings of Black Elk, of the Oglala Sioux, also came to mind, which I thought was incredible, since I had read then more than 15 years before—his words inspired some of the titles.
I am not of Native American heritage, but since I can remember, I have had a deep and profound respect for the range of traditions and history of the various cultures that we call, “Native American.” My own family history is mixed and shaded by a lack of complete information (like most Americans), but I do know that at least part of my own family history is scattered across Kentucky, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Missouri, so for all I know, I share this ancestry.
Rattles, shakers, bells, cane, bone, bass and cedar flutes, drums, voice, zither, field recordings and keyboards were woven together to create these 5 long atmospheres of organic ambience.
Shane Morris contributed the coyote calls for “Hoop of the Earth” (recorded at his home in Arkansas), and Paul Casper/Frore contributed the astounding textures and percussion for “Medicine Bag Ghosts.” Jill Brand, spirit voice on “Great Plains.”
Steve Brand originally recorded and released in the experimental genre under the name “Augur,” with more than 20 limited
edition releases on independent labels. In 2003, Steve began creating in the “ambient” genre under his own name. He has issued more than 40 self-released disks, as well as a number of solo and collaborative releases on AtmoWorks, Hypnos, Relaxed Machinery, txt and Databloem. ...more
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Hats off to both, Anthony Paul Kerby & Robert Scott Davies, who effectively integrate their freshly distinctive signature sculptings into one utterly homogeneous and detailed recording devoted to the natural beauty and diversity of flora and fauna in beautiful forests that are within our reach. "Gathering Autumn" works well as a background ambience, but I definitely would recommend a deeply attentive listening session, and if possible, with your headphones on. Richard Gürtler