I awakened to one of those deep, dull headaches. Not a severe headache, it was just one of those that slow you down. It’s the type of headache that improves when you sit up and worsens if you lay back down. So, I got up. I wanted to avoid an analgesic pill for awhile but I still wanted my morning cup of joe.
I indulge myself in music on Sunday mornings, so I hit “play” on my disc player. The album from last night started. By default, I just passively let it play. Then I settled into my easychair with my coffee.
The sounds from Deuter’s “Buddha Nature” blended into my consciousness. The first selection, the title track, is my second favorite. Once the annoying introductory passage finishes, the purity of the Tibetan singing bowls in the track begins the real healing journey.
I have to place my coffee mug onto the table because I know a trance will soon come over me. Deuter’s large singing bowl has a very deep harmonic that drives my subwoofer to the near brink. It is almost irritating, but not quite. The lowest harmonic of the bowl leads my attention away from thoughts of pain. The mid tones of the other bowls bring me to a nameless place. The track ends with trickling water sounds that seem slightly out of place. If I had produced this album, I wouldn’t have mixed the water into the piece at all.
Shakuhachi tones begin track two then blend and layer into an ambient, electronica fantasy. Deuter’s German roots come through beautifully in the piece called “Illumination”. The melody is as close to classical as any that appears on the album. The blending is as seamless as I could ever desire. The water effects are not present in this cut.
The water returns in track three, but not annoyingly so. It simply drips then blends with small Tibetan bowls and Shakuhachi and crickets. A feeling of musique concrète is noticeable as background to the flute. “Amida” is a shorter piece. If it was longer, this music would be an excellent meditation background.
Cut four, “Joyful Path” is a short, 2:52, snippet of more Tibetan bowls and chimes. It is clearly improvised music. By the time this played, my headache had nearly vanished.
The final track is called “Blessing”. There is an overall oriental flavor to this cut. Deuter’s famous layering and blending are done to perfection here. I greatly enjoy the electronica used as harmony in “Blessing”. The Koto and Shakuhachi form the uplifting, but calm melody. This is my favorite track.
Deuter, Georg Deuter, is a very prolific artist. He has released more than 60 albums. He has taught himself to play the instruments he uses. He left Germany after a near-fatal traffic mishap and settled in Pune, India. As a disciple of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (Osho), Deuter produced several tapes for active meditation.
In the 1990s Deuter relocated to Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA and signed with New Earth Records. His music is marketed towards New Age healing and spiritual practitioners. However, the albums make for pleasant ambient and serious listening experiences, too.
The Blue Jay of Happiness enjoys music that goes beyond mere chill out vibes.