five albums(iNTERNET aRCHIVE) .... manu10
Indo’s Creative Commons Licensed albums are a series of global ambient experiments utilizing multiple musical cultures. Each album appears to be focused on a certain world music. However the Hungarian artist uses his own electronic and sampling tricks to give them an unique and individual sound. I prefer these albums as essentially background music for reading or working but they would also work well for meditative listening.....
Tangata Manu has an album cover of the Easter Island statues. I do not know if the sound sare of Easter Island music specifically but there is definitely a Pacific Island beat going on. Actually it reminds me of the Kodo album I have on my shelf. I love the way Indo builds the tension on track two. Other tracks tend to be less tense yet it remain an intriguing listen from the first to last track.
Based on the title of Tropical Dream Forest, I dreaded the album would be something like the mass produced New Age “relaxation” tapes. However this is another good mixture of Indo’s experiments with electronics and nature. I especially like “Rain and Sunshine”. There doesn’t seem to be a coherent theme here. Rain Forest themed pieces are mixed with a 9/11 tribute called “The Two Towers”. Yet there are plenty of nice experiments.
Al-Isra (The Night Flying fo Mohammed is derived from the 17th Sutra of the Holy Quran focusing on Mohamed’s night journey from Mecca to Jerusalem. Between it chant-like recitations and the long drones, it is quite a mystical journey. I find this the most involving of Indo’s efforts.
Khastra Vairya is Indo’s own Persian fantasy. In many ways it is the most abrasive of the sound journeys. Not my favorite but still interesting. Indo appears to be echoing Muslimgauze on this album. Frankly I think Indo’s ambient soundscapes are more accessible than those of Muslimgauze.
Finally, the single tracked Pneuma is essentially a thirty minute drone exercise incorporate nature sounds including bird calls and water sounds. It is the most meditative of the albums.
INDO ( Andras Kiss ) - 22 years old musician from Hungary, as well that he compose experimental electronic music, He's graphic desingner,and engaged in fine arts.
by -Jiituomas, Kuolleen Musiikin Yhdistys (Finland) - CD Tropcal dream forest(2007)
The music of the Hungarian project INDO is closest to electro-ambient. It is quite often very minimal, but even then dominated by one or two strong front elements or a speech sample. The tone is refined, neither cold nor full, and the emphasis is clearly in creating a soundscape. On most of the tracks this idea functions quite nicely, on The Two Towers it's used brilliantly, on the lbum's longest (over 20 min) track Under Your Sense it is simply irritating and boring. Yet at even the weakest moments there are always beautiful melodies and elements, at least in the backgrounds, pieces which makes it possible to easily get past the worse parts to the next high point - and those high points are rather common, too. Anras Kiss obviously knows what he is doing, and the material has the feel of "doing my own thing" in the best sense of the words.
review by Sergey Gabbasow - CD Khsatra Vairya
Khsatra Vairya, the divine kingdom… What is this?
DNA crew - CD Al - Isra (The Night Flying Of Mohamed)
"Glory be to Him Who made His servant to go on a night from the Sacred Mosque to the remote mosque of which We have blessed the precincts, so that We may show to him some of Our signs; surely He is the Hearing, the Seeing." Quran [17:01]
All five albums are available in mp3 format.
Tangata Manu (2009) - Internet archive
Tropcal dream forest (2007) - Protoplazma
Khastra Vairya (2009) - Protoplazma
Pneuma (2009) - otium
Al - Isra (The Night Flying Of Mohamed) - dna-production