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VARIOUS ARTISTS: GLOBE TREKKER - MUSIC FROM THE TV SERIES
Label: Pilot Productions/BMG

 

 



"Travel the world in music!" the press release cries. This collection contains elements from many musical cultures, but you'll be staying largely in high-tech studios on this journey.

This is music that is built, rather than played. Though inspired by everything from "the sounds of children, birds, and mopeds in Sri Lanka" to "a wedding choir recorded in the Ivory Coast," these slickly produced ambient and techno soundscapes are have strayed pretty far from their roots. So far, in fact, that none of the "ethnic" artists are named, and the flamenco-flavored "Cuban Rodeo" sounds like it belongs in Spain instead of the Caribbean. Steer clear if you're an ethnomusicologist.

Still, while this may not be a great standalone soundtrack, the music is quite listenable. I particularly enjoyed "Hamar Girl" and "Yap Day Chant," built around children's singing.

©Scott Allan Stevens--4/1//02



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