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Hudson River Wind Meditations [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Lou Reed


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Book Description

Jan. 1 2007
Lou Reeds fans have learned to expect the unexpected, but his latest work may still come as a surprise. After four decades in the rock spotlight, Lou Reed has turned his attention to the world of meditation music, inviting listeners on a relaxing journey to the hidden territory of his inner landscape. With Lou Reed's Inner Spaces, the iconic art rocker presents his first album created specifically for quiet contemplation. A practitioner of yoga and tai chi for many years, Lou Reed brings his unique sensitivity and knowledge of a broad spectrum of musical genres to provide a tranquil bed of soothing harmonics that open the heart and settle the mind. Like the music Reed composed for meditation and absorption of the photographic image in his book Lou Reed's New York (Steidl, 2006), the pieces on this hypnotic album wash away tension and negative energy with sparse instrumentation and subtle waves of electronic sound. Includes a bonus CD featuring Imaginary Shower, a guided relaxation exercise by Lou Reed's acupuncturist and healer, Dr. Shelley Peng.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated; abridged edition edition (Jan. 1 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781591795544
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591795544
  • ASIN: 1591795540
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 14.1 x 1.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 45 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #401,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet Another Side to Lou Reed. May 14 2007
By Louie Bourland - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Thirty-two years after the release of his notorious electronic instrumental album "Metal Machine Music", Lou Reed has returned to the electronic genre once again with "Hudson River Wind Meditations". Unlike the endless streams of feedback and noise that was "Metal Machine Music", "Hudson River Wind Meditations" is a quiet meditative collection of four ambient pieces and is intended as a serious musical work (as opposed to the former album being an obvious joke on Reed's former record label RCA). The intention of this music is made clear in Reed's brief liner notes to the album. This isn't music designed to make a person scream but rather a collection of music that is tailor-made for relaxation.
"Hudson River Wind Meditations" opens with two extended pieces. The opening piece "Move Your Heart" is a 28-minute minimalist piece consisting of slow pulsating synths. There is very little change throughout this piece and the music almost seems as if it were a long loop set on infinite repeat. There is a striking similarity between this piece and Brian Eno's disc-length piece "Neroli".
The second extended piece "Find Your Note" runs for close to 32-minutes and consists of endless droning sine-wave tones. While the ambient nature of the previous piece is still very much present, the overall style is more similar to the electronic music created in the 1960's (ie: the music of Karlheinz Stockhausen or Lamonte Young).
The disc closes with two shorter pieces. The two-minute "Hudson River Wind" is simply an electronic simulation of ocean waves while the closing "Wind Coda" is basically a five-minute summary of what was heard in the previous three pieces - the pulsating notes of "Move Your Heart" combined with the sine-waves of "Find Your Note" and the white noise of "Hudson River Wind".
This is definitely a different type of album from Lou Reed. This isn't the type of music to sing and dance to. This is a quiet, non-intruding piece of background music that suits its purpose perfectly. While this music may seem boring to some, it is quite beautiful and relaxing.
If "Metal Machine music" turned a lot of people off, "Hudson River Wind Meditations" may be likely to reverse that.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lou meditates March 14 2009
By J. R. Moore - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
People, let's relax, this is what it is. I've owned it for a year now and had only given it one listen. Then I got into a spiritual direction program at the local Jesuit college and kept having trouble praying. One day inspiration hit and I began to use this cd, along with a Brian Eno ambient music cd, voila! my problem was solved. So if you're looking for classic Lou Reed don't bother with this, buy the Berlin concert he did recently, which I think is an improvement on the original album. If you want to meditate, do tai chi, etc. ...look no further.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother to listen to it July 2 2008
By Robert H. Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I do a lot of intricate works with databases and fixing corrupt data so a work of art like this makes the day fly by. I put it on, crank up the jobs and get completely relaxed while plowing through a jungle of human errors. As Eno's Ambient albums helped me while getting my B.A., this album helps make what should be stressful flow like a stream. But you don't listen to it, you let it in.
I've been practicing Tai Chi since 1986 as well.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not meant for everyone, so don't take it to be! March 6 2011
By Said Head - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
So many negative reviews seem to only pretend to know much about ambient music, and it's really sad because this is an excellent collection of ambient/drone/noise compositions. I personally am an enthusiast of experimental/non-conventional music, and am perhaps one of the biggest fans of Metal Machine Music around, so when I first learned of this release I jumped at it; mind you that I didn't simply say to myself 'Lou Reed does ambient music? I already love it!' or something similar and equally pretentious; actually, I heard Wind Coda on Reed's myspace page a few years back (decades past in terms of social networking)and I really liked it.

The big point in defense of the noisy equivalent, MMM (it even looks menacing when abbreviated!), or any ambient/noise record, is you have to listen and appreciate the subtleties, the quiet moments that bring about the atmosphere or change it somehow, the warming or cooling of the tone, or your ear suddenly picking up on a sound that had always been there; these are all things I listen to and look forward to every time I pop on a record of this sort, just the same as with MMM, or really any other Lou Reed album (because he has profound subtleties, whether he lets you in on them or not).

To name, for example of ambient music gone bad, the latest David Lynch album (yes, the mastermind behind Eraserhead), called Polish Night Music, is a totally bland 'finger holding a note on a keyboard while another randomly pokes at the keys of a piano' that goes on for an hour, it's really, really awful: no subtleties, the contrast between piano and ambient tones are irrelevant and often conflicting enough to be painful, and virtually the same thing the entire way through. This album however has two very lengthy compositions filled with quiet electronic wisps and howls, but changes gradually, almost evolving as an organic thing. The other two tracks, much shorter, are slightly less 'involving' in way of meditation but are equally relaxing.

The last thing I would like to point out is my terrible problems of insomnia; one reason I enjoy ambient music is that it helps my mind at ease as I try to sleep. This album does just that, I can enjoy while reading, walking, etc, or use it as a functional tool. As a piece of plastic, it does more for me than others can.

And now, really the final thing is this: this is not The Velvet Underground, Transformer, Rock N Roll Animal, etc. It simply isn't meant for that specific--or rather the Lou Reed--audience. I luckily can enjoy Lou Reed and this in equal shares, but it most likely won't be for the vast majority of Lou Reed fans. I think a good test to see if you like this is ask yourself how many times you've willingly listened to the entirety of 'Like A Possum'.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars odd , new ,Lou Reed.c.d. Dec 12 2007
By Clement R. Kaye - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a wierd c.d. its meditative music and really well done.ITs not a regular Lou Reed c.d.and its not for everyone but its a spacey trip well recorded and so its really good for what it is.

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