Hudson River Wind Meditations Audio CD – Audiobook, Jan 1 2007
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"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.
I've been practicing Tai Chi since 1986 as well.
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'.
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