Drumming for the Shamanic Journey: With Leo Rutherford & Howard G. Charing. It is a CD specifically made for shamanic journeying. It comprises; two 20 minutes solo and 40 minutes double drumming on CD. The drumming on this CD by the use of primary rhythms with rich overtone patterns induces a trance state perfect for shamanic journeys or meditation. Now available in high quality MP3 (320 kbs) for download.
The Shamanic Journey is a technique which facilitates a visionary experience into expanded awareness. This activates our imagination and creativity, and allows us to bypass linear, familiar and rational thinking. In this state of expanded awareness we can find new insights, perspectives, and ways to resolve problems.
It is a CD specifically made for shamanic journeying, and to do this, the drums maintain a consistent beat between 205 to 210 beats per minute. At this specific rhythm, the brain is stimulated to synthesise natural beta-endorphins which facilitate a person to move into an expanded awareness. This state of consciousness facilitates the shamanic journey or deep meditation.
The drumming was recorded live directly onto digital tape at Sync City recording studio in London. The drumming was played in the ‘live-sound’ studio and no sound modification process was used. Both drums were single headed frame drums. For the double drumming track, both drums were held facing each other in a position to optimise the natural reverberation. The recording engineer was Wan Hewitt, himself a professional drummer. He has been dubbed the ‘drummers darling’ due to the great live sound he gets.
“The First stroke on the drum is the first sound that brings all beings into existence. It is the Big Bang that brings the universe into manifestation. It is human consciousness coming into physical manifestation. The sound of the frame drum with its rich overtones represents the first sound we ever heard, the sound of our mother’s blood pulsing through her arteries. This is why the drum is so magnetising and trance inducing – it actually entrains our consciousness on the most primordial level of memory.”
Layne Redmond: When the Drummers were Women.