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Cycles

Native American Flute Music

by R. Carlos Nakai

The music of Cycles is based on sound experiences and subsonic vibrations that I have felt while on the vast expanses of the Northern Plains and Southwest. These sound experiences are perceived when in harmony with the cycles of life. Natural sounds are not tuned to a common tonality. Using synthesizers I express my experiences in the key of G major and its relative minor modes to realize harmonic structures that incorporate melodies of the Native American flute. The Earth/Mind consciousness is described musically in the following songs.

33 minutes 1985

 

 

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1 Cries
The living planet and solar radiation provide a background fabric over which the cries of the Shaman are voiced.
3:47  
2 Elements
The power of the wind and water are eternal. Prayerful utterances to the dieties of life, of sustenance, of growth, demonstrate the need for water and the action of the wind.
3:47  
3 Origins
My clan, Naashteezhi dine-e Taachiinii, allows me to be one of the People.
3:52  
4 Shelter
Mothering is life, security and shelter. Heart and enclosing energy sounds are our first experience of this reality.
3:59  
5 Ritual
The beating of the heart and the buzzing energy of the mind are embellished with our sounds in prayer to the Power.
4:02  
6 Creativity
Basic rhythmic structure and form allows the spirit force to create freely.
3:59  
7 Future/Past
Where have we been, where are we going and what are we doing?
3:43  
8 Cycles
Filling the void are cycles of life energy. Our sensitivity to these patterns is harmony.
3:59  
 
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