Music Inspired by Southeast Asia

Hear the snaking vocal harmonies of Papua New Guinea and rhythms of Indonesian gamelan music, along with Indian vocal techniques on this edition of New Sounds. It’s a program of world music inspired by Southeast Asia, featuring music by David Parsons, from his Ngaio Gamelan project. Also, there's music by Telek with ancestral drums (the hourglass-shaped kundu and the massive slit-log garamut) and tropical guitar, infused with the spirit and pride of the Tolai people of Papua New Guinea. Plus, listen to the ethnoambient sounds of the John Hassell and Brian Eno collaboration, Possible Musics, where Hassell incorporates Indian vocal techniques into his trumpet-playing, and more.

PROGRAM # 2271, Music Inspired by Southeast Asia (First aired: Thurs, 4/8/04)





Not Drowning, Waving

Follow the Geography (compilation)

Sing Sing [4:30]

Reprise #6245, Out of Print. Other NDW CDs available at

Jon Hassell/Brian Eno

Dream Theory In Malaya

Gift of Fire [5:00]
These Times… [3:00]

EG #13

Not Drowning, Waving


Feast [2:00]

No other info. Out of Print.

Jon Hassell/Brian Eno

Possible Musics

Delta Rain Dream [3:30]

EG #7

David Parsons

Ngaio Gamelan

Laplapan [12:30]

Celestial Harmonies #13171***

Not Drowning, Waving

Follow The Geography (compilation)

Pila Pila [3:00]

See above.


Serious Tam

Barturana [3:30]

Real World #49543**

Steve Roach

Dreamtime Return

Red Twilight With the Ancient Ones [6:30]

Fortuna/Celestial Harmonies #18055***

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