Soundscapes for Awakening Album is by Terry Oldfield, the English composer and pioneer of New Age and healing music. The album was released on the 19th of November 2018 under the record label Global Spirit Records.
The Soundscapes for Awakening album is made up of ten tracks of original, improvised compositions. Each track is based on the ten Ox Herding pictures of Zen, also known as Ten Bulls, with the best-known examples thought to have emerged sometime during the 12th century in China.
A sequence of short poems, the ten Ox Herding pictures are used in the culture of Zen. Along will illustrations, they define the different stages of the practitioner as he or she moves towards enlightenment, later returning to civilisation to share newly gained wisdom and kindness.
For the album, Terry Oldfield skillfully plays his instrument of choice, the Bansuri Flute, which he has been playing since he was nineteen years old. Traditionally, the Bansuri Flute is created using a single piece of hollow bamboo. Side-blown, it has typically six to seven finger holes.
The Bansuri flute originated from the Indian subcontinent and is often used in the visual images and symbols of Krishna, the Hindu god. The flute is also portrayed in paintings and reliefs found in ancient Buddhist, Hindu and Jain temples.
Terry Oldfield expertly bends the notes and varies the pitch to give each track a spiritual meaning, similar to speech. The Soundscapes for Awakening album is a journey of inner discovery and peace. Each track has been composed in such a way as to lead the listener along their own Spiritual Path.
Terry Oldfield explained the inspiration behind the album saying that it ” represents the awakening of a deep sense of ‘ Longing ‘ for something deeper in life. Something that seems to be missing somehow from our experience. ”
The first track is ” A Path With No End “. On his website, Terry Oldfield explained that the single was ” recorded ‘ In the Moment ‘ from a place of emptiness that happens in true Meditation. ”
About Terry Oldfield
Terence Oldfield was born on the 12th of August 1949 in Palmers Green, North London, England.
At 16, he left school to become a roadie for various bands. Terry taught himself to play the flute and undertook formal training for the tabla, a small pair of drums that originated from the Indian subcontinent.
During the early part of the 1970s, Terry teamed up with his brother, Mike, to form Barefoot. They played gigs of rock’n’roll at colleges and clubs up and down the United Kingdom.
Terry Oldfield’s career began to take off when he was commissioned by the BBC to compose the music for Great Railway Journeys of the World, a series which first aired in 1980. He has since then composed music for many film and TV productions.
To date, Terry Oldfield’s Album releases are forty-four studio albums. He has received two Emmy nominations for Land of the Tiger and Twilight of the Dreamtime and a British Academy of Film and Television Arts ( BAFTA ) nomination for the BBC series Kingdom of the Ice Bear.
Soundscapes for Awakening Album Track Listing:
1. A Path With No End
2. Footprints in the Forest
3. First Awakening
4. Whispers in the Wind
5. Seeing Our True Nature
6. Beyond Words
7. Coming Home
8. The Empty Sky
9. The Gateless Gate
10. Entering the World