Supralingua, 'beyond language,' is the second Planet Drum album produced by Mickey Hart. More Latin than African, Hart combines compelling production techniques with power players of the drumming world including: Zakir Hussain, master of the North Indian tabla; Giovanni Hidalgo; conguero great from Puerto Rico, Sikiru Adepoju, a disciple of Babatunde Olatunji (a member of the first incarnation of Planet Drum) on dundun; bassist Bakithl Kumalo; and David Garibaldi, traps player.
Promising to surpass words, ironically the first track, 'Angola,' features chanting by The Gyüto Monks Tantric Choir. Supralingua grooves. Learn More$15.99
This 1998 album continues the polyrhythmic approach of Planet Drum and features many of the same players, including Zakir Hussain, Babatunde Olatunji, Airto Moreira and Giovanni Hidalgo.
For Mickey Hart's Mystery Box, Mickey Hart set out to do one thing: to give voice to the drum. Hart crafted songs from the rhythmic foundation up, and that meant not just the beat, but the melody. To find the roots of these melodies, Mickey laid down the basic grooves with Planet Drum partners Zakir Hussain and Giovanni Hidalgo, and then turned to longtime Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter to complete the story with words.
The voices, the last fundamental element of Hart's vision appeared in the form of the Mint Juleps, a remarkable a cappella group from Great Britain. Over the next two years, in between Grateful Dead tours, Mickey continued to refine the grooves, bringing in at various times such players as Airto, former Tower Of Power drummer David Garibaldi, Sikiru, and Youssou N'Dour's bass player, Habib Faye.
While Hunter's words melded perfectly with Mickey's grooves, they really took flight when given voice by the Mint Juleps on songs that run the gamut. To help achieve the album's distinctive sound, Hart enlisted the services of co-producer Robin Millar, who has crafted worldwide hits for the likes of Sade, Fine Young Cannibals and Kate Bush. The collaboration was a fortunate one, resulting in the perfect marriage of ancient and modern, earthy and cosmopolitan — irresistible dance grooves wedded to soaring voices and profoundly affecting words. Learn More$15.99
As producer of The World, Mickey Hart's personal odyssey into the spirit of percussion, he showcases some of the most dynamic, yet sublime music of our planet. On At The Edge he combines these ancient techniques and instruments with the most modern of recording technology to explore the outer limits of drumming. The companion piece to his first book, this album is a chronicle of Hart's search for the rhythmic beginnings of music, for the primal pulse that has beaten under every human activity -- all celebrations, rites of passage, wars, shamanic rituals -- in every culture since time immemorial. Exploring the primeval instrumentation of man's earliest sonic expression, the 'instruments that have made it through time,' Hart tuned the percussive rudiments of whistles and gourd rattles, wooden rainsticks and slit gongs, panpipes and bells, using state-of-the-art spatial reverberation and electronic processing. Acoustic natural sounds (wind, thunder, rain, insects, recorded with close-microphone technique outside his mountain home) were mixed, enabling Hart to create the environment for 'an ancient future, allowing us to go back in time, recreating a more silent space.'
At The Edge is a journey to the Edge, 'between the old and the new...rhythm and noise, just as much as between imagination and reality, nature and music, or creation and destruction.' An exquisitely peaceful soundscape evolves from a world before the presence of man ('#4 for Gaia') through quickening rhythms of human activity to the final sonorous swirl of chanting voices ('Pigs in Space') in a silence devoid of nature, a silence of Man at the Edge he has reached. Where, for our world to survive, we must change rhythms. And dance. One of Mickey Hart's most atmospheric albums, At The Edge, from 1990, features Jerry Garcia, Babatunde Olatunji, Airto Moreira, and Zakir Hussain. Learn More$15.99
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The 4 recorded tracks are designed for all levels of experience.$15.00