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Call Across The Highlands

from Through The One Last Door by Not Drowning, Waving

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This comes off the Tabaran album (WEA, 1990). Highlands flutes are traditionally played in pairs often playing call-and-answer patterns. David and John layered some moody keys, piano and guitar parts over the flutes that we recorded in the 1988 Pacific Gold sessions in Rabaul. We tried to capture the cool misty stillness of the PNG Highlands. The tap drips fell randomly in the studio sink as the mix went down. Recorded at Pacific Gold Studios and Sing Sing Studios. Mixed at Hothouse by Tim Cole (1989).


from Through The One Last Door, released October 10, 2005

Raymond Onio - mambu/bamboo flute
Singebe Boowe - mambu/bamboo flute
Mai Nohime - mambu/bamboo flute
Yaki Tazine - mambu/bamboo flute
David Bridie - piano, analogue synth
John Phillips - guitars


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Not Drowning, Waving Melbourne, Australia

NDW's music was haunting, evocative, brooding, sensuous and a million other words that excite people who type for a living. In record stores, you could usually find NDW filed under ambient or art-rock, ill-fitting labels if ever there were. Though they were often minimalist, they never made background music. Arty by comparison to other acts of the era, but they knocked out some glorious pop tunes. ... more

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