07 March, 2010

Last Voices from Heaven (A Copping) - Siva Pacifica (2004) (eac-flac-cover)

Last Voices from Heaven (A Copping) - Siva Pacifica (2004)
world, soundtrack | 1cd | eac-flac-cue-log-cover | 325MB
Columbia | rar +5% recovery
The Last Voices From Heaven was a documentary series that was screened on the Australian Subscription Television National Geographic Channel carried by Foxtel, Optus Television and Austar, on Wednesday nights at 7:30 p.m. during 2004.
The series showed English music producer Anthony Copping and a single cameraman setting out on the adventure of his life to record an album of traditional Melanesian songs which he calls "the last voices from heaven". Travelling up the Mamberamo River in a dugout canoe, Anthony encountered much more than traditional music; he was threatened with spears and dragged into a heart-breaking medical emergency.
The series was nominated as the Most Outstanding Documentary Series at the 47th Annual TV Week Logie Awards on 1 May 2005.
A music CD was released in 2004 entitled "Siva Pacifica - Last Voices from Heaven." It is composed of mixes of the field recordings and of the music of Anthony Copping and Pascal Oritaimae.

Anthony Copping and Pascal Oritaimae are a pair who team electronic music and ethnic sounds. It's something plenty of others have done, with varying degrees of commercial and critical success (think Deep Forest, for example). Last Voices From Heaven is one of those that rates low on the critical success scale. Yes, they do use ethnic samples, made on their travels in the South Pacific, but largely as introductions to the pieces. And when they do use more, as in the final cut, which they claim is a possession ceremony from an island in Melanesia, the supposedly real event is augmented by bits of electronica (and the composition credit notably goes to Copping and Oritaimae). What the duo come up with here has precious little to do with any kind of ethnic music, beyond the luxurious color photos in the booklet. It's music for the lowest Western common denominator, as MOR as possible, with only the samples thrown in -- and then discarded -- to bring any measure of adventure and authenticity in a bid for real world music credibility. As it is, the pair might have had a nice vacation flitting around various Pacific islands. What they obviously didn't bring home with them was any sense of the people whose lives they saw, and whose music they took. Maybe their hearts are in the right places, but this comes across as crass commercialism and exploitation of the worst kind.

01 - Mana Part 1
02 - Ma'a Mera
03 - Shadow of Life
04 - Spirit
05 - Mo're
06 - Mamberamo
07 - Wuroman
08 - Lullaby of the Dead
09 - Taria Waraku
10 - Lament
11 - Possessed

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