Steven Ferrino @www.Newagemusicreview.com
I was excited when Coburn Tuller contacted my to review his work CD Butterfly Tones. I did a quick search for him and found a video of him playing his one of a kind handmade instrument he calls the Tones. This instrument fascinates me because it is similar to a hammer dulcimer and xylophone, but uses 90 aluminum tubes that range from 7 inches to 6 feet. The music that he creates with The Tones ranges from energetic to fairly meditative. The tonal qualities of the instrument reminds me of the Tibetan singing bowls at times because they vibrate for a very long time.
I tried several times to drift into sleep with this album, but had difficulty with the high pitched notes. I am going to try rearranging the tracks to see if I can find a good suitable track list for my personal taste. This does not mean that the album is not relaxing, on the contrary it is very relaxing.
I tried meditating to a few tracks but found that oddly enough the nature of the music didn’t seem to lend itself to clearing my mind. The playfulness of the notes reminded me of why the album is named Butterfly Tones. There seems to be defining sections on almost all tracks that would lead me to believe that many people, probably yourself, would be able to meditate with.
I feel this is where this album is best suited. As I sit here writing this review and listening to the music I am noticing the ambiance of my office coming to life with the vibration of the notes filling the room. The playful notes seem to have a life of their own as they bounce off the wall. I do not practice
Reiki, but can see this album being used for that purpose.
I will have a follow up from one of my Reiki friends shortly.
I liked the album and the concept of creating an instrument to create the unique sound that the Tones creates. I would love to hear this instrument accompanied by other instruments as it is the only one on the album. Is this album for everyone? Maybe not but you should definitely give it a listen.
Steven Ferrino Review www.newagemusicreview.com
Posted on Monday, June 20th, 2011.