they say (in quasi random order):
are mostly nice words (much appreciated), you don't have to take
anybody's word for this: listen to the entire recording yourself.
Streaming audio players (albiet at lower fidelity than downloads and
CDs, but you get the idea) are on the 33 Bowls homepage.
" This man was "connected" to something from somewhere else when [he] did this. I love this music. "
M. E. Benton
" Definitely this is the best performance and recording of singing
bowls that I have ever
heard -- and I've heard a fair number of recordings. "
" Among the growing number of excellent recordings of Tibetan singing
bowls, 33 Bowls soars and stands out as a sonic masterwork.
This is understatement, rather than hyperbole, as Hans'
compositions, deeply intuitive and spiritual as they are, are subtly structured
like a musical Pythagorean braid, imbued with as much Reason as feeling.
What I perceive is not another talented New Age dilettante creating trance
music to zone out the listener, but a brilliant composer and technician whose
mastery of the intellectual, physical, and spiritual aspects of music has created
works that will delight those seeking "vibrational medicine" as well as those
who appreciate "classical" music. The production itself is technically
flawless: tonal resonance and a quiet, almost fugal complexity underlie the soothing
oceanic flow of sound. And this comes forth with crystal clarity. Others have produced excellent recordings with the bowls, but Hans plays these with a deep respect for their sound
and their antiquity, evoking (and invoking) past masters of these sacred instruments. With
these recordings, he becomes a living part of that lineage. "
" The 33
Bowls sound is exquisite. I design, engineer, and produce entrainment
tracks professionally for companies who market them as their own. If
you are someone who has ever worked with brainwave entrainment before,
you have almost certainly heard some of my work. The thing that 33
Bowls gets right is to use recordings in their more raw form. In my
productions, I have worked with traditional healers from Tibet who
utilize singing bowls. The way you hear bowls played on 33 Bowls is
very much the way you would hear bowls played if you were to be treated
by a healer in Tibet.
digital recordings produced in a studio sound overly sterile. In fact,
when mastering many such recordings, the engineer often applies
analogue filters in an effort to put back some of the harmonics and
"imperfections" found naturally in raw recordings. I use natural sounds
in my own works wherever possible, some of which have "imperfections"
in them. These are, in my professional judgement, far more organic and
natural to the ear than the sterile approach used in purely digital
the odd sound here and there in 33 Bowls, just as you would expect the
occasional sound that arises in the environment wherever you listen to
music. Unless you live in a soundproof box, you will have ambient
noises that interject themselves into your listening from time to time.
For the most part, our ears simply incorporate these into the overall
listening experience with very little notice paid to them. The same
will be true of the 33 Bowls recordings if the listener gives them half
the ambient sound artifacts for a moment, 33 Bowls has been recorded
exceptionally well. It is surprisingly difficult to achieve lengthy
recordings of singing bowls that are smooth and consistent in sound
quality. I have recorded them myself, and can attest to this fact from
experience. I can only imagine how many attempts it must have taken to
get bowl recordings of this length and quality.
are among a select group of percussion instruments which produce sounds
that have an enormous range of harmonics in them. Of all the
instruments I have recorded, only the didgeridoo comes even close to a
well made Tibetan singing bowl in terms of the harmonics it produces.
The tones of singing bowls are currently being used by some major
university hospitals (sorry, names are not permitted,) for a variety of
purposes, such as the recovery of surgical patients, and in cancer
treatments. The exact mechanism by which they are thought to facilitate
treatments and recovery is not known, but some researchers believe it
is related to their richness in harmonics. Time will tell if this turns
out to be the case or not. The unprocessed sounds of the bowls in 33
Bowls reproduces these harmonics almost as well as being there when the
bowls were played. I can only suppose they would act as support in
fostering a natural healing environment, though as noted, this has not
yet been proven conclusively.
So, to the
producers of 33 Bowls, my hat is off to you. This was a job very well
done. And to any potential purchaser, 33 Bowls has my heart-felt
" My mind is
just too active to meditate much - I have tried. This is the only thing
that makes meditation possible for me. As the sound of the bowls fades,
I follow it. If my mind drifts, then the striking of a bowl will draw
it back again. Not too many new-agey, superfluous sounds. It's
" A primordial
space opens up while listening to the Morning track. It is pure and
rare to hear such crispness in digital format that the ears and mind
allow manifestations from it without rejection. I do feel incredibly
humble and want to say thank you for re-introducing the natural state
of consciousness from hearing natural sound in composition. I now
understand that my true ears and mind have been closed to the world for
the majority of my life and appropriately so in our unnatural state.
Thank you for
your hard work however and your spiritual brilliance in making this
composition. May you rest in the immortal essence that you have sought
and shared along with everyone else who hears it. "
anon via bandcamp
" The open vessel flows with transient perfection, ephemeral, exquisite
& irridescent. Varied rich harmonic tones create a shimmering
cascade of sound producing an exquisite relaxed feeling of wellbeing
that is sheer bliss. Listen to the soothing sound and follow it into
the silence. "
fell in love with the sound of Tibetan singing bowls walking around the
Barkor in Lhasa, but knew it would be pointless to take one home if I
couldn't get anything more than a single tone out of it. And I missed
it so, until I found this recording [ via @twitter ]. Now, one
played singing bowl is enough to induce a placid sense of thoughtless
introspection, so this chorus of thirty three is just magic. I've been
listening to a 33bowls track for some time now: a 45[ish]-minute long
track set on repeat is what I always choose for my home ashtanga yoga
practice, because it soothes without distracting (you can hear it
without listening). Also makes for wonderful listening when transiting
to and from yoga classes - replacing the din of the city with the
background of rainfall - and could probably send even an inveterate
insomniac to sleep, if that's what ails you.
totally "Organic Heavy Metal". Can't wait for this to be widely
available to everyone :)
vibratory offering that brings you to your ecstatic stillness in sound
and silence. "
grounding, focusing. Excellent. "
is such a moving sound--I'm stunned by the way these bowls resonate in
ways that I can feel physically. I'm amazed at the power of this music,
and at this price? It's absolutely a must-have. "
reviews are on Amazon