ARTIST: THE BURNING MAN DRUMMER'S COLLECTIVE
TITLE/format : Music for the Playa / CD
Ah, drum circles...they add ambience to any event, and are great fun to play in/with...but you don't just sit and listen to them. Which brings me to the subject of this review...Music for The Playa is a CD of drum circle performances (good ones) jazzed up with overdubbed ambient noises, MIDI instruments and such. Most of the tracks are pretty well done for this sort of thing. Track 7, in particular, is very effective, with Gong overtones ringing over the hand drums like distant thunder. Spooky. Unfortunately, there is too much ambient synth noodling, crowd noise, and other filler, and not enough of the drumming. The tracks that are good, are too short...killing the chance to build up a sustained mood, or to use it as dance music for hippies. Rating (1-10):4.