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    Posted: August 06 2010 at 19:11
I'm looking for flute music, please post anything that's as gentle, ethereal and spacey as possible. Not the bombastic stuff a la Jethro Tull or Focus and neither the energetic stuff a la Hawkwind or Hidria Spacefolk or ethnic music.

Here are some references:

Luup:



The new Fripp & Travis CD is also right on my alley, but there's no sample of it on the internet.

Also, I have a CD with 16th century music for flute, but I can't seem to find it so I upload you guys some tracks or to search for the authors. Mozart also has a flute concert, and it's wonderful.

THANKS!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 07 2010 at 09:17
what comes to mind is the airy intro of Ladytron by RM which is quite ethereal
this song is quite moody
 


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 07 2010 at 09:25
^ I think that was clarinet, but other than that, it was lovely! Thanks.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 07 2010 at 10:23
Have you tried Yatha Sidhra's album A Meditation Mass?  The flute on that one really floats along. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 07 2010 at 10:27
^ Yeap, wonderful album Smile
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 07 2010 at 10:40
It seems like Ex-Wise Heads free album had a bunch of flute on it and it was pretty gentle... I'll have to find that again.  It's Colin Edwin and the flautist from Henry Cow I believe.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 07 2010 at 10:41
^ I have them, thanks for the mention. What I remember from those are the ethnic beats and spacey synths... I need to give them a new listen. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 07 2010 at 12:39
Nik Turner's "Xitintoday". Very different from the stuff he does with Hawkwind. You can't get more ethereal than that album. I sent you YouTube links to all nine tracks.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 07 2010 at 15:08
Thanks Friede, I remember trying this album some time ago, I'll give it another shot. Thumbs Up
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 07 2010 at 22:02
"Love Remembered" -- Focus
(Gentle, slow, and pretty.) 
 
Folk, especially Irish folk, is full of lovely flute music. One such Irish trad band with a lot of flute is Altan. The track "Dobbin's Flowery Vale" is absolutely lovely (perhaps my favourite flute piece)  with stately and beautiful flute (played by the late, great Frankie Kennedy) as the main instrument. Sadly, Kennedy died young, so only the earlier Altan albums feature him. That track is from their album Harvest Storm
 
If you want to explore another great trad Irish flautist, try Matt Molloy, of Chieftains fame. He covers all moods.
 
For some less obvious prog flute, Pete Sinfield's (Crimson, ELP, etc.) solo album Still has the lovely track "The Piper." Very nice, if you can find it! Thumbs Up
 
I love the sound of a nicely-played flute -- very stirring and evocative! Smile


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 08 2010 at 03:10
Steve Hackett and John Hackett - Sketches Of Satie.
 
Steve plays guitar and John plays flute all the way through. Very nice although whether its 'ethereal' enough for your taste I wouldn't like to say.
 
Although not from the CD this is also rather beautifull:
 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 08 2010 at 03:15
Didn't spot this at first but this is one the peices from that Sketches of Satie CD I mentioned before.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 08 2010 at 03:30
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 08 2010 at 17:07
@richard: thanks! john's flute has a really interesting shape. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 08 2010 at 17:13
@Peter: Focus and Sinfield were great, thanks! If only I found full albums with this kind of stuff. Proggers mostly use it only to bring some diversity. I'll check the folk recommendations later. Cheers!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 08 2010 at 17:29
Originally posted by harmonium.ro harmonium.ro wrote:

@richard: thanks! john's flute has a really interesting shape. 

The shape of his flute is because of an accident he had. It hurt his neck to play the flute the way it is usually built, so he had one specially designed for him.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 08 2010 at 17:52
You should try Empyrium's Weiland.



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 08 2010 at 18:14


Anthony Phillips : keyboards, guitars, charango, amandocello
Joji Hirota : assorted percussion & flutes, recorder, shakuhachi
Guo Yue : chinese flute on "Schuan Journey" & "SongoKu"



Ian plays concerto and alto flute, bamboo flute, other wooden flutes and whistles




some of it is ethereal, other tunes have a more traditional feel to them


with guitarist extraordinaire Pierre Bensusan

If you like classical music (and I am sure you do) :








In proggy traditional music, you may find some interesting stuff as well :








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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 08 2010 at 18:25
IONA (probably the best celtico folko proggy rock band of the last twenty years, well to put it simply the best rock band of the last twenty years) has some flute here and there. Will look in my discography to find back...

Fot the moment enjoy this wonderful song (note the drummer holds two sticks in each hand at the beginning of the song)  :







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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 08 2010 at 18:44
IONA with flute :



this is not an "ethereal" song but Iona released some very ethereal songs (you could swear that half 'the book of kells' (the instrumental songs) is by Jan Garbarek)
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