Quote by Jean Houston

Next is now, world music as the single most potent force in the culture of fusion ... World music-makers are like shamans, carrying us on magic carpets of riffs and melodies through states of consciousness that spin us out of time to lands not yet invented but glimpsed on the aural horizon ... And so we see that music brings us, in the jumping of our cells, from what is past to what is trying to become the future. lt expresses and fulfills our need to hear the spirit in the dark.
(Jean Houston in Jump Time, Sentient Publ. 2004)

Charlie McMahon - Didgeridoo CDs

Charlie McMahon, whose band 'Gondwanaland' was the first didgeridoo band formed in 1981, produced the first didgeridoo-based contemporary recordings. Charlie always loved the didgeridoo and took up playing the instrument as a child. Over time, he learned how to tune didgeridoos and experimented with different sounds and pitches while jamming with local bands.

In 1984 Charlie collaborated with Peter Carolan on what they called the 'Gondwanaland Project', an instrumental album called 'Terra Incognita'. The project was a hit and Gondwanaland, now joined by percussionist Ed Duquemin, went on to release a further four albums.

They toured the outback and hold the record for Australia's largest live performance: The Sound Cloud performance to 120,000 people in 1988.

The didge was given international exposure when Charlie first toured the USA and Canada with Midnight Oil in 1984, and then again the USA, Europe, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand in 1994. He performed and recorded on albums with Midnight Oil, Snakefinger, Janes Addiction, Hisashi Shirahama, Ed Kuepper, Ted Egan, John Williamson, Sunrize Band and Def FX.

In 2000, Gondwana performed at the World Expo in Hannover, and in the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney Paralympic Games.

Aboriginal elders in the Northern Territory complimented Charlie McMahon `for inventing interesting and complex new ways of playing didjeridu`. In particular the concepts of didj horns in 1996, pitch shift didjeribone in 1981 and face bass in 1997 are Charlie's inventions which have been widely adopted by didj players.

Thanks to Charlie's efforts the wonderful rhythms and tones of the Australian didgeridoo can be enjoyed by people from around the globe.

Didgeridoo CDs featuring Charlie McMahon and other international didgeridoo players:
Didgeridoo Trance Dance
Pumping rhythms of the wild... droning, eternal voices of an ancient future. exotic nature sounds and rapid-fire percussion create an inter-dimensional journey into mindless spirit.
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Didgeridoo Trance Dance 2
An ancient instrument blend with organic beats and contemporary sounds, will take you through the gates of Trance-Dreamtime, where outer boundaries dissolve into a pulsating inner world - Gondwana & Charlie McMahon, Hilight Tribe, Si & Wild Marmelade, Ash Dargan, Andy Graham, Yomano, 1k Science, Ariel Kalma, Papi Moreno, OKA
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Drum Trance
Didgeridoo Trance Dance 3 - Various Artists
Didgeridoo Trance Dance 3
Another uplifting energy sound grid for worldbeat dance masters around the world: King didgeridoo blows up the drum n’ bass’s deep space… sizzling synthesisers keep the trance dreaming across myriads of stars inside your mind… divine lines of luminous light emanating from popular rhythms rocking the club scene!
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Didgeridoo Groove
From smooth jazz to funky jungle, from the vast Australian outback to the smoldering cyber-clubs of Bombay. Trip-out with this groove journey into the modern world of the ancient didgerioo
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Didgeridoo Fantasy
Ash Dargan - Didgeridoo Fantasy
Didgeridoo Fantasy
Take a trippy voyage through world-beat ancestral tones, where dreamtime and modern spirit meet in didgeridoo music with velvet grooves, tribal voices, ambient trance and timeless harmonies.
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Didgeridoo Rocks!
Spellbinding didge rhythms from today's most gifted players and re-mixers in the tribal, trance-dance, world-fusion, groove and chill-out scene.
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Dreaming Didgeridoo
Evocative rhythms interlaced with soothing didgeridoo wash over your senses, enticing you into timeless dreaming, where past, present and future blend into a luminous space of harmonic perfection.
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The didgeridoo goes by many names:
Didgeridu, Didjeridoo, Didjeridou, Didjeridu, Didgereedoo, Didgiridoo, Digereedoo, Digeredoo, Digiridoo, Dijeridu, Dijeridoo, Digerido, Didge, Yidaki, Yirdaki, Ebroo, Bamboo, Dream Pipe, even Bullroarer!