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A turning point.

Ever since first coming into contact with the Didgeridoo around 1985, (at my first solo live performance) I had wanted to record an album like this!

The chance came when Steve turned up at a Mandragora gig in Brighton, the timing was perfect as New World were becoming more open to 'world music' influences, and I had by then established a good enough reputation to try something new.

This album marks a definite turning point in my music, leading to some great gigs and exciting new musical directions.


Album Details

Released 1990 by New World Music


  • Phil Thornton - Recorders, e-bow guitar, sticks, tibetan bells, animal sounds and synthesiser.
  • Steven Cragg - Didgeridoo, harmonic chanting, talking drum, sticks, hand bells and animal sounds.

Composed by Phil Thornton and Steven Cragg.

Produced, engineered and programmed by Phil Thornton.


~ Original sleeve notes by Carmen Willcox ~

Authentic and powerful, Initiation weaves the haunting voice of whales and birds into the strong, mellow dream world of the Didgeridoo.

From the fascinating and earthy sounds of this most basic of natural instruments to the superb complexity of modern keyboards, we are enmeshed in a world of imagination. Time and daily concepts lose themselves as this beguiling music works its spell - enchanting, captivating and transforming the listener.

This is a genuinely unforgettable venture deep into the realm of a spiritual initiation.



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