It was inevitable that synthesist Steve Roach would apply his soundscape designs to the deep, ancient, and often harrowing chants of Tibetan Buddhist monks. He's gone into the primal core with Aboriginal sounds and cultures on albums such as Dreamtime Return, and his Magnificent Void CD stepped into the abyss. On Prayers to the Protector, he works with the chants of Thupten Pema Lama of the Dip Tse Chok Ling Monastery. In Roach's studio, Thupten Pema Lama sang these devotional prayers and entreaties unaccompanied. Then Roach slipped them into his own soundworld, surrounding the monk with evanescent waves of synthesized ambiences. Being Steve Roach, this isn't the usual pretty New Age synth-glissandos, but darkly hued textures with metallic edges. On "Djewa takgya lingchee lhunbur dje" (a prayer for the world, according to the liner notes), he evokes the metal gongs and bowls of Tibetan chants as well as a freight train putting on the brakes in space. Prayers to the Protector doesn't dress up Buddhist chants, it just sends them into deeper space.
This video is full of interesting variations of some common & not so common moves. There are some unique moves plus some quite flashy/performance moves. The moves are all very well covered. Common mistakes are well covered. Many of the moves will make you stand out from the crowd. We really liked the forehead caress dip. This type of caress is very popular in South America (not in a dip) where it was a technique from the 1930's in Brazil. There are some very complex enfolding turns. There are also some of the best ending techniques for songs that we have seen. Overall a very good continuation of this popular Salsa video series.