Sean Washburn - Wave mantra

Started by nuun, May 20, 2013, 06:11:49 AM

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Hi all,
I'm looking for Sean Washburn - Wave mantra release.
Any idea of a place to purchase it ?

Thank you for your help !

Best regards,

"A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence."Leopold Stokowski


judd stephens

This is a nice sounding album!  Takes me back to the days of Tuu or Ma Ja Le.  The same kind of sacred yet dark feel, without being derivative at all. 


I am a personal friend of Sean. He is living in Argentina right now. He worked in a Studio I use to own in Salt Lake City, UT. I can't guess why he hasn't responded to posts. I will be contacting him soon and will mention this.


Hey DDConsulting!

Ask Sean why doesnt re-release Wave Mantra on cd or even cdr. Us old timers......want physical cds!


Hello All;

Sean Washburn here. Sorry to drop out of the scene and disappear. I am almost back in it again.

Wave Mantra will be remastered this winter by Robert Rich. It will be re-released as a 16 bit CD, a 24 bit DVD and as a 16 or 24 bit download. I have lots of material to work with now and I have come a long way with my acoustic instruments. I have some new tricks to unveil as well.
Almost ready...

I would be happy to provide a CD-R burn of Wave Mantra to anyone who wants it (Hypnos members only, thx.). PM me.
Do not pay $362.39 at Amazon! Can you believe that? I wonder if Original Master Recordings of The White Album go for that much?

EDIT: I see there is no PM option on the forums. Contact me through bandcamp for a CD-R.
EDIT AGAIN: I see there IS a PM option on the forums... I was a bit encapsulated and missed the obvious... PM me for CDRs or via bandcamp.

judd stephens

Cool.  Looking forward to your future music Sean.  Wave Mantra is a gem... glad the forum members here pointed the way.


Indeed a great album. I picked my copy up a few years ago at Rhino in Pamoma (L.A.) fantastic work Mr. Washburn.


Thanks for your kind words. Rhino, that's Chuck Oken Jr's place isnt it? I have been there a few times. Across the street there was a folk music store. Some of the Noah bells on my CD were purchased there, as well as my first ney. Now that I think of it, that ney was used on 'Low Barometer'. It is a non traditional 'large bore' ney and it has a very airy 1st register. It took me 3 months just to get a peep out of it!

When I heard the track 'Dissolve' by Robert Rich, I said "I dont know what that instrument is, but I am going to find one and play it". That was before I had a computer or internet. So I went searching and asking, folk music store after store. Many folks told me it would take years to become proficient or to even get a note out of it. I said "I have plenty of time and I have a knack for busting through learning curves". Anyway, I finally found my first ney. Could not get any sound out of until I saw a photo of Nick Parkin (Tuu) playing one. It was then that I realized the embouchure was very different from transverse flutes. 3 months later, I got my first note...

Wow, did I digress....

Anyway, thanks Robert, for delivering all the gems of inspiration. I miss LA...


Sean -Thanks for sharing the story about those instruments you discovered. And yes, Rhino is Chuck's store. I haven't had a chance to meet him in spite of going to both Rhino and Analogue Haven (as it was called at the time). I have to admit it was a nice surprise to see my album "Shift to the Ghost" displayed at AH and a Numina section at Rhino! I found a bunch of Ian Boddy and Alio Die discs too, IIRC.

I enjoy LA myself. Where are you living now?



Hi Sean,

"Wave Mantra will be remastered this winter by Robert Rich. It will be re-released as a 16 bit CD, a 24 bit DVD and as a 16 or 24 bit download. I have lots of material to work with now and I have come a long way with my acoustic instruments. I have some new tricks to unveil as well.
Almost ready..."

Thank you very much for your reply.
I couldn't expect better news than these  ;D
Do you know when it ought to be released ?

I wish you a very nice day.



I just have found this news (announced yesterday) on FB page of swedish gterma label run by Johan Rehn, who is responsible for many wonderful releases on his label since 2011.

[gterma043] : Sean Washburn - Wave Mantra (forthcoming)

We step into the year of 2015 with a retrospective look on an album that has since become quite scarce in the marketplace. Wave Mantra was originally released by Sean himself on this very day, fifteen years ago. It is best described as a sonic journey through an enigmatic and absorbing soundworld with a very rich organic flavour. A beautiful tale that we are very happy to see back in print again. This reissue has, like so many other gterma titles, also been gently remastered by Anders Peterson.


1. To Thee Homage
2. Hemlock Grotto
3. Cirrus
4. Trans-World India
5. Welcome
6. Inner Gate
7. Low Barometer
8. Between The Heartbeats
9. A Sacred Voice - Cloud Tree

Here is the link to gterma, although "Wave Mantra" CD is not listed there yet. All gterma releases are usually available via Discogs or through direct e-mail contact with Johan.

All the best!!! :)



Great news about the re-issue. I missed "Wave Mantra" the first time around, but it's good to know people are trying to keep past, OOP recordings alive. 'Til then, I'm enjoying this now on Bandcamp.
There is no spoon. Which sucks because I have a pudding cup.


The Gterma cd edition is out now, my copy showed in the post today.
So all who missed out on the original edition, this is your chance....