the project

In the original liner notes accompanying the 1976 album release, Inside the Great Pyramid, Paul Horn wrote the following: "The music from Mycerinus and some from Kephren is not included in this two-record set, but will be released on another LP some time in the near future." Well, the future is now. This hauntingly beautiful accoustic recording features Paul Horn on alto flute, 'C' flute and piccolo. The complete recordings, including previously unissued tracks are available in the duobox collection. The duobox is an innovative packaging format for double compact disks that places two CDs into a standard, single disk-sized jewel box by means of a modified inner compartment.

Disk one contains what were previously sides one, two and three of the double album, while disk two contains side four as well as the unissued recordings from Mycerinus and Kephren. The actual analog reel-to-reel Nagra recordings were transferred to the digital domain with the greatest care taken to preserve the character and integrity of these historic recordings. The ambience, mystery and power inherent in the sound of the remarkable chambers within the Great Pyramid are captured on this recording enabling the listener to feel as if he were Inside the Great Pyramid.

the artist

Trained in classical flute, Paul Horn has enjoyed a career that has led him in many musical directions. He has played jazz with Chico Hamilton, performed as a member of the NBC Hollywood Staff Orchestra, coached Tony Curtis for his role as a musician in Some Like It Hot and Wild And Wonderful, appeared in several movies himself, and recorded with his own jazz quintet in the 1960s, re-created in The Jazz Years (15015). Although Horn won two Grammy Awards for his Jazz Suite On The Mass Texts, his increasing dissatisfaction with the Hollywood lifestyle led to studies in meditation with the Indian master, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The experience profoundly affected Horn's life as well as his music. Exploration of new ways to play his instrument, stressing intuition and contemplation over intellectualism and virtuosity, led to the acclaimed Inside series. Traveling around the world, Horn embarked on a musical odyssey, producing recordings in many great acoustic spaces besides the Great Pyramid of Egypt, including the Taj Mahal and the cathedrals of Russia. Open to the richness of music from many different cultures, Horn has recorded a wide range of music, from China (11080) to classical Western recordings such as The Peace Album (11083) and Music (11101) .