Tales of the Boatman is an audio storytelling series, released in monthly installments. By interweaving narrative, evocative music, and the sounds of nature, it creates a rich imaginary world into which the listener can become entirely immersed: A river without end, flowing through a realm beyond time, upon which sail the Boatman and his companion, the ottercat A'ti.
Each story is brought to life by characters, themes, and natural soundscapes which are symbolic of the inner workings of the heart - These tales are meant to provide strong support and reassurance to those who may feel overwhelmed by life's many hardships, and to be a lasting reminder to trust the profound love that lives deep inside ourselves and the world around us.
I invite you to slow down and step away from modern life for a moment; Let us instead travel for a time down the endless river and experience the fantastical adventures that await us there. And may these stories inspire you with the courage to go in peace through good times and bad, just as the Boatman has always done, and will always do.
Music plays a central role in bringing the world of the endless river to life; It is featured both in the episodes and in stand-alone suites and interludes. Inspired by nature and played on a diverse ensemble of instruments from around the world, it evokes the feeling of the characters, landscapes, and magic depicted in the stories.
Each composition draws from the deep well of history and oral culture, creating a sound which is at once new and organic. Always with beauty as it's primary value, the music is made to stimulate inner awareness and engage the timeless spirit which connect us all - past, present and future.
The endless river flows through forests, deserts, grasslands and the tundra; It flows up and down mountains, through the endless blue of the sky, and into abysmal caverns; Storms rage across it's path, gentle breezes rustle the grass upon its banks, and gentle rains fall upon its surface; Giant fish lurk in its depths, birds of all kinds inhabit the surrounding forest and fish in the shallows, and animals of all kinds make their dens along its banks.
In every story, the sounds of these and many more natural phenomena are woven together into a multi-dimensional stereo experience. Painstakingly captured in the field and cleaned of the noises of humanity, the sounds which will surround you present a pristine sonic image of nature which can rarely be experienced in all but the most remote places.
Nature's sounds are healing, enchanting, and endlessly fascinating; As such they are no mere backdrop to these stories, but rather the heart from which the music and stories receive their blood.