IIn 1980, Ancient Future founders Matthew Montfort and Mindia Klein traveled to Bali to study gamelan music. Noticing the direct correlation between Balinese music and its natural environment, they recorded the live natural sounds of the island. Their compositions interweave these natural sounds with ancient and exotic instruments of the Orient such as bansuri flute, tabla drums, sarod, koto, and gamelan, and harmonize these with the contemporary sounds of guitars and flutes to create an unique and beautiful sound. This album received a 1981 N.A.I.R.D. 'Indie' Award in World Music.