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Secrets of the Sea
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Transitions
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Bryan Carrigan



Inspired by Bryan Carrigan


Inspired
by Bryan Carrigan

 

AV's Spotlight Review

Inspired by Bryan Carrigan AV Spotlight CD Review

Bryan Carrigan is rapidly building up some very good street cred in the ambient/new age music genres as he continues to release great albums on a regular basis since his release called Passing Lights which came out in 2011. September 1, 2014 saw the release of Bryanís latest album which is called Inspired and is his 5th album in only a 4 year span. To this reviewer Bryan appears to be making up for lost time and allowing his creative side to run free musically whenever he gets a chance. And since his first solo album didnít come out until he was 42 years old it is perfectly understandable that there would be a lot of activity when the timing was finally right for Bryan to record some of his own music. Although I have never written a single musical note I know that music runs in my veins as surely as the composers who write the soundtracks that mark the seasons of my life. If the pull of music is that strong in me then I can only imagine that for a musician and composer itís call must be deafening.

The album title tells you a lot about the compositions that you will find here and what it is that Bryan is hoping to share with his listeners on this latest album aptly called Inspired. This new album was completely composed, performed, produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Bryan so there is no doubt as to how each song was intended to sound as Bryan had his hand on the music from beginning to end. There was no need to explain to an engineer or mixer as to what you wanted to achieve with each song because the song began and ended with Bryanís touch.

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AV's Upcoming, New and Notable Releases

Songs From the Deep Field
by Darshan Ambient

Evolution
by Shane Morris & Mystified

Relaxing Rain & Ocean Mixes
by Liquid Mind


The Spirits of Starlight
by Hollan Holmes

Bhakti
by Paul Avgerinos

Weightless
by Marconi Union


Celestial Chronicles
by Alpha Wave Movement

Dream Analysis
by Virtual Proximity

Node 2
by Node


Tierra [EP]
by I Awake

reBoot
by Relaxed Machinery Artists

Empty Path
by Waveshaper


Fractal World
by Krusseldorf

Timelines
by Erik Wollo

Native American Prayer
by Llewellyn


The Long Night
by Steve Roach & Kelly David

13 Rites of Passage
by Michael Bruckner

Amidst the Circling Spires
by Alio Die & Sylvi Alli


Klangspiel
by Bruno Ender Lee

Season Switch
by Phrozenlight

Process of Being
by Zero Ohms


Dreaming Into Being
by Bluetech

Winterfold
by Jeff Johnson & others

Lyght
by ishq



Erik Wollo


Timelines

 

 

AV's CD Focus Interview

Timelines AV talks with Erik Wollo

Erik WÝllo was born in Hemsedal, Norway (1961), and he has been a professional artist since 1980. His musical experience covers a wide range of styles from rock and jazz, to experimental electronic and classical music. But he is most known for his unique and personal electronic ambient music. 

He has been composing and performing music for films, theater, ballets and exhibitions. As well as composing for strings, woodwinds and larger orchestras. As a guitarist he has been leading his own groups, playing at clubs, concert halls and festivals in Europe , the USA and Canada. During the last decades, he has produced solo albums at his own "Wintergarden Studio". His music has been released on CD worldwide since 1985. His music has been very well received, and he has found himself a large audience with many listeners all over the world.  

He creates music that is both lyrical and rhythmical with emphasizing melodic and structural formations. With his diverse musical background, he successfully integrates elements of pop, rock and classical, as well as ethnic and electronic ambient music styles. He is a highly respected guitarist, and this synthesis shows on his albums as he mixes of technology sounds with the acoustics gathered from the environment. His music reflects the musical currents of our time while offering the listener a highly original and exciting sonic experience.

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MMichael Foster
Editor AV

State of the Ambient Union 2014

A few years back I ran several opinion pieces of those involved in the ambient/new age music industry about the state of the ambient union as it existed in 2008. As the pace of technology increases and the fact that the way we consume our music seems to be in a constant state of change I felt that perhaps it might be nice to revisit this topic again and take a look at the ground that we covered in the last 10 years or so musically speaking and what kinds of changes we might expect over the next few years in regards to ambient music creation and distribution.

The music industry has been in a state of constant change since I first started to listen to music way back when I put the needle down on my first 45 RPM record. While the changes took a little while to manifest back in the day because there was a manufacturing process that drove the music industry that had to be adhered to and it took time and lots of money to make changes from albums to 8-tracks to cassettes to CD's. Once music became separated from the physical and broadband speeds increased enough that files could be uploaded and downloaded all bets were off in regards to what the future held for the record labels and for the artists themselves.  

These series of writings are not an attempt to predict the future of the music industry and the ambient/new age genres in particular as we have seen the futility of trying to do that every time a rock solid prediction (so it seemed at the time) falls flat on its face in the cold light of the future. Let's just say that these writings are musings of those who make, distribute or play it on the air. It is a time to look at where we have come from and what possibilities lie ahead for the ambient/new age artist if things continue on their present course.

Blake Gibson aka Broken Harbour offers up his views of where the ambient community is currently and shares his thoughts on streaming, physical product and why it's a great time to be an ambient musician or listener.


Blake Gibson
aka Broken Harbour

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David & Steve Gordon

 

Chakra Balance




AV's Artist Interview Page

Chakra Balance AV talks to David and Steve Gordon  

David and Steve Gordon are innovators. Over the course of their 30 year career they have consistently pushed the boundaries of musical styles, and their albums have been pivotal in shaping the changing landscape of ambient music, world music and chill out electronica. Both David and Steve are award-winning producers, as well as composers, classically trained instrumentalists and the founders of Sequoia Records, which they have molded into a world-class record label since its inception 26 years ago. 

Inspired by the tranquility of Sequoia National Park, David and Steve became a pioneering force in the realm of new age music by using nature sounds as a part of a musical composition to create nature music - a novel approach that had not been accomplished prior.  It is David and Steve's ear for positive, culturally adventurous music, as well as their versatility and think-outside-the-box mentality that has made them the influential artists they are today, having grossed over 1.7 million units in sales worldwide. A recent N.A.R. survey listed the Gordon Brothers in the top 5 most popular artists as reported by new age music retailers, along with artists such as Enya and Loreena McKennitt, and several of their albums have charted in Billboard.

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MMichael Foster
Editor AV

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There was a time a few decades ago that I considered myself to be in front of the audio equipment curve when it came to audio gear and how I would listen to music in my home. I didn't consider myself an audiophile as I never achieved the financial means to plop down enormous amounts of money to have the "perfect" set up to listen to my music. Having worked the retail end of music and audio sales I always mentally kept up with what was available even if I couldn't really afford to own it. But there were some advantages as I could always catch the floor models on sale as they made way for new equipment so in some ways I did have better gear than others who were in a similar situation. With names like Yamaha, Sennheiser and Cerwin Vega on my rack and floor I enjoyed my music and spent many years trying to squeeze a little bit more out of my wallet to upgrade my equipment when major innovations happened.  

That was then. This is now. Perhaps it is simply because I had never crossed over the line and became a true card carrying audiophile that I find myself where I am now in regards to my listening habits. Oh I still have a nice Yamaha amp albeit one that has not been upgraded in quite a few years and I do have a pair of Yamaha floor speakers that are part of my set up along with a couple of nice desk speakers that sit on either side of my monitors and a fairly decent pair of Sennheiser headphones for more critical listening but the source of my music is now my computer and not a separate deck like a CD player or a blu ray player that handles all disc formats. There was a time not that long ago (less than 10 years give or take)  when I was still getting CD's in the mail and putting them in the CD player and doing my main absorption of the music from a physical format such as a CD or DVD if the music also had visual content. The one exception I still might make to that would be something like Robert Rich's sleep concert Somnium (2004) that came out in DVD format and packed a whopping 7 hours of music onto a single disc. For that I would make an exception and listen to the original hard copy as opposed to music files.  

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Nocturnes
by Kevin Keller

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In Neptune's Wake
by Robert Carty

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Editor AV

AV's Editor's Blog

New Releases and Ambient Visions in 2014

I'm going to take the time to post this to AV page just to see if we can get this down to system so that new releases can be give their time in the sun on the AV page. I have set up a new e-mail address on AV to handle just new release announcements that might find their way to me. The address to send to now is newreleases at ambientvisions dot com. I realize that spammers will probably still pick up this address but no sense making it any easier by making it an active e-mail link. Now what do I want sent to this address. Good question and I'm glad that you asked.

I always feel bad when I see a new release or something that was a new release a couple of months ago and I heard nothing about it until months later when I ran across it on a radio playlist from one of the charts that I post on the website. Had I known about the release in advance it would have been on the site either on the front page or on the new release list for the current release year. I would like to encourage artists to submit new release info to the above e-mail address to make sure a release gets posted on Ambient Visions. The bare minimum of info that I would like to have sent to me would be the artist name (believe it or not sometimes that is difficult to tell if I have not heard the artist name before), the album name, the release date month/day/year. I try to order the list by release date on my new release lists to help people see what is coming out this week so they can plan their purchases. It would be nice to know if the album is self released or if there is a label involved. Links are nice to so that I can post them right along with the announcement to make sure potential listeners find their way back to your sites. Facebook, homepage, twitter, bandcamp, soundcloud, wherever you'd like listeners to check out your music. If you don't include them in the announcement then I may or may not have time to go find them. If you want to promote your music please send me complete info. 

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Bill Fox

 

AV's Q&A

Galactic Travels: AV talks with Bill Fox

This time around Ambient Visions' Q & A has a go at Bill Fox, the long time host of a spacemusic radio show called Galactic Travels. Bill has been broadcasting Galactic Travels since 1996 out in eastern PA on WDIY calling the faithful to his weekly shows that spotlight the best that spacemusic has to offer. What's that you say? You haven't heard of Bill or his show? Well then you are in for a treat as we ask Bill all those difficult and hard to answer questions that keep you up at night trying to figure out the answer to. What's your favorite color Bill? If you could be an animal what animal would you be? And of course who is your favorite Beatle? After these difficult questions we got down to talking about spacemusic and his work as a musician to round things out. If you wanted to know about Bill Fox, Galactic Travels and how it all came to pass then this is the interview for you. Seriously, join us now as we talk to Bill Fox about his ongoing love for and involvement with spacemusic.

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Cranium Fizz
by Richard Bone

 

AV's Spotlight Review

Cranium Fizz by Richard Bone AV Spotlight CD Review

Richard Boneís music has been entertaining me for more than a decade here at Ambient Visions and his talent to delve into a wide variety of styles continually amazes me as each new release seems to head off in a different direction. Some artists may end up being predictable and their music never varies all that much from album to album but I guarantee that this is not the case for Richard. From pure ambient to bossa nova flavored music to Latin tinged releases Richard has chosen to follow his own musical muse regardless of where it may lead him and I say go for it Richard!

For those who may not know this Richard was the 3rd artist to be interviewed here on Ambient Visions and we have had a great friendship ever since that time. And of course we canít forget to mention Marleen Kingsley who has been a loyal fan of Richardís music since forever; webmistress for Richard and a supporter of Ambient Visions from the word go. I canít seem to think about one of them without thinking about both of them. I started listening to Richardís music back when he was releasing Electropica, Ascensionism and Coxa on his Quirkworks label and I fell in love with his delightful style and his ability to consistently turn out great music.

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Love's River
by Laura Sullivan

 

AV's Spotlight Review

Love's River by Laura Sullivan AV Spotlight CD Review

Listening to Laura Sullivan reminds me of why I fell in love with piano music in the first place. Her new album is called Loveís River and it is marvelous entry into her growing catalog of musical works. While it is true that she had a little help on this album including the likes of Will Ackerman, Jeff Oster, Nancy Rumbel and Suzanne Doucet there is no doubt as to who is the focus and the heart of her latest release. With help of that caliber it might even explain why I felt transported to my early days of exploring the new age and ambient music that Windham Hill and Narada used to put out as I listened to the beautiful compositions that poured out of my speakers.

I want to apologize to Laura for taking so long to deliver a review of her work that obviously deserves all the praise that everyone has given it including mine being added in this review. There was a feeling and a spirit that characterized the music that came out in the early 90ís from those labels mentioned above and it made that music special in my mind and the songs have endured in my heart to this very day. Lauraís playing on Loveís River is as close as I have heard anyone come in a long time. There is an innocence that Laura has captured in her poignant compositions that immediately reach out and touch your heart. Not in a heavy handed way but with a soft caress that stirs your emotions and brings them right to the surface in no time at all. The music that she has created on Loveís River is delicate and skillfully woven into a blanket of sound that you just want to wrap yourself up in and sit quietly gazing out the window and being in the moment.

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New Reviews on Ambient Visions

Below Zero

by Bryan Carrigan

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The Blue Rose

by Al Conti

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Into Forever

by Frank Steiner Jr.

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Divine Dimension

by Rajendra Teredesai

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Paul Avgerinos

 

Law of Attraction

Artist Spotlight on Paul Avgerinos

When Paul Avgerinos graduated from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in 1980, as a full scholarship honors student, he had already performed as a bassist with Isaac Stern, Jean Pierre Rampal, The Beaux Arts Trio, Baryshnikov and many other great classical artists. He also has won scholarships to play and study at music festivals in Tanglewood, Aspen, Grand Teton, Taos, and Spoleto (Italy). After graduation, Paul served as principal bass of several major symphony orchestras around the world, and gave solo recitals as well. 

Expanding into more popular genres, Avgerinos toured as a bassist with Charles Aznavour, Liza Minelli, and the jazz legend Buddy Rich. Seeking to further his original composition and develop his childhood passion for electronic music, Paul built Studio Unicorn, a comprehensive digital/analog recording studio, in 1984. Nine solo CDs in the New Age genre followed, including Muse of the Round Sky on the Hearts of Space label. Muse was nominated for a Grammy and is played on more than 2,000 radio stations around the world in addition to syndicated shows such as Music from the Hearts of Space and John Diliberto's Echoes. Two thirty ≠minute features with the latter are added to his credits along with his many other radio interviews. Paul's music is currently being played on Sirius XM Satellite radio & DMX as well as Music Choice SoundScapes. 

He has appeared on fourteen sampler CDs and as a guest artist on albums by Joanie Madden, Faruk Tekbilek, Joaquin Lievano, Brian Keane and others. Paul records and produces many popular albums as well and has worked with artists as diverse as Jewel, Willie Nelson, Deana Carter, Richie Havens, Run DMC, and the Celtic Tenors . Avgerinos always makes time for scoring and has worked on many Film, Commercial, TV, and Cable projects for all of the major and minor networks. Paul's work on Peter Kater's Red Moon earned A 2004 Grammy Nomination. Paul's album GNOSIS placed #1 on the New Age & World Radio Chart and his latest, Garden of Delight, won an award for the Best World Album of 2007. Keeping busy creating original music for a variety of interesting and rewarding projects is a way of life. 

Currently, Paul lives and works in his Studio Unicorn, Redding, Connecticut, where the deer pass by his studio windows and the hawks and eagles give inspiration from above .

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Following the Call
by Ann Licater

 

The Color of Light
by Dana Cunningham

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01-21-2012 New Reviews featuring Bindu by Michael Brant DeMaria
11-12-2011 New Reviews featuring Silent Star by Berward Koch
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06-14-2011 New Review featuring Earthsong and Stardance by Gandalf
06-06-2011
New Review featuringThe Veil of Whispers by Thierry David
06-04-2011 New Reviews featuring Atumn Sky by Blackmore's Night
04-15-2011 New Reviews featuring Sacred Love by Shambhu
02-06-2011 New Reviews featuring Dreaming Still by Kathryn Kaye
12-01-2010 New Reviews featuring New Butterfly by ade ishs
11-11-2010 New Reviews featuring Doorway to a Dream by Ann Licater
09-18-2010 New Reviews featuring The Landing by David Clavijo
04-05-2010 New Reviews featuring First Day Back by Lenny Kaplan
03-29-2010 New Reviews featuring Voices of the Ancients by Chad Kettering
03-28-2010 New Reviews featuring Relax Your Ears by Joel Styzens
03-24-2010 New Reviews featuring My Love To You by Mark Pinkus
03-23-2010
New Review featuring Ascension II by Clifford White
03-15-2010 New Reviews featuring A Delicate Balance by Lisa Downing
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03-03-2010 New Reviews featuringBallerina by Michael C. Bell
02-17-2010 New Reviews featuring Ticket to Antarctica by KevOz
02-08-2010
New Reviews featuring Chasing Tornadoes by Patrick Gorman
10-22-2009
New Reviews Featuring Fly by Eric Harry
08-22-2009
New Reviews Featuring Imagine by George Skaroulis
04-18-2009
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02-08-2009
 New Reviews featuring Drift by Dan Pound
12-21-2008
  New Reviews featuring Pond by Diatonis
06-14-2008
 New Reviews featuring Poesis Athesis by Robert Scott Thompson
06-08-2008
 New Review featuring A Warning from the Elders by Byron Metcalf
06-05-2008
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03-16-2008
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02-12-2008
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07-01-2007
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03-04-2007
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Sounds to
Listen For

The Delicate Forever
by Steve Roach

 

Souvenirs
by Christine Brown

 

The Origin Reversal
by Dirk Serries

 

Always Near
by Kevin Kern

 

Anomalies
by Mark Dwane

 

Vertical Life
by Richard Bone

 

Passengers
by Green Isac

 

Impossible Landscape
by DeeperNET

 

Spacehop Chronicles Vol 1
by Blue Tech

 

Paradise (re-release)
(remastered w/bonus tracks)
by Robert Schroeder

 

Entering Ephi's Dimension
by Ephilion

 

Lost Songs
by ambientsketchbook

 

Cycles Within Cycles
by Sinepearl

 

Still Alive
by moonbooter

 

Before the Rain
by Zachary Bruno

 

Over-Soul
by Steve Brand

 

Spiral Meditations
by Steve Roach

 

At the Edge of Everything
by Steve Roach

 

Angel
by Jutaro Takahashi

 

Endless Summer
by Wellenfeld

 

Spirit of Nature
by Kenio Fuke

 

What's Real?
by Silentaria

 

Take to the Trees
by Various Artists

 

Earth Feelings
by Jule Grasz

 

Groove Immersion
by Steve Roach

 

Eternity
by John Lyell

 

Cocoon
by Dan Pound

 

Floods
by James Murray

 

Frontiers
By Ian Boddy and
Erik Wollo

 

Ambrosial Waves -
Healing Waters
by Constance Demby

 

Strange Attractors
by Ian Boddy

 

Unit IA42
by Larry Kucharz

 

Antimatter
by
Bernd Kistenmacher
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Ghost Ship on a Black Sea
by Matt Borghi

 

Time
by Johannes Roussel

 

Land of the Rising Sun
by Berlin Heritage

 

The Speaking Earth
By Soundician

 

Still Moving
by Kathy Raimey

 

Lyra
by Igneous Flame

 

Synthetic Memories
by Justin Vanderberg

 

The Electric Tree
by Tigerforest

 

Shaman's Heart II
by Byron Metcalf

 

Dream In Blue
by Darshan Ambient

 

Arcturian Archives
by Geodesium

 

Singularity
By Mark Dwane

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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