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Sharon Fendrich


 

 

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Red Sky Prairie:  AV talks to Sharon Fendrich

American neo-classical composer Sharon Fendrich captures the essence of emotions in her music written for piano, violin, cello, voice, flute, orchestra, and ambient sounds. Whether grief, sorrow, hope or love, the music is a place of peace and safety where listeners are invited to walk the pathways of their own experiences, dreams and memories. Along the way she welcomes the manifestation of grief processing, self-acceptance, tranquility, resolution and inspiration. 

Fendrich released her self-produced debut album, Red Sky Prairie, on August 1, 2019. Grounded in Classical and inspired by New Age, the 11 tracks are full of lush, passionate melodies that immediately captivate the listener’s heart. Within the music one can hear the influences of Enya, Secret Garden, Ludovico Einaudi, Chopin and Debussy. 

Born and raised in Eugene, Oregon, USA, Fendrich began music studies at age three. Raised by a family who frequented live events, her young ears and eyes were filled with symphony, opera, ballet and stage performances. Despite forays with violin and flute, she pursued piano and voice. She completed advanced studies in piano, choral music, conducting, orchestration, world music, and composition in college at Tufts University. There, she scored a student film, conducted the orchestra in a film score inspired work, and wrote music for small ensembles. 

After college, she continued to explore composition as she raised her family and held marketing, development and production roles for the La Jolla Music Society and the San Diego Chamber Orchestra, in California. “My favorite memories of that time were composing on the concert grands left on empty stages long after the headlining pianists had finished a performance.” She currently studies voice, with a focus on opera, musical theatre and jazz. 

In Fendrich’s compositional process, she relies on her fingers and ears to guide her into crafting a complete solo piano work. Then, as she begins to add layers of sound through improvisation, counter-melodies emerge and contribute to a full harmonic palette and tempos full of breathing room. The result is a sonically magical world in which the listener is comfortably immersed

To read AV's interview with Sharon Fendrich click here


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Into the Infinite AV Talks to Chad Kettering

A New Kind of Love AV Talks to Robin Spielberg

Following the Call AV Talks to Ann Licater

Dimensions AV Talks to John Lyell

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Promise
by FLOW

 

AV's Spotlight Review

Promise by FLOW AV Spotlight CD Review

As I was listening to FLOW's new album called Promise the one thing that immediately crossed my mind was that I wasn't listening to 4 musicians each doing their own solos showing off their individual skills but instead I was hearing a group playing. There's a fine line between a group of individuals who play music together and a group of individuals who blends their unique talents into creating music that is perceived not as individual efforts but as a shared movement in the same direction, with the same mind and with the same heart as to where they want to go. Listening to the music on Promise is more of an experience of hearing the music played by FLOW as opposed to hearing a guitar played by Will or Lawrence or the piano played by Fiona or the horn played by Jeff. The lines blurred and it simply became great music played by FLOW the group and that's the distinction between a group of individuals playing music together and a group of musicians who move and think as a group in their composing, recording and performing of their music.  

Promise is the sophomore effort of FLOW the group which consists of Fiona Joy Hawkins, Lawrence Blatt, Jeff Oster and Will Ackerman and it’s apparent from the beginning of the album that the time spent touring together since their first album was released has allowed everyone in FLOW to become even more comfortable with the thought of playing together live or during the recording of Promise in the studio. While each of the members of FLOW are very talented musicians on their own and well able to create great music and albums on their own, that’s not what brings them together as FLOW. Promise is an expression of their unity in this second musical project in which the performances are not a series of solo performances with backing efforts from the other members but rather it is FLOW the group moving as one throughout the entire album.

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Ian Boddy

 

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20 Years of DiN, the Label Connecting Ambient’s Past and Present

It's always good to see articles spotlighting those artists who have been producing electronic music for decades and giving them the accolades that they so richly deserve. DiN goes back to 1999 when it was formed to put out music by other artists instead of just being a vehicle to release Ian's music out into the world. Ambient Visions goes back to just about that same time frame as well forming in late 1999 as a conduit to bring ambient/electronic/new age music to a wider audience by allowing them to read about the artists that up until that point were just names on album covers. We are happy to have shared Ian's journey with our readers over the last couple of decades and wanted to share a paragraph or two from this article with readers of AV, point you to the article on BC's website & to help Ian's label and his music gain even more recognition. Enjoy!

"I wanted to form a bridge between that 1970s Tangerine Dream, sequencer-dominated heritage, and what a lot of the newer and younger musicians now are making on laptops,” says veteran ambient composer and DiN label founder Ian Boddy. “A lot of people my age are so hooked on this old style. That’s all they do. Every album has this Berlin school sequencer chugging along in the background. And that’s fine! But there’s more to be done than just that.” 

In 1998, Boddy was releasing music on his private label Something Else Records—a catch-all for self-releases and the odd collaboration that, at the time of its closure, had been in operation for over a decade. The desire to publish music by others and to form a more coherent identity led to the formation of DiN, a more formal label, in 1999. 84 records in, DiN has put out work by renowned composers like Robert Rich, spotlighted on the Index series of compilations; it’s even got its own sub-label, Tone Sciences, which launched in 2018 to spotlight music made with modular synths. From enchantingly elaborate and soothing drumless IDM to unsettling pulsing ambient techno, there’s no one DiN sound—it’s more of a DiN sensibility. With a 20th anniversary celebration around the corner, it’s safe to say Boddy has been successful building that bridge from the past to the present."

Click here to read the article on Bandcamp's website


Aeon V
by Solaris

 

AV's Spotlight Review

Solaris by Aeon V review by Richard Gürtler

Highly sympathetic Californian label Synphaera Records, run by Chris Bryant and Don Tyler, quickly became an important voice on the map of ambient and electronic related genres with several top-notch sonic and visual gems resonating since 2015. Solaris "Aeon V" CDr, packaged in a 4-panel digipak and released in a limited edition of 150 copies during March 2017, is no exception. The project features Serbian soundsculptor Strahinja Maletic, one half of Fourth Dimension, and above mentioned Don Tyler, who is together with Chris Bryant the force behind Ascendant project. Sten Backman of Great Big Container gets credit for transporting cover image while Don Tyler is responsible for the mastering wizardry at his IO Mastering Studio.

Gossamery tinkles announce 7-plus minutes long "Ritual" and shift it into contemplatively embracing sceneries, where mesmerizingly invading monochromatic drones amalgamate with balmily organic serenities and quietly paced traceries. A very strong introduction of Solaris' soundworlds!!! Nearly 6-minute "Levitation" unfolds suitably to its title, but soon it metamorphoses into intangibly sequenced terrains, pervaded by enchanting cinematic glimpses. "Inward" masterfully bridges gracefully sinuous vistas with illuminating traces. "Waiting" maintains its evocative scenario, yet again juxtaposed by anodynely marching patterns. "Roundabout", at 5 minutes the shortest piece on the album, glides towards intensely engulfing horizons, exquisitely nuanced and meticulously permeated by intriguingly nebulous solitudes. Pure aural elixir!!! Shimmering introspections with mysteriously flatlined meridians riding atop and persistently glittering scenic motifs carve truly magnificent imageries, "Intrinsic" is obviously another exceptional composition, bravo Strahinja & Don!!!

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Renee' Blanche

Renée Blanche

AV's Charts

Night Tides Playlist

We just wanted to make sure that the readers of AV were aware of the radio shows like Renee Blanche's Night Tides that feature ambient and new age music each and every Sunday night. There are so many choices out there to listen to music that it might be tempting to skip shows like Night Tides or Star's End or Galactic Travels or Hearts of Space in favor of just pulling up a playlist on Spotify and listening to it instead. Renee and Bill and Chuck and Stephen have been spotlighting great ambient/new age music on their programs for many, many years now and I think listeners would be doing themselves a disservice by not taking advantage of all of that musical programming skills to help you on your journey of discovery into the vast catalog of ambient, new age and electronic music both past and present.  

So perhaps you weren't aware of these programs or of the music that they play but AV is here to help. We are going to start featuring a radio show on the front page with links to the charts on AV's Charts page so you can get a feel for what is being played on these radio shows. You can then follow the links under each chart to learn more about the program, what time it's on and even links that will allow you to stream it live right there on your computer. It doesn't get more convenient than that. To kick off these reminders we'll start with Night Tides which airs on Sunday nights just in time to decompress you before heading off to work on Monday morning. There is a small sample of the playlist just below and for the complete playlist just follow the link and begin your musical explorations. A lot of us grew up in an era when radio was our main music discovery venue. These programmers are simply carrying on a proud tradition of helping listeners such as yourself find the music that you didn't even know you were looking for. Enjoy!

8:00 PM Where's Frederick? ARTIST:Christopher James ALBUM:Grace from Persistence 

8:03 PM Adrift ARTIST:Andy Iorio ALBUM:Awakening 

8:07 PM Never Alone ARTIST:Sharon Fendrich ALBUM:Red Sky Prairie 

8:13 PM The Light Within (feat. Judy Kang) ARTIST:Juliet Lyons ALBUM:The Light Within: Songs for Yoga, Healing, & Inner Peace 

8:18 PM Across the Moor ARTIST:Michael Stribling ALBUM:One World 

8:23 PM Beyond Summer ARTIST:Scott August ALBUM:Beyond Summer 

8:32 PM Poet's Awakening ARTIST:Jonny Lipford ALBUM:Migration 

8:39 PM Coronal Rain ARTIST:Timothy Wenzel ALBUM:Running Away 

8:44 PM Softly Swaying Away ARTIST:Christoph Berghorn ALBUM:Let Go  

Click here to check out Night Tides Playlist



Well just in case any of you haven't been paying attention for the last couple of years since FLOW came on the scene we thought it might be nice to refresh your memories or intoduce you outright to the group known as FLOW. Of course if you've been hanging around Ambient Visions for any length of time you will have already ready read the review of their performance at The Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in NYC when they were celebrating the release of their first album back in 2017. No? Here's the link go take a look. I'll wait. Ok now that you're back we can continue.

Here we are two years later and FLOW is about debut their next great album. I can use the term great not because I think it will be great but because it is great. Finished my first run through this morning and I hope that I will be able to share with you a review of the album before its digital release date on 8.30.209. Oh and if that weren't enough they are going to be back at Weill Recital Hall to celebrate the release of Promise and that's coming up on September 27 at 8pm. I didn't make the 2018 show but I'm looking forward to attending this show and getting the full live impact of all the new music from Promise that ends up in their concert set list.

So this is Ambient Visions' way of giving this new album a great kick off and letting everyone know that it's just about here. If you are heading for NYC for the concert be sure to look me up. I'll be there celebrating with FLOW the release of Promise. ---Editor

“In the last few years, the New Age genre has seen a critical reconsideration, with carefully curated compilations of historical material, while both veterans and descendants of the genre are creating new music that merits serious attention. A good example is the group FLOW, which includes none other than steel string guitarist WILL ACKERMAN, in a kind of New Age “supergroup,” says Hearts of Space radio host Stephen Hill.

FLOW came together out of music, friendship, a shared recording history and a passion for playing live. After debuting to a full house at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in 2017, FLOW celebrated the release of their multi-award winning album with tours that took them from the New Orleans Jazz Museum, to Seattle, the Bay Area, the Los Angeles Grammy Museum, Nashville, Philadelphia and back to Carnegie Hall. The group collected wins for Album of the Year at both the IMA Awards at Lincoln Centre in NY and the ZMR Awards in New Orleans.

In 2019, FLOW returned to Imaginary Road Studios with producers Will Ackerman and Tom Eaton to finish recording a second album called PROMISE; the album’s first single -- "Last Light" -- was released as a video in late 2018. The album will release on 8.30.19 via Lawrence Blatt’s LMB Music label.


Notte
by Milana Zilnik

 

AV's Spotlight Review

Notte by Milana Zilnik AV Spotlight CD Review

One of the great joys of being a reviewer of new music is that I am constantly exposed to a wide variety of great compositions from artists all around the world. Oftentimes it's the artists themselves who contact me and allow me the opportunity to listen to their music which I might not have heard otherwise because of the large amount of music that's released each week. Other times it's the serendipitous discovery of music that leaps out at me as I wander through my social media feeds trying to keep up with what's happening in a multitude of musical communities that populate the online landscape. Such was the case with Notte by Milana Zilnik which I found in my AV Twitter newsfeed as a YouTube video (8pm. Shadows) previewing her upcoming album due to be released in June of 2019. After listening to the preview song, I was impressed enough to share it on my Twitter feed with a positive comment about the song and the hopes that the album would be just as good.  This led to a conversation with the artist about her music and ultimately ended up with her giving me an advance copy of the album that will shortly be available for everyone. It was inevitable that with an album this good that I would decide that it was worth reviewing here in the pages of Ambient Visions.

I will start by saying that the preview song that I heard in the video I mentioned above was by no means unique on this album because every song on this project embodied that same quality and that same introspective, emotional feel that I experienced from the one song on YouTube. From what I gather in the liner notes this was Milana’s first experience at composing and playing very ambient, minimalistic piano compositions and she did so at the urging of her husband as a way of expanding her musicalexperience and broadening her musical repertoire.

Click here for the rest of the review


Tom Eaton


How It Happened

 

 

AV's CD Focus Interview

How It Happened AV talks with Tom Eaton

Tom Eaton is a composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist, and engineer who has been behind the scenes of hundreds of albums since opening his first commercial studio in 1993. 

Known for his long association with Windham Hill Records founder Will Ackerman, with whom he has worked as co-producer and engineer for nearly a decade, Tom kept his own compositions tucked aside as he focused on helping others bring their music into the world. In 2016 he released his first solo CD, abendromen, which won him the “2016 Best New Artist” award from Zone Music Reporter. abendromen, and its follow up, indesterren, were featured on Echoes, Hearts of Space, and Star’s End radio, and both made numerous “Best of the Year” lists. 

“...restrained nocturnes which attest to the power of simplicity – a piano sound to lust after, immersed in a suggestive, gauzy world of beautifully wrought electronics and guitar loops.” Tim Story about Tom Eaton 

Tom lives on the northern coast of Massachusetts with a large cat and a larger collection of vintage and modern synthesizers, guitars and sonic sculpting devices. The slow and dramatic changes of season, the power of the ocean, fatherhood, and the spatial and dynamic aesthetic of the classic Windham Hill and Private Music albums resonate through Tom’s work, described by Hypnagogue as “breathtaking…rich, complex and beautifully structured.”

Click here to read the rest of Tom Eaton's interview about How It Happened


Other AV's CD Focus Features available on Ambient Visions


 

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Dark Roads for the
Young Magus
by Cathode Ray Tube

Trance Archeology
by Steve Roach

Afon Ether
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Theta Wave Orchestra


Ubique
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Origin # 03
by Solar Fields

Svalbarð
by
Glåsbird


Memories
by Michele McLaughlin

Centuries
by Sun Through Eylids

Understanding Holy Ghosts
by
Moss Garden


Base Camp
by Atomic Skunk

Elysian Fields
by Thom Brennan

Cupid Blindfolded
by
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Another Time and Space
by Thom Brennan

Imaginary Conquests
by Thom Brennan

Alternate Landscapes
by
Jon Durant


octOgon
by zerO One

Kryptyk
by Michel Huygen

polar vortex
by
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Offline Views
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the presence of wonder
by Pam Asberry

lilac skies
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Reflection
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Simplicity in a Complex World
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Persistent Visions
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Story of Ghosts
by Fiona Joy

 

AV's Spotlight Review

Story of Ghosts by Fiona Joy AV Spotlight CD Review

With the success of the new age super group FLOW this past year it would be easy to think of Fiona, Larry, Jeff and Will simply as a group of artists who play together as a unit and not keep in mind that they are all successful composers and musicians at an individual level as well. If you were to do that you would be cutting yourself off from the brilliant music that each of these musicians releases as solo performers outside of the context of FLOW the group. Point in case the release of Fiona Joy’s third solo piano album called Story of Ghosts that came out in March of this year.

Story of Ghosts is an album filled with emotions as Fiona composes music that allows her to capture the feelings and  the fleeting moments that can very often slip by unnoticed if we don’t stop every once in a while to examine where we have been and where we are going. Much as one writes in a journal to look closer at the events shaping one’s life composers are very apt to do the same thing but not with words in a journal but rather with notes on a page that expresses things that very often can’t be captured using mere words.

On the Story of Ghosts Fiona shares with us those feelings through her music and even though we don’t know the context of those expressions of emotions contained within her compositions it is entirely irrelevant to us as listeners because her music touches places within us that goes beyond words and communicates those feelings directly to listeners and connects at a level where words are not needed. The music on Story of Ghosts tends to be almost classical in nature but it allows us to glimpse the discipline that Fiona is capable of as she deftly carries us through the varied soundscapes that she has chosen to share with us on this project in a skillful and expert way.

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Nocturnes II
by Max Corbacho

 

AV's Spotlight Review

Nocturnes II by Max Corbacho AV Spotlight CD Review

Welcome to another journey into the silky darkness of the night with Max Corbacho as he unleashes Nocturnes II for his fans to devour and enjoy. Nocturnes II was released on April 20, 2018 and from the first notes of Celistia which clocks in at a hefty 23:13 the listener knows that this is going to be a special journey that will leave them wishing for more when it finally comes to a close after the last track called Moon Apparition closes out the album. Nocturnes II to me encapsulates the slow breathing and mystical aspects of those darkest hours of the night when all is quiet in the world and the only thing that breaks that silence are the sounds of crickets, birds or animal calls as they wander the landscape when humans have retreated to the warmth oftheir beds until daylight once again returns the world to them.

With Nocturnes II Max has created a soundscape that is shadow-encased but in a way that is inviting and urges us to step into the shadows ourselves not in a fearful way but in an intimate way by embracing the darkness that surrounds us at night. Max has outdone himself with Nocturnes II and has given us a masterpiece of music and sounds that will be played over and over again in the coming months.

Click here for the rest of the review


Mike G

AV Articles

Electronic and ambient pioneer Steve Roach started creating his music during the late ‘70s golden age of analog synthesizers, a time when the digital variety was only visible on the horizon. So it’s refreshing that an album which continues that hands-on tradition, Spiral Revelation
(2017), garnered his first-ever Grammy nomination. Chosen in the Best New Age Album category, the album is crafted almost entirely with modular and stand-alone synthesizers, its sound grounded in the dynamic, spiraling interweave of melodic and rhythmic sequencer forms. 

With its analog leanings, Spiral Revelation sounds utterly contemporary thanks to Roach’s technological sophistication and creative maturity. Yet the bubbling, kinetic melodies point to his origins, making it a natural place to begin the story of how far and wide he has travelled.

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How to Choose a Digital Piano – 10 Factors to Consider According to Science by Rob Beck

A digital piano is an electronic keyboard that emulates the sound and the feel of a genuine acoustic piano. It can be differentiated from its precursor instrument – the “synthesizer” – which uses electronically produced sound waves to create specifically electronic sounds. 

The first digital piano commercially available was produced by Yamaha in 1983. The Clavinova YP-40 was the most notable of the releases. More of an extension of the synthesizers of the 1970s, the sounds were electronically produced using Frequency Modulation, rather than sampling technology which is used by all digital pianos today. [1] 

Frequency Modulation synthesis (more commonly referred to as simply “FM”) works by modulating (or changing) the frequency of an electronically produced sound wave. This results in a wide variety of tone, dependent upon the changes in frequency and a combination of other waves. [2] 

A sample, on the other hand, is a short digital recording that can be triggered via a MIDI instrument, such as a piano-style keyboard. [3] 

A modern digital piano has a large bank of short digital recordings (samples) that are triggered by hitting the keys of the keyboard. Most modern digital pianos are capable of reproducing touch-sensitive play (see later).

To read the rest of the article click here.


Stefan Strand

 

 

AV's Quick 10 Interview

Legacy AV's Quick 10 With Stefan Strand aka Between Interval

Since the age of 14, Swedish composer Stefan Strand has been experimenting with and creating electronic sounds. Initially inspired by video game soundtracks and the German techno scene, it wasn’t long before he was discovering the more expansive soundscapes of artists like Jean Michel Jarre, Robert Rich, Aphex Twin and Pink Floyd. 

In 2003 he created Radio Silence, his first ambient album, and self-released it under the name Between Interval. He knew then that he had found a vast genre that he would come to explore for many years. 

Strand wants his music to be a rewarding and immersive experience for the listener. “I try to create atmospheres and moods with my music. I wouldn’t call it minimalistic, but instead of giving away too much in terms of melodies I aim to incorporate subtle and implicit changes.” 

Since it’s initial release, Radio Silence has been remastered and released on the Spotted Peccary label along with four other releases, Secret Observatory, Autumn Continent, The Edge of a Fairytale and Legacy.

Click here for this quick 10 interview with Stefan Strand aka Between Interval


Other Quick 10 Interviews on Ambient Visions

A World Bathed in Sunlight  AV's Quick 10 with Matthew Stewart
Imbue AV's Quick 10 With Androcell aka Tyler Smith


AV Goes to NYC
and reviews the
FLOW concert

 

AV's Concert Review

An Introvert Journeys to New York City and Goes With the FLOW

As you may or may not know I tend to be a very introverted person who is connected to a broad musical world via my Ambient Visions website and rarely do I venture out into the really real world other than at a very mundane level as I head off to work or to do a variety of equally unspectacular chores that make up my daily life. On occasion though I am tempted to step out of my ordinary introverted life and to step into that wider world which makes introverts like me quiver in their boots and on an even rarer occasion I act on those temptations and dive into that real world.  October 6 was one of those days where the benefit of venturing out overwhelmed my reservations and sent me off to the big city to discover the joys of live music.

What, you might ask, would tempt an introvert such as myself out of his seclusion and pull him to the big city? I’m glad you asked. I wanted to go with the FLOW. I know that doesn’t sound like a compelling reason and what the heck does it even mean anyway. The FLOW in this case is a new ensemble group that was celebrating the release of their first album simply entitled FLOW by performing as a group at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City which is a celebrated musical mecca of the performing arts in the United States. The motivating factor here was the composition of the group and the nature of the guest artists who would be performing with them on that Friday night in New York City.

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Renee Blanche Night Tides ambient music radio host

Renée Blanche

AV's Q&A

Night Tides: AV talks with Renée Blanche

This time around Ambient Visions' Q & A has a go at Renée Blanche, host of an ambient music radio show called Night Tides. Night Tides is an eclectic blend of contemplative instrumental & electronic music that combines upbeat grooves and dubs with soothing melodies that whisper softly to the soul. Host Renée Blanche is a native of Detroit, Michigan.  She stumbled into radio after ending her military career in El Paso, Texas. Her skills as a volunteer announcer were honed at community radio station KXCR during a three-year stay. Commercial radio was the next stop as a weekend announcer for adult contemporary stations K-LITE and B-94 FM. Renée moved to Kansas City in 1993 and was hired as the midday announcer for KCUR and as a traffic reporter for Metro Traffic Control. Her role as host of the Night Tides program began in September 1994.

Click here to read Renée's interview


Other AV's Q&A Features available on Ambient Visions


Eyes to the Height
by James Murray

 

Ambient Web Spotlight

Interview with James Murray by Ron Schepper for Textura e-zine

Ten Questions With James Murray  

Though a number of James Murray's releases have been reviewed at textura, he hasn't been the subject of a major article or interview—until now. It's an oversight that should have been rectified long ago, but hopefully the following in-depth interview will be an adequate atonement. If anything, the interview comes at the perfect time as the London-based Murray has just issued a splendid new full-length, Eyes to the Height, which evidences the high degree of craft the self-taught composer has brought to all of his work since 2004. You never know quite what you're going to get with a Murray release, but rest assured the quality will be high, regardless of whether the focus is ambient-electronic, modern classical, or electroacoustic. We thank Murray for sharing so openly his thoughts on the album and his creative process.   

Click here for the rest of the interview


Interview with Seb Taylor by Kevin Fairbanks and Gagarin for Psybient e-zine

[Interview] with Seb Taylor aka Kaya Project aka Hibernation

Today we bring you an interview with Seb Taylor. The man behind many amazing psychedelic electronic acts of varying styles, from the legendary Angel Tears to the ever popular Kaya Project, downtempo heavy hitting Hibernation and
the uptempo likes of Shakta and Digitalis. Seb has been more than busy, over many years with countless collaborative artists, producing this music that we love. So it is with great honor that we had the opportunity to chat with him about everything from his latest release, to the earlier days. Enjoy and share around! 

Psy: Do you remember the first piece of music that inspired you as a kid? Can you describe the experience? 

ST:  I’d have to say film soundtracks. Especially the work of John Barry & John Williams. Growing up in the 1970’s & 1980’s meant a lot of my cinematic experiences were musically scored on these two composers. I can hear a direct correlation between my musical sensibilities and soundtracks like, ‘The Black Hole’ , ‘James Bond’, ‘Star Wars’ etc. Even in later life it was still movie music that has primarily touched and inspired me, latterly in the form of contemporary film composers like Thomas Newman for example (American Beauty, White Orlandear, Meet Joe Black).

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Forsaken

by Alphaxone & Dronny Darko

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Indesterren

by Tom Eaton

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Dancing on the Wind

by Shoshanna Michel

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Path of Dissolutions

by Hoshin 

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AV's Reviews Other Voices

Singularity by Jon Hopkins reviewed by Will Richards of DIY Mag website

Singularity
by Jon Hopkins

Jon Hopkins always hinted at the ability to create a genre-spanning, cohesive masterpiece. He did just that with 2014’s ‘Immunity’. Documenting the the ins and outs of the party, the album took two sides, from the stunning slow build of ‘Open Eye Signal’ and crash-bang-wallop of ‘Collider’ on the first side to a slower, more meditative back end, it was everything the techno veteran had promised and more. 

On ‘Singularity’, then, he’s moving on from the lynchpin of his career, and further into the human psyche as a whole, largely influenced by his experiences with meditation.

For the rest of this review from DIY Mag click here.


Prelude to a Dream by Shoshana Michel reviewed by Mainly Piano website


Prelude to a Dream is Shoshana Michel’s third solo piano album and her second as a composer. After a 24-year hiatus from composing music, once she started again, the flood gates opened wide. Shoshana’s first album of original music, Dancing on the Wind (2016), was nominated for Whisperings Solo Piano Radio’s “Album of the Year,” One World Music Radio’s “Solo Piano Album of the Year” and SoloPiano.com’s “Album of the Year.” It would not surprise me at all if the gentle, heartfelt music on Prelude to a Dream does just as well or even better. The eleven pieces on this album are all very soothing and played with an expressive tenderness. In some ways, it could be a lullaby album, as the repeated left hand patterns are hypnotic and the overall tone of the music is very quiet and peaceful. You won’t want to doze off and miss any of this, though! As he so often does, graphic designer Matt Streiby perfectly captured the feeling of the album with his cover artwork.    

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Deep Space Blue by Jim Ottaway reviewed by Kathy Parsons of Mainly Piano website

Deep Space Blue is an electronic ambient/space music release from award-winning Australian composer and synthesist Jim Ottaway. The creator of at least twenty-five albums of original music in a variety of genres as well as music for films and television, Ottaway’s resume’ is long and very impressive; Deep Space Blue is his eleventh international release. The inspiration for Ottaway's music stems from his love of nature and his spiritual connection to the Gold Coast of Queensland, Australia. The music on this album has a very organic feeling and features a variety of (electronic) musical instruments as well as atmospheric sounds. Not surprisingly, the music conveys feelings of vast darkness and of effortless floating through space and time. The six tracks range from just under six minutes to about 16 1/2 minutes, so there are very few breaks in the music. The tracks were recorded over a three-year period, and Ottaway also did the mixing, mastering, graphics and album design.    

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Paul Avgerinos

Paul Avgerinos

 

Law of Attraction Paul Avgerinos album cover

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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Threshold Point
by Erik Wøllo

 

Eternal
by Kevin Wood

 

Deep Space Blue
by Jim Ottaway

 

A Sea Without Memory
by David Helpling

 

Salvaging the Present Benedictis ambient album cover

Salvaging the Present
by Dean  De Benedictis

 

 

 

Ambient Visions CD Reviews

07/01/2018 New Review featuring Story of Ghosts by Fiona Joy
05/20/2018
New Review featuring Forsaken by Alphaxone & Dronny Darko
05/06/2018
New Review featuring Threshold Point by Erik Wøllo
04/28/2018
New Review featuring Eternal by Kevin Wood
04/22/2018
New Review featuring Nocturnes II by Max Corbacho
11/26/2017
New Review featuring The Radiant Sea by Bridge to Imla
10/29/2017
New Review featuring Eclipse by Frore & Shane Morris
10/26/2017
New Review featuring Nebula by The Haiku Project
10/25/2017
New Review featuring Deep Space Blue by Jim Ottaway
08/27/2017
New Review featuring Flow by FLOW
08/25/2017
New Review featuring Trans-Neptunian Objects by ASC
08-24-2017
New Review featuring Stardust by Alphaxone & ProtoU
08-21-2017
New Review featuring Albion by Juta Takahashi
08-13-2017
New Review featuring Ovum by Chronotope Project
08-12-2017
New Review featuring A Sea Without Memory by David Helpling
04-22-2017
New Review featuring Breathe by Carl Borden
12-30-2016
New Review featuring The Future of Man by Duff Egan
12-18-2016
New Review featuring Path of Dissolutions by Hoshin
12-11-2016
New Review featuring Inner Rhythm Meditations by Byron Metcalf
12-09-2016
New Review featuring Dancing on the Wind by Shoshanna Michel
12-05-2016
New Review featuring Americana by Doug Hammer
12-01-2016
New Review featuring Indesterren by Tom Eaton
11-30-2016
New Review featurning Salvaging the Present by Dean De Benedictis
09-04-2016
New Review featuring Romancing the Moon by David Wright
06-05-2016
New Reviews featuring Southern Cross by Jim Ottaway
05-15-2016
New Review featuring Beyond the Waves by Ann Licater
04-30-2016
New Review featuring Everything and Nothing by Hammock
01-30-2016
New Review featuring Deep Sleep by Liquid Mind
01-17-2016
New Review featuring Expanse Sessions by In the Branches
01-11-2016
New Review featuring Glimpses by The Haiku Project
01-09-2016
New Review featuring Blueprint by Bob Holroyd
10-24-2015
New Review featuring Between Shadow and Light by Neil Patton
10-18-2015
New Review featuring Fire in the Rainstorm by Kori Linae Carothers
10-17-2015
New Review featuring Surrounding by Kimberly StarKey
10-08-2015
New Review featuring Fall into Winter by Bryan Carrigan
10-04-2015
New Review featuring Remembering by Bernward Koch
04-27-2015
New Review featuring The Ocean Inside by Max Corbacho
04-26-2015
New Reviews featuring Coming Home by Peter Jennison
04-01-2015
New Review featuring Secret World by Doug Hammer & Amethyste
01-05-2014
New Review featuring Heart by Doug Hammer
04-10-2012
New Reviews featuring Mediterranean by Amberfern
03-15-2012
New Review featuring Eternity by John Lyell
03-12-2012
New Reviews featuring Enchanted Piano by Kevin Kern
01-21-2012
New Reviews featuring Bindu by Michael Brant DeMaria
11-12-2011
New Reviews featuring Silent Star by Berward Koch
10-23-2011
New Reviews featuring Rainshadow Sky by Jeff Pearce
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 Autumn 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
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
 New Reviews featuring Longer Days by Scott Ross
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
 New Reviews featuring Love, Light and Water by Michael Stribling
03-16-2008
 New Reviews featuring Tapestry by Jim Gibson
02-12-2008
 New Review Featuring Infinite Plastic Creation by Richard Bone
02-10-2008
 New Reviews featuring Ambienthurnum by Psicodreamics
01-26-2008
 New Reviews featuring Carpe Lumen by Elijah Bossenbroek
10-07-2007
 New Reviews featuring The Open Door by Michael Straugh
09-23-2007
 New Reviews featuring The Useless Lesson by Kerry Leimer
07-08-2007
 New Reviews featuring The Range by Fulton and Reaves
07-01-2007
 New Reviews featuring The Regions Between by AWM
06-23-2007
 New Reviews featuring Dimensions by John Lyell
06-16-2007
 New Reviews featuring Reflection by Frederic Delarue
06-01-2007
 New Reviews posted featuring Buzzle by Tim Story
04-04-2007  
New Reviews posted featuring Hope for Harmony by Kathryn Toyama
03-04-2007
 New Reviews posted featuring Conscience by M. Grassow & Thomas Weiss
02-13-2007
 New Reviews posted  featuring Dream Wide Awake by Omnimotion

Sounds to
Listen For

Music of the Smoky Rainbow
by Roy Mattson

 

Meditation in Green
by Kelly David

 

Boundless
by Phillip Wilkerson

 



 
Bloom Ascension
by Steve Roach

 



Devotion
by Paul Avgerinos

 

Precambrian
by Sverre knut Johansen

 

ypsilon
by Zahn | Hatmi | McClure

 

Red Sky Prairie
by Sharon Fendrich

 

Life is But An
Empty Dream
by OKADA

 

Lightness of Dark
by Fiona Joy Hawkins &
Rebecca Daniel

 

Understanding Holy
Ghosts
by Moss Garden

 

Sea Change
by Alan Lidden

 

Planetes
by Sofie Birch

 

Surface Reflections
By Wil Bolton

 

Beyond the Purple Sun
by Jim Ottaway

 

Temporal
By Julia
Kent

 

Telegraphe
by d'Voxx

 

Ice Worlds
by Kevin Keller

 

Infinite Moments
by Erik Wollo

 


Nocturnes II
by Max Corbacho

 

Positive Light
by SC Slator

 

The Last Lighthouse
by Campfire's Edge

 

Structures of Light
by Siddhartha Barnhoom

 

home is a memory
by threadbare

 

 

Isokinetic Alpturer ambient album cover

Isokinetic
by Alpturer

 

Fears Remy ambient album cover

Fears
by Remy

 

An Act of Love Earthen Sea album cover

An Act of Love

by Earthen Sea

 

 

Resonance Peter Kater new age album cover

Resonance
by Peter Kater

 

Salvaging the Present Dean De Benedictus album cover

Salvaging the Present
by Dean  De Benedictis