With the release of Otherworldly 3,
Stephen Philips, already an accomplished ambient master,
takes his place among the elite electronic musicians in the world. This is a
major release from THE Dark Duck!
Now, every time Steve releases a new CD, some reviewer gets
all bent out of shape and starts throwing superlatives as if they were pennies.
His reviews gush and proclaim this to be Steve's best CD yet. (That reviewer
would be me. I do not apologize for my enthusiasm for Steve's music! Nor do I
claim to have any explanation for his continued growth and progression as an
Well, here it goes! This CD is among the best pure space
music releases of all time! Steve's signature drones and experimental sounds
are pure bliss. His sound design is flawless as is his performance!
This CD is everything that great space ambience must be! It
is the soundtrack to a motion picture that has not been written – yet! It
exists only in the minds of listeners – its only possible existence.
Steve is a very cerebral and deliberate composer/performer.
There are no hidden agendae in this soundscape. It is neither a healing nor a
meditation disc. It is, however, an experiential journey. Here are the steps
for maximizing enjoyment of this CD.
STEP 1: Find a quiet and dark listening space.
STEP 2: Arrange some lighting effects WITH NO CANDLES!
STEP 3: Leave the incense in the cupboard.
STEP 4: Turn the CD player on, preferrably with the disc in
STEP 5: Find a comfortable seat.
STEP 6: Sit, close your eyes and relax.
STEP 7: Listen with your mind and your imagination. Let them
be your guide. DO NOT take this to your heart and/or soul.
It will not work there.
You should find yourself experiencing imagery of the
hardware and scientific aspects of space exploration. The only reason to stop
and observe scenery is for observation and collection of data! Any encounters
with aliens are noted, recorded and logged. Analysis of the data will have to
wait until the return to base.
It becomes problematic at that point. Steve does not
guarantee a round trip. It is up to the listener to get back with or without
the data intact. That is also total coolness. Lost data can be ignored, replaced
on the next adventure, plagiarized or simply made up. The journeys are the
adventures and the destinations! This is strictly about
FUN! It is about not taking itself so fucking seriously that
it gets lost in itself.
This awesome soundscape is available RIGHT
NOW for only $4.99 as a download at www.darkduck.net. The only better bargain is
at an archive site called TZP with some seriously warped
material by The Zen Potato and guests. At this price there
are no reasons to miss this adventure!
Reviewed by Jim Brenholts for Ambient Visions