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The Music of Al Steffens

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Unseen of Mandos

This is a falling-to-sleep CD. Of course, "Mandos" comes from J.R.R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion. Besides being just mellow soundscapes, there is an implied journey through the worlds of dream. Starting from "A Time for Reckoning," the brain function that terminates consciousness, the journey continues into "Unseen of Mandos," which is the deepest sleep. My electronics has advanced to the state such that this album was essentially a live performance. There are a few overlays, but not to the extent of my previous work.

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Lake of Thoughts

Deep space music. Dark, as in absence of light. The emphasis is on drifting soundscape and less on rythmic sequences.

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The Seven Hundred Steps

My first album is a collection of tracks created over the period from 2005 to 2007. They belong to the "Tales of Sarnoth" subgenre of my style. This is what I call the science fiction ambient style because it's space ambient with a mixture of symphonic elements. It has been described to me as "like movie soundtracks," but I think the pieces have more structure than that. Here and there you might here traces of influence from Brian Eno and Robert Fripp, such as Sagittarius Rex, or Book of Luminance or Night Gaunt. On the whole, I think these tracks sound more original than influenced, but this is never an easy judgement.

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Listen to Sound Tracks

Twilight Footsteps

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Between Spaces

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Ice World

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Moon Lake

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Far Centaurus

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A Sequence of Moments

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Frodo's Legacy

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Orange Land

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A Time For Reckoning

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Little Star

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Azure Circle

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Unseen of Mandos

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Distant City

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download Bathysphere
Self Realization

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download Parallax

download Ideas
Crystal Sea

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Deep Thought

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The Creature in the Lake

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The Life of a Shadow

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download Doorways

download Osgiliath
Sagittarius Rex

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download Questor
Book of Luminance

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The Seven Hundred Steps

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Beyond the Southern Sea

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download Atlantis
Night Gaunt

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Realm of the Ice Goddess

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