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
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.
You can thank our buddies in the Russian Federation and the Peoples Republic
of China, those up-and-coming entrepreneurs. If you put simple download
links on your webpage these will be exploited by the various "mp3 downloads"
sites. They merely add hyperlinks to my mp3 files in their own site.
Consequently, I pay for their hosting storage space and their hosting
bandwidth. If you actually want to download something here it will be
available at the BandCamp download site,
Site hosting many experimental, electronic music artists.
(I have a posting on this site).
Relatively Unkown, but Good Space Music Artists
... or at least I never heard of them until I went searching
on the internet. I don't listen to the radio much. I have no
interest whatsoever in social networking internet. I would
not want to insult these artists by presuming that they are
as unknown as I. There is an extremely small audience for
space music. On the one hand, I would inform the passing viewer
who may have heard of one of these artists that I consider my
own music as similar. Or to those who have been here before
I would offer a lead on some further listening similar to this.
Music by Micheal Meara at SonicJourney.com. Original
ambient music of deep, dark sound spaces.
Music by Lanfranco Spadaro. Original ambient music of deep, dark
Music by Edgaras Vilnius. Original ambient music of deep, dark
Music by Phillip Wilkerson. Original ambient music of deep, dark
Well Known Space Music Artists
Although space music has a tiny audience, there are a few
well-known artists in this genre. These artists had the good fortune
of getting air time on the american public radio program Music
from the Hearts of Space in the 1980s. They survived the
explosion of the ridiculous New Age music bandwagon that
followed in the 1990s to emerge as classic space music artists of
In my opinion, Steve Roach is the space music artist
today. According to what I've read he was himself influenced
by the early ambient sequencer artists from the 1970s. He has
developed space music into his own direction. I
attended his 2008 Flagstaff, AZ live performance. He plays
the electronic sequencer like an instrument in its own right,
like a concert pianist plays the piano or a concert violinist
plays the violin.
The Soundworlds of Steve Roach
Robert Rich is a pioneer of deep, quit music bordering on
Although space music had many founders in the early 1970s,
these are the few that I actually became aware of and listened
to when I was a lad in the early 1970s.
Brian Eno and Robert Fripp
I group Eno and Fripp together because of their 1973 (?) collaboration
on the record album Fripp and Eno: No Pussyfooting.
I found this on the racks of the local import music store--Tower Records
would never have carried it. Two men, a guitar, a synthesizer and a
tape loop. I thought this was the next step in experimental music.
I played it for my fellow band musicians, who were not heavy enough
for it. I played it to some non-musicians, who looked at me the
way a cow looks at a dollar bill.
In 1976 Eno and Fripp published Fripp and Eno: Evening Star,
where they demonstrated that the direction ther were pioneering was
not just experimentation but a genre in its own right.
Although by 1974 both Robert Fripp and Brian Eno were famous rock
it shows what the 1970s music era was like that this music was
actually distributed by major record companies.
In 1976 Jon Anderson, the singer of the rock group Yes,
released a solo album called Olias of Sunhillow. This
album was essentially the prototype for the pretty, spacey,
sugary genre that is now called Meditation and Healing.
Music Software Projects for Experimental Musicians
A collection of computer-generated pictures I have posted
over the last several years.
The music of Al Steffens
Al Steffens' Music - The Music Magnum Site
I create music on a computer. I make ambient, classical and
experimental music. The terms computer music and
electronic music imply a style as well as the means
of performance. On the one hand, I am amenable to the
experimental approach that is the classic form of
electronic music, but the computer is for me just
a means to an end. I will attempt, at times, to create music
that sounds like it could be from a chamber orchestra. At other
times I might like to produce a ring modulator drown. Somewhere
in the mix between music as enjoyment and music as science
is where my expression lies.