The second of two collaborations with Kevin Braheny inspired by the desert, this album pays homage to the Edward Abbey book of the same title. It inadvertently became a memorial to that Southwestern nature writer when Abbey died shortly after the music was recorded. Featuring some powerful work by Michael Stearns, this album taps into the psychological depths of stark Southwestern landscapes through a subtle set of soundscapes depicting the hidden dangers, unseen gifts, and intoxication that the desert promises.
Originally titled "Perelandra," after the C.S. Lewis science fiction novel of the same name, The Way Home melds sonic sophistication, emotional refinement and spirituality. Braheny's work on the EWI gives the album's two pieces, "The Way Home" and "Perelandra," a shimmering, weightless feel, which the subtle flute accompaniment emphasizes. An expressive and forward-looking album, "The Way Home" set the tone for not only Braheny's career but for much of the new age/electronic music to come.
The vistas of outer space, sonically evoked and evocative - vast, majestic, at once awesome and beckoning, otherworldly yet strangely familiar. Travel through musical starfields. Experience the Milky Way rising over the horizon of an alien world. Look back in time brought present by the ancient light of the eldest stars, eternal witnesses to all the happenings of time and space. And experience the emotions of the traveller. Exhilaration. Awe. Poignant nostalgia, both for home and for unimaginable vistas never to be seen again save in imagination. And a jazzy, joyful return at journey's end.
Western Spaces is a collaborative album by the American ambient musicians Steve Roach, Kevin Braheny and Richard Burmer. This album is the first of Steve Roach’s many musical tributes to the Southwestern Desert. This recording conjures up the desert vistas and the vast stark beauty of the American southwest through a collection of pieces that play like a soundtrack to a road trip through the Mojave Desert, Death Valley and Joshua Tree, California. All of these locales were the inspiration for the musicians during the creation of the music.
Chris MacDonald releases music under the name Telomere. MacDonald’s primary instrument is a Serge modular synthesizer (also called "The Mighty Serge" by fellow space-travellers Kevin Braheny and Michael Stearns), a now legendary piece of gear whose hallmark is its flexible programability and the resulting unique sounds. MacDonald is known for creating electronic deep space music.
Lagoon is an electronic music classic by Nik Tyndall. On the Hearts of Space label, it is his first album with widespread distribution in the U.S. His first nine albums were available only as hard-to-find and expensive imports. This space music is cozy and inviting. There are no hard edges. The gentle flow of the soundscape conjures imagery of a tropical paradise. The organic atmospheres caress listeners like a warm ocean breeze. This CD will appeal to fans of Kevin Braheny, Tim Clark, Tim Clément, and Richard Burmer.