G.S. SACHDEV  |   FULL MOON

Full Moon presents ragas of the deepening night, played with passionate devotion by the Indian bamboo flute master, G.S. Sachdev. Each raga contains the essence of the moment. Evening Prayer, traditionally performed at sunset, expresses peace and devotion. Introspection is a serious and inward piece played at mid-evening. Full Moon, traditionally performed at midnight, greets the risen moon with a renewed vigor reflecting a mood of romance, fulfillment, and joy. Accompanied only by the sound of the tanpura and swarpeti, Sachdev improvises fluently within the classical form of the ragas.

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PAUL SAUVANET  |   TRISTESSE

Tristesse is French for sadness — the quiet heartache of remembrance. Contemplation of these melancholy emotions is the inspiration for composer PAUL SAUVANET's eloquently tender and spacious music for digital chamber orchestra. These adagios bear favorable comparison to classics by Mahler and Barber.

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PAUL SAUVANET  |   NOMAD

The digital orchestration is lush, the arranging masterful, the ambience spiced with ethnic colors. Like the score of a great travel film, French composer PAUL SAUVANET's Nomad creates a widescreen musical journey to exotic cultures in North Africa, India, Spain, and beyond.

Nomad achieves a rare balance between classical form and ambient atmospherics, highlighted by stunning solos from saxophonist SYLVAIN TEJERIZO and soprano CLAUDE HERMINE HUGUENEL. New age fans will be right at home with the sound, but in much more sophisticated musical hands. Classical and soundtrack buffs in search of new experience will find Nomad a welcome oasis.

Sauvanet fulfills the composer's dream for the personal electronic studio, with an orchestral style full of subtlety, beauty, and power.

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EBERHARD SCHOENER  |   MEDITATION/SKY MUSIC-MOUNTAIN MUSIC Disc 1

Meditation was first recorded in 1973 after an extended trip to Asia. Rather than attempting to replicate the meditational music of the Far East, Schoener created a reflective, slowly evolving musical journey that pays homage to his Western musical heritage as well as the insights he gained from traveling through the Far East. On Sky Music/Mountain Music Schoener left the conventions of orient and occident behind, to bring forth music from nature itself. I was created by tuned whistles and small bells attached to the chests of carrier pigeons who were then set loose to fly through the gentle currents of air generated by BMW's Wind Tunnel!

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EBERHARD SCHOENER  |   MEDITATION/SKY MUSIC-MOUNTAIN MUSIC Disc 2

Meditation was first recorded in 1973 after an extended trip to Asia. Rather than attempting to replicate the meditational music of the Far East, Schoener created a reflective, slowly evolving musical journey that pays homage to his Western musical heritage as well as the insights he gained from traveling through the Far East. On Sky Music/Mountain Music Schoener left the conventions of orient and occident behind, to bring forth music from nature itself. I was created by tuned whistles and small bells attached to the chests of carrier pigeons who were then set loose to fly through the gentle currents of air generated by BMW's Wind Tunnel!

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THERESE SCHROEDER-SHEKER  |   ROSA MYSTICA

Rosa Mystica showcases Therese Schroeder-Sheker's gift for subtlety, as well as her acuity, lyricism, and musical virtuosity. She casts an almost mystical spell with the power of insight and understatement as she brings rich tapestries of medieval music to life. The poignant purity of her soprano voice, and the warmth of her wire-strung harp accompaniments imbue the ancient Irish, Rumanian, Israeli, and Sephardic melodies with beauty and clarity.

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OYSTEIN SEVAG  |   BRIDGE

Silence, clearness, and simplicity are the musical ideals of Norway's leading instrumentalist, OYSTEIN SEVAG.

Bridge extends his popular fusion of jazz, ambient and world music into the classical dimension, adding the lush strings of THE PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA LONDON, a string quartet, the extraordinary overtone singing of vocalist SONIA LOINSWORTH, and the sublime playing of violinist MARIA SEVAG. Backed by the sweet soprano and tenor sax, yearning electric guitar, clear Nordic instrumental colors and solid rhythm support of his GLOBAL HOUSE BAND, Sevag's grand piano and keyboards have never sounded more noble.

Satisfying, musical, deep as the cobalt blue fjords, passionate as a gypsy melody, elegant as a fine sculpture, Bridge brings it all together in a masterpiece of contemporary European music.

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MICHAEL SHRIEVE  |   TRANSFER STATION BLUE

Original SANTANA drummer MICHAEL SHRIEVE drew on all his experience in rock and contemporary instrumental music to produce the innovative sound of Transfer Station Blue. On this compelling fusion of rock and electronics, rhythm and melody, layers of synths and guitars complement the sophisticated textures of Shrieve's drums.

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MICHAEL STEARNS  |   ENCOUNTER

The awesome experience of a close encounter was the subject of Encounter, a spacemusic classic by a master of the genre. It extends the style of STEARNS' early works Planetary Unfolding and Floating Whispers while deepening and darkening the direction of his early soundtracks like Chronos.

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MICHAEL STEARNS  |   FLOATING WHISPERS

Subtle ambient atmospheres from a giant of American spacemusic. The pieces are not as long and their composition is not as programmatic as Planetary Unfolding. They create a subtle and palpable set of floating atmospheres.

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MICHAEL STEARNS  |   MORNING JEWEL

Two extended ambient journeys: 'Morning' and 'Jewel'

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MICHAEL STEARNS  |   PLANETARY UNFOLDING

This 100% pure analog electronics album from the 20th century is performed entirely on the legendary "Might Serge" modular synthesizer. It's a spacemusic classic that defined what could be achieved with pure electronic sound.

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MICHAEL STEARNS  |   THE LOST WORLD

A world traveler who has brilliantly translated his explorations into sonic masterpieces like Sacred Site and Singing Stones, MICHAEL STEARNS transports us to a remote corner of the Venezuelan high plateau called The Lost World — a realm of rare beauty and natural power. Stearns weaves the indigenous sounds of this prehistoric ecosystem into an aural environment of mystery and adventure. With 'singing' stones, wooden flutes, whistles, percussion, on-site ambient recordings, wind harps, and Keri Rushtoi's magnificent vocals, Stearns evokes the natural majesty of the place.

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MICHAEL STEARNS  |   THE MIDDLE OF TIME

This CD features Stearns' score to Anna Sofaer's documentary "The Mystery of Chaco Canyon." Growing up in the southwestern United States, Michael has been fascinated with the mysterious ruins of the ancient Native American cultures that came before. He was first introduced to Pueblo Bonito and Chaco in a lucid dream in 1977. Over the years he has spent much time in Chaco and developed a special relationship to the place. While the film documents the recent discoveries that deepen the mystery of Chaco Canyon, the music speaks directly to those mysteries.

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MICHAEL STEARNS  |   WITHIN: THE NINE DIMENSIONS

In the spring of 1998, Barbara Hand Clow commissioned Michael to write this music for use in her workshops. Once he completed Barbara's version, he rearranged the compositions and added material for this CD. The music encompasses nine dimensions of the Earth experience, stretching from the molten center, to life and sounds from the planet's surface, out to the distant galaxies.

"Seven" was composed on a Serge modular synthesizer, and was the first piece done entirely on the Serge since Planetary Unfolding./em> Other pieces feature the same microtonal bell collection used on the Baraka soundtrack.


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MICHAEL STEARNS  |   SPIRITS OF THE VOYAGE

Michael's soundtrack to Triton Films documentary, "Spirits of the Voyage". The film documents magical rites of initiation for Micronesian navigators on the island of Lamotrek. On some of the music, Michael weaves in the songs and chants of the island. Other pieces are purely instrumental and evoke the mystery of initiation, the majesty of the sea, and the magic of island life.

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TIM STORY  |   BEGUILED

"Despite its simplicity, this music is not often easy. Nor is its emotional impact, though powerful, usually cheerful or happy. At its best such music resonates with a simple truth, and is as sublime and complex, as inextricable from life, as delight or sorrow." TIM STORY's gently epic soundscapes and brief, intimate, deeply felt modern chamber pieces yield up this kind of richly equivocal meaning.

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TIM STORY  |   THE PERFECT FLAW

Ohio musician TIM STORY is one of the best kept secrets in contemporary music. His working style is slow, patient and meticulous, yielding an exquisitely beautiful album only every four or five years. The Perfect Flaw adds the evocative tone colors of oboe, English horn, clarinet, and cello to his Satie-inspired piano and synthesizer orchestrations.

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TIM STORY  |   SHADOWPLAY

For over a decade Ohio composer Tim Story has patiently refined his serene, mysterious style of ambient chamber music in a series of masterful recordings. With his own piano and keyboards plus cello and oboe, Shadowplay balances classical and electronic elements in a delicate equilibrium of darkness and light. Dignified, measured, by turns sublime and exquisitely melancholy...you will not find anything more beautiful.

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TOMOKO SUNAZAKI  |   TEGOTO

This splendid collection covers a wide spectrum of Japanese koto music; the compositions span three centuries, from ancient and traditional to modern Western influenced pieces. The artist is Tomoko Sunazaki, internationally recognized as a master of this refined instrument. Drawn from Sound of Silk Strings (1984), Spring Night (1984) and Moon at Dawn (1986) this compilation presents Sunuzaki's most elegant and exciting perfomances.

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OMAR FARUK TEKBILEK  |   WHIRLING

The great musical traditions of the Middle East range from serene, meditative courtly works to the relentlessly propelling music that drives the famed Whirling Dervishes to states of spiritual ecstasy. These haunting, timeless sounds still echo across the years. Whirling is Omar Faruk Tekbilek's debut recording as a soloist, free to develop his own music without the demands of a soundtrack.

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TUU NICK PARKIN  |   TERMA

TUU mainman MARTIN FRANKLIN teams up with trance flute virtuoso NICK PARKIN for a mysterious journey inspired by the hidden teachings of Tibetan Buddhism. Seven ethereal, trance-inducing aural tapestries offer an exotic ambience for nocturnal musings. Clay pot percussion and water drums propel the hypnotic rhythms and Parkin's ethnic flutes trace sinuous patterns in the air, while bells, bowls, gongs, and eerie electronics paint a deep focus wavescape that will stimulate the synapses of World/Ambient/Electronic fans. Musically superior and not too scary for the new age audience either, Terma reveals the 'ghosts in the landscape' and delivers enjoyment in depth.

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