It’s December 22, and the Earth is still here. That means our last remaining excuse for not doing a new podcast has just bitten the dust.
There has been waaay too much music released since episode 37, so this will be a two-part series…
2012 In Review – Pt. 1
(0:00) Welcome, we’re back!
(0:48) “Falling Light” by Darshan Ambient
(6:00) “Looking Glass” by Northcore
(9:38) “Spirit Signs” by Craig Padilla
(17:48) “Jurassic Dawn” by Shane Morris & Mystified
(24:30) “Out To Sea” by Darshan Ambient
(28:30) “When The Earth Is Far Away” by Craig Padilla & Zerp Ohms
(33:00) “She Who Watches” by Paul Ellis
(52:33) Wrap Up (Music “Ladybird” by Northcore)
(55:20) “Sensual Beauty” by Craig Padilla
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Echoes listeners voted for their favorite CDs of 2012, and the results are in. Congratulations to Darshan Ambient and Paul Ellis for making the list! Falling Light is at #6, and I Am Here came in at #25
Click here to see the entire list…
On December 31st, Craig Padilla will perform an epic concert (over four hours long) at First Night Spokane to help ring in the New Year. The concert runs from 7:00PM to 11:40PM and will be followed by a huge fireworks display at midnight. If you’ve ever wanted to experience Craig’s live performance, this is what you’ve been waiting for! Visit FirstNightSpokane.org for details.
Unnamed Lands CD – advanced copies now available
Bert Lams (founding and current member of the legendary California Guitar Trio) has joined forces with Tom Griesgraber (Chapman Stick virtuoso) to create a wonderful new album. Organic and instrumental, the project tells the tale of a mid 19th century wagon train as it journeys westward toward the Pacific.
The official release of this album won’t be until spring 2013, but Tom & Bert have made a limited number of advance copies available now, and we have some in stock and ready to ship!
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“For over four years, guitarist Bert Lams and myself have been working to bring you this album and it has changed over time into something unlike anything either of us has ever done before. Fourteen original instrumental tracks work together as a whole to tell the story of a group of wagon train pioneers heading west circa 1840. A lavish 12-page booklet features original stories presented as “diary entries,” along with fantastic original artwork to further immerse the listener in the experience. It’s just Chapman Stick and guitar throughout, but along the way I’d like to think we’ve come up with something quite new stylistically. I somewhat jokingly refer to it as “Progressive Americana,” as things like odd meters, and adventurous sounds live alongside more folk-like melodies and clean sounds.”
– Tom Griesgraber
Imagine traveling through a solitary and vast expanse; a distant sojourn into the farthest reaches of space, searching for another planet to eventually inhabit. That is the sound and story of When The Earth Is Far Away, the third collaboration from synthesist Craig Padilla and flute master Zero Ohms. Hailing from opposite sides of a continent, the two veteran musicians have crafted a dreamlike tapestry of organic space music, showcasing a skillfully executed amalgamation of analog and digital synths, various wind instruments, field recordings and subtle electronics, that seems to suspend the perception of time.
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Picking up where 2011’s Dream In Blue left off, Falling Light finds Darshan Ambient moving more towards an almost ambient Americana sound this time around. The deliberate use of lap steel and slide guitars blended with synth textures that seem to stretch to the horizon, brings to mind visions of wide open spaces, big skies and endless possibilities. The trademark hypnotic and heartfelt style that has come to define all Darshan Ambient releases is definitely evident in the skillful use of multi-layered percussion, synth textures, bass, and guitar grooves, and Michael Allison’s unmistakeable compositional style is in top form, delivering thoughtful melodic phrases and themes with a familiar atmosphere.
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Big news! Our new website has just launched, and we now offer downloads directly from the webshop! We’re talking high quality digital downloads, because as a label that’s run by artists, we have always taken extra care to achieve the best possible audio quality on the albums we release, and we believe that same dedication to quality should extend to the downloads we offer. After all, what’s the point of working so hard to create an amazing sounding release when at the end of the day it’s only available in a mediocre-quality download format? So we’ve decided to offer several download options, including CD quality FLAC and Apple Lossless files (at 16-bit/44.1k), the highest possible quality MP3’s (at 320kbps), and for the first time ever we’re making available the 24-bit studio masters on a limited number of select titles for you audiophiles out there who demand a superior listening experience far beyond what a CD can deliver. For more details about the different formats, you can read the FAQ page.
We have launched the new site with over 25 titles available to download, and we’ll be adding more every week until our entire catalog is downloadable — so check back often!
For those of you who prefer to hold the music in your hands or keep it organized on the shelf, fear not, we still carry a wide selection of CDs just like we always have.
So take a look around and see & hear what’s new, and feel free to contact us if you have any comments or questions.
Ancient and modern come together on I Am Here, as veteran musician/ composer Paul Ellis creates an electronic music portrait inspired by the mysterious rock carvings of the Chinook Tribe of Native Americans who lived in the Columbia River Gorge 15,000 years ago.
The three long form compositions on the album, two in the 20 minute range, and one almost 30 minutes in length, have a spellbinding quality that is constantly evolving, and draws favorable comparison to the electronic music artistry of Tangerine Dream, Ash Ra, Craig Padilla, Patrick O’Hearn, and Jean Michel Jarre.
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Some of the most original, intriguing, and experimental electronica being produced today can be found in the music of the UK-based duo Northcore. Desatero is Northcore’s premiere release on Spotted Peccary’s O3E imprint. This compelling collection of exquisitely recorded sound paintings combines electronic ambient, ethno-inspired, acoustic, and sometimes upbeat sources into a mystical and intriguing whole that should appeal to fans of Biosphere, Bat for Lashes, Pete Namlook, Peter Gabriel, and Air. Listen & more info…
We just received a small stack of this oldie-but-goodie! Twilight from Rudy Adrian…