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My fifth CD, Incandescent, is now available via Bandcamp (if you have Paypal) and soon, all the other usual places (amazon, iTunes, CD Baby, etc.)

The CD comes in a six-panel four-color glossy eco-wallet.

Incandescent was composed and recorded between October 2014 and January 2015. It is comprised of nine songs, running a total of about 67 minutes. The first three songs are sequence-oriented, Berlin School-esque songs, with the remaining six songs of a much slower nature, much like many of my past sound world drone oriented compositions.

Mastering was done by Chad Kettering at Soniclayers Mastering in Dallas, TX and may be his best mastering of my work yet. The man knows his stuff.

Incandescent was composed entirely within Reason 8. The following
synths and Rack Extensions were used:

Rob Papen Quad
kiloHearts kHs ONE

These are all proprietary to Reason. Mixdown and cleanup was done in
Presonus Studio One II, then passed on to Chad Kettering for mastering,
which was also accomplished in Presonus SO II and various VST plugins.

The CD design and layout was done by me, using various photographs that I took on a recent trip to Monument Valley Arizona. Layout was acheived in Photoshop CS5, after which the designs were converted to .pdf and sent to the factory.

The CD is dedicated to composer Richard Burmer, who passed away in 2006. He was a profound influence on my own musical direction. His picture is displayed inside the eco-wallet and was graciously provided to me by Richard's family, along with many other photo from which I was allowed to choose. Song number four on the CD, "Valley Of The Rocks" features a piccolo-like riff at the end, which was composed by Richard Burmer and first appeared on his album, On The Third Extreme, on a song called "Celebration In The Four Towers". Again, Richards family allowed me to re-compose the part into my own work. I kept it subtle and is meant as a respectful ode to Richard and his incredible music. The part is used with permission from Richard's family.

This CD marks the last CD I'll compose using only Reason. Moving forward, I'll be using Presonus Studio One II as my main music writing environment, using various VST instruments and hardware synthesizers, including some classic analog monsters...

Moog Prodigy
Dave Smith Instruments Prophet 12
Sequential Circuits Prophet 600
Korg MS2000b
Korg MS2000r
Oberheim Matrix 12

Arturia Moog Modular
NI Massive
NI Absynth
Sonic Projects OP-X
FabFilter Twin2

Thanks to everyone here at Hypnos Forum who continue to support my musical endeavours.



Hey everyone,
I've just released my latest CD, Phase Shift.

The creation of the music for Phase Shift was an emotional experience, so each of these sonic passages are held dear by me. I was inspired by the fact that mankind, after thousands of years, has achieved remarkable technical prowess, from learning to use simple tools to exploring the outer reaches of our solar system and even landing members of our species on a foreign planet, the Moon, while at the same time and all along the way, carrying out unspeakable atrocities on one another, driven by a seemingly insatiable lust for power, control and wealth. We have written stunningly beautiful symphonies while we have killed millions in countless wars. We have painted breathtaking paintings while we have destroyed our own environment. We shift from good to evil, from Godly to Godless, from focused to lost. I'm frustrated and fascinated by our seeming inability to abandon our dark side. How is it that society can follow a tiny group of tyrants and allow, even aid in, the massacre of millions of innocent people in the name of some religious, social or political ideal? For all the intelligence we collectively possess, why do we keep abandoning the ancient wisdom in favor of deeply flawed behavior, knowing we cannot grow as a species if we continue down this path?
This is but a taste of what inspired this album. It is a contemplative look into the human psyche, touching on what is possible if we can simply live a life controlled by love and creativity, instead of fear and hate. It is a message of hope that we can shift from what is clearly becoming an incredibly dark phase in the human journey to a phase where we truly learn from our past and move to a higher spiritual and intellectual plane. A tall order, indeed.

Phase Shift was recorded using Reason 6.0 and was composed using all newly created sounds crafted from scratch. This will mark my final album created solely within Reason, as I move forward in my use of additional tools and techniques. This album also contains my first explorations into more long-form style arrangements, but I managed to include several shorter compositions, allowing for an easier listen for those less inclined to strap in for the longer rides. There's something for every space fan in this one.

A Precarious Trajectory was named for the incredible accuracy required for the Apollo missions to navigate back to Earth and the requirements necessary to calculate a very specific trajectory at the time of final return burn. Deviations of even one degree could have indeed proven to be life threatening.

The Road To Perdition is about how, if we continue down our dark path of fear, greed, hatred and control, we will surely learn what it means to have Hell on Earth. We've been here many times, with terrible consequences every time. With technology increasingly being used against the people of Earth, a new dark age (an absence of enough love to find our way back) could last through an incredibly long expanse of time. This time we may not be able to save us from ourselves.

Lost Memories is about how we, as a whole, continue to ignore our own history and the precious lessons that should never be forgotten. We are surely doomed to repeat these mistakes if we make no effort to learn from mistakes past or simply choose not to heed the wisdom.

Morphogenesis, technically speaking, is the biological process that causes an organism to develop its shape. Intellectually, however, I'm fond of the idea that mankind's collective psyche can take the intelligent, emotional and spiritual shape of something far greater than what is currently demonstrated.

Phase Shift, the final and longest composition on the album, is a celebration of the possibility that we can shift from who we are now into who we could be. It starts, of course, with the individual. Ghandi said to be the change you want to see in the world. This has been my mantra for over a decade. It is a constant challenge, but a worthy endeavor.

It is my sincere hope that I've created something here that is uplifting, thought-provoking and, at least, interesting to your ears. While I create all my music for me first, I derive a deep and spiritually rewarding joy when I share it with others. To each of you who honor me by supporting my musical endeavors through your purchases, I offer you my humble thanks and I hope that I've made the world somehow a little better place to be.

Phase Shift can be purchased from iTunes, amazonDotCom and CD Baby, via my web site at

Sound samples can be heard there or the songs can be heard in their entirety at Soundcloud:

Many thanks to all of you,

Hollan Holmes

My second release and year in the making, The Farthest fringes is a collection of eight ambient electronic compositions representing a significant milestone in my growth as a composer and sound designer.

The raw tracks were taken to Soniclayers Mastering, where Chad Kettering and I spent several months worth of weekends tweaking the mixes. Kettering then took the finished tracks into mastering, where the final polish elevated them to a level far beyond where they had started. The Farthest Fringes marks the final CD that I will compose solely within Propellerhead Reason, but contains some of the best sound design of my career and I hope listeners are pleased. Not a single stock sound exists in my work (save one that Kettering and I added on the fly because it worked perfectly), with roughly half of all my sound design starting totally from scratch.

Being a computer graphics artist by profession - I'm Senior Texture Artist in a major animation studio - it was natural for me to want to do all the design and layout for the packaging myself, which I always enjoy immensely. Sharing both my art and my music in one experience is indeed an exciting honor.

The Farthest Fringes is available as a physical CD in a high-quality glossy Eco-Wallet or as a digital download from CD Baby, iTunes, and Amazon, all linked from my web site, with sound samples, at

Many thanks to the Hypnos community for allowing me to share my work and to all the members who have, and continue to, support my endeavors.

Happy New Year,


Hello everyone. I wanted to hang out for a couple weeks before bursting in and
blowing my own horn, when absolutely no one knows me. I hope that now is a
more appropriate and polite time to announce this.
My debut CD, A Distant Light, was released Dec. 27th, 2010 and is now available
from my web site at

Composed by Hollan Holmes in November 2010
Release Date: December 27, 2010
Mastering: Steve Roach at The Timeroom
CD Art & Layout: Hollan Holmes

Many thanks to all who take the time to listen and respond
to my endeavors. Comments and critiques are encouraged.



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