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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: New Resonant Drift CD
« on: March 28, 2013, 05:37:23 AM »
Finally got to give it a listen. In my opinion, this is Resonant Drift's finest work to date. Steve Roach adds some really cool rhythmic elements to Fading Memories. The last three songs are my favorite and the CD ends with the fantastically arranged Full Circle that could put a caffeinated squirrel into a deep trance state.

Very well done, Bill & Gary. Full Circle is a wonderful CD.

hhh


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Darren,
My latest is headed your way very soon. Thanks very much for the opportunity.

Cheers and hope all is well,

hhh

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Forum Member Projects News and Promotion / Re: New Resonant Drift CD
« on: March 21, 2013, 08:59:28 PM »
It's on it's way to my mailbox. Can't wait to hear it!

hhh

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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 hollanholmesmusic.com

Sound samples can be heard there or the songs can be heard in their entirety at Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/adistantlight/sets/phase-shift

Many thanks to all of you,

Hollan Holmes

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Vajragio,
Chad just completed the mastering on my latest release, The Farthest Fringes, and I am
more than pleased with the work he did. Chad went above and beyond, sparing no detail
and eliminating even the most minute glitches and issues. His rates are competitive in
the industry and he is very easy to work with. You can hear his work on the samples of
my CD, The Farthest Fringes, at www.hollanholmesmusic.com

Hope that helps,

hhh

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We Leave Everything Behind, according to the samples, sounds even better than Invisible Cities
(the only Circular Ruins CD that I own), which is just awesome.  Most definitely getting this one.
Really quite immersive work.

Happy New Year,

Hollan Holmes
www.hollanholmesmusic.com

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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

www.hollanholmesmusic.com

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,

hhh


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Sigur Ros definitely came to mind. Thinking seriously about this one.

hhh

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My friend, Steve Brand, contributed to this album. I'm very much looking forward to it.
There's not a piece on sleepMODE that I'm not totally diggin'. Can't wait to get it.

hhh

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Here's my short review/appraisal for all interested:

A Distant Light might in fact be one of the finest debuts by a US ambient artist in recent memory...


Darren,
You have no idea how honored I am to hear you say this. I do not take your opinion lightly
and I simply cannot thank you enough.

For those of you who would like to hear more than the one-minute sound bytes, you can
now listen to A Distant Light in it's entirety (downloading is disabled) over at Sound Cloud...

http://soundcloud.com/adistantlight/sets/a-distant-light/

Cheers and thanks again, Darren, I'm moved!

hhh

Hollan Holmes
http://hollanholmesmusic.com

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Hypnos Label Releases / Re: Rod Modell & Michael Mantra - Sonic Continuum
« on: February 14, 2011, 10:46:41 AM »
I tried to find some examples of the music for Sonic Continuum, but not even their web site
has any examples. Can anyone point me to some sound clips from the CD? It sounds quite
interesting and the positive reviews are numerous.

Thanks,

hhh

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Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: Hypnos 2011 outlook
« on: February 14, 2011, 10:40:59 AM »
Hi Mike,
I like the older version of Intangible.

I can't wait to hear this collaboration between Nerell an A Produce. I've been
following them both for over a year now and I'm sure they've got something
great going on. I saw Nerell live at the SoundQuestFest last October and the
guy puts on an excellent show. Again, can't wait to hear what comes out of this.

Cheers,

hhh

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Top 10 Ambient/Space Music albums
« on: February 02, 2011, 08:04:01 PM »
Steve Roach - Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces Disc 2
Steve Roach - Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces Disc 3
Steve Roach - Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces Disc 1
Steve Roach - Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces Disc 2
Steve Roach - Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces Disc 3
Steve Roach - Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces Disc 1
Steve Roach - Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces Disc 2
Steve Roach - Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces Disc 3
Steve Roach - Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces Disc 1
Steve Roach - Mystic Chords & Sacred Spaces Disc 2

Hehehe, not sure DeepR understood the question  :o (j/k) but I must concur that Mystic Chords And Sacred Spaces
(all four discs) are on my list, as well. The other six...hmm, let's see (in no particular order):

* Chad Kettering - Into The Infinite
* Brian Parnham - Between Here And There
* Vidna Obmana - River Of Appearance
* Helpling / Jenkins - The Crossing
* Erik Wøllo - Gateway
* Steve Roach - Nada Terma

Many more that are equally immersive, but you asked for ten only. ;-)

Cheers and welcome to the Hypnos Forums.

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Deeply honored and ultimately humbled, Darren.
Many thanks for your purchase and I look forward
to hearing your reaction, glowing, critical or otherwise.

Cheers,

hhh

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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 http://hollanholmesmusic.com



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.

Cheers,

hhh

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Very nice work, John. Looking forward to hearing what you create in the future.

Get busy! ;)

hhh
http://hollanholmesmusic.com

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Sequencer-esque ambient
« on: January 23, 2011, 01:21:02 AM »
- Steve Roach : Life Sequence  (that Sundial track is worth the price of admission)

I have to concur here. Life Sequence is full of lively, undulating, sequenced rhythms.
Quintessential sequencer-esque ambient goodness. Among my favorite of Roach's
works.

Cheers,

hhh

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: CDs are Dead....Almost!
« on: January 22, 2011, 01:26:20 PM »
I too, am both an artist and a musician (composer, really). I just released my debut CD and had no intention to
release downloads only. As an artist, I immensely enjoyed creating the art formy debut CD, A Distant Light, and
will continue to do so with subsequent releases. I highly agree that there is something to be said for being able
to hold a CD in your hands, see the art that reflects the music and read the liner notes about the artist, all without
having to log on to a computer or other digital device.
While I do provide both CDs and downloads, as an artist, I feel compelled to share the tangible asset. I know
that there are people who appreciate this and even many who prefer it. Yes, it is much more expensive, but it
is, to me, totally worth it. Besides, how am I supposed to autograph an .mp3? ;)

A toast to art, music and their steadfast creators. Long live the CD!

hhh

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Received mine earlier this week. Steve continues to impress. I'm most amazed by the sounds he creates and how he seems to be able to take the listener someplace far away and indescribable. Brian Parnham, whom I've met on a number of occasions, is a very talented musician, as well. This set of CDs, as has been the case with all of Steve's work, has commanded my attention. Have been listening all week. I am, indeed, immersed.

Highly recommended.

hhh

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