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Above: Cover painting for my new double-CD release, "Prayer To The Energy".

I'm happy to announce the release of my sixth album, entitled "Prayer To The Energy", a double CD with over two hours of new ambient electronic/space music. It's currently available at:

CD-1 is sequence-based compositions and CD-2 is drone-based soundscapes. The CDs are packaged in a six-panel eco-wallet, featuring two of my oil paintings, one of which graces the cover (seen above).

Mastering was performed by Chad Kettering of Soniclayers, Dallas, TX.

This was a huge project, spread out over a two-year time span, but most of 2016 was spent advancing my art career (I'm now a full time landscape painter). This is also the first album of mine that was not done solely within Reason. Several of my hardware synths were used on this one, as well as Presonus Studio One II and a plethora of VST plugins, including Spectrasonics Omnisphere 2 and Kontakt.

I invite all of you to go to Bandcamp and check it out and, as always, thank you to all you here in the Hypnos forum for your support. If anyone has any questions about my work or this release, feel free to ask.


Hollan Holmes

Thank you, everyone. :-)

Jesse, someday I want to visit your studio. Looks like a wonderfully creative space. :-)


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.



I was at both shows. If Roach does this again next year, I'll be there, if at all possible. Well worth the drive from Texas.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: I love this album
« on: March 08, 2015, 09:07:54 AM »
Absolutely BRILLIANT! And I absolutely love it.
Awesome find, Dave. Now to go listen to the others you posted.

High production standards on the video, without taking themselves too seriously. Just totally fun to watch and a really well constructed tune. Of course, I'm a sucker for all things NASA, so I was hooked from the beginning.

Two thumbs up! :)

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Robert Rich - Filaments
« on: March 08, 2015, 08:57:53 AM »
I'll be seeing Robert Rich live here in Dallas TX next month. First time to see him. Really looking forward to it. Hoping he plays elements from Filaments. I think it's one of his strongest releases in recent years. Been following him since the late 80s. One very talented individual.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Thinking of buying a new synth?
« on: March 07, 2015, 04:34:08 PM »
Each "instrument" can stand alone as an art piece! Amazingly cool designs and some very interesting sounds. I could also see some really interesting performances with the integration of their instruments in a live performance.

I would use these as more of an enhancement to my current methodology, rather than any centerpiece. Not really a go-to instrument for me personally, but the potential is there for some serious generation of electronic rhythmic elements.

Among the most unique and aesthetic musical instrument creations I've ever seen. Extra points for originality. :-)


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: USB albums
« on: September 17, 2014, 10:40:01 PM »
One word on why I considered a USB release, then found a much smarter and more economical solution:


I must admit, though, they are kinda cool. :-/


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.


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

Cheers and hope all is well,


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!


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

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

Hope that helps,


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

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,


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



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.


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...

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...

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


Hollan Holmes

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.



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.



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