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Steve Brand "Chidlren of Alcyone" on Hypnos Secret Sounds
« on: April 27, 2009, 12:32:04 PM »
I'm very excited to announce that my latest release, "Children of Alcyone," is available on Hypnos/Hypnos Secret Sounds in the Hypnos Store. Below is the blurb I just wrote to support the release. An early version of "Golden Cloud" from this disk can be found on my AW.ning page:

http://atmoworks.ning.com/profile/SteveBrand

++++The inspiring energy for "Children of Alcyone" was/is the books of Barbara Marciniak. Marciniak's books are said to be channeled information from the Pleiadians, our distant multi-dimensional ancestors from the Pleiades constellation. (Alcyone is the name of the "central sun" of this constellation.) Upon being introduced to these books, I was immediately taken by their wit and irreverence, the nearly unfathomable timeline of events, and their uncanny relevance to things that are currently taking place here on Earth (the first of these books were channeled in the early 90's).

The initial sound sketches for "Children" were begun in September of 2007 in the tidal wave of energy that was Steve Roach's "Into the SoundCurrent" masters' class, and elaborated upon, refined, and re-energized over the intervening 3 years in my own studio. The result is a sometimes murky, sometimes soothing, sometimes phantasmagorical series of excursions through multiple timelines, and myriad possible half lit universes that other versions of ourselves inhabit.

My friend, and frequent collaborator, Jonathan Benham, not only created the art for this disk, but contributed energy and sounds to a couple of tracks with his array of homemade instruments during a series of improvisations between he and myself captured at my studio.++++

Golden Cloud - 8:17
Sounds for invoyaging. Driftworks. An alien folksong. Features Jonathan's overtone flute towards the end.

Light Age - 22:51
Anthem for a the age we've just entered. This is one of those pieces that just sort of come forth once in a while that I can hear being arranged for an orchestra in the future. Kronos does Steve Brand?

Outside The Time Grid - 17:15
Huge mandalas, tectonic plates of time slowly spinning, moving, grating against one another. You sit before yourself. Features part of an improv between Jonathan (organ whistle device) and myself (flute).

Into The Central Sun - 12:30
Envision the final moments of "The Fountain"...this time, you are in that bubbleship heading to Xibalba...or is it Alcyone. No return trip.

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Re: Steve Brand "Chidlren of Alcyone" on Hypnos Secret Sounds
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2009, 01:40:39 PM »
Thank you Steve, for the announcement.  I've been planning to roll out the full announcement on this release soon, but you beat me to it!  Our own announcement, reformatted for the Hypnos Forum, will be posted below.


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Re: Steve Brand "Chidlren of Alcyone" on Hypnos Secret Sounds
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2009, 01:46:31 PM »
Artist: Steve Brand
Title: Children of Alcyone
Label: Hypnos Secret Sounds, ltd cdr edition of 300




Steve Brand - Children of Alcyone

2009.  The second release by Steve Brand on our Hypnos Secret Sounds imprint,  Children of
Alcyone
  demonstrates the characteristic otherworldly quality of the artist's best work. 
Generally quite simple, at times singlemindedly minimal, this work is nonetheless possessed of
a depth and complexity that are revealed upon repeated listening.  Stretched-out drone
structures combine with subtle tribal/ethnic elements to create very effective atmospheres for
almost hypnotic relaxation.
 
Though we're tempted to call Brand one of our favorite "new" artists, in fact he has been active
as a recording artist for quite some time, having released many recordings under the name Augur,
along with a handful of solo and collaborative works under his own name this past year.
 
Steve Brand says:
"The inspiring energy for Children of Alcyone was/is the books of Barbara Marciniak. Marciniak's books are said to be channeled information from the Pleiadians, our distant multi-dimensional ancestors from the Pleiades constellation. (Alcyone is the name of the "central sun" of this constellation.) Upon being introduced to these books, I was immediately taken by their wit and irreverence, the nearly unfathomable timeline of events, and their uncanny relevance to things that are currently taking place here on Earth (the first of these books were channeled in the early 90's).
 
The initial sound sketches for "Children" were begun in September of 2007 in the tidal wave of energy that was Steve Roach's "Into the SoundCurrent" masters' class, and elaborated upon, refined, and re-energized over the intervening 3 years in my own studio. The result is a sometimes murky, sometimes soothing, sometimes phantasmagorical series of excursions through multiple timelines, and myriad possible half lit universes that other versions of ourselves inhabit.
 
My friend, and frequent collaborator, Jonathan Benham, not only created the art for this disk, but contributed energy and sounds to a couple of tracks with his array of homemade instruments during a series of improvisations between he and myself captured at my studio."


Track listing, with MP3 clips:
1. Golden Cloud  -  (08:17)  - http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hss-sbr-coa-01.mp3 - mp3 clip
2. Light Age  -  (22:51) -  http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hss-sbr-coa-02.mp3  - mp3 clip
3. Outside the Grid of Time  -  (17:15) - http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hss-sbr-coa-03.mp3 -  mp3 clip
4. Into the Central Sun  -  (12:30)  -  http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hss-sbr-coa-04.mp3  - mp3 clip

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Re: Steve Brand "Chidlren of Alcyone" on Hypnos Secret Sounds
« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2009, 08:21:36 AM »
There's a typo on the disc label: it reads "Chidren of Alcyone."   :-[

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Re: Steve Brand "Chidlren of Alcyone" on Hypnos Secret Sounds
« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2009, 10:27:08 AM »
I ordered this Thursday and am really looking forward to it's arrival. I own just about everything Steve has released under his own name. Great stuff! As usual I screwed up my order and as usual Lena caught and fixed my mistake. One of these days I'll figure out how to order online.  :-[    Harry
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Re: Steve Brand "Chidlren of Alcyone" on Hypnos Secret Sounds
« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2009, 11:14:25 AM »
There's a typo on the disc label: it reads "Chidren of Alcyone."   :-[

Sorry, a few copies with this typo slipped past us.  Anybody who received one and would like a replacement disc, let us know and we'll send you a disc with the correct on-disc printing.
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Re: Steve Brand "Chidlren of Alcyone" on Hypnos Secret Sounds
« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2009, 11:42:16 AM »
Chidlren of Alcyone will be the followup to Children of Alcyone, followed by Chidren of Alcapone.  ha ha

Regardless of typos, this is another great Brand disc.  Highly recommended to all space chidren and chidlren of ambient. 

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Re: Steve Brand "Chidlren of Alcyone" on Hypnos Secret Sounds
« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2009, 07:43:35 PM »
Thanks to Mike and Lena for sending me the CHILDREN of Alcyone disc with correct title, without requesting a replacement. Nice! You are da ambient bomb...