Steve Brand has released a new album today on his Pioneer Light label! Second Spring, begun during a highly unusual occurrence of a second Spring in November of 2012 in which bushes, flowers and trees re-bloomed for a brief period of time, is a nearly 80 minute collection of 5 tracks of nuanced organic ambient atmospheres comprised of voice, flutes, shakers, field recordings and keyboards. https://steve-brand.bandcamp.com/album/second-spring
Relaxed Machinery is proud to announce the release of Numina - Through the Gate to Nowhere. With 30 solo and collaboration albums on labels such as Hypnos, Spotted Peccary, and Dark Duck to his credit - Jesse Sola has been a fixture in the ambient world for the last 15 years. Welcome to Relaxed Machinery, Jesse!
"Through the Gate to Nowhere" is the culmination of material recorded over a two year timeframe at my studio in Colorado. The sound design and recording of this album was a repeated process of coming into the soundworld of the music and then leaving it to sit for awhile, sometimes months apart. The result is a collection of music that was built upon a wide range of experiences and introspective moments recorded over the course of an unusually long span of time. Ultimately, "Through the Gate to Nowhere" is a sonic journey influenced by many events and emotion. Near the end of the project I felt the music lent itself to the mysteries of nature. I have long been inspired by the lush green landscape of Europe and England and as I was nearing the final days of recording the album I had the fortune to be presented with photographs from the Wasdale Lake District, an area located in Cumbria England, for use as the artwork. These images were the inspiration for the final touches on the recording, the track titles, and are the perfect visual for the artwork of the CD package.
Join us for a very special chat with Steve Brand this Friday night at 6 pm central at http://relaxedmachinery.ning.com !!!
Please join us in chat! Last time we had well over 600 listeners world-wide and more than 25 in chat…it’s always a fun time to ask questions, comment on the music and meet and greet old and new friends.
Released 06 February 2015, Bandcamp ONLY, digital download and on Pro CDr in a full-color sleeve…
“Into The Current” is a 60 minute composition that stands as a document of, and tribute to, my experience at Steve Roach’s “SoundCurrent Master’s Class” in late September of 2007 at his then home and studio in Sonoita, Arizona. Myself and three other artists, Ben Garvie, Chad Kettering and Roy Mattson, spent a life-changing week immersed in the supportive and stimulating environment of Epona Equestrian Center and Roach’s Timeroom. During those few days, we ate great food, talked much, listened deeply, shared widely and slept a little. My sincere gratitude goes out to these four men for the experience they gave me—it was an utter privilege to share that depth of time, spirit and music with them all.
Field recordings, overtone flute, bass flute and keyboard textures are interwoven to create this serene and multilayered journey into soul and memories of warm desert breezes, shaded canyons, crisp mountain streams, cool nights and deeply rooted memories.
Thanks also to Peter James for his mastering magic.
All compositions and instruments, Brand. Mastering, Peter James. Dedicated to Steve, Ben, Chad, Roy, Sonoita and the Soundcurrent. Interior photo: Brand, Epona Equestrian Center/The Timeroom, Sonoita, Arizona, September 2007, ©sbrand2015
Kloob just released the wonderful “Deep Emotional Phases”. Here is a video from the new album!
Very proud to announce the release of Steve Brand and Ishq – Spiritual Science on Pioneer Light.
Re-mastered and re-worked by Brand at The Treehouse 2013-14, exclusive re-release on Bandcamp ONLY.
From the 2009 release notes:
Brand says, “I’d been an Ishq (Matt Hillier) fan for about 3-4 years. I found his music as part of my complete immersion in Ultimae material (Ishq kept showing up in the ‘If you like this, you’ll like this’ area of iTunes). I bought ‘Orchid’ and was hooked. I love Matt’s atmospheres and beats, the delicacy, expansiveness and expressiveness of feeling, and his intuitive and spiritual approach to music…really feels like home to me.
Matt had some free loops of his sounds on his site at that time and I couldn’t resist—I used some in a piece and sent the piece to him, Matt kindly responded. I then suggested a collaboration. He quickly sent me a entire DVD of unique material…and here we are..very easy and organic. I think everyone will really enjoy these disks which are a very nice mingling of our individual sounds; you can hear the Ishq influence, but overall, probably a bit of a darker journey than his own work, but still spacious, organic, emotive.”
Re-mastered by S. Brand 2013-2014 and re-released on Brand’s Pioneer Light Music label. Originally released on AtmoWorks 2009, re-mastered in 2012 for Pioneer Light.
John / Hypnagogue posted to his facebook page this – Thanks, John!
How about if I give Thanks for my Likers and Listeners by giving you a new Hypnagogue Half-Hour Spotlight featuring Steve Brand? The password (like before) is “unlock.” http://wp.me/P2MEBO-7e
I’m always thrilled to see airplay for Relaxed Machinery artists. We have quite the lineup on SomaFM this week! Steve Brand, Max Corbacho, Chris Russell, Robert Scott Thompson, and Devin Underwood have all released albums with us. A lot of other friends and favorite artists on that list. Thanks, as always, to Rusty at SomaFM for playing us.