Chris Russell – IlluminoidrM_0043
Chris Russell – Illuminoid
July 2014

Illuminoid is a journey into the realm of the spirit.
 

Steve Brand and Roy Mattson - MeltstreamrM_0042
Steve Brand, Roy Mattson - Meltstream
May 2014

Amazing beatless ambient. Roy and Steve both have a strong affinity with nature, especially the mountains, and this music grew out of those moments, immersed in nature…and sound.
 

Robert  Scott Thompson - ArcanarM_0039
Robert Scott Thompson - Arcana
April 2014

A carefully crafted, subtly nuanced ambient album. Languidly drifting textures, prepared piano, and an array of synthesized and acoustic sounds make this a rewarding listen.
 

Arbee & Specta Ciera – Elemental GatheringrM_0041
Arbee & Specta Ciera – Elemental Gathering
March 2014

Delving into techno, drone, experimental, dub and more - Arbee & Specta Ciere's debut on rM will move you.
 

Steve Brand – Because We Were Once Covered in Goldpl0011
Steve Brand – Because We Were Once Covered in Gold
February 2014

Re-working of 2009 release, fascinating and exceptionally detailed, full of subtlety and delicious sonic twists and turns.
 

Relaxed Machinery Artists - reBOOTrM_0040
Relaxed Machinery Artists - reBOOT
January 2014

17 tracks, 2.25 hours of new music from some of the best names in the industry.
 

Steve Brand - Over-soulpl0015
Steve Brand - Over-soul
November 2013

61 minute long form piece, divided into three seamless expanses of driftscape, created entirely with keyboards and medicine drum.
 

Chronotope Project - Event HorizonrM_0033
Chronotope Project - Event Horizon
October 2013

An earthy foundation of sustained drones and rich chordal soundbeds, flowing watery melodies, the scintillating sparkle of fiery sequences.
 

Steve Brand  - She Covers The Skypl0014
Steve Brand - She Covers The Sky
September 2013

Re-imagining, re-working, re-mastering of the 2009 release, now with two new tracks.
 

Zero Ohms - 369rM_0036
Zero Ohms - 369
July 2013

A journey of what seems to be an unending ascension of shifting drones and wind-synth chords which take you to the very edge of space and beyond.
 

Steve Brand – The Great HooprM_0038
Steve Brand – The Great Hoop
June 2013

Music inspired by Native American cultures, their history and pre-history, the spaces, colors, flora and fauna, and wide variety of landscapes of the American Plains.
 

Relaxed Machinery Artists – Butterfly EffectsrM_0034
Relaxed Machinery Artists – Butterfly Effects
May 2013

An album comprising remixes of material from several James Johnson albums.
 

Frore - ShadowlandsrM_0035
Frore - Shadowlands
March 2013

Frore's first album on Relaxed Machinery. Hints of tribal and modern ambient take you on a thought provoking journey.
 

Steve Brand – Bridge to Nowherepl0010
Steve Brand – Bridge to Nowhere
February 2013

Bridge to Nowhere is a spacious, slow-breathing exploration of a meditative state, and nowhere in Brand’s work is the ritualistic element more present than in this case
 

Chris Russell - PortalrM_0037
Chris Russell - Portal
February 2013

Other worlds, other dimensions and glimpses behind the veil.
 

Steve Brand - Our True NaturerM_0029
Steve Brand - Our True Nature
December 2012

A soundtrack for hope, growth and expanded ways of being.
 

Chronotope Project – ChrysalisrM_0032
Chronotope Project – Chrysalis
November 2012

Deep ambient textures infused with gentle rhythm and soulful melody -- introspective soundscapes to relax the mind and gladden the spirit.
 

Broken Harbour – The Geometry Of ShadowsrM_0031
Broken Harbour – The Geometry Of Shadows
October 2012

Light and shadow, past and future, distance and time, informed the creative process and inspiration of this album.
 

Steve Brand – Sunprintspl0007
Steve Brand – Sunprints
September 2012

Five quiet and sometimes intimate atmospheres focused around nature.
 

Andrew Lahiff – Inner Worlds ReturningrM_0030
Andrew Lahiff – Inner Worlds Returning
August 2012

Synthetic and mechanical notions overlaid on an organic yet detailed landscape.
 

Shane Morris / Disturbed Earth – Suburban CatacombsrM_0028
Shane Morris / Disturbed Earth – Suburban Catacombs
July 2012

What goes on under suburbia, the day to day, literally, the pipes, storm water drainage, electric cable, communication, internet.
 

Steve Brand – CatalystrM_0026
Steve Brand – Catalyst
June 2012

Four cavernous, ethereal, sentimental and lilting inscapes timing in at just over an hour.
 

Chris Russell - BloomrM_0027
Chris Russell - Bloom
May 2012

Warm and peaceful zones inspired by nature. All carefully sculptured using a combination of field recordings and electronic atmospheres.
 

åpne sinn – en seierrM_0025
Peter James – Landfall
April 2012

Part of a journey. Not the final part or the start. Just a part of it. A mixture of long and short form ambient.
 

åpne sinn – en seierpl0004
Steve Brand / Ishq – Spiritual Science
March 2012

Easy and organic multiple disc release of several long form ambient pieces. Re-mastered during 2011-2012 for this special re-release.
 

åpne sinn – en seierrM_0024
åpne sinn – en seier
February 2012

"en seier" from the Norwegian meaning “one victory”. Rhythms, ambient soundscapes, and multiple collaborations. All straight from the heart.
 

Austere – EuterperM_0021
Austere – Euterpe
January 2012

Honed sonic goodness that covers every style or genre Austere is known for (which is many) but mostly brand-new ground broken, no paths retraced.
 

Peter James – MementorM_0022
Peter James – Memento
December 2011

Musical pieces kept as simple as the moments they depict so as not to blur the memories they evoke.
 

Steve Brand - Subtle Movements InsiderM_0011
Steve Brand - Subtle Movements Inside
November 2011

“Subtle Movements Inside,” was inspired after re-visiting a group of old poems and by recent events in my life.
 

Steve Brand - SoulSpiralpl0003
Steve Brand - Cahokia
October 2011

A three-song journey into one of the deeply mystical places of America’s heartland.
 

Bob Ohrum - All Around MerM_0020
Bob Ohrum - All Around Me
October 2011

In the sky and the trees,the sunlight and the breeze, in the buildings and the windows that surround me... they are all around me.
 

Zero Ohms - Worlds, AfterworldsrM_0019
Zero Ohms - Worlds, Afterworlds
October 2011

We constantly stand on a precipice of the unknown without the possibility of reversing. This seemingly unknowable void looms, beckoning. And flight is the only, albeit inadequate, response.
 

Steve Brand - SoulSpiralpl0002
Steve Brand - Upwelling
September 2011

Upwelling is collection of epiphanies, experiments, singular moments, remixes and re-discoveries.
 

Lowell Levene-Sims - <br>A Thing of Beauty to an Object of RegretrM_0017
Lowell Levene-Sims - A Thing of Beauty to An Object of Regret
August 2011

Cover Painting: There are No Wrong Notes by LLS, 2010.
 

Chris Russell - HomerM_0013
Chris Russell - Home (double album)
August 2011

recorded june 2010 to march 2011.
 

John Koch-Northrup - Temporal ArcrM_0002
John Koch-Northrup - Temporal Arc
(reissue w/ bonus track)
July 2011

Originally released on Red Antenna on 2001. Re-released July 2011, with one additional track.
 

Disturbed Earth & Steve Brand – What is Memory?rM_0016
Disturbed Earth & Steve Brand – What is Memory?
July 2011

This release is a 69-minute aural exploration of the nature of memory and time, utilizing keyboard atmospheres, flutes and voice.
 

Max Corbacho – Lost LinksrM_0018
Max Corbacho – Lost Links
June 2011

Deleted, unreleased and forgotten tracks.
 

Steve Brand - SoulSpiralpl0001
Steve Brand - SoulSpiral
May 2011

First in a series of re-mastered, re-worked, re-releases and special releases to come on Steve's own label, Pioneer Light.
 

Bob Ohrum – Subliminal ListeningrM_0014
Bob Ohrum – Subliminal Listening
March 2011

A collection of organic soundscapes created by capturing various field recordings, and then creating music to accompany them.
 

I’ve Lost – Scáth M’anamrM_0010
I’ve Lost – Scáth M’anam
March 2011

Scáth M’anam is a Gaelic phrase, which can be translated as “Shadow of My Soul”. The artist, aka Bobby Jones, chose this title by looking to his Irish roots.
 

Relaxed Machinery Artists – sleepMODErM_0009
Relaxed Machinery Artists – sleepMODE
March 2011

Relaxed Machinery presents sleepMODE, a snapshot of the rapidly-growing label celebrating its first anniversary.
 

åpne sinn – espiritistarM_0015
åpne sinn – espiritista
January 2011

By turns drifting and ethereal then beat driven, this debut recording spans many musical types and genres.
 

Leonardo Rosado – for rrM_0012
Leonardo Rosado – for r
November 2010

 

Chris Russell and Disturbed Earth – The Approaching ArmadarM_0008
Chris Russell and Disturbed Earth – The Approaching Armada
October 2010

The Approaching Armada is all about Chris’ electronics that have been soft soaked, the brittle remaining dark and edgy and Disturbed Earth’s presence in the sound.
 

Beta Cloud – The Book of Five RingsrM_0007
Beta Cloud – The Book of Five Rings
October 2010

All tracks recorded reflect “aural essays” of the concepts Musashi defined in his text of Go Rin No Sho.
 

Steve Brand - ConiunctiorM_0006
Steve Brand - Coniunctio
August 2010

Coniunctio is the joining of two longform ambient works. Pale Blue Orb is very celestial, spacious, glowing in the warmth of enveloping light and consciousness while The Beginning of Days is more terrestrial, Earthy.
 

Bob Ohrum - ElevatedrM_0004
Bob Ohrum - Elevated
June 2010

Elevated is a journey through heartbreaking loss and the celebration of a spirit set free from a broken body.
 

Chris Russell - FrozenrM_0003
Chris Russell - Frozen
July 2010

Frozen recalls the stillness and silence of a winter snowfall transitioning into spring, celebrating the rebirth and renewal of life.
 

Steve Brand - Circular ScripturesrM_0001
Steve Brand - Circular Scriptures
June 2010

Circular Scriptures is charactarized by beatless, diaphanous, semi-transparent layers of sound that flow and overlap, layered with deep earth-shaking timbres and near orchestral and choral allusions.
 

Steve Brand


ABOUT: A lifelong artist and musician, Steve Brand originally recorded and released in the experimental realm under the name “Augur,” with more than 20 limited edition releases on various independent labels. In 2003, Steve began creating in the “ambient” genre under his own name. He describes this change in moniker and musical expression as “Part of the process of moving out of my head and more into my heart.” Since then, Brand has issued a number of self-released disks, as well as a number of solo and collaborative releases on the esteemed U.S. labels, Hypnos and AtmoWorks, the Spanish label, alteraOrbe, and the Italian label, Afe. Instruments used in Brand’s music include keyboards, field recordings, various flutes, whistles, zither, ocarina, voice, medicine drum, shakers and rattles, various bells, kalimba, prayer bowls, kora, gongs.
Along with John Koch-Northrup and Geoff Small, Brand helps run the relaxedMACHINERY label as Art Director/Designer and Ethustiastic Boat Floater.

ACTIVITIES:
- Selected tracks have been featured on Stephen Hill’s nationally syndicated radio show “Hearts of Space” on 9 occasions since 2007 (October 2007 “Darkwater” edition, August 2008 “Reading the Bones” edition, July 2010 “Heatwaves” edition, and October 2010 “The Crossing” edition, May 2011 “Timescapes” edition, August 2011 “Desert Solitaire” edition, February 2012 “Supernatural” edition, July 2013 “Heatwaves” edition, January 2014 “Mystic Metals” edition), and continues in rotation on SomaFM’s DroneZone, StillStream.com and Reneé Blanche’s “Nights Tides” KCUR/NPR.
- July of 2009, Brand’s AtmoWorks release, “Because We Were Once Covered In Gold,” was honored as the “Featured Album of the Month” on StillStream.com.
- In January of 2010, his Hypnos Secret Sounds release, “Children of Alcyone” was named one of Star’s End’s “Top 15“ for January 2010.
- Steve’s 2010 Relaxed Machinery release, “Circular Scriptures” was one of PingThings “Top 10” for 2010.
- “Avatara,” released on Hypnos Records in April, 2010, was named as one of Stars End “Top 10” for July and August of 2011, and Galactic Travels “Top 20” for December, 2011.
- “Catalyst,” the June 2012 Relaxed Machinery release, was on the WVKR-FM “Secret Music Top 20? for the month of August.
- His Hypnos Secret Sounds releases, “Bridge To Nowhere” and “Children Of Alcyone,” were on Dave Butler’s “Spectral voyages” (on KRSC Kentucky) “Top 20” for April 2012.
- Interviewed by Michael Foster of Ambient Visions, August 3, 2013.
- Brand’s music is frequently ranked #2 and #3 for “Top 30 Artists by Listeners” and “Top 30 Artists by Spin” on the Drone Zone/SomaFM charts on numerous occasion.
- Steve’s music can be found on CDBaby, Bandcamp, iTunes, Napster, Amazon, eMusic, etc.

REVIEWS: Steve’s music has been described as “ambient,” “tribal,” “ritualistic,” “a direct link to our ancient, and arcane ancestry,” “…not mere music, but an almost shamanic attempt at deconstructing our interpretation of reality, by connecting us to an anti-technological, primal psyche,” and “Brand has tapped into a sound or feeling that’s at the core of all things, a universal essence.” Hypnos Records says of Steve, “(he has)…quickly established himself as one of the more interesting and distinctive artists working in ambient music…”

PERSONAL BACKGROUND: In addition to his sound work, Brand is a Reiki Master and visual artist. He is committed to the idea that, “art/music, more than being just an object for sale, is actually a fluid and transformative process that opens us up to new possibilities that create the potential for healing spiritually and physically, and connects us via it’s roots in our common ancient past—it’s wellspring in the depths of our larger selves. The results of this creative process can be sound maps of/to lost and uncharted realms of Being. Having said all this, I understand perfectly that some are more comfortable with ‘who-what-where’ biographies from artists. Why. Where is the passion and personal risk in that. I feel that when at it’s best, creativity doesn’t take a dispassionate, neutral or risk-free stance. Instead, I choose to make the very personal and active effort to reach into the gray areas of feeling, intuition, passion and the unknown—in doing so, I make music that is intended to facilitate expansion and healing.”

Relaxed Machinery Releases

Interviews

Music can be purchased here:
Bandcamp
CDBaby

CDrs
Hand-assembled and signed, direct from artist
($13 U.S, $16 International)

Profile with sound samples on rM.ning community page.

DISCOGRAPHY:

2014
• “Because We Were Once Covered In Gold” - Re-release, Re-master on PIONEER LIGHT MUSIC – February
• “Meltstream” (w/ Roy Mattson) on RELAXED MACHINERY – June
• “Children Of Alcyone” Re-release, Re-master on PIONEER LIGHT MUSIC – September
• “Sanctuary” double album on RELAXED MACHINERY – October

2013
• “Over-soul” on PIONEER LIGHT (in association with rM) – 11.29.13
• “She Covers The Sky” Re-release, Re-master on PIONEER LIGHT – 9.20.13
• “Trust And Remember” e.p. on ALTERA ORBE – 6.29.13
• “The Great Hoop” on RELAXED MACHINERY – 6.14.13
• “Bridge To Nowhere” Re-release, Re-master on PIONEER LIGHT – 2.15.13
• “The Track of the Full Moon on Water” – 2.1.13 [Bandcamp Only]
- Interview with Michael Foster, Ambient Visions

2012
• “Our True Nature” on RELAXED MACHINERY – 12.21.12
• “Sunprints” Re-release, Re-master (with additional track) on PIONEER LIGHT – 9.14.12
• “Catalyst” on RELAXED MACHINERY – 6.15.12
• “Spiritual Science” (w/ Ishq) Re-release, Re-master on PIONEER LIGHT – 3.6.12
• “Codex” (compilation, released on Bandcamp ONLY) on PIONEER LIGHT – 3.6.12
- Music aired on Hearts of Space in the February edition, “Supernatural”
- Track contributed, “Host” to the “All | Is | Calm” 2012 free download compilation on Free Floating Music label

2011
• “Subtle Movements Inside” on RELAXED MACHINERY – 11.11.11
• “Cahokia” (re-release) on PIONEER LIGHT MUSIC – 10.28.11
• “Upwelling” (epiphanies, experiments, singular moments, remixes and re-discoveries) on PIONEER LIGHT MUSIC – 9.2.11
• “What Is Memory?” (w/Disturbed Earth) on RELAXED MACHINERY – 7.11.111
• “SoulSpiral” (re-master, re-structure, re-release) on PIONEER LIGHT MUSIC – 5-13-11
• “Avatara” on HYPNOS – 4.22.11
- Music aired on Hearts of Space in the May edition, “Timescapes,” and August edition, “Desert Solitaire.”
- Contributed the track, “Into The Current” to the “Conception” free download compilation on Free Floating Music label

2010
• “Coniunctio” (“Pale Blue Orb/The Beginning Of Days”) on relaxedMACHINERY –  8.3.10
• “Sunprints” on ATMOWORKS – 4.30.10 (Deleted from AtmoWorks Catalog, Re-released September 2012 on Pioneer Light Music)
• “Circular Scriptures” on relaxedMACHINERY – 1.11.10
- Music aired on Hearts of Space in the July Edition, “Heatwaves,” and October edition, “The Crossing”

2009
• “The First Day Unnamed” (w/ Disturbed Earth) on ATMOWORKS – 10.30.09 (Deleted from AtmoWorks Catalog-Now available now on BandCamp ONLY)
• “She Covers The Sky” (w/ contributions from Holon) on ATMOWORKS – 9.25.09 (Deleted from AtmoWorks Catalog)
• “Spiritual Science/The Voice From Home” (double album w/ Ishq) on ATMOWORKS – 7.17.09 (Deleted from AtmoWorks Catalog)
• “Children of Alcyone” on HYPNOS SECRET SOUNDS
• “The Rest of Time” (w/ Disturbed Earth)  on ATMOWORKS (Deleted from AtmoWorks Catalog-Now available now on BandCamp ONLY)
• “Cahokia” re-released/re-mastered on ATMOWORKS (Deleted from AtmoWorks Catalog)
• “Busy with Dreams” (w/ Disturbed Earth) on ATMOWORKS (Deleted from AtmoWorks Catalog-Now available now on BandCamp ONLY)
- “Because We Were Once Covered In Gold” honored as StillStream.com’s “Featured Album of the Month” for August
- Featured artist on StillStream.com’s Rabbit Hole Radio, Thursday, June 4, 2009

2008
• “LightTools” on ATMOWORKS (Deleted from AtmoWorks Catalog-Now available now on BandCamp ONLY)
• “Epicenter of a New Dawn” Free Download e.p.
• “Into the Current” Free Download Single
• “Because We Were Once Covered In Gold” on ATMOWORKS (Deleted from AtmoWorks Catalog)
• “Broken Gold” (w/ Disturbed Earth) on ATMOWORKS (Deleted from AtmoWorks Catalog-Now available now on BandCamp ONLY)
• “SoulSpiral” on ATMOWORKS (Deleted from AtmoWorks Catalog, Re-released May 2011 on Relaxed Machinery)
• “Codex” (compilation) Self-released CD-R, only at Hypnos Store  (Reissued March 2012 on Bandcamp ONLY)
• “Bridge To Nowhere” on HYPNOS SECRET SOUNDS
• “Looking Into The Other” self-released on CDBaby.com, iTunes
- Music aired on Hearts of Space in the August, “Reading the Bones” edition
- Music in rotation on SomaFM’s DroneZone

2007
• “Twilightmind” self-released on CDBaby.com, iTunes. etc.
• “Cahokia” self-released on CDBaby.com, iTunes. etc.
• “Awakensong” self-released on CDBaby.com, iTunes, etc. (re-release of formerly ltd. edition)
• “Looking Into The Other” on Afe Records
- 2 songs aired on Hearts of Space in late October, “Darkwater” edition
- Interview with Fabrizio Grau of AudioDrome.com

2006
• “Looking Into The Other” Track contributed to Afe Records’ on-line compilation
• “Awakensong” on Afe Records
- Interview with TJ Norris for Igloo On-line Magazine

>> Prior to 1995-2005: Working as “Augur” <<