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Combs Creek Haller - Singularity (2010)

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Format:  320Kbps MP3
Number of tracks:  2
Genres:  Ambient, Electronic, Drone, Space Music

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As we've written many times, one of the great pleasures of running a netlabel is to meet new artists and release their music. A related pleasure that is in many ways even cooler is to be able to release something for the first time by folks you already know and love. It is precisely that honor that we have today, with this majestic new release called Singularity.

This magnificent two-disc album was recorded live the evening of November 6 and into the morning of November 7, 2009. It so happened that Jez Creek, who calls Nottingham in the United Kingdom home, was visiting in the Atlanta, Georgia area as part of his USA tour, in order to perform at the City Skies electronic music concert on November 7. Kevin Haller, whose house Jez was staying at, was also performing at the same concert. And Jim Combs, being the organizer and founder of the concert series, was of course going to be performing as well. So just for fun, the three decided to do a live concert on StillStream.com the night before the big show. And the results were so good that they decided to release the recordings as this album.

Amazingly, given the quality of the pieces, the music was completely improvised. The musicians had never performed together as a group before this set and no preparations were done prior to the broadcast except for choosing keys and tempos. Somehow these three artists who had never played together at the same time, and had done almost nothing to prepare, immediately found a zone in which electronic ambient music of the highest order started pouring forth. Needless to say, the audience that night was blown away by the set, and we think that our listeners are going to be similarly impressed by what they hear in Singularity.

For indeed, this is some of the most beautiful live ambient music we have heard in quite awhile. Earth Mantra has long been a fan of all three of the artists' solo work, but we were dumbfounded by the synergy the three artists found so effortlessly as they sat down to play. Improvising live ambient music can be a challenging task, and to do it really well, with the right balance of patience and activity, is surprisingly hard. The fact that these three artists could hit such a bullseye, with zero preparation and without the benefit of knowing each other's live playing styles, is in our eyes nothing short of miraculous.

We could attempt to describe this music to you, but ultimately we would fail. Suffice it to say that it is beautiful, it is well constructed, very competently performed, and it just plain rocks. Better yet, why not download a copy of this album right now and give it a listen for yourself. We are certain that any fan of ambient music will be very happy they did.

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January 01, 2011 - Darrell Burgan
Included in Star's End Radio's Significant Releases of 2010.

October 09, 2010 - Jim Combs
WWSP 90 FM Ambient Aether/Space Continuum, Stevens Point, WI, played "Singularity" on October 3, 2010, September 19, 2010, September 12, 2010, and September 5, 2010. (In constant rotation since March 21, 2010)

September 22, 2010 - Jim Combs
WDIY 88.1FM & WWSP 90FM both make Combs Creek Haller 'Singularity' #2 for August 2010.

August 29, 2010 - Jim Combs
WWSP 90 FM Ambient Aether/Space Continuum, Stevens Point, WI, played "Approaching Singularity" on August 29, August 22, and August 15, 2010. (In constant rotation since March 21, 2010)

August 17, 2010 - Jim Combs
WWSP Ambient Aether makes Singularity #7 for July 2010.

August 16, 2010 - Jim Combs
WWSP 90 FM Ambient Aether/Space Continuum, Stevens Point, WI, played "Approaching Singularity" on August 8, 2010, August 1, 2010, and July 25, 2010.

August 15, 2010 - Darrell Burgan
WXPN 88.5 FM Star's End (ambient, space music), Philadelphia, PA, played "Approaching Singularity" on August 15, 2010.

August 11, 2010 - Wanderlust
Wow, this one ends like a classic Berlin school piece. I'm loving the old school here!

July 23, 2010 - Jim Combs
WWSP 90 FM Ambient Aether/Space Continuum, Stevens Point, WI, played "Approaching Singularity" on July 18, 2010, July 11, 2010, and June 27, 2010. 'Singularity' is #12 for June 2010. Additionally, WDIY 88.1FM places 'Singularity' in Top 20 for June 2010.

June 18, 2010 - Jim Combs
WWSP 90 FM Ambient Aether/Space Continuum, Stevens Point, WI, played "Approaching Singularity" on June 13, 2010, June 6, 2010, May 30, 2010, May 23, 2010, May 16, 2010. Singularity is #1 for May 2010, #9 for April 2010 and #11 for March 2010.

May 10, 2010 - Jim Combs
WWSP 90 FM Ambient Aether/Space Continuum, Stevens Point, WI, played "Approaching Singularity" on May 2, 2010, April 25, 2010, and April 11, 2010. Singularity is #11 for March 2010.

May 10, 2010 - Jim Combs
WXPN 88.5 FM Star's End (ambient, space music), Philadelphia, PA, played "Approaching Singularity" on May 9, 2010.

May 09, 2010 - Darrell Burgan
Top 30 for April 2010 on Star's End Radio.

April 18, 2010 - Jim Combs
WXPN 88.5 FM Star's End (ambient, space music), Philadelphia, PA, played "Approaching Singularity" on April 18, 2010.

April 17, 2010 - Jim Combs
Hypnagogue Podcast 24 features Singularity on their April 1, 2010 show.

April 11, 2010 - Darrell Burgan
WXPN 88.5 FM Star's End (ambient, space music), Philadelphia, PA, played "Trapped Inside Singularity" on April 10, 2010

April 06, 2010 - Jim Combs
Combs Creek Haller 'Singularity' is March 2010 Top 20 at WDIY 88.1FM Galactic Travels

April 05, 2010 - Jim Combs
Combs Creek Haller 'Singularity' - March Top 21 at WXPN Star's End

April 04, 2010 - Jim Combs
WXPN 88.5 FM Star's End (ambient, space music), Philadelphia, PA, played "Trapped Inside Singularity" on April 4, 2010

April 04, 2010 - Jim Combs
WWSP 90 FM Ambient Aether/Space Continuum (new age, ambient, smooth jazz, world music, college), Stevens Point, WI, played "Approaching Singularity" on April 4, 2010

April 02, 2010 - Jim Combs
NPR member station WDIY 88.1 FM, Allentown and Bethlehem, PA, 93.9 FM in Easton, PA and Phillipsburg, NJ, 93.7 FM in Fogelsville and Trexlertown, and webcasting on the internet- "Trapped Inside Singularity" played on Galactic Travels show #678, April 1, 2010.

March 28, 2010 - Jim Combs
WWSP 90 FM Ambient Aether/Space Continuum (new age, ambient, smooth jazz, world music, college), Stevens Point, WI, played "Approaching Singularity" on March 28, 2010.

March 26, 2010 - Jim Combs
Hypnagogue Reviews also provided a mini-review in their "Off The Grid" column: Off the Grid Because I recieve so much music for review, I don't usually buy or download it. Now and then, though, I just can't help myself. I don't review what I get for myself, but I do write about it here, Off the Grid. The thing you need to know going into the Combs Creek Haller offering, Singularity, is that it's a flat-out live improvised session between three artists who'd never really met and never rehearsed. Getting ready for a City Skies monthly showcase, Jim Combs (aka Sensitive Chaos), Jez Creek (Modulator ESP) and Kevin Haller (Burning Artist Sale(s)) decided to jam--and, thankfully, thought to record it. The upshot is that you get to listen to an astonishingly deep, very cool space-music journey that you will absolutely lose yourself in. And considering that it's free from Earth Mantra, it's worth your download time. (The file is 243 MB in size.) If I was reviewing this, it would easily be a Hypnagogue Highly Recommended work.

March 26, 2010 - Jim Combs
Chuck van Zyl, host of Star's End Ambient Radio, is featuring the new Combs Creek Haller CD Singularity on his radio show this weekend. He writes about the album in his weekly newsletter: Combs Creek Haller form an uneasy unity. This trio has realized a mesmerizing and well-imagined work in THE SINGULARITY, a double album of improvised electronic jams. Reducing music to its most basic form they attempt pure contact with the universe. Broken down to its constituent elements, then reconstructed as sound collage, this Spacemusic engages the mind to the great mystery of the cosmos - a source larger than us all. Each of the two compositions spend their lengthy opening sections presenting a nearly atonal soundscape. Evoking a transcendent state of mind this ensemble breathes beautiful synth textures into space. A drone, over which the musicians are in constant dialogue, runs beneath swirling modulation effects and ascendant forms, and provides the impression of breaking through from the material world to interstellar space. Tones fold inward along a slow sweeping arc as resonant harmonic clouds expand and recede. Well into this void a sequence pattern rises and is joined by commanding lead lines and vaporous sustaining chords in minor keys. Ultimately listeners will contemplate this work as a record of a unique live performance - where three musicians have come together under a profound intuition. THE SINGULARITY is a statement so rich in sonic pleasures, its inevitable slight trips and slips are forgiven - and proves that it is better that musicians dare too much than too little. Tune in to STAR'S END this weekend for music from THE SINGULARITY the new CD from Jim Combs Jez Creek & Kevin Haller For more on THE SINGULARITY, access: http://www.earthmantra.com For more on Combs Creek Haller, access: http://www.combscreekhaller.com Visit STAR'S END on MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/starsendradio STAR'S END broadcasts every Saturday night/Sunday morning from 1am-6am (EST) on: 88.5fm WXPN Philadelphia, PA 88.7fm WXPH Middletown, York and Lancaster, PA 90.5fm Worton/Baltimore, MD 99.7fm Harrisburg, PA 104.9fm Lehigh Valley, PA W285DH Whitehall, PA and live on the web at http://xpn.org STAR'S END Ambient Radio http://www.starsend.org

March 26, 2010 - Jim Combs
NPR member station WDIY 88.1 FM, Allentown and Bethlehem, PA, 93.9 FM in Easton, PA and Phillipsburg, NJ, 93.7 FM in Fogelsville and Trexlertown, and webcasting on the internet- "Approaching Singularity" played on Galactic Travels show #676, March 18, 2010.

March 26, 2010 - Jim Combs
WMUH 91.7 FM Thought Radio (electronic, ambient, spacemusic, Progressive Rock, and an eclectic mix of other genres), Allentown, PA, played "Trapped Inside Singularity" on March 20, 2010.

March 23, 2010 - Jim Combs
WWSP 90 FM Ambient Aether/Space Continuum (new age, ambient, smooth jazz, world music, college), Stevens Point, WI, played "Approaching Singularity" on March 21, 2010.

March 23, 2010 - Jim Combs
StillStream.com (ambient format)- Played "Trapped Inside Singularity" on March 18, 2010 and February 7, 2010, and "Approaching Singularity" on February 5, 2010.

February 10, 2010 - Dan Burke
sweet