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Palancar - Serenitatis (2010)

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Format:  FLAC and MP3
Number of tracks:  11
Genres:  Ambient, Electronic, New Age, Space Music, Drone

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For the past several years, Darrell Burgan has focused his musical efforts under the Palancar name on live ambient improvisations. As a result, his recent album releases have been almost nothing but recordings of those live performances. In early 2009, however, Darrell was inspired by Chuck van Zyl of Star's End Radio to attempt a sequel to his 2003 commercial release Elysium Planitia. This new Earth Mantra release, an album composed and produced entirely in the studio, is that sequel.

Where Elysium Planitia was thematically a virtual tour of the planet Mars, Serenitatis is instead a journey to Earth's moon, and to all the beautiful places that can be found there. The music covers several styles of ambient and electronic music, ranging from pulsing Berlin-inspired electronica, to beatless tone poems, to ambient new age.

About Serenitatis, Chuck van Zyl wrote:

"Merging imagination with a palpable expressive force the work of Palancar (a.k.a. Darrell Burgan) radiates optimism, and an immediate emotional response. From moving mood pieces to catchy New Age fare his album Serenitatis (77'25") is bristling with ideas. A trip out of the human realm, the 11 tracks cause us to feel anew the wonder of the Earth's moon and inspire contemplation about our place in the Universe. While the synth-dreams of 2006's Elysium Planitia feel fully formed, on Serenitatis Palancar surpasses even his previous achievements. Paralleling notable works by Erik Wollo and Giles Reaves, Serenitatis elegantly explores the lunar surface as well as it does the full range of moods, textures and atmosphere known in contemporary synth music. A rapturous choir entwines with airy melodies that flitter above swelling tones, recede then float away. As a hollow drone peaks over an audio clip of voices from the moon, and buzzing sequencer patterning runs between warm bass lines and enchanting electronic chimes, these twinkling arrangements seem surrounded in a numinous aura. Burgan's music is intricately constructed and obsessively detailed, yet mysteriously his instruments seem to pulse with a living energy on their own. His eloquent reflections posses a simple dignity, heard in polished poetic leads and whispering murmurous tones."

The full review is available here.

Darrell is very proud of the music in this album, and hopes listeners find the music both enjoyable and uplifting.

Special note: the download for this recording includes both MP3 and FLAC formats. Unlike MP3, which throws away some of the audio data in order to achieve high compression, FLAC is a lossless format that is identical in quality to the original audio signal. For more information about FLAC, please visit the FLAC home page.

All Earth Mantra releases are available under the Creative Commons Attribution - NonCommercial - NoDerivs 3.0 Unported license. For commercial use, please contact us.


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February 07, 2011 - MICROBIT-REC (netlabel)
Amazing! Its Fantastic Music!!! THANKS! I LOVE IT! Regards! EugeneKha (Evgenij V. Kharitonov)

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

December 27, 2010 - Darrell Burgan
Made WVKR FM Secret Music's Top 25 releases for all of 2010, at #11.

October 23, 2010 - Darrell Burgan
Played on Star's End Radio on October 17, 2010.

September 23, 2010 - Mystified
Both accomplished and beautiful. A great listen!

August 15, 2010 - Darrell Burgan
Played on Star's End Radio on August 15, 2010.

June 15, 2010 - Darrell Burgan
Top 20 for May 2010 on WVKR Secret Music.

June 07, 2010 - Darrell Burgan
Played on Galactic Travels on June 3, 2010.

May 17, 2010 - Darrell Burgan
Played on WVKR Secret Music on May 16, 2010.

May 11, 2010 - Darrell Burgan
Played on WVKR Secret Music on May 9, 2010.

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

May 05, 2010 - Darrell Burgan
Played on WVKR Secret Music on May 2, 2010.

April 25, 2010 - Stellardrone
I am in the middle of listening and can say that it is truly great album. Light ambient melodies with floating pads. Loved it since first track.

April 22, 2010 - Kit Watkins
Darrell, This is a stunningly beautiful and inspiring album, and it only gets better with each listen. I can attest to that. Thanks for making this fine work, and sharing it for free. Best regards, Kit

April 10, 2010 - Darrell Burgan
Played on Star's End Radio on April 10, 2010.

April 09, 2010 - Darrell Burgan
Brad Ross-Macleod of Free Floating has posted a very nice review. Thanks Brad!

April 09, 2010 - silvercord
lovely stuff and well produced,brother!..this takes me back to my first days of being exposed to ambient music..listening to tangerine dream on the 'echos' radio program

April 08, 2010 - Greg H.
Great stuff Darrell! Congratulations!

April 07, 2010 - Darrell Burgan
Phillip Wilkerson has posted a nice writeup here.

April 05, 2010 - Roger P Murphy
Hi Darrel Excellent ambient album! I always look forward to your music. Kindest regards Roger the Dodger

April 05, 2010 - Darrell Burgan
March Top 21 at Star's End Radio.

April 04, 2010 - Darrell Burgan
Played on Star's End Radio on April 4, 2010.

March 28, 2010 - Darrell Burgan
Played on Star's End Radio on March 28, 2010.

March 21, 2010 - Darrell Burgan
Played on Star's End Radio on March 21, 2010.

March 14, 2010 - Darrell Burgan
Played on Star's End Radio on March 14, 2010.

March 07, 2010 - Darrell Burgan
Played on Star's End Radio on March 7, 2010.