Steve Brand – The Path of the HeartrM_0057
Steve Brand – The Path of the Heart
May 2016

"This music reflects my realization that I often feel that my entire life has been a journey to and of the heart, my heart, my core..."

Kloob – Solid FoundationsrM_0056
Kloob – Solid Foundations
February 2016

A sonic journey featuring metaphysics, attraction, emotions management, extraterrestrial life, astral projection and personal development.

Anguaji Music – Trigger, HappyrM_0055
Anguaji Music – Trigger, Happy
October 2015

A joyful jumble of up-and-down musical sketches to stir your imagination.

Massergy – A Novel Sense of CalmrM_0054
Massergy – A Novel Sense of Calm
September 2015

Beautiful ambient music to help on the greatest journey of all.

Markus Reuter & Zero Ohms  From Worlds Unseen A Light Yet Streams A Sound RepleterM_0053
Markus Reuter & Zero Ohms – From Worlds Unseen...
August 2015

Sparse melodic drone-based soundscapes and warm, ethereal spacemusic

Chris Russell - BlurrM_0052
Chris Russell - Blur
July 2015

Blur, an album created slightly out of focus.

Roy Mattson – MesmerrM_0051
Roy Mattson – Mesmer
May 2015

Hints of tribal and ethno-ambient music mixed with a strong dose of psychedelia.

SiJ – PlaentagoserM_0050
SiJ – Plaentagose
April 2015

A suite of sparsely decorated vignettes / postcards of moments on a long stretch of highway.

Numina – Through the Gate to NowhererM_0049
Numina – Through the Gate to Nowhere
March 2015

A sonic journey influenced by many events and emotion.

Steve Brand and Ran Kirlian – The Uncarved BlockrMEp_0002
Steve Brand and Ran Kirlian – The Uncarved Block
March 2015

Journey back to our natural state of being before cultural conditioning takes place.

Kloob – Deep Emotional PhasesrM_0048
Kloob – Deep Emotional Phases
February 2015

Elegance and darkness are successfully combined to create tracks that evoke subtlety and strong feelings at the same time.

Steve Brand – Into The Currentpl0020
Steve Brand – Into The Current
February 2015

Steve Brand's document of, and tribute to, his experience at Steve Roach's "SoundCurrent Master's Class"

åpne sinn – Worlds ApartrMEp_0001
åpne sinn – Worlds Apart
January 2015

"between two worlds life hovers like a star, twixt night and morn, upon the horizon’s edge." – byron

Frore - Cyclic MovementrM_0047
Frore - Cyclic Movement
January 2015

Ambient journeys synced to the cycles and rhythms of the universe.

Andrew Lahiff - Slow Paths BeyondrM_0044
Andrew Lahiff - Slow Paths Beyond
November 2014

A story that began evolving in January 2013.

Steve Brand – The Space BetweenrM_0046
Steve Brand – The Space Between
October 2014

Past events, loved ones, even the resources we need from all our pasts and futures are there waiting for us…in still, quiet moments.

Seren Ffordd – Fractured III – ShardsrM_0045
Seren Ffordd – Fractured III – Shards
August 2014

Shards is the third album in a trilogy titled Fractured.

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.

åpne sinn – en seier [rM0024]

February 2012

Band Camp
CD Baby

CD-R Insert (PDF format)





Release Info

‘en seier’ – from the Norwegian meaning “one victory”, this second album holds a much more personal and profound place in my heart than it’s predecessor, ‘espiritista’.  The choice of the album’s title is two-fold.  Firstly, it refers to the release of ‘espiritista’ in January of 2011.  I had given up the thought of one day creating music that others might hear many, many years ago.  Coming to know many of the ambient musicians that inspire me – two of whom are featured on this new release – showed me that I could still chase that dream.  ‘espiritista’, while somewhat less close to my heart than ‘en seier’ remains one of the great milestones in my life, as it marks the completion of that dream.

Mostly though, I chose ‘en seier’ as the title for this release because the phrase perfectly encapsulates my current philosophy on life.  In April of 2006 at the age of 38, I suffered what I off-handedly refer to as a mild heart-attack.  22 years of smoking cigarettes, lousy diet and no exercise caught up with me in a big way and fundamentally shifted my perception.  Today, nothing is taken for granted, there are no “givens” and every day that I wake up is One Victory.

Track List

1. son of low birth [9:53]
2. unconquered (w/ steve brand) [11:33]
3. his great heart [5:38]
4. what rough beast (w/ peter james) [8:14]
5. en seier [5:33]
6. still transmitting [3:29]
7. the long plains (w/ steve brand) [5:15]
8. deep breath out [11:45]


Track Notes

son of low birth

The first track written for ‘en seier’, ‘son of low birth’ was the direct result of spending a great deal of time listening to the album “One” by the Yuval Ron Ensemble.  I have always felt a deep connection to the music of the middle-east, and immediately fell in love with the unique way that talented Oud-player Yuval Ron brought together musicians from opposite sides of the vast cultural divides in that region to create something unique and remarkable.  I do not attempt to recreate his sound, or to mimic his music with this track.  This was merely a musical response to the feelings the Ensemble’s art produced in me.  Instrumentation includes Spectronics’ “Omnisphere”, NI’s ‘Absynth’ and several edited and/or time-stretched ACID loops.


The first of two collaborative tracks with veteran ambient artist Steve Brand.  Through our years working together in the industry (first on the AtmoWorks label and most recently on Relaxed Machinery), we have struck up a unique and often-times surprising friendship, especially for two people who until late 2010 had never met in person.  Steve’s musical vision and dedication to his craft has been a constant source of inspiration for me during these past several years, so when he sent me some base sounds he had been working on “to see what I could do with them”, I jumped in with both feet.  ‘Unconquered’, actually the second collaborative piece we completed came together almost effortlessly.  Much of the music you hear throughout the piece (especially in the first 5 minutes) is Steve’s base file ‘No More Conquering Here’, which I generally noodled around.  The transition into the second phase of the piece at 5.08 begins what has become one of my favorite passages of music anywhere.  In that last 6 minutes of music I really believe that our two very different styles came together as something new and wonderful.

his great heart

In his pre-release review of ‘en seier’, John Shanahan (Hypnagogue Reviews) wrote that “this piece has a very personal feel, like there’s an unspoken dedication being made.”  ‘His Great Heart’ is indeed a very personal piece of music, written in a single take very late one evening in late May of 2011.  Earlier that month, my wife Eileen and I lost our dog Shiva, a 14-pound Pomeranian with enough attitude for a Great Dane, at the age of 16.  He passed away in his sleep, and we still miss him every day.  He was the inspiration for BeachDog Music, and remains just about the coolest dog I’ve ever known.  The piece is intended to capture his spirit, his charm and the immense hole his passing has left behind.

what rough beast

A second collaborative effort, this time with English ambient composer and sound engineer peter james.  My relationship with peter extends back several years, beginning when we were “introduced” by shared friend Dean Richards (Disturbed Earth). “What Rough Beast” marks the first time we have ever attempted to work together, and I couldn’t be happier with the result.  peter sent me the growling, elemental drone that ties the finished piece together, with myself adding sounds that I felt complimented and opposed it.  The very breathy pad that comes and goes was only added after I had titled the piece, which I typically won’t do until a specifc track is completed.  The title itself is an excerpt from the epic W. B. Yeats poem “The Second Coming”, and came about in a very unusual way.  The bells in the track made me think of a mule train.  A mule train led to a donkey, which led to people riding donkeys which led to Mary and Joseph.  The rest is, as they say, history.

en seier

The title track for the release, ‘en seier’ came about more by accident than by design.  I had decided on the album’s title long before the first song was written (about a week after ‘espiritista’ was released), but had not started on recording the track by the time the other seven were completed.  My intention when sitting down that October evening was to start work on material for the next album.  I can never seem to “target-write”; where you deliberately try to write for a specific result.  More often than not, I’ll record an entire track and only start thinking of titles once I’ve listened through it about 10 times and decided what it says to me.  The track that would become ‘en seier’ sort of materialized over a three-hour span of noodling around (I do that a lot) with a patch I really liked in Omnisphere and allowing echoes to interplay and overlap.  I was happy with the track, and set it aside for future review and use.  A month or so later, closer to release of ‘en seier’ and still with no title track having materialized from my sporadic studio sessions, I started to revisit works in progress to see if anything would fit the album.  The track that made the album was the only one of ten that I felt would work in the album flow.  At that point, I was considering either changing the album title or leaving it and just not having a title track.  I decided to go with call this piece ‘en seier’ in the end because it fit the theme of the album.  ‘En seier’ translates from the Norwegian as “one victory”, and this was the one piece among many that I chose to fill the slot.  It sounds nothing like what I had originally intended for the title track of this album, but I’ve come to feel it fits more perfectly for that disparity.

still transmitting

I’ve a difficult time referring to this track as a “song”, since to me it’s more of an internal soundtrack to an imagined video.  I’d just watched the original Star Trek movie after not seeing it in many years, and was powerfully fascinated by the idea of communications satellites on their endless and silent journey once they exceed the range of their transmitters.  This track is the music I heard in my head as I pictured one such satellite, passing through deep space and “seeing” things that no human may ever see.  Picture a fixed point in space and watching Voyager slowly roll by, and you’re seeing what I saw.

the long plains

The second collaboration with Steve Brand on the album, this track started out it’s life intended for compilation album that got put on hold.  Once again, I was working with a base file Steve sent me – the gorgeous “ah” chorus you hear throughout – but this time wanted to bring some rhythmic elements to the table.  The piece really lent itself to a slow, organic buildup and I think perfectly juxtaposes our two very different styles.  After building the track around Steve’s base file, I sent it back to him.  He added the high, Uilleann pipe-esque lead that drives the track in the latter half, and I think the result speaks for itself.  The title came almost as an afterthought (it was originally called “memory_loop”).  I was listening to the track while looking at the cover art for the album and got a palpable sense of running across those flatlands at sunset with this as the soundtrack.  The title change came easily after that.

deep breath out

My favorite track on the album, ‘deep breath out’ is for me self-explanatory.   Recorded in one take with one voice, it stands as the sole instance in my musical “career” where I just stopped thinking and let the music go where it wanted to go.  Several years ago, I’d had a conversation with Steve Brand where I told him that I couldn’t write the quiet, longer ambient that I so love and wanted so badly to create.  Steve’s advice at that time changed everything, though I wouldn’t realize it until much later.  He told me simply to spend more time in silence, a prospect I didn’t hold out much hope for.  My “real life” is hectic and noisy, and music has always been my greatest solace, so the idea of spending time without sound – without music – just didn’t compute.  It wasn’t until the evening when ‘deep breath out’ was born that I understood the deeper meaning of Steve’s advice, and that there are many types of silence.  This track evolved out of that rarest kind of silence, where the brain switches off and guidance comes solely on instinct.