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.

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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.

Ambient Exotica Review – The Geometry of Shadows by Broken Harbour

16th October, 2013

The Geometry Of Shadows is a five-track – and the third overall – album by the Canadian Ambient artist Broken Harbour aka Blake Gibson, released in October 2012 on John Koch-Northrup’s Relaxed Machinery label, available to purchase and fully streamable at Bandcamp. I have to admit that I did not know of the album’s existence until very recently, despite Koch-Northrup’s standing invitation to browse through the label’s back catalog which is organized by him, Steve Brand and Geoff Small aka Apne Sinn. Luckily, The Geometry Of Shadows came to my attention during its first anniversary which Broken Harbour celebrates by giving it away as a name-your-price download. Mastered by fellow label mate Peter James whose works are reviewed on AmbientExotica as well, Broken Harbour’s album is a dedicated Space Ambient work, although this specific term does not appear on his site, but is suggested by the synth-driven formations, overarching setting, intrinsic elements and, in the artist’s own words, “the concept of faster-than-light communications over galactic distances.” I could leave it at that by simply stating that The Geometry Of Shadows lives up to its title and worships the concept of darkness, light and every shade in-between these diametrically opposite forces, but this album must not be belittled and deserves an in-depth review, if only for the magnificent encapsulation process Blake Gibson evokes, builds up and maintains throughout its runtime. Camouflaged bells, liquedous synth spirals and dramatic light formations make this an exciting monolith that is utterly compatible with desk-related tasks as well as the ivory tower owner’s hour of contemplation. Without further ado, here is my attempt of shedding some light into the shadows.

The album kicks off with Superluminal, incidentally the longest piece of 14+ minutes, with no minute wasted at all! When a track carries such a title, it must live up to the literally luminous and vigorous language, and the reason this is not the case in the first few minutes is thankfully a positive one: the longevity of the piece allows for a shadowy start with a cautiously increased incandescence. In the beginning, everything is eerily dun-colored, and if this color range was not already used by a popular phone, I would have described the atmosphere as space gray, but now refrain from doing that. Even right from the get-go, one can sense the ambivalence of earthbound loftiness – or aeriform gravity – in-between the glacial chime-interspersed wind gusts. The abyssal bass drones conversely throne below the enigmatic wasteland, the listening subject is encapsulated in a densely wadded void, one which only hints at turmoil or protrusions via arpeggiated clangs and brazen polar lights. Soon enough, however, the synth fluxion grows and prospers, its helical formations moving ecclesiastically through the flecks of glistening lights. Harmonious overtones are nowhere to be found, Superluminal emanates a mystical gravitas, a pompous majesty that carries the weight of the known universe. Reaching the culmination point after approximately eleven minutes as shown by the voluminous synth cascades and menacingly glowing ashen light, there is only one contravening amalgamation of opposite ingredients, and these are aqueous harp-like flickers of pure gentleness which shimmer through the translucent seriousness.

A slow fade-out phase leads to the eponymous title track. The Geometry Of Shadows runs for almost 12 minutes but is much more bustling in comparison. Strongly histrionic and polyhedric maelstrom spirals twirl through a click-accentuated backdrop of a supposed nonentity. This allows the afterglow to fill the space. Down-pitched gamelan bells rev up the already strikingly eerie tension. This is Space Ambient of the dark kind, and darkness the listener shall receive when the processed bells or whistles reach disturbingly low frequency ranges that are otherwise not connected to the concept of bells, not even the large, heavy ones. The ones implied by Blake Gibson could house a stampede of elephants! Despite the long runtime, The Geometry Of Shadows is not progressive at all, always relying on the same medulla-emptying loops that scythe through emotions and suck out what little life-affirming joy there is left. A very impressive title track, darkly bubbling and otherworldly. The follow-up Between The Darkness And The Light then worships the interstice called twilight, but leaves this state soon enough to turn into a hymnic ethereality of glaringly glowing light. The opening phase meets both the album-related endemics and the listener’s expectancy: elasticized metallic fog banks drone through the vaulted antra, piercing beams traverse the cold wasteland. And yet a slow but decided change takes place throughout the piece, as the amount and Candela of these beams increase, transforming the bejinxed ignis fatuus into proper rays of rapture. Completely transparent, emitting emerald-green cyber coppices and a crescent chaparral, Between The Darkness And The Light only knows the last word of its title in its final stage, ameliorating the embracing amicability with space whistles, Northern lights and sun-soaked molecules. The perfect closer serves as the album’s apex.

If it has not been apparent by now, this centroid track in tandem with the remaining two compositions shows that The Geometry Of Shadows is a concept album. If one feared the shadows heretofore, one can be lucky, as he or she has overcome the various spheres where the color gunmetal is the brightest and most vivacious tone. The fourth track Luminosity does not care for steampunk sceneries or architectural prowess and instead presents a delightfully streamlined plateau of foggy lights, cosmic cymbals and prolonged spectral clangs which could function as devices of echopraxia, reminiscent to the whispers of purely energetic life forms of the shapeshifting kind. Once the synth-fueled base frame increases its loudness, the listening subject bathes in a stream of multiplexed glowing rays. The setting may not be as euphoric as in Between The Darkness And The Light, but both solemnity and incandescence burst at the seams due to their neon colors. Broken Harbour augments the layer entanglement in the final minutes for a divine microgravity, but also takes his time to literally dim the lights by letting them fade away into the distance in order to make room for the closer Ansible, a meaningful endpoint, as the whole album was to be released with this title originally. Although it sounds like a cheeky pun, Ansible is (exp)ansible, relying on the power of galactic light phenomena one last time. Flowing, floating and flying through the ether that makes the Pop-related adage walking on sunshine feel like an audacity, the layering technique consists of legato synth washes and mellowly pulsating blebs which vesiculate in close proximity to the intergalactic highway. The album has not come full circle yet. In order to accomplish this last mission, Blake Gibson lets the main aorta of Ansible fade out early and then fills the rest of the runtime with a contrastive blur that tends to foreshadow the darker things to come. What could they be? Press repeat, and you’ll know.

A synth-driven Space Ambient album with vestibules to – and vestiges of – New Age characteristics, The Geometry Of Shadows is as keen on its gloomy shadows than the elating warmth of light. No review of such a work would be complete without the stale wisdom à la “without darkness, there would be no light,” but I must at least mention it briefly, as this antediluvian sentence captures the innermost nucleus of the album better than anything else, notwithstanding its overused appearance in cultural works of all sorts. Blake Gibson carves out all the various states of a shadow by the means and limits of the Ambient genre, and he does it skillfully. I have to admit that I am often a bit wary of synthesizer-heavy Ambient albums that want to describe nature in a transformative way and without the use of field recordings, but this is not the problem of Broken Harbour at all, as the concept of a shadow is luckily aesthetic, abstract and even academical, no matter how often it appears in traditional Pop songs and Ambient music alike. Here, the geometry does not so much rely on a towering architecture or skeleton rather than a spineless flow, a riverbed of light beams which float through space… and gleam beyond. The story arc depicts the perpendicular floating operation, from shadowy barriers over a hole-and-corner duskiness to luminescent particles which waft through time and space without compromise. Not only can I relate to each of the five tracks, I feel able to distill and absorb the sound-related qualities. No witty press blurb or detailed explanation is needed – although I just did the latter –, for I am sure that the devoted listener will sense the transition from darkness to light, both from track to track and in-between the boundaries of each arrangement. The Geometry Of Shadows lives up to the Relaxed Machinery canon and is a valuable third entry in Broken Harbour’s discography.

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