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.
 

Ambient Exotica Review – Event Horizon by Chronotope Project

6th November 2013

Event Horizon is the latest work of the Oregonian Chronotope Project aka cellist, field recordist and synth aficionado Jeffrey Ericson Allen, released on John Koch-Northrup’s Relaxed Machinery label and available to purchase and stream at Bandcamp. Mastered by fellow label mate Peter James, the nine tracks of Event Horizon are the direct follow-up to Chronotope Project’s Chrysalis (2012) which is also released on Relaxed Machinery. A so-called event horizon is the point of no return, the incident when gravity overcomes all obstacles and absorbs every particle and object, no matter how huge, and transports it into the abyss: a black hole. Jeffrey Ericson Allen, a veteran in the fields of Ambient music, with his reels, tapes and loops reaching as far back as the 80’s, does not target a particularly new topic; Italian clarinetist Tony Scott has envisioned said incident in his double album Voyage Into A Black Hole (1988). Compared to Scott’s or György Ligeti’s histrionic visions, Event Horizon is much more melodious and inviting, and nothing shows this better than its title track, but more about this at a later stage. The album merges New Age with Space Ambient. Allen does this by means of two ingredients which he interweaves throughout the album: nature-driven warmth and stratospheric iciness. Sound, sustain and silence are important ingredients as well. There is always that kind of plasticity in here that allows each texture to shine, whether it is in reclusion or in unison. You got the chronos? I got the space! Here’s an in-depth review of Chronotope Project’s Event Horizon, focusing on the aesthetics of gravity-bound sounds… in a virtual reality’s cyberspace.

The gateway to Event Horizon consists of Unwinding The Dream, and it functions in two ways: not only is it the opener and serves as the time-related epithelium that allows the sound waves to establish its very existence, it is also keen on unchaining a mild turmoil that will not be covered or addressed again by Chronotope Project, at least not during the runtime of the album. An arpeggiated eight-note acid line gyrates around a field recording of a floating rivulet; the undulation of a haunting synth – or a processed horn scheme thereof – underlines both majesty and solemnity of the arrangement. Hectic, slightly portentous and fearing the phase of awakening, Unwinding The Dream sounds like a thread and a threat at the same time. However, it naturally leads to eight additional formations that are as liquefying and refreshing as lozenges. Take the following Akashic Love Songs. Whispering souls, wind chimes and Buddhist bells of the frosty kind make room for a wondrous glissando of electric piano scintillae which already inherit – and emanate – the two primary ingredients Jeffrey Ericson Allen interweaves throughout the album: said nature-driven warmth and its antagonist, the stratospheric iciness. It depends on the listener whether to perceive the harp-oid faux-strings of the pizzicato kind as fragile or powerful. There is no doubt about the Balearic guitar though. Normally, I would elbow it out of my way by naming it cheesy, but it works fantastically well in front of the pitch-black backdrop that gathers plinking prongs and superbly Rave-evoking half-brazen pads of wonkiness. Akashic Love Song drifts further into New Age climes in its last third, sporting goblet drums and even more enigmatic tone sequences.

The follow-up Arecibo (named after the Arecibo Observatory, ain’t I clever?) sounds mechanic and quirkily robotic right from the get-go via its polyphonic thermal stokehold capsules, neon-lit gusts from cyberspace and a magnanimous ragbag of crystalline jackhammers. One possibly has the impression of being on a plant site, and even though this is a downtempo composition, it evokes bustling sceneries and that certain kind of frenzy which is aquiver with pleasant anticipation. The textural pool remains the same throughout the arrangement, the mood is balanced and positively streamlined. During No Birth, No Death, nature and technology strike back full force in a proper Pop Ambient track that unites ethereal ecclesiasticism on a vitreous organ with eminently benign flumes of thickly wadded euphoria. Allen’s cello is the actual star in here, meandering and traversing through the atmosphere while being girdled by a polyhedric helix of superimposed amicabilty. Blurred sparks twirl in adjacency to the polyphonious synth pads, everything is at peace. The track almost crosses the path to proto-New Age, but the vesiculating blebs and specks are more akin to the cyberworld-oriented viewpoint on New Age rather than the pristine purity of the 70’s.

The following stop is called The Temple Bell Fades. Granted, naming a track The Temple Bell Fades is a self-imposed task, for now the artist must deliver the very artifact in the title, and since a temple bell is not an abstract concept but a graspable thing of the real world, it better be crisp. And indeed, Chronotope Project enmeshes glass-like bells whose long afterglow becomes itself entangled with gorgeously aqueous piano strata. The piano is the king of all instruments, the starting point of virtually every composer, and this time, Jeffrey Ericson Allen succumbs to the point of origin and weaves it into the scenery. A magnificent Ambient track, its interstices occasionally may be dun-colored, but otherwise marvelously moist and damp. Automatic Writing then turns out to be a very hazy diorama with a clear cut aorta of similarly blurred pulses serving as the rhythmic flow of an angelic Ambient track. It is as if all high frequencies are whitewashed, or better still, washed away completely. Listening to this evokes the feeling of being in a pressure box – furnished with fluffy cushions. Next on the agenda: Geosynchronous. It is a coruscating affair with many a glockenspiel- or polar light-resembling glitter illumining the synth choir-interspersed dark matter spectrum. In addition to featuring a rather cold complexion, it is possibly the prime example of a tune shrouded in mystery, although not frightening or dubious at all. The spheroidal qualities increase during its runtime, as multiple fibers full of sparks create an embroidery of parallax structures. I for one can literally see the areas floating by, with each shape comprising a different surface or pattern. Vaulted yet situated in the open air, Geosynchronous is a blue-tinged shuttle of shelter.

After Geosynchronous, something important follows. It may not be a curious decision to include an album’s title track on the eighth position, but in case of the eponymous Event Horizon, it is a questionable – though not wrong – endeavor, for an event horizon marks the point of no return, with the gravitational fluxion and pull making any escape impossible. The Temple Bell Fades gave the listener temple bells, so it should be a given that Event Horizon gives the listener an aural interpretation of this cataclysm no human ever experienced in person. Except that it doesn’t. Chronotope Project decides to create a laid-back, though strikingly forsaken aura of contemplation. This is Space Ambient par excellence: overlaid legatofied square lead pads, clinging blisters and sprinkles, a cautiously wave-like movement of the susurrations, everything is peaceful to the maximum. It comes down to this: Event Horizon (the track) is a non-event! A super-mellow, harmonious non-event, I might add. Nature is coming back one last time in the closer The Path Of Least Resistance, at least the kind of nature a listener of the 21st century is aware of. Needless to say, nature is transmuted here qua a multitude of synths, but it is still a track that is either a tad more earthbound, or one leading back to Earth. Glitzy cyber birds chirp in a glowing crystal coppice, arpeggiated ice shards and adjacent glints of ardor dance saltatorily like fireflies before an increasingly luminescent background. Beat structures and rhythmic patterns not only hint at floatation, but the passing of time itself… and the temporal boundaries of the album.

Chronotope Project luckily avoids all genre-related traps in Event Horizon, and it is all the more surprising that the multi-instrumentalist does it with ease. Sure, he is a veteran and knows what he is doing, but I often encounter a certain adherence or permanent application of a working formula by Ambient masters. I would not even dare to blame these instances on the gentlemen’s blindness or the inability to move on and leave antediluvian structures behind, but rather suggest to circumscribe this phenomenon as “targeting a certain niche.” Jeffrey Ericson Allen, however, can undoubtedly shrug his shoulders, for he actually moves back, forward, on… and beyond. The principal base frame of this work shuttles (!) between Space Ambient and New Age, no surprise. But the interwoven ornaments, bits and flecks make this a work that is keen on refining these very genres. In general, Space Ambient and New Age spawn cavalcades of legato synth washes, with the respective artist grafting star dust and other glitzy asteroids onto the constructed panoramas. So do many artists. And so does Chronotope Project.

But there is more to these textures. Firstly, the runner-up Akashic Love Songs already includes Rave patterns which, you know, inherit that semi-embarrassing off-key physiognomy which was so enchanting back in the day. Naturally, Italo pianos are nowhere to be found, but the tonal patterns are still perceptible through different textures. Secondly, the cello ennobles many tracks on Event Horizon, and magnificently so, although your humble reviewer can only definitely spot it on No Birth, No Death where it appears in unprocessed form. Who knows where else it comes up? Thirdly and probably most importantly, the Oregonian musician oscillates between the moods. The sometimes crestfallen mystique of New Age as well as the paradoxically weighty loftiness of Space Ambient releases are still all over this album… but neither exclusively, nor as antagonistic forces. There is a leniency and indulgence, i.e. a humaneness, woven into Event Horizon that is often amiss in cosmic works. Jeffrey Ericson Allen showcases that he is able to be a master of his art while still absorbing and reconstructing remnants and vestiges of other genres: Drone, Rave, field recordings, you name it, accidentally or not. The title track might be the curious anticlimax that subverts a layman’s cinematic expectation of this event in terms of its structure, but otherwise, Event Horizon as a whole shows stringency and cohesion, even though it draws from more fields of knowledge and music than many other works of the genres it predominantly resides in.

Source – http://www.ambientexotica.com/ambrev279_chronotopeproject_eventhorizon/