I Am The Center: Private Issue New Age Music In America 1950-1990

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I Am The Center: Private Issue New Age Music In America 1950-1990 is a new retrospective compilation that looks at ‘new age’ music.

Label Light In The Attic Records describes the anthology as “the first major anthology to survey the golden age of new age”. It features some better-known new age artists, such as Steven Halpern, Constance Demby, Laraaji and Michael Stearns, along with works by seminal artists of the genre and other important works.

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Duet For SpaceWiz & Steinway

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Sunday Synth Jam: Here’s a relaxed improvisation for SpaceWiz and Steinway by Jordan Rudess.

SpaceWiz is a generative music app. Rudess says “The beauty of this improv is that there is the element of the unknown, quite similar to jamming with a human partner. You can interact with SpaceWiz and throw particles at the planets to create sound, or just let things evolve on their own!”

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Electronic Musicians Celebrate Arbor Day With New Compilation

In celebration of Arbor Day on April 27th 2012, a group of artists have joined together to create an album to support the National Arbor Day Foundation.

The artists, including John Koch-Northrup, Ian Boddy, John Sherwood, Joe McMahon, HG Fortune, Inner Dreamer, Shane King, Groupthink, Mystified, Shane Morris, Jack Hertz and Crystal Dreams have donated their music to support the ‘Sound For Good’ project.

The compilation, Take To The Trees, is available for download with a donation of $1 or more. 100% of your donation goes to the National Arbor Day Foundation to plant trees.

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Synthscape’s Forest Spirits

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Sotiris (Synthscape) sent this music video in via the Submit A Story page, asking “Can computers generate pleasant melodies, with a little assistance from humans?”:

My latest music track, required music “not composed by humans” so i turned to random number generation procedures to decide which notes to play for the harp, flute, choir and music box parts of Forest Spirits.

The rest were composed/played by me (human, real human). The only additional step was to “restrict to scale” the random notes selection.

So, what do you say? Can computers generate pleasant melodies with a little assistance from humans?

Atlantis Rising/ Illumination 2

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Atlantis Rising is the title song from a CD by San Francisco Bay area recording artist Michael Diamond with special guest Steven Halpern.

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Free Ambient Music From Michael Whalen

michael-whalen-tree-of-lifeComposer and sound designer Michael Whalen has released his latest album, The Tree Of Life.

You may download the recording as a free MP3 85 meg or full bandwidth 1.1 GB aiff.

Free MP3 download

Description:

The Tree Of Life is a continuous 61 minutes of music, inspired by two trips to see the redwoods of the Yosemite Valley in California. Some of the trees there are over 2000 years old.

Inspired by the space of where time is slow and bends over centuries, the sound of this project emerged.

Tracks:

  • Part one: The seedling
  • Part two: Heaven above the canopy
  • Part three: Half Light *
  • Part four: Immortal
  • Part five: The gentle giant
  • Part six: Speaking to trees
  • Part seven: Shanti, Shanti, Shanti

Music composed, produced, recorded, mixed & performed by: Michael Whalen

Electronics, ambiences, piano, keyboards & programming: Michael Whalen

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