John Adorney – Waiting For The Moon

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Artist: John Adorney
Genere: New Age
Title: Waiting For The Moon
Released: 2004
Label: Eversound
Format: CD
Musicians: John Adorney-Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Dulcimer, Keyboards, Percussion, Tambora [Bulgarian], Cello, Autoharp, Adam Adorney & Nathan Adorney-bells, Chris Bleth-oboe, english horn, Richard Hardy- flute, Daya-vocals
Executive Producer – Bruce Stanford, Craig Weeding, Michael Wood
Producer: John Adorney
Engineer:John Adorney
Mastered By – Leslie Chew

John Adorney is an award-winning composer and producer. In addition to composing, John is a board-certified music therapist (MT-BC) who works on a one-to-one basis with people with autism and other developmental disabilities. Since the spring of 2010, John has also been conducting music therapy groups with the Los Angeles-based LOTUS Project for women and men with developmental disabilities who have survived trauma and/or abuse.
John has also taught music at Waldorf schools in both Denver and Los Angeles, and is certified in the Orff-Schulwerk method of music education.
Official website:http://www.johnadorney.com/

This album was recorded in 24 bit and is his third album. My only detraction is that it almost sounds like the same song on each track with slight variations. That said though I have some favorites.

Always – Ok, I don’t know about the one word lyric thing going on here, but ok.
The Potter’s Gift – This is one of my favorites on the album. It sounds like the first track, but with different percussion and it’s an instrumental.
A Butterfly In The Well – Another favorite of mine. This is a peaceful song one can really sink into. Daya takes the vocals on this and her voice fits real well.
In Bloom – This is a bit more light-hearted, but sounds like tracks 1& 2 with background sounds.
The River’s Secret – This is a bit more upbeat with a dash of world sound. The underlying progression though is the same as tracks 1, 2 & 4, but it’s still a good song
Waiting For The Moon – Another favorite of mine, this is a great sit and listen song. The imagery comes fast. Again, you’ll notice the background note progression is the same as other tracks.
Unbroken – This is almost a twin to track #1, except for the percussion.
Flow Of Love -Well, at least this one sounds different.
The Dance – Another different sound to this track, which is quite good. I really like the voice element treatment.
Mavoh Mavoh – This is once again a disguise of the other tracks.

MUSIC:5_Star_Rating_System_3_stars I gave a generous 3 stars, because I like the genre. Had there been more distinguishing between songs, I would have rated higher.
SOUND:5_Star_Rating_System_5_stars Recorded for CD in 24 bit, so it’s gonna be right.

I choose this following video for this song because of the imaging (I don’t know the language of the sub-titles):

I was not going to include A Butterfly In The Well until I came across this video:

Various Artists – When Thunder Sleeps

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Artist: Various

Genre: Electronic, New Age, Style: Tribal, Ambient
Title: When Thunder Sleeps-A journey into the world of Spotted Peccary Music
Label: Spotted Peccary Music
Released: 1997
Format: CD
Artists: David Helping, Jon Jenkins/Paul Lackey, John Flomer’s Primal Cinema, Bruce FitzSimmons, Greg Klamt, Brain Laughter, J. Arif Verner, Deborah Martin

Since the mid-1980′s, the Spotted Peccary Music record label has been on a mission to develop, produce, publish and release ultra high quality, deep listening experiences that engage the listener and exceed expectations. When Thunder Sleeps is a thrilling collection of some of the more driving, upbeat selections from the label’s early years, a time when Spotted Peccary’s exciting new releases were beginning to explore the worlds of Ambient Electronic, Classic Berlin-School, Ethereal Atmospheric, Spacemusic, Rock, Pure Acoustic and more; challenging the standard sound of 90’s “New Age” music and transcending any boundaries previously imposed by the genre.

When Thunder Sleeps is a wonderful look back at an exciting time when Spotted Peccary’s dedication to music and art began to flourish, and the label’s unique sound began to thrive.

As you can see, this is a compilation album. It’s mostly synthesizers, but that’s ok too as synths are legitimate instruments in my book.

Here’s my breakdown of the tracks and how they made me feel and such. Of course, it may different to many people in how they are effected or what the music does for them:

“Storm Chaser-David Helping” = This track has an American Indian flavor to it with nice ambient percussion.
“First Breath”-Jon Jenkins/Paul Lackey = Remember, this is all synthesizers. This is an ok track, but doesn’t really take me anywhere.
Prelude to Rising Land”-John Flomer’s Primal Cinema = This track has an Asian flavor. I can close my eyes and let it take me through a modern Japan, but more countryside than city, kind of a overall view in a sense.
“Tamalpais”-Bruce FitzSimmons = This is one of the semi-mellow tracks and one of my favorites on the CD. The unique thing about this one is that real acoustic guitar is used and everything else is synths. The music doesn’t really take you anywhere, but I feel it is not meant to. It’s just a great listen.
“Flotatio”-Greg Klamt=This track kind of feels like you are floating on water slowly down a calm river.
“Moving Forward”-Brain Laughter=This one has a very subtle asian flavor to it in my opinion. It’s sort of a interlude to me.
“Stark Raven”-Greg Klamt= This is another one of my favorites. This track has really nice depth. It’s one of those songs where you close your eyes or listen in a darkened room.
“In Lucid Dreams”-J Arif Verner=This is a more atmospheric track, another one where can close your eyes or listen to in a darkened room. To me it kind of gives the sense of being in a comfy space vehicle with a big window and just floating through a dream space or something.
“Nymphea (water lilies)”-Deborah Martin= This one is sort of a interlude type track too. Again, just close your eyes and listen.
“Descent of the Hunter Gatherers”- John Flomer’s Primal Cinema=This is an up energy track that has a slight primal feel to it, but not dramatic. It’s almost cartoon like or Disney like with the funny alien voices used.
“The Hunt”-Brain Laughter=This has a primal aboriginal feel to it and is an interlude.
“Ruminations of a Pensive Camel”-Greg Klamt=This is another atmospheric track with good depth. It gives a sense of ancient Egypt and like one is traveling through the underworld on a boat on a river through various gateways in accordance with ancient Egyptian beliefs.
“Aeolian Atmospheres”-J. Arif Verner=This is another interlude with an asian flavor
“Behind The Mask”-Jon Jenkins/Paul Lackey=This track gives a feel of Aztec or Myan civilization. It gives the feel of floating above and through mayan or Aztec ruins.
“Flight”-Brain Laughter=This does have sort of a flight feel to it, but not sure  where it is supposed to go if anywhere.
“Midnight”-Deborah Martin=This is my least favorite track on the CD, just doesn’t do anything for me.
“End of an Era”-David Helping=This is another good track to close your eyes and listen to. Kind of like a slow travel through a starry sky. This is another of my favorite tracks.

MUSIC:5_Star_Rating_System_4_stars
SOUND:5_Star_Rating_System_5_stars

Stark Raven – Greg Klamthttps://youtu.be/O6rAROueQY0
Descent Of The Hunter Gathers: https://youtu.be/7ZvaKbSpZGI
End Of An Era: https://youtu.be/T_rhZqW5KoQ

2002 – Wings

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Artist: 2002

Genre: New Age
Title: Wings
Released: 1992
Label: Dreamtime records
Format: CD
Musicians:Randy Copus – piano, electric cello, guitar, bass, and keyboards, Pamela Copus – flutes, harp, keyboards, and a wind instrument called a WX5.

2002 is a new age group composed of Randy and Pamela Copus. 2002 has charted eleven albums on the Billboard New Age Charts.
The themes of several of 2002’s albums are deeply rooted in mythology. Wings is based on the Greek legend of Icarus.
Pamela, Randy, and their daughter Sarah record all their music at their state-of-the-art studio. Randy Copus plays piano, electric cello, guitar, bass, and keyboards. Pamela Copus plays flutes, harp, keyboards, and a wind instrument called a WX5. Sarah, their daughter who has recently joined the band, sings and plays celtic harp, violin, ukulele, piano, and Irish whistle. 2002 provide all of the vocals on their albums, recording their voices many, many times and layering them to create a “virtual choir” with a celestial, angelic quality. The vocals also have many dimensions, as words and chants in Sanskrit, Spanish, Gaelic, Latin and Japanese, representing sacred traditions throughout the world, can be heard on their albums
Artist website: http://www.2002music.com/

Once In Ancient Greece – Starts with wind sound and chimes – without looking at the title, this track kind of brings pictures in my mind of flying or moving over an ancient Greek landscape, although there is no Greek sounds of flavor present in the track. (I like to listen to this genre that way. I put on the CD and just close my eyes and listen without looking at the track listing or liner notes or anything. I feel that is when this type of music is at its best and most potent).
A Year and A Day – This is an ambient track with pan flute and synth. It sort of feels like the beginning of a journey to me.
The Sands of Crete – This is a very relaxing track. It seems to hone in on the lower base of one’s core.
Icarus – This is not one of my favorites. I think the vocals are overdone and it sounds like a Bach influence.
Athens Memories – The harp in this piece sounds like it doesn’t belong there to me. I feel the foundation of the piece can stand alone on it’s own merits. It’s a nice piece all in all though.
The Tower of Minos – I don’t know what they were doing here. It sounds like they were just playing with pitch too much to create a slow vibrato. I find this track more disturbing than relaxing.
Wings – The obligatory title track. It doesn’t really go anywhere for me. It gives a kind of stuck feeling rather than a restful one.
Feathers – I guess you can’t have wings without feathers, can you. This track has a nice elemental start that sounds like wind blowing through trees to me. It kind of stays with that feel through out. It’s a nice piece that kind of makes you feel like your just relaxing, listening to the wind blow through trees with the occasional bird song. Great for naps.
Temple of Apollo – Everybody knows who Apollo was. This song as the title implies, kind of feels like you are walking into an ancient majestic temple. (In this case they want it to be a temple of Apollo). Another nice piece in my opinion.

MUSIC: 5_Star_Rating_System_4_stars
SOUND:5_Star_Rating_System_4_stars

Here’s the first track: https://youtu.be/xjWXVfddBBg