the links below, dreamSTATE music is also available
dreamSTATE's iAlbum Ephemeral City - is an infinite multimedia app.
for iPhone, iTouch or iPad, every listen to this deep ambient
will be a unique experience with ever-changing textures and arrangements
of dreamSTATE soundscapes plus urban ambient art by Scott M2.
created their first evolving ambient installation in 1996.
Now, with the help of ReFla5h the Apptician, they've created an
infinite multimedia ambient installation for your iPhone, iTouch
or iPad (with iOS 6.1.1 or higher).
"I've been listening to dreamSTATE's Ephemeral
City for a few days and I really love it.
The music is gorgeous and evolves naturally and seamlessly and the visuals are excellent.
I can thoroughly recommend it as not only a good app,
but a really high quality music and visual production."
Ashley Elsdon - Palm Sounds
to a new paradigm for albums.
Experience Ephemeral City now for $2.99 US
can also search the App Store for dreamstate
Downloading from the App Store in a WiFi zone is recommended
due to the large amount of high-quality sound files.
first recorded fruit of dreamSTATE's Drone Cycle
This CD of winter-inspired soundscapes was recorded
in January 2012 with electronic artist Heiki Sillaste. The album is titled
The North Shore and is a numbered limited-edition of 250 copies
in digipaks with glass-mastered audio CDs and 4 signed artcards.
"The centerpiece of the disc is the 40-minute Ice Flow, a shifting epic of drone curving its way in and out of shadow, including short stretches of upward-arcing pads that wind their way out of some quite-deep sonic caverns. There is, to mix phrases somewhat, a great patient dynamic at work. Moments are created out of raw material that change the timbre of the voyage without losing its constant edge. Stretches of time melt away as these artists cull fresh sounds out of their gear and ease the thing along. Subtle beats, whining curls of electronic spatter, and whisper-hiss breezes form the atmosphere. Ice Flow alone is reason enough to get this disc. The other three tracks each have their own distinct character while dovetailing perfectly into the overall feel. Snow Drifter begins with big, comparatively soft ambient pads, edging toward a less comfortable space as the piece nears its end. Expedition picks up that darkening feel; a low-end drone stretches time across a sparse landscape of sound. Choral pads and rising wind fill in the details. The closing track, Winter Light, rises up out of Ice Flow with a growl, then eases off its rough texture to reveal, in title-appropriate fashion, a slightly brighter and calmer character. Theres a nice balance of warm and cold here, the latter brought in with that persistent low-range drone, the former in the high tones.
is a great batch of minimalist, immersive drone, and youre
going to get lost in it. Its a fantastic headphone listen,
giving the subtler details more substance. The mix of mesmerizing
drone and underpinnings of uncertainty and shadow works very
well. You can relax with this disc, but youre always aware
of the edges. The way each piece evolves carries the feel of
the organic movement of an improvised piece, with no mis-steps
to impede the flow. Let this one loop for hours."
~ John Shanahan / Hypnagogue
to Snow Drifter, besides the fact it's properly entitled,
the drones, slightly high-pitched, are ebbing, gliding and cascading
through the stunningly colorful and exceptionally beautiful
icy sceneries in absolutely fascinating manner. Great piece,
Scott, Jamie & Heiki, an Ambient Hall of Fame nominee!!!
Expedition leaves the suburbs and moves towards vast
open, freezing landscapes of Ontario, masterfully wrapped by
hissy expansions, outbursts and blankets with deeply evocative,
at times strongly ethereal impact. These panoramic winter vistas
are magically beautiful and wondrously tranquil!!! "Ice
Flow", the long form piece, nearly 41 minutes in length,
moves through various transitions, ranging from more captivating,
minimally droning, through more immense, intense and dramatic
to more abysmally freezing and frightening. Yes, it's an all-inclusive
journey adventurously traversing from cinematic panoramas of
quiet Ice Flow with snowflakes gently floating down to
harsher, more experimental dronescaping rumbles evoking morning
after stormy, freezing night rain with spectacular ice formations,
where the water is frozen on the branches of the trees or as
it dropped from them. Fascinating and ultra-moody tour de force!!!
The closing Winter Light reveals with some cyber-tech
infusions, but it promptly transfers into serenely drifting
and meandering expanses. Just close your eyes and the following
could be one of your visualizing scenarios. You are walking
on the shores of Lake Superior, the night is dark, sky is clear,
it's time to experience the magic of shimmering green northern
lights over the ice coated landscapes, the Aurora Borealis.
A truly breathtaking conclusion!!! The North Shore is
an utterly magnificent winter postcard from Ontario, Canada,
a huge treasure from start to end!!! Certainly one of my most
fave dronescapades of 2012, a must have!!!"
~ Richard Gürtler / Relaxed Machinery
"The resulting suite is giddily, irresistibly, classic ambient space music. Snow Drifter sets a graceful, snowflake tone while Expedition, though buffeted by gusting winds, stands firm in frozen wonder. Patiently rolling, Ice Flow describes the vast wilderness beyond and the incomprehensible firmament above, both twinkling unanswerably at each other. Warmly analogue even as it chills, every nuance bouncing off the white is captured. Every now and again, a flying saucer passes through the rustling curtain of northern lights. Pale Winter Light shines just above the horizon until The North Shore recedes into darkness.
is great beauty in the fact that though evoking such a variety
of winter conditions, there is never a sharp edge or crusty
ridge. Permafrost is the permaculture of the Canadian mind and
The North Shore captures its essence."
~ Stephen Fruitman / igloo magazine
"a decade dreaming is an intense, vivid trip through the duos history,
filled with energy, art and possibility... its a CD you must have in your collection."
~ John Shanahan - Hypnagogue
and experiencing dreamSTATEs music is a trip into
the many dimensions and renditions
of space, ranging from the cosmic to the slightly abstract. It sees dreamy and more progressive
textural pads shapeshift and evolve along the way, occasionally with foreboding undercurrents
and strange field recordings. This is adventurous, freeform ambient music meant for close and
deeper listening but most of all an open and receptive mind."
~ Bert Strolenberg - Sonic Immersion
overall mood of the 12 tracks is introspective and elegiac, as
the disc is dedicated
to two of their synth heroes who had passed on: Canadian musician/radio producer
David Pritchard and Pink Floyds Richard Wright. They also performed pieces
with these artists in mind, creating the spacious Soundscape For Richard Wright
spontaneously with guest (Eric Hopper) at a special event at the Textile Museum.
It sounds like Tangerine Dream expanding on a fragment of Pink Floyds Echoes and is
just one of the many deeply beautiful moments these guys create on a regular basis."
~ Chris Twomey - Tandem
these years, Scott & Jamie were teamed with many guest musicians,
country-mates like Eric Hopper (of Sylken on synths), Alan Bloor (of Pholde on bowed metals),
Jim Field (of Spacenoiz on guitar), Wally Jericho (trumpet), cheryl o (cello) and
Steven Sauvé (cello treatments) plus US ambient musician James Johnson on keyboard.
The music of dreamSTATE is based on beautifully crafted multi dimensional space ambient floaters
with smoothly evolving and shifting progressive textures. Wide variety of compositions
ranges from more gentle aerial pieces ... to slightly more experimental or dark industrial works...
from spatial guitar ambience... to more eclectic or abstract pieces. "a decade dreaming" is
absolutely exciting and effective listening experience and worthwhile live document
showcasing the talent and potential of The Ambient Ping community."
~ Richard Gürtler - Relaxed Machineries
those who prefer CD-quality with graphics & a jewel-case,
a specially-priced CD version is available. A free & legal mp3-download edition
is also available through the wonderful ping things label. The choice is yours...
Free & legal mp3-download version of a decade dreaming
available at ping things dot com
DVD Single, Moz - Cloud Painting #8, is a 12 minute
ambient film by Scott
with a soundtrack, For the Dreaming Dancers, playable in stereo or as a Dolby AC-3
quadrophonic immersive mix. The Cloud Painting series is intended as video paintings and
employs clouds as a medium of slow transformation. The DVD medium allows dreamSTATE
to bring you immersive ambient sound and to explore ambient visuals.
Moz - Cloud Painting #8 is now out-of-print
Please join the dreamSTATE Update List ( list at dreamSTATE.to )
to be notified if a second edition becomes available.
McGregor Moore and Jamie Todd record deep electronic ambience as dreamSTATE.
They created OM live at Canada's OM Festival in June, 2000. It is exactly as recorded -
straight to D.A.T. with no overdubs. It is an awesome soundscape created in "real time".
It is also an excellent companion to BETWEEN REALITIES, their debut CD, from one of their
installation performances. This is great e-music. It is full of symphonic synth washes, deep riffs,
huge atmospheres and experimental sounds. Those experiments give the disc sci-fi appeal.
This superb adventure is also a great meditation experience."
~ Jim Brenholts / EER Music Reviews
first edition of OM has now been sold out.
work is a moving and profound listening experience the listener will
not forget. It is highly recommended to all lovers of adventurous ambient
music and deserves to be a classic!"
~ Dodds Wiley / ambient.us
of Toronto electronic artists dreamSTATE will no doubt be thrilled
by the release of PASSAGE, a series of soundscapes specially created
for an installation held in Goderich, Ontario. Inspired by the poetry
of Lynn Harrigan from her collection "Moon Sea Crossing", PASSAGE tells
the story of Aina, an Irish immigrant who settles in Huron District
during the 1840s. Her life during this time is filled with hardship
and turmoil, ultimately resulting in a mental breakdown which leads
to her being confined in the Huron District Gaol where her mental state
further declines. Through a masterful creation of sound and environment,
dreamSTATE is able to draw the listener into Aina's plight and
brings her story to life in a powerful and haunting manner. ... As
brilliant as it is emotional, PASSAGE is a beautiful work by one of
Toronto's premier electronic acts. Many lesser talents would find themselves
lost in such a dark subject matter, but dreamSTATE are able to
convey the scene, the situation and the emotions felt in a succinct
and powerful way. A testimony to their sophistication and artistry,
PASSAGE is sure to become a classic of the genre."
~ rik maclean / Ambient Visions
music, highly impressionistic, doesnt attempt to make real the
literary metaphors upon which they base this recording, but instead
opt for tone poems reflecting/refracting distance, longing,
tribulation. ... Patently well-done, particularly in the origination
of sound structures that are intentionally minimal when necessary, the
drones indeed becoming imagistic phenomena, Passages sound fairly
congeals the oxygen around you into shadows and fog."
~ Darren Bergstein / e/i magazine
was just discussing with someone the other day the difference between
average ambient music and great ambient music. It is difficult to describe
the difference, but very easy to hear it. I reviewed a couple of so-so
CDs before putting "Passage" in the player, and the superior
quality was evident from the opening notes. Serene, smooth, and cool,
this is first-class ambient through and through. Right now the birds
are chirping on Clearing as a gentle rhythm chugs slowly
by. The balance between simplicity and complexity is perfect. The music
evolves seemingly with ease, yet you can hear the thought behind it
and the craft that went into it. Detailed liner notes explain the story
behind the music, which was created for a multimedia event in Ontario.
The dark subject matter is apparent in tracks like Fall
and Captive, both of which beautifully capture the mood
they seek to emulate, the latter particularly haunting as dark choirs
wail in the background. By far the brightest and prettiest track is
Watershed, which is reenacted at the discs closing
in Watershed Reprise, signifying hope at the end of the
dark journey. Highly recommended."
~ Phil Derby / Electroambient Space
Passage as an ambient recording is easy. This is an excellent
CD, provided you enjoy this genre as a textural experience, comprised
of ethereal and glowing spacemusic-like washes as well as darker drone-style
ambient soundscapes (with the exception of Clearing). The technical
quality is flawless and the choice (by Moore and Todd) to separate the
tracks with a few seconds of silence does not detract from the overall
cohesive impact of the entire album. However, that said, the true power
of this CD comes from integrating the "story" with the music,
where you, the listener, immerse yourself in Aina's tale (she is the
lead character) and allow the recording to walk you through her tragedy
as well as (hopefully) her triumphant crawl from the abyss. It is within
this context that Passage elevates itself from being merely a
good recording to being an important artistic statement. I highly recommend
this album in either regard."
~ Bill Binkelman / Wind and Wire
PASSAGE on CD online for $12.95 US
REALITIES consists of a one-hour slice from a soundscape installation
entitled waveforms that ran continuously for eight months in
1996 and 1997 at The H5 Project holographic gallery in Toronto. Created
using three MiniDisk players on shuffle and loop modes, the sounds produced
by dreamSTATE for this installation were pure, deep ambience
as originally defined by pioneer Brian Eno: Music that merges with the
surroundings to create a different listening experience with every listen.
And since it was recorded using an open microphone, sounds from the
street and gallery space hum through the mix and merge with the sounds
in the listener's environment, blurring the line between realities -
just as the title suggests."
~ Greg Clow / Chart Magazine / Feedback Monitor
little over an hour long, dreamSTATE have come up with one of
the finest examples of ambient music this year. In effect, this is one
long soundscape in the tradition of David Parsons (Yatra, Himalaya),
Steve Roach (any of the longer later solo works), and possibly old man
Eno (Discreet Music). Having said this, let me say that this is as good
as any of these recordings, and taken from a live, long running installation.
... This will appeal to a lot of ambient fans and no doubt, space music
listeners. No dramatics, no groove, no discernible melody. Just classic
ambience. Me, I love it."
~ Hans Stoeve / Power Spot
REALITIES is definitive ambient music. By that I mean it can be used
to literally define the term. ... Highly recommended for ambient and,
in my view, space music fans everywhere."
~ Bill Binkleman / Wind & Wire
electronic washes phase in and out in an ever-changing state of ebb
and flow. Totally beatless and smooth, the lush chords swirl mistily,
merging and remerging into different billowing configurations. Trickling
water sounds run through several passages, as do occasional waves of
rippling electro-distortion. It translates into a dreamy hour-long listen
for your own environs."
~ David J. Opdyke / AmbiEntrance
Between Realities online for $12.95 US
1 - Darkness on the Edge of Light is a sound environment by
URM - a project by Jamie Todd, of dreamSTATE. He
recorded it with the Absynth soft synth. The process involves sustaining
a single note then modulating and mixing it in real time. (In simpler
terms, that means warping the sh!t out of the note!) This is superb
electronic minimalism. It is the complete package from the opening
iteration to the mechanical repetitions. The atmospheres are the soundscapes.
The metallic textures and sci-fi sounds take this long-form (55')
composition into the isolationism of deep space. This is an essential
~ Jim Brenholts / Tracks Across The Universe / Eclectic Earwig Reviews
SYNTHPHONICS 1 online for $12.97 US
SYNTHPHONICS 1 online now for only $10.00 Canadian
Todd of dreamSTATE returns with the second volume in his Synthphonics
series, Hush on the Peace Terrain. Utilizing the Reason software
system, Jamie has created a lush and emotional series of soundscapes
linked conceptually by recent world events. Unlike its predecessor,
Hush... uses shorter pieces of differing thematic natures to
tell it's story, and while maintaining a link in terms of sound, each
piece retains a distinct personality and identity indicative of a
particular instant. From the quiet movement of Dawn into the
shifting and evolving darkness of Pillars Crumble Into Chaos,
through to the slow pulse of closing track New American Century,
Hush on the Peace Terrain brilliantly captures the effects
that current events have had on all of us. A very moving collection
of songs, and a very impressive addition to the Synthphonics
~ rik maclean / ping things
SYNTHPHONICS 2 online for $12.97 US
SYNTHPHONICS 2 online now for only $10.00 Canadian
dreamSTATE's Jamie Todd (aka URM) is also a member of ambient spacemusic group SADU along with Sylken's Eric Hopper and Terry O'Brien from Anomalous Disturbances. This live DVD with a 5.1 DTS/Dolby sountrack was captured by director David Sloma from a performance at THE AMBiENT PiNG. dreamSTATE's favourite visualists General Chaos Visuals fill the frames with their live ambient light paintings.
somebody who has been at literally hundreds of PiNG nights, I fully
recommend LiVE at THE PiNG with General Chaos Visuals as a
wonderful document that captures the sights and sounds of the live
PiNG experience. Whether you've been to a thousand PiNG shows or none,
if you're a fan of live electronic improvisational work then you owe
it to yourself to check out this impressive document."
~ rik maclean / ping things
d r e a m S T A T E on C O M P I L A T I O N S :
Drones 7 has a Summer theme and features several dreamSTATE-related
The first is Scott M2's White Cloud Island - a rarely-released solo ambient piece.
dreamSTATE vs Heiki contributes a new deep ambient piece Nimbostratus.
Scott is a member of a new group, Luminous Haze, whose 16-minute piece Big Bay Drone
concludes the album. (There is also a 30-minute megamix which merges all 6 tracks together.)
All these tracks are exclusive to this collection.
Available from Paper+Sound for $7.00 US - Download only
contribute their TD-inspired White
Falcon to this massive compilation
which honours the the life and music of Tangerine Dream founder Edgar Froese.
and Evolution: A Tribute to Edgar Froese features 24 tracks -
about 5 hours of music
by artists influenced by Edgar. All sales of this album go directlyto
Dr. Bob's SoundSchool to honour Bob Moog who built the mighty Moogs
which Edgar and TD wielded so powerfully. dreamSTATE's track employs
both virtulal Moog modulars and Scott's modified Moog System 15.
Available as very high-quality downloads through Bandcamp for $15 US
Lost Expedition (aka Expedition) appears on Quiet
Drones 4 - "the
latest installment in the continuing compilation series of experimental ambient drone music.
This edition focuses on the theme of winter cold. The four pieces on Quiet Drones 4,
all attempt to create a detached and frigid environment for the listener.
Compiled by Heiki Sillaste who has collected beatless tracks from
ATONEMENT, CHROMOSPHERE, dreamSTATE vs. HEIKI and KALTE."
Available as mp3 download album only from Paper+Sound for $5.00 US
To Wound the Autumnal City is available exclusively on this
from the AtmoWorks label along with 11 other tracks by ambient/electronic sound artists:
Igneous Flame, Steve Brand, Vir Unis, Interstial, MJ Dawn, Galactic Anthems,
The Elf Machine, Gydja, Bunk Data Dr Victor and apne sinn.
the AtmoWorks website:
"A seamless blend of styles and influences carefully mastered and molded together
by the tag-team of Vir Unis and MjDawn, AtmoWorks Presents: Compiled
is a wide-ranging set sure to please the most discerning electo-heads."
The CD is out of print but the mp3 version
is available through AtmoWorks for $6.98 US
December 2007 release from venerable ambient label Hypnos
Recordings is their first compliation
since 1999 and features a next-generation cross-section of ambient, experimental and soundscape artists
from around the world. dreamSTATE's Ghost Nebula, composed just for this collection, joins nine other
previously unreleased tracks covering sonic territory from soundtrack-like sounds, to darker ambient,
to pure sonic experimentation. More info and soundfiles here.
Ghost Nebula by dreamSTATE seems to sustain an atmosphere,
it is delicately changing
colour and tone throughout its course. The arrangement of synth pads and reverberant effects
provide a beautiful and sophisticated drifting experience."
~ Chuck van Zyl / STAR'S END
good is dreamSTATE, and their contribution "Ghost Nebula"
is soothing dark
shifting and drifting, which gets more intense as it goes."
~ Phil Derby / Electroambient Space
excellent collection from Hypnos that is sure to be appreciated by
both new fans of the genre,
and older fans who like to discover new sounds. Highly recommended."
rik maclean / ping things
2007 space ambient collection on the Italian Umbra label includes
Deeper, a previously unreleased alien atmospheric soundscape, along with
offerings by Diatonis, MaJaLe, Thomas Weiss, Temps Perdu? and Oophoi.
2007 atmospheric collection on the Italian Umbra label includes
a previously unreleased fourteen minute deep ambient soundscape, along with other moody
musical mysteries by Oophoi (the label's founder), Seren Ffordd, Darkend Soul,
Mathias Grassow, Netherworld and Thomas Weiss.
deliver Fogbound, a lengthy dreamy drift of soaring cinematic
soft swirling swells... Fans of all things drone and ambient and dark ambient and black ambient
and drifting and dreamlike, will definitely fall under the soporific spell of Foglands. Packaged in
an oversized full plastic sleeve, with an oversized card, full color image on one side
and liner notes on the other. LIMITED TO 300 COPIES, each disc hand numbered."
~ Aquarius Records
Clearing is included in this ambient-guitar oriented collection
compiled by Sylken's Eric Hopper.
Thirteen diverse soundscapes are offered by eight artists from the Toronto ambient scene: Aidan Baker (Nadja/ARC), Joe G (Styrohead), Eric Hopper (Sylken), Scott M2 (dreamSTATE), Phil Ogison (TDITD), Matthew Poulakakis (Solipsystem), Paul Royes (cybertarist), Arnold Sprogis (Ambient TV) plus Vancouver's Terry O'Brien (Anomalous Disturbances) and several of THE AMBiENT PiNG's friends from the USA: Matt Borghi (Portland OR), Michael Diamond (San Rafael CA), Mark Mahoney (The Amaranth Signal / Knoxville TN) and Stuart White (Diatonis / Los Angeles CA).
choice right across the board, this bevy of String Things makes you
believe in the guitars recuperative powers all over again, shucked
of ego, immersed in contexts emotive and ameliorating. Ambience for
the masses doesnt come much more amassed than this."
~ Darren Bergstein / e/i magazine
Buy PiNG AMBiENCE 3 online now for only $15.00 Canadian using PayPal.
Hughes' double CD Fluidities contains Molten a new previously
dreamSTATE track created just for this special project. Here's the details from the Foundry Label website:
Hughes' new album Fluidities is not your usual double CD, but
rather an open ended project
designed to generate many unique musical collaborations. The tracks on these two discs
were designed so that any track on one CD could be combined with any track from the other CD
to create a hybrid piece. In fact any two tracks on Fluidities can be played together to create
new composite tracks that are, in effect, virtual collaborations between artists
who may have never recorded together.
listeners with access to only one CD player Fluidities is still
a complete listening experience;
each piece functions well as a self contained composition and the two discs contain more
than two hours of music. For those with two CD players 726 minutes (over twelve hours)
of unique music can be created from the 121 possible combinations of tracks.
features eleven tracks by Jonathan Hughes (including collaborations
with M. Bentley,
Hussalonia, Naryan Padmanabha, and David Mussen) as well as eleven tracks by some of the
most prominent names in the electronic music scene, including Tetsu Inoue, Ian Boddy,
High Skies (Mat Jarvis), Saul Stokes, Susanne Brokesch, ATOI/Seofon, dreamSTATE,
Interstitial, Jussi & Jaana Väisänen, Dean Santomieri and Michael Bentley/eM."
Hughes has realized a very unique vision with Fluidities. While
the individual tracks are minimal
and sparse ambient excursions, the possibilities explode when the tracks are combined with each other
and the sonic experience becomes an exercise in close listening. Everything is possible, nothing is true
with this one release. I randomize again and it is a completely different record. You must explore."
~ Mark Teppo / Igloo Magazine
There's four dreamSTATE-related tracks on the second PiNG AMBiENCE compilation CD:
primary contribution to this ambient collection (compiled by Sylken's
is a collaboration with multi-talented vocal sound artist/dancer/choreographer Susanna Hood
titled Phases of the Moon.
new dreamSTATE-related tracks on this collection are: Mara's
Dream by earotica
(dreamSTATE's Scott M2 working with rik maclean from Mara's Torment)
consume by URM (Jamie Todd's solo soundscape project)
and The Light Unseen by Sylken (a track co-created with Scott M2).
fine ambient artists featured on the compilation are: Alpha Wave Movement,
Sylken, Paul Royes, Anomalous Disturbances, Solipsystem, karmafarm,
Aidan Baker, Styrohead, Sara Ayers and James Johnson.
AMBiENCE 2 is an excellent collection proving that there are an incredible
number of artists
creating beautiful music worth discovering for yourself. A wonderful introduction to a variety of talents
and a testimony to the community that has developed around the AMBiENT PiNG."
~ rik maclean / Ambient Visions
PiNG AMBiENCE 2 online for $12.97 US
PiNG AMBiENCE 2 online now for only $15.00 Canadian
previously out-of-print Sunspot Interference is woven into this
continuous mix compilation of music from AMBiENT PiNG performers.
AMBiENT PiNG, BTW, is the weekly Toronto live ambient/chill/experimental
music event which dreamSTATE has been organizing since January 2000.
Read an extensive interview with Jamie, Scott M2 and Rich Baker (who curated this CD)
at the ping things website to learn more about THE AMBiENT PiNG.
the excellent artists included in the mix are a variety of musicians
dreamSTATE has performed with, such as cheryl o, Andrew Aldridge,
Eric Hopper (Sylken), Arnold Sprogis (Ambient-TV), Wally Jericho and Pholde.
This is a great introduction for anyone who's been curious about PiNG.
PiNG AMBiENCE online for $11.97 US
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re-mastered re-release of James Johnson's Linger CD includes
a previously un-released track from James Johnson's 2002 live collaborative
AMBiENT PiNG performance with dreamSTATE and Wally Jericho. The CD is a lingering journey
through space and time that drifts in and out of the surreal. Recorded during live performances
at The Ambient Ping and sound:escape, Linger chronicals the live sound of James Johnson's
electronic textures and shifting soundscapes.
glad to see this surface--I've always felt it to be one of Johnson's
best and most memorable discs. Linger has changed slightly with
its reissue--the track Floating and Dreaming has been omitted
to allow the release of the new Twilight Impressions ... I was
saddened to see the former go, but the new track is just as interesting
and beautiful (as well as a collaboration with Toronto's dreamSTATE)....
which shifts the tone considerably from the natural to a more synthetic
and spaced-out environment. Fans of the driftier selections in the Silent
Records catalog (for example, The Heavenly Music Corporation's excellent
Anechoic) will find much to enjoy here as impressively resonant synth
slices dazzlingly meld with Johnson's echoed synth (similar to that
heard on Minimum). This track was created more recently than
the rest of Linger, and it shows. It fits comfortably with the
rest of the album: its pleasures are evident and I'm glad to see it
released. Eventually, the track morphs down to a harmonic driftscape
as guitar tones and subdued vocalizations push the track through zones
of light and opacity."
~ Brian Bieniowski / The Ambient Review
Limited Edition - Now out of print
ambient compilation from Japanese label Windfarm features a variety
of international ambient artists. The dreamSTATE track they chose
is an excerpt
from BETWEEN REALITIES as there is a water theme underlying the selections. The lineup is: James Johnson (zeromusic/Hypnos), Pule (Windfarm), Edward Larry Gordon (a.k.a. Laraaji), Jussi Väisänen Rabbi Abulafia (Windfarm), Isomorph (Isomorphmusic), dreamSTATE (e-SPACE), Kristian Peters (tomlab), Jonathan Hughes (The Foundry, Hypnos) and Richard Bone (quirkwork).
high quality of all the tracks, taken along with its diversity of sound
and talent make Harmony with Ambience a hard package to resist. Even
the cover art--a simple zen-like layout of washed-out organics--maintains
the theme and professional look of the music within. I give this compilation
my highest rating--all fans of translucent soundscaping will surely
be pleased with Harmony of Ambience's multitude of pleasures."
~ Brian Bieniowski / The Ambient Review
Limited Edition - Now out of print
The Storm Within, a live track recorded with cellist cheryl o appears on CD for the first time in this double CD set featuring music by Stephen Philips, Forrest Fang, Numina, Craig Padilla, Falling You, Ashera and many other fine ambient artists. This is the 2nd volume of ambient tracks by members of the Hyperreal Ambient List (chosen through an extensive voting process).
4 is a tune by one of my favorite artists of all time, dreamSTATE.
For this song, which was recorded live at the famous Ambient Ping, dreamSTATE
teamed up with cheryl o. This results in a very beautiful slightly chaotic-sounding
song of immense beauty (though of course, I might be a bit biased ;).
It's a shame that this only lasts for 5 minutes, I would've loved to
hear more of this."
~ Stefan Koopmanschap / Electronic Music World
Limited Edition - Now out of print
a previously unreleased section from dreamSTATE's ambient installation
is now available exclusively on Ambient Landscapes 2 - Passage To Chill from Dark Duck Records.
This excellent ambient music compilation also features tracks from James Johnson,
Subspace (Jonathan Hughes), Stephen Philips, Twine, Deep Chill Network, Allan Imberg and others.
year's first great ambient compilation ... Ambient Landscapes 2
an essential recording for listeners of the genre. Highly recommended"
~ Bill Binkelman / Wind & Wire.
a twelve minute track recorded with deep ambient artist James Johnson,
appears exclusively on his CD Linger on the Space For Music virtual label. This CD also features tracks
James recorded live at THE AMBiENT PiNG and during his sound:escape live radio broadcast
during his sojourn in Toronto in August 2000.
favorable comparisons with pioneers like Eno continue. Johnson's music
is so soft and delicate,
yet dramatic and rich with life. ... Floating and Dreaming is a live studio piece, which includes
the members of dreamSTATE, recorded in their Toronto studio. The title of this one pretty much
sums up the excellent dreamy, floating ambience. Formless waves of sound
waft easily into the night air ... Simply excellent."
~ Phil Derby / Sequences Magazine
recorded by dreamSTATE the night of the rare eclipse of the
full moon on the Winter Solstice, December 22nd, 1999, appears exclusively on this
double CD compilation of tracks by 24 members of the hyperreal ambient mailing list.
One features ambient-groove oriented works by EPD, Universal Selector,
Excelsior, Ambient Temple Of The Imagination, Tonelab, Spirit Oscillator and others.
Two features ambient soundscapes with tracks by dreamSTATE, Forest
Deep Chill Network, Michael Hillborg, Subspace, DXM, Kendall Jackman and others.
cyber-democratically-assembled collection is imbued with the combined
of collective enthusiasm and burgeoning new talents ... ambient01@hyperreal
receives a special 9.3 rating for its cyber-ambient-communal importance as well
as for the fresh blood it provides."
~ David J Opdyke / AmbiEntrance
an exclusive dark ambient live recording from dreamSTATE's
October 24, 1998 soundscape performance at We'ave, Toronto, is available on
the limited edition dark electronics compilation Infinity Paradox from Fusion Audio recordings.
press release describes the CD as "beatless atmospheres followed
by experimental techno,
melodic ambience juxtaposed by relentless noise and the classical industrial sound countered
by pulsing EBM." Infinity Paradox also includes tracks by Sara Ayers, Cazzodio, Sult, Baal,
Bxg Cxty Xrchxstrx, Ene, Disaster Preparedness, Suspicion Breeds Confidence and others...
artists presented here display a lot of talent and manage to make their
music quite accessible.
Ene's track, Sult's "This pussy has teeth" or "The Stonecrest Visitation" from dreamSTATE are
extremely enjoyable, and show that the new generation of american noise/industrial doesn't fear
the comparison with older bands. "Infinity Paradox" is an industrial noise sampler like very few,
managing to wander in various styles without losing its coherence."
~ Nicolas Chevreux / Recycle Your Ears
Limited Edition - Out of print October 2001
Sunspot Interference, a dreamSTATE dark ambient improvisation
appears on DEPROGRAMMING MUSIC
(sacred noise recordings) - an international noise/ambient/experimental compilation CD featuring
exclusive tracks by: Merzbow, Mindspawn, Lefthandeddecision, John Wiese, Gruntsplatter, Ovum,
Mason Jones, Amber Ayslum, Nothing, Robot Vs. Rabbit, Anapthergal, Yamaakago, Mag Wheels,
Ashrae Fax and Cold Electric Fire.
interference by dreamSTATE seduces us with some very beautifully
abysmal string compositions that bend with radiant harmony. This is absolutely one of my
favorites alone, wanting me to seek out more from this artist."
On Saturday May 13th, 2000, a fireworks warehouse in Enschede, The Netherlands exploded in two big bangs, blasting away the surrounding houses. 18 people died including courageous firemen and 944 people were injured. This is a special project to help the people of Enschede. All proceeds of this CD's sales will be donated to one of the aid funds for the victims of this awful explosion.
Includes tracks by dreamSTATE (Adrift In The City), TearSong, TranceVersions, jonas lindgren, Ganzfeld, CRELM, LoveCraft's Adjectives, Kaden, Aois-Dubh, ronny engmann's project hyrmnll, OpenRoad, Xylox and Liquid Pain.
"a fantastic selection of musicians and tracks"
~ William Moses / Electronic BB
Limited Edition - Out of print October 2000