Hey everyone, the latest Steve Brand CD has just arrived at the Hypnos online store, as well as a few restocks!
“A lifelong artist and musician, Steve Brand originally recorded and released in the experimental realm under the name “Augur,” with more than 20 limited edition releases on various independent labels. In 2003, Steve began creating in the “ambient” genre under his own name. He describes this change in moniker and musical expression as “Part of the process of moving out of my head and more into my heart.” Since then, Brand has issued a number of self-released disks, as well as a number of solo and collaborative releases on the esteemed U.S. labels, Hypnos and AtmoWorks, the Spanish label, alteraOrbe, and the Italian label, Afe. Instruments used in Brand’s music include keyboards, field recordings, various flutes, whistles, zither, ocarina, voice, medicine drum, shakers and rattles, various bells, kalimba, prayer bowls, kora, gongs.”
Full color bi-fold digipack and professional CDr, shrink-wrapped
“The initial tracks for “The Space Between” were begun in early 2011 and work continued on the four tracks until early in 2013. I usually work on several works simultaneously, each one informing and propelling the others along. As “Spaces” began to develop, I felt that I wanted to include the assistance of another artist for this release, and “A Thousand Little Wounds,” seemed just right for the richly textured bass work of Peter James. Peter very kindly agreed to help and supplied me with a lovely addition to that track which deepens the feeling greatly. Instruments used in these songs include: keyboards, voice, gongs, bells, bass, field recordings and flutes. I experienced many losses and many life changes during the making of this album. In a way, creating this music, helped me make it through an extremely difficult time and enabled me to process some very challenging emotions. The title was inspired by a spark of intuition that I recieved: although loved ones, situations and events seem to pass into history and other kinds of existence, the apparent space between us, between us and our lost loved ones, between us and those events, does not actually exist. Past events, loved ones, even the resources we need from all our pasts and futures are there waiting for us…in still, quiet moments. – Steve Brand”
Full color bi-fold digipack and professional CDr
“Ambient music for the thawing season. Misty mountain tops, watery flows, and open skies.” –CD Baby
BACK IN STOCK WITH A NEW LOWER PRICE OF $13.99 (marked down from $16.99)
CDr in 5″x7″ bi-fold booklet, first edition limited to 50, signed, hand-numbered and assembled.
The long form version of Over-soul began as a seed of an idea—a track just over 9 minutes on my 2011 self-released album, “Upwelling.” I was originally inspired by my readings from various esoteric sources, and the idea that although we may see ourselves as separate, isolated and alone, in fact we all are individual expressions of one unifying, all-encompasing source, and therefore linked to that source and ultimately to one another.
Over the past 3 years, I’ve expanded and elaborated on this original idea, the result is this 61 minute long form piece, divided into three seamless expanses of driftscape: i-The Wise Silence; ii-The Collective Heart; iii-Unity—created entirely with keyboards and medicine drum.
Some titles were inspired by these writings from Ralph Waldo Emerson:
“The Supreme Critic on the errors of the past and the present, and the only prophet of that which must be, is that great nature in which we rest, as the earth lies in the soft arms of the atmosphere; that Unity, that Over-soul, within which every man’s particular being is contained and made one with all other; that common heart. “We live in succession, in division, in parts, in particles. Meantime within man is the soul of the whole; the wise silence; the universal beauty, to which every part and particle is equally related, the eternal ONE. And this deep power in which we exist and whose beatitude is all accessible to us, is not only self-sufficing and perfect in every hour, but the act of seeing and the thing seen, the seer and the spectacle, the subject and the object, are one. We see the world piece by piece, as the sun, the moon, the animal, the tree; but the whole, of which these are shining parts, is the soul.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“…a haunting drone piece that is awash with sound & texture, a piece that moves and evolves throughout the hour…Steve Brand is a consistently excellent musician and ‘Over-Soul’ is a timely reminder.” -Headphonaught
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