Saturday, April 10, 2021

Journeyscapes DJ Set: Atlantis Calling 2

A trance-ambient / maritime chillout mix! Please support the artists in this set by following the song/album links below.

Artist Name / Track Title / Album Title
Nicholas Gunn / Flow / Sound Condition
Dreaming Cooper / Crystal Cave / Mysterious Places
S1gns Of L1fe / Genetic Memory / The Age of Cymatics
Biome / Walk Among the Crystal Tides / Essence
Echo Season / Between / Solarmetric
Mark Dwane / Aquatic Alchemy / Atlantean Apparitions
Sylvain Carel / Blue is the Color / Atlantide
Alpha Wave Movement / Garden of Memories / Echoes in the Vacuum
Time Traveler / Casper’s Cove / Sky Falter

Monday, March 29, 2021

PGM 294: Sacred Visions

A transcendently ethereal and meditative mix for holy week – dedicated to the legacy of the late new age/ambient/space music composer & artistic visionary Constance Demby, who left this plane on March 20th, 2021.

Artist Name / Track Title / Album Title
Constance Demby / St. Francis Prayer / Skies Above Skies
VocaMe / Spiritus Sanctus / Inspiration (Hildegard von Bingen: Lieder und Visionen)
Sherry Finzer / Searching / Renewal
Constance Demby / Deep Mother / Attunement
Steve Roach & Serena Gabriel / Glow of Light / Temple of the Melting Dawn
Mediaeval Baebes / Fatima Prayer / Prayers of the Rosary
Forrest Smithson / Halo Waves / Dieux
Jeff Pearce / Cathedral Light / Archive 1: Songs for the Gathering
Constance Demby / Gateway / Sanctum Sanctuorum
Paul Avgerinos / State of Grace / Healing
Constance Demby / Part 1 - Faces of the Christ / Faces of the Christ

Monday, March 15, 2021

PGM 293: Celtic Reveries 7

Another ethereal/ambient/chill mix for St. Patrick's Day inspired by landscapes & legends of the Emerald Isle!

Artist Name / Track Title / Album Title
Eamonn Karran / Mac Lir / I’ll Be With You
Emer Kenny / Cast A Spell / Parting Glass
Marcomé / Time to Follow / Seven Seas
Moya Brennan / Nuair a Bhí Óg / Canvas
Ronan Hardiman / Celtic Dream / Lord of the Dance
Entheogenic / Algonquin (Celtic Mix) / Dreamtime Physics
David Arkenstone / The Girl with the Midnight Hair / Celtic Chillout
2002 / Castle of Dromore / Celtic Fairy Dream
Ashley Davis / Banquet / Songs of the Celtic Winter
Clannad / Atlantic Realm / In A Lifetime
Dagda / Winds of Change / Hibernia: The Story of Ireland
Enya / Exile / Watermark
Loreena McKennitt / Dante’s Prayer / The Book of Secrets

Monday, March 1, 2021

PGM 292: The Best of 2020 (Part 3 of 3)

In this episode we present the third and final portion of the top 30 albums of 2020, with another smooth, hour-long soundscape highlighting some of last year’s favorite & most notable releases!

Time Traveler / Ancient Wanderers / Sky Falter
Tigerforest / Away (ft. Aly Frank) / Discovery
Eguana / Revival Soul / No Magic
Starterra / Celestial / Celestial
Ben Blackett / Quiet Stillness / Portals
Stephanie Sante / Photonic Memories / Dark Matter Evolution
Jeff Pearce / An Isle / Archive 1: Songs for the Gathering
Bodhi / Gathering Dawn / Deep Dream
Sambox / Taman Sari / Le Son Du Miramar
Evenfall / Translucent Veils of Gold / Indigo Skies

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

PGM 291: The Best of 2020 (Part 2 of 3)

In this sequel episode we present part 2 of 3 of the top 30 albums of 2020 with another smooth, hour-long soundscape highlighting some of last year’s favorite & most notable releases!

Eguana / Negative Charge / Destiny, Vol. 2
Richard Ross / Thermals / Event Horizon
David Helpling / Be / Rune
Christel Veraart / Maia / Pleiades
Byron Metcalf & Jennifer Grais / Communion / Sacrament
Erik Wøllo & Michael Stearns / The Nomad’s Journey / Convergence
Kevin Keller / The Forgotten Places / The Front Porch of Heaven
Suzanne Teng & Gilbert Levy / Sueños / Autumn Monsoon
Desensitized / Formulata Oblivonos (A Complicated Tale) / Hemispherica Portalis (Portal of 1000 Years)
Forrest Fang / A Recursive Tale / Ancient Machines

Monday, February 15, 2021

PGM 290: The Best of 2020 (Part 1 of 3)

In this special episode we present part 1 of 3 of the top 30 albums of 2020 with a smooth, hour-long soundscape highlighting some of last year’s favorite & most notable releases!

Michael Whalen / Devotion / Sacred Spaces
Giuseppe Dio / Long Road / The Phoenix
Jim Ottaway / Between Truth and Dreams / When Eternity Touches Time
Infinite Dreamer & Solarsoul / Sunset Eclipse (Original Mix) / Sunset Eclipse
Nicholas Gunn / Coast / Pacific Blue
Acheloo / Distant Sign / Debris of Nostalgia
Hollan Holmes / Transmitter / Milestones
Rising Galaxy / Lovers in the Rain / Acceleration
Lingua Lustra / Inner Beauty / Astra
Mark Dwane / 24th Century / Future Tense

Sunday, January 17, 2021

PGM 289: Northern Lights 7

Another luminous soundscape inspired by the aerial majesty of the aurora borealis!

Artist Name / Track Title / Album Title
Erik Wøllo / Virtual World / Emotional Landscapes [Remastered]
Alpha Wave Movement / Dusk Descending / The Edge of Infinity
Kevin Keller / The Sky Below / The Front Porch of Heaven
Patrick Kelly / Adrift in Time / Beyond the Horizon 2: Mystical World
Jarguna & Uzbazur / Sublimation / Sublimation
Johan Agebjörn / Siberian Train Part II / Mossebo [Remastered]
David Helpling / The Black Rock / Rune
Thierry David / Galactic Bliss / Stellar Connection
Jeff Pearce / A Surrounding / Archive 1: Songs for the Gathering

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Album Review: Hemispherica Portalis (Portal of 1000 Years) by Desensitized

Desensitized is the musical duo of Deborah Martin and Dean De Benedictis whose collaborative debut album Hemispherica Portalis (Portal of 1000 Years) was released on the Spotted Peccary Music label in the fall of 2020. Comprised of 7 compositions spanning over 75 minutes, the music is accompanied by one of the most visually stunning and interpretive album artwork designs that I’ve seen in recent memory, courtesy of Daniel Pipitone. Additionally, Hemispherica Portalis was mixed by fellow Spotted Peccary Music resident Matthew Stewart and mastered by Howard Givens at the label’s studio in Portland, Oregon.

As someone who’s enjoyed Deborah’s and Dean’s previous individual and collaborative works with other artists, I was immediately intrigued upon learning sometime back of an upcoming collaboration between the two, particularly since the stylistic flavors of these two artists are quite distinct from each other. Deborah’s sound tends to occupy a more ethereal realm influenced by new age and world music leanings that often explores cultural, mythical and earth-centered themes. By comparison, Dean’s music (which also includes his works under the project name Surface 10) is overall darker, more experimental, industrial and alien with often glitch-like minimalist beats. And yet together these two have created a lushly hypnotic masterwork wherein the signature hallmarks of each artist merge seamlessly to form a new element like perfected alchemy.

Right from the opening title track one is immediately led through a deep exploration of fluidly freeform and blossoming patterns that seem to musically interpret varying biological metamorphosis and photosynthesis from an immersive, microcosmic perspective. Observational yet sensational in nature, familiar yet abstract aural textures paint a surrealistic dream-world that is strangely idyllic and beautifully bizarre. Shaped throughout by bioluminescent soundscapes that are distinctly electronic yet feel very much organic, the compositions move through simultaneously aquatic, biotic and mechanical sound environments that convey a strikingly vivid alternate reality.

Recalling at times the ambient classic Orchid by Ishq, Hemispherica Portalis offers a similar sonic immersion along with the hyperreal imagery it evokes. Easily one of the most stunning albums of the year, it's not only sure to remain a standout on the Spotted Peccary label but hopefully results in more collaborations between these two brilliant minds in the very near future! ~Candice Michelle

Album & artist links:
Spotted Peccary Music
Deborah Martin
Dean De Benedictis

Monday, January 4, 2021

PGM 288: Frozen Skies 2

Another glacial ambient-space mix for wintertime stargazing

Artist Name / Track Title / Album-EP-Single
Jim Ottaway / Ice Age / Aurora
Shunkan Idou / Formerly Seen / Formerly Seen
Isostatic / Crystals of Ice / Cloud Forms
Time Being / Drifting Form, Ineffable Void / An Ocean of Time
Robert Carty & Brannan Lane / Polar Shift / Climatic Infusion
Isostatic / The Endless Tundra / Glacial Epoch
Shinpal / Winter Solitude / Momentary Disappeared Memory
Michael Crain & Jason Carey / Glacier / Tiamatu: Twilight of the Arctic

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

PGM 287: Hypnotic Voyage 6

Another trance-ambient excursion through mind-bending otherworlds!

Artist Name / Track Title / Album-EP-Single
Zero Cult / Air / Air
Arkanna / Wonder Cloud (Side Liner Remix) / Wonder Cloud (Side Liner Remix)
Time Traveler / Explorer Beware / Sky Falter
Echo Season / Pilot / Solarmetric
Eguana / Night Starry Sky (vocal version) / Flawless Nature
Moonsong / Transequence / Ambient Odyssey
Transponder / Europa Prime / Hyperion Gate
Unusual Cosmic Process / Elysium (Lounge Remix) / Elysium