Sunday, November 20, 2022

Journeyscapes DJ Set: Edenic Visions

An ambient/electronic mix inspired by paradisiacal mysteries.

00:25 / Chronotope Project / Higgs Field, Cauldron of Being / Gnosis
07:25 / Divine Matrix / Magellanic Clouds / Sequencer Drift
14:46 / Lingua Lustra / Life², Pt. 2 / Life²
21:35 / Desensitized / Logic of Expression [Praetoreum] / Chaos in Premonition
26:35 / Eguana & Qeight / Forest Song V / Forest Song
42:00 / Bart Hawkins / Garden of Grace / Vision of Eden
48:50 / Hollan Holmes / Tales from the Abyss / Emerald Waters
55:15 / Hibernation / A Consequence of Culture (Ambient Version) / Ambient Re:Works 01

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Journeyscapes DJ Set: Time Dilation

An ambient/electronic mix of traveling space music.

00:18 / Eagle / Bright Future / Hypervelocity Star
05:55 / Jim Ottaway / Shores of Eternity / Somewhere-In-Between
12:45 / Hollan Holmes / The River / Emerald Waters
18:15 / Meg Bowles / Ancient Paths / Pilgrimage
24:20 / Divine Matrix / Gliding on Thermals / Journeys
29:24 / Zero Cult / Contemplation / Contemplation
34:35 / Path of Silence / The Keepers of Ways / Ancestral Light
41:37 / Starterra / Frequency Source / Transformation Cycles
51:10 / Colin Rayment / Composure in a Dreamlike State / Equilibrium

Monday, October 24, 2022

Journeyscapes DJ Set: Haunted Worlds 8

An otherworldly chillscape for all hallows’ eve.

00:25 / ELEON / Seraphim Travelers / Magnetica
05:23 / Eguana / Parallel Universe / Devastated
12:07 / Robert Fox / The Devil’s Puzzle (2022 Remastered) / Timeless Vol. 2
17:50 / Blue Stone / Envy / Worlds Apart
22:48 / Eagle / Not Afraid of the Dark / Hypervelocity Star
28:20 / Love Potion / Seven Hexes / XXX
31:31 / Steve Orchard / Stay Close to the Candle / Macabre
36:00 / Germind / Prophecy in a Dream / Mind Eclipse
41:18 / Enigma / Knocking on Forbidden Doors / MCMXC a.D.
45:30 / Hollan Holmes / Leviathan / Emerald Waters
52:50 / GMO & Dense / Ghost Herbs / Ghost Herbs

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Journeyscapes DJ Set: Destination Paradise 6

A sensual mix of summer night chill for exotic getaways.

00:20 / Zero Cult / Idle Moment / Idle Moment
06:11 / Sine / Air / Einklang
10:46 / Frank Borell / Epic Dreams / The Mystic Time of Chill
15:46 / Eguana & Qeight / My Remedy / My Remedy
21:42 / Sean Hayman / Bad Days / Forget Time & Space
26:51 / Frank Borell / Equator / Best of Del Mar, Vol. 11
31:33 / Anna B May / Essence / Essence
34:56 / Pascal Dubois / Looking for Someone / Best of Del Mar, Vol. 11
38:54 / Eguana & Qeight / Just Breathe / Recreation
44:54 / Michael Whalen / Against the Sky / Imaginary Trains
48:54 / Glint / Lazy Tuesday / Five
52:38 / Germind / Star Voice / Mind Eclipse

Friday, August 19, 2022

Journeyscapes DJ Set: Shamanic Visions 6

A transcendent voyage into tribal-ambient soundworlds.

00:20 / Frore & Shane Morris / Woven / Horizon
12:54 / Steve Roach / Mojave / The Lost Pieces
18:35 / Byron Metcalf & Dashmesh / Deep Time 1 / Heart of the Deep Time
25:15 / Eguana / Shaman Calls the Dragon / Dragon Songs
32:33 / Brannan Lane & Vidna Obmana / Points of Light 1 / Deep Unknown
40:25 / Vidna Obmana / Doekoen / Subterranean Collective
49:12 / Byron Metcalf / Calling Huachuma’s Medicine Spirit / The Precipice of Choice

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Journeyscapes DJ Set: Imaginary Boundaries 2

A cinematic chillscape of surreal ambient electronica.

00:20 / Sine / Caught in Time / Einklang
04:41 / Michael Whalen / Imaginary Trains / Imaginary Trains
08:42 / Divine Matrix / Blue Origin / Journeys
13:55 / Cosmic Cadence / Coriolis Effect / Eclipse
21:11 / Keith Richie / There Are Other Worlds Than These / Epica
24:48 / Robert Fox / The Serpent’s Tail / Timeless Vol. 2 (Best of 2005-2022)
30:10 / Delerium / Metaphor / Semantic Spaces
37:45 / Santiago Trigueros / Daydreamer / Daydreamer
42:49 / ELEON / Dive / Hidden in Time
48:26 / David Helpling / Slipping (featuring Miriam Stockley) / IN

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Album Review: Music Inspired by Middle Earth Vol. II by David Arkenstone

Review by Candice Michelle

I have long been fascinated by the life of J.R.R. Tolkien and his best-selling classic epic fantasy novel series The Lord of the Rings. If there is one composer who can most perfectly pay musical homage to the enduring legacy of Tolkien’s greatest works, it’s the creatively prolific David Arkenstone. A musical novelist in his own right, as well as multi-Grammy Award nominated recording artist and Billboard New Age chart-topper whose career spans more than three decades, Arkenstone is certainly no stranger to the fantasy genre. Having mastered a diversity of musical styles – including Ambient/Chill, Celtic, World and Classical Crossover/Pop – Arkenstone frequently draws creative inspiration from ancient folklore, mythology and natural places of wonder across the globe.

The second companion to Arkenstone’s 2001 album Music Inspired by Middle Earth, Tolkien’s epic story is sonically re-imagined once again on Arkenstone’s Music Inspired by Middle Earth Vol. II – a 14-track album spanning approximately 63 minutes – whereby the listener is invited along for another enthrallingly magical adventure.

Atmospheric symphony and haunting choral figures open “The Shadow of the Past” wherein the veil between our world and the enchanting one depicted in the novels is once again lifted for a time. “The Green Dragon” follows with a festive arrangement of Celtic rhythms and violin (courtesy of Luanne Homzy) as one might imagine themselves joining the lovely hobbits for some dancing, drinking and playfulness among the green hills and pastures. Subsequently, Jillian Aversa provides ethereal wordless vocals on the mesmerizing “Daughter of the River”, a delicate and flowing piece that feels like sailing down a sparkling river in a paradisiacal elven forest.

Other outstanding pieces like “Servant of The Secret Fire” and “Minas Morgul” make use of darkly dramatic orchestration, shadowy gothic choirs and thunderously cinematic drumming, recalling the darker neoclassical mood of Arkenstone’s 2016 album Beneath a Darkening Sky.

Two other notable favorites include the back-to-back compositions “Caras Galadhon” and “Fangorn Forest”. On the watery and crystal-like “Caras Galadhon”, gently whirling minor-key orchestration conveys a bewitching suspense that feels reminiscent of "Lothlórien" or “The Palantír” from the first Music Inspired by Middle Earth album. In gentle contrast, “Fangorn Forest” recalls some of Arkenstone’s more world-tinged albums (plus the classical symphonic touch) with its native flute, rhythmic shakers and clicking percussion.

For those who enjoyed the accompanying film scores by Howard Shore to Peter Jackson’s cinematographically gorgeous and otherworldly movie adaption of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, David Arkenstone’s Music Inspired by Middle Earth Vol. II is an absolute must-have for any L.O.T.R. novel, movie, music or memorabilia fan. Variably moving along its course from dramatic to dreamy, and suspenseful to serene, Music Inspired by Middle Earth Vol. II is another poetically magnificent musical journey that could be described as ‘atmospheric classical fantasy music’ – and sure to be a top contender in the genre for this year’s best album.  

~Candice Michelle for Journeyscapes 

For more information please visit the artist's website. Music Inspired by Middle Earth Vol. II is also available at AmazonApple Music and more.

Monday, July 18, 2022

Album Review: Into the Unknown by Joseph L Young

Review by Lissette Cascante

Composer and multi-instrumentalist, Joseph L Young has enjoyed a proliferous career as a musician unafraid to go beyond boundaries of genre, style, or sound. Joseph is an established chart-topping, award-winning musician whose music has enjoyed broad radio and internet airplay, spanning such genres as New Age, Ambient, Relaxation/Meditation, Native Fusion, Jazz Fusion, and Contemporary Instrumental. But not to be limited, he has also played with a variety of bands ranging from rock, blues, folk, jazz and even Celtic.

In his sixth full-length album, Into the Unknown, Young delves deeper into musical expanses, with compositions that explore the mystical dimensions of time, space, psyche, and spirit, normally related to the unexplained, mysterious, or concealed. The album features three songs previously released as singles: “Secrets of Stone” released in 2021, “Remembrance of Time” in 2020 featuring pianist Lynn Tredeau, and a remix of his 2019 single “Between Worlds.”

The album also showcases more of his talent as a composer and arranger as well as his mastery of the flute. “Every note I play comes from my heart and is how I share my love of music with others, it's how I express my passion for the flute”, explains Joseph. He interlaces ancient sounds with modern synth arrangements which prevail in world fusion authenticity.

Joseph holds a second degree black-belt in Chinese Shao-Lin Kung Fu and Tai Chi which evidently contribute to his unique approach to music. “I want my music to take listeners on a journey of discovery”, he expounds, “to help them work through their emotions, releasing the negative, as they grow and change, and serving as a catalyst to help with their transformation."

The title track “Into the Unknown” is my favorite piece as it abounds with mystique and features a myriad of exotic instruments, voices, and rhythms bathed in a Middle Eastern style melody. In tracks like “Remembrance of Time”, “Enchanted”, “Secrets of Stone”, “Eclipsed”, and “Windswayed”, the alluring flute and creative musical arrangements transport the listener to ancient times, distant lands, sacred ceremonies, and mysterious places.

On other tracks like “Beyond the Horizon”, “Between Worlds”, “Transcendence”, “The Forgotten”, and “Ancestral Crossings”, Joseph seems to venture into other spheres such as space exploration, and perhaps even the afterlife. Into the Unknown is a treasure chest of musical jewels you’ll delight in listening time and time again. The unknown calls us to live consciously. Joseph composes music that speaks to the human soul, and which infuses the silence with the sounds of life.  

~Lissette Cascante for Journeyscapes 

For more information please visit the artist's website. Into the Unknown is also available at BandcampAmazon, and Apple Music.

Saturday, July 16, 2022