The North Shore
first recorded fruit of dreamSTATE's Drone Cycle
2012 has now been
"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 Drifting 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."
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!!!"
"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."
and experiencing dreamSTATEs music is a trip into
the many dimensions and renditions
overall mood of the 12 tracks is introspective and elegiac, as
the disc is dedicated
these years, Scott & Jamie were teamed with many guest musicians,
those who prefer CD-quality with graphics & a jewel-case,
DVD Single, Moz - Cloud Painting #8, is a 12 minute
ambient film by Scott
McGregor Moore and Jamie Todd record deep electronic ambience as dreamSTATE.
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!"
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."
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."
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."
"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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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
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
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."
Lost Expedition (aka Expedition) appears on Quiet
Drones 4 - "the
To Wound the Autumnal City is available exclusively on this
the AtmoWorks website:
December 2007 release from venerable ambient label Hypnos
Recordings is their first compliation
Ghost Nebula by dreamSTATE seems to sustain an atmosphere,
it is delicately changing
good is dreamSTATE, and their contribution "Ghost Nebula"
is soothing dark
excellent collection from Hypnos that is sure to be appreciated by
both new fans of the genre,
2007 space ambient collection on the Italian Umbra label includes
2007 atmospheric collection on the Italian Umbra label includes
deliver Fogbound, a lengthy dreamy drift of soaring cinematic
Clearing is included in this ambient-guitar oriented collection
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."
Hughes' double CD Fluidities contains Molten a new previously
Hughes' new album Fluidities is not your usual double CD, but
rather an open ended project
listeners with access to only one CD player Fluidities is still
a complete listening experience;
features eleven tracks by Jonathan Hughes (including collaborations
with M. Bentley,
Hughes has realized a very unique vision with Fluidities. While
the individual tracks are minimal
There's four dreamSTATE-related tracks on the second PiNG AMBiENCE compilation CD:
primary contribution to this ambient collection (compiled by Sylken's
new dreamSTATE-related tracks on this collection are: Mara's
Dream by earotica
fine ambient artists featured on the compilation are: Alpha Wave Movement,
AMBiENCE 2 is an excellent collection proving that there are an incredible
number of artists
previously out-of-print Sunspot Interference is woven into this
AMBiENT PiNG, BTW, is the weekly Toronto live ambient/chill/experimental
the excellent artists included in the mix are a variety of musicians
re-mastered re-release of James Johnson's Linger CD includes
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."
ambient compilation from Japanese label Windfarm features a variety
of international ambient artists. The dreamSTATE track they chose
is an excerpt
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."
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."
a previously unreleased section from dreamSTATE's ambient installation
year's first great ambient compilation ... Ambient Landscapes 2
a twelve minute track recorded with deep ambient artist James Johnson,
favorable comparisons with pioneers like Eno continue. Johnson's music
is so soft and delicate,
recorded by dreamSTATE the night of the rare eclipse of the
One features ambient-groove oriented works by EPD, Universal Selector,
Two features ambient soundscapes with tracks by dreamSTATE, Forest
cyber-democratically-assembled collection is imbued with the combined
an exclusive dark ambient live recording from dreamSTATE's
press release describes the CD as "beatless atmospheres followed
by experimental techno,
artists presented here display a lot of talent and manage to make their
music quite accessible.
Sunspot Interference, a dreamSTATE dark ambient improvisation
appears on DEPROGRAMMING MUSIC
interference by dreamSTATE seduces us with some very beautifully
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"