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Windows

by Bryan Carrigan

Eclectic adventures of ambient and worldly soundscapes.
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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1. Into Light
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2. Seventh Stone
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3. Morning's Gift
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4. Passages
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5. Masquerade
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6. Fields of Poppy
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7. Horizon
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8. First Steps
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10. Solace
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Windows was nominated for Best Ambient Album at the 2012 ZMR Awards.

All music composed, performed, produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Bryan Carrigan.

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Un derroche de sonidos y sorpresas!.
Un derroche de sonidos y sorpresas nacen en los teclados del compositor y premiado sintetista estadounidense Bryan Carrigan. Su tercer trabajo se ha lanzado recientemente bajo el título Windows y es una muestra de las posibilidades que un sintetizador ofrece en manos expertas. Al igual que en sus dos álbumes anteriores, publicados en 2011, Windows se compone de diez tracks de género electrónico/ambient, con un toque espacial/experimental, y junto a los dos CDs anteriores, forma una colección musical elegante, donde tienen cabida los ritmos pausados y los sonidos cristalinos y profundos entre unas soporíferas melodías.

La primera de las composiciones es “Into Light”, no se podría elegir un título mejor. Se podría definir como un viaje espacial, cruzar el oscuro infinito hasta alcanzar la luz más brillante en la inmensidad. Casi siete minutos de paz, de relajación absoluta, de introspección…

“Seven Stone” despierta al oyente con su suave ritmo de campanillas y surgir de nuevos e insólitos sonidos sintetizados dentro del cálido tempo. A las percusiones se le añaden una multitud de sintetizadores y una flauta nativa que realiza algunas intervenciones. De nuevo, y aunque algo más cadenciosa, Carrigan nos invita a explorar nuevos universos íntimos.

Una de las piezas que causa interés en Windows es “Morning’s Gift”. Cargada de sintetizadores con sonidos cautivadores, Bryan consigue arrancar una melodía que aunque es repetida hasta la saciedad, no llega a desesperar, no cansa, incluso algunos instrumentos de cuerdas acompañan con sus acordes, lo que le ofrece un ligero toque acústico. Me gusta!.

“Passage” es quizás la pieza menos sugestiva de todo el álbum. De larga duración, esta composición, carente de melodía y nuevos sonidos, sólo invita al descanso, al reposo. No hay nada que destacar en ella, sólo hay paz.

El mejor tema que encontramos en el álbum lleva el nombre “Masquerade”. Aquí sí hay originalidad y algunos sonidos fantásticos, como una guitarra sintetizada que puntea entre los ritmos marcados por los teclados y el brillo de los sintetizadores. Una pieza compuesta para escuchar con atención. Mi favorita sin lugar a dudas!.

Cuencos tibetanos y el sonido de la naturaleza presentan “Fields of Poppy”. Otro gran track de Windows. Con sonidos modulados y un cálido ritmo, Carrigan va modificando la melodía entre el perpetuo tempo de la percusión, apareciendo el sonido de un instrumento de cuerdas, synth pads y otros, que dan un encanto especial al track.

Misteriosa y un con un comienzo apagado, así aparece “Horizon”. La pieza más desconcertante de todo el álbum, donde el oyente siempre queda a la espera de salir de la oscuridad que ofrecen sus notas. Con el sonido de la flauta nativa americana, Carrigan realiza un interesante consorcio junto a la electrónica más pura.

Otra gran composición de Windows es “First Steps”, la más breve de todo el álbum. Una invitación al cariño; la música es afectiva, todos los sonidos que surgen al paso del tiempo son entrañables, cristalinos y sobre todo, dulces.

“Pendulum”, al igual que “Passage” es un tema perfecto para apartar el stress de un golpe o apartarse del mundo por unos minutos. Más de siete minutos de aliviada melodía, sólo unos pocos acordes son suficientes para transportar al oyente a un mundo apartado del ruido y lo mundano.

La pieza que cierra Windows es la más extensa del CD, más de trece minutos, y es la pieza perfecta para realizar ejercicios de meditación gracias a su simplicidad instrumental y las apariciones de algunos suaves sonidos nativos que mantienen al oyente en un estado de armonía y descanso idóneos. Es difícil no sucumbir a su poder.

Windows es el tercer trabajo del compositor y sintetista Bryan Carrigan, un CD plenamente electrónico, donde predominan los estados de paz y suavidad en prácticamente todos los tracks. Windows es un ejemplo del buen uso de los sintetizadores, no todo tiene que ser rápido, fuerte o estridente, la calma es perfecta, la opción perfecta para disfrutar del verdadero sonido de los teclados y dejarse llevar por ellos. Windows es un CD recomendable.

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16/11/12
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Kathy Parsons

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"Windows" is electronic artist Bryan Carrigan’s third album to date and a first for me. Carrigan has been involved in a multitude of award-winning recordings and film scores as well as his own music. He is also known for multiple roles in the recording studio as music editor, programmer, and sound designer. In 2011, Carrigan was a co-producer, co-writer, and engineer on Zone Music Reporter’s Music Awards’ Album of the Year, "Surrender" by Jeff Oster. On "Windows," Carrigan did all of the composing, performing, production, recording, mixing, and mastering, so this is truly a solo project! The music itself is more ambient than melodic, sometimes ethereal and sometimes earthy, sometimes rhythmic and sometimes atmospheric. It is very easy to listen to while working or driving, yet is fascinating to listen to with full attention. The ten tracks range from 2 1/2 minutes to over 13 minutes, giving the ears and mind a varied musical exploration that flows seamlessly.

“Into the Light” begins our journey with a dark and mysterious piece of space music that brightens as it evolves. Despite the feeling of vast and endless darkness, there is also the suggestion of peaceful, effortless floating that is very soothing. “Seventh Stone” picks up the energy level with a catchy rhythm played behind slower, more dramatic atmospheric sounds. I really like this one. “Morning’s Gift” is a favorite. Light and joyful, the swirling keyboard sounds dancing over gentle percussion is intoxicating. “Masquerade” is a fascinating combination of floating ambient sounds with an energetic rhythm that never stops moving. “Fields of Poppy” has a simple melody played on chimes with birds singing in the background. As the piece develops, more electronic instruments enter, creating a multi-layered ode to joy and beauty. “Horizon” takes us back to the feeling of deep space, this time with more urgency and intensity but no sense of danger or threat - I like this one a lot, too. My favorite track is “Pendulum,” which goes much darker and more mysterious. Also very intense and visual, this would be great in a film score in a scene where the director wants you on the edge of your seat! “Solace” concludes the album with 13+ minutes of slowly-floating space exploration that’s very relaxed and peaceful.

"Windows" is a great choice for fans of electronic and ambient music as well as for people who want to explore this genre a bit! Recommended!
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Michael Foster

A Sonic Adventure Courtesy of Bryan Carrigan
You’ve probably heard Bryan Carrigan’s work many times in the past but have been unaware that you were listening to something that he had helped to produce or engineer. Bryan is one of those people who work behind the scenes to make great music sound even better. With job titles such as music producer, engineer, music editor, programming and sound design it might be understandable that you didn’t know of Bryan’s involvement in the soundtrack of one of your favorite movies or one of those television shows that you watch all the time but nevertheless he was there. And while this is Bryan’s bread and butter so to speak in terms of a day job he has also been working on music that is more personal to him and for which he is totally responsible. And I mean that in the most literal way since Bryan composed, performed, produced, recorded, mixed and mastered the whole album. While Bryan is very proud of what he has done in the studio for other musicians, composers and artists I suspect that he is a lot more proud of the material that he is putting out under his own name as an electronic musician.
To date Bryan has put out three albums under his own name including Passing Lights (2011), Focus (2011) and his latest album called Windows (2012). Since I have not listened to his first two releases I won’t be doing any comparisons in this review but if the other two were anything like Windows in terms of quality and musicianship then I’m sure you wouldn’t go wrong in checking them out after you have had a chance to allow Windows to soak in. In my own experience in listening to music it has been educational to start with the latest release and then work my way back through the artist’s catalog because it gives me a sense of how they have grown as a musician with each subsequent release. After having spent some quality time with Windows I am already looking forward to listening to Focus and then Passing Lights as well to get a good sense of Bryan’s progression with his composing and performing.
Windows consists of 10 tracks that all work together very well to create an atmosphere of peace that flows from composition to composition. The music covers quite a bit of ground in terms of style but none of it disrupts the flow that starts on track one and moves steadily through to the very end. Most of the tracks on this album are right around 5 or 6 minutes with a couple of songs that lean heavily towards the spacey end of electronic music and those songs stretch out to 7 and 13 minutes. All of the songs are more than long enough for Bryan to create soundscapes that draw the listener into his sonic worlds and invites them to spend some time contemplating the musical tapestry that he is weaving just for them. Even a track like Seventh Stone which is a lot more reminiscent of world music and does have a beat to it still falls into line with the overall feeling of the album which is one of tranquility and relaxation. Bryan’s production skills are evident in that he can harmonize these tracks into a thematic whole even though they are not all cut from the same cloth.
In fact it is this very variety that tends to make me appreciate the album that much more. As long as an artist is able to keep from jarring me with sharp turns in song choices as the album progresses I am usually on board with having the music that I am listening to offer me a landscape that is varied and interesting. And that is exactly what Bryan has accomplished on Windows. One of my personal favorites on the album is a song entitled Fields of Poppy which starts off with the sound of Bali bells and of electronic bird calls floating and echoing in the background. Bryan starts with that simple palette and continues to add layer upon layer of instrumentation on top of it all while maintaining the subtle yet rich base from which it began. You end up with a composition that is wonderfully expressive and evokes in the listener images of far off and exotic cultures. While I am sure that Bryan spent much time creating this landscape of sound it seems to happen so effortlessly on the album that many of us might forget the skill that is needed to create this soundstage and deliver it to the listener.
It is difficult to pick anything as a favorite off of this album because each song appeals to the listener in a different way but I enjoyed the opening track called Into Light which launches the album with its gentle synth washes that bring to mind the vastness of space with its ebb and flow of energy stretching out across light years of distance and time. Another favorite off of this album is a track called Masquerade. A sequencer driven piece that is wonderfully programmed and delivers a pulsing, rhythmic feel while never losing the sense of where the album is headed.
I’m sure that most ambient/new age/electronic music fans will find something to like about this album and once you have absorbed the particular songs that first attracted you to the project I would invite you to listen to the other compositions on this album and I’m sure you will find yourself agreeing that Windows’ diversity is not a distraction but the very thing that makes this album something you will listen to again and again. Windows is a sonic delight and I’m sure it will be in my listening rotation for many months to come.
Definitely recommended by Ambient Visions. http://www.ambientvisions.com
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Bill Binkelman - Zone Music Reporter

These Windows offer views of fantastic electronic music!
Electronic keyboard artist Bryan Carrigan apparently is out to master as many subgenres of contemporary electronic music as there currently exists. On Focus, he went after world fusion and on Passing Lights, he aimed for chill-out and electronica. Here, on Windows, Carrigan explores that netherworld where ambient and electronic new age intersect and coalesce. The result is a true revelation – an album that features rhythms but rhythms which are created not by beats but by the use of tones and melodic sounds as rhythmic elements unto themselves. It makes for a fascinating exploration of the fusion of melodic ambient/space/new age music with rhythmic elements composed of tones, pulses, and other interesting ways of introducing a "beat" into a song without relying on overt percussion or drums. In Bryan’s own words (from an email he sent to me), "…there are lots of tracks that have…tuned metal percussion and lots of manipulated metallic mallet instruments that do tend to sound a lot like gamelan. I use a lot of these low dark metallic instruments for ambience and to create rhythm and pulses on this album for when I need to give it some movement instead of relying on loops and drum beats which mask all the interesting sounds beneath. There are also several tracks with bowed metallic sounds for ambient texture and leads." I included this quote because it better describes the overall "oomph" of the music better than I ever could.

Windows is bookended by two tracks that fit more or less into the pure ambient/spacemusic genres as any conspicuous sense of rhythm is absent. "into light" opens the album with assorted waves and drones and washes of sound blending together in classic spacemusic fashion. Retro synth chords (organ-like in nature) hold center stage while whooshing effects and occasional semi-asynchronous bell tones fill out the sound field. The overall effect is of a vast expanse or a broad vista, a common evocation for spacemusic. The closing track is "solace" and it is even more ambient in execution and feel. Minimal bell/chime tones open the 13+ minute track (twice as long as anything else on the CD). Carrigan slowly introduces other sonic components, such as shape-shifting melodic elements and echoing tones (I was reminded somewhat of Kit Watkins’ Thought Tones Volume 1). The drama of the piece builds to a peak midway (the introduction of what sounds like people speaking is an interesting wrinkle) and then winds down again. The cut is a great execution of drifting formless ambience, yet using less drone and texture and more tone and sparse melody for execution.

That brings us to the core of Windows, tracks 2 through 9, where I think the true brilliance of the album is best exemplified. "seventh stone" is a gamelan-influenced piece that has a bright airiness to it, reminiscent of several tracks on Robert Rich’s Rainforest album. One can’t help but be impressed with how Carrigan so effortlessly blends all his various elements together into a cohesive whole. The mood here is both jubilant but also mysterious. "morning’s gift" is even more ebullient, featuring sampled harp, hang drum, bowed metallic synth and an orchestral string section (!). "passages" is more ambient in nature, with waves of all-enveloping retro synths. At the halfway point, bell tones emerge adding a shimmering sensation. "fields of poppy" re-introduces gamelan influences, even more pronounced than previously, and this time I was reminded of the album Bali from the group Jalan Jalan (an overlooked masterpiece, as far as I’m concerned). Carrigan mixes the gamelan sounds with retro-futuristic synth elements and the combination is a winner through and through – iridescent and sprightly in the best sense of the words.

I could go on describing every track on Windows in detail – and each one deserves that level of attention – but suffice it to say that over the course of just three albums, Bryan Carrigan has established himself as an electronic music maestro and someone of substantial importance to follow for any fan of the genre who wants to stay ahead of the curve. When I look back at his triptych of Focus, Passing Lights, and Windows, I'm more than a little startled that a seemingly unknown (who apparently has been toiling behind the scenes helping many others succeed all these years) is already at the quality level he has achieved. Where has Bryan Carrigan been all this time? Well, wherever he has been, he is here now and that is very good news for lovers of electronic keyboard music. I can’t even limit him to any one genre, because it would seem that Carrigan can pretty much conquer ‘em all. What’s he going to take on next? We can only wait and see.
Bill Binkelman
Zone Music Reporter
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George Miler

My room may be small, but the 'Windows" are large
“Into Light” is a dreamy and pensive intro to the album with the suggestion of a slow buildup as you embark on your journey. The organ-like notes, and what I’d swear was a glass harmonica and distant Tibetan bells fade and crystal chimes usher you into “Seventh Stone”, a track suffused with flutes, synthesized steelpans (if you want my guess), and the horns of Alfheim (beyond a doubt). Then comes “Morning’s Gift,” really classical with harp and violin, like a perfectly tuned Celtic orchestra. For lustrous textures, however, “Passages” is unsurpassed. This track is simply awesome. I was swept away the first time I heard it. The second time too, as the track progressed. I was prepared to listen critically this time, but I forgot about that stern resolve and lost myself in it again.

I wasn’t sure initially why Bryan named this track “Masquerade” unless it’s the engaging pixie-ish tempo which is actively in the foreground while the hint of a dreamy empyrean keeps reminding you that it’s there. I must be right because of the sound of seagulls. Natural sounds greet you again in the well-named “Fields of Poppy.” The gongs and bird songs made me feel as though I were visiting a lamasery. The contemporary passage which ensues halfway through prepares me for the return journey – the long way around, as revealed by the multiple Oriental influences in this track. “Horizon” is another awesome track, or else I’m biased. I do have a preference for epic subjects and sweeping themes. There’s an urgency here that evokes significance without darkness. “First Steps” is uplifting and really feels like a series of moments of new discovery. And “Pendulum” – I really enjoyed this track and wish there were a movie to go with it. Something dark and suspenseful without being edgy, like a conflict between opponents who understand each other and the fatefulness of the situation. Perhaps they know each other so well that they can predict the outcome together (“If I make this move, he will make that move”) and at the end one adversary quits the field of combat without delivering a blow, his armor and weapons piled where he was standing after he departed. It was a fine finish to a rich aural experience.
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Daria Murphy

Bryan Carrigan is a total PRO!
Intrigued after reading an extremely positive review of Bryan Carrigan's CD, `Windows,' I ventured over to YouTube hoping to sample his art. What tremendous sound (with great visuals)! 'Windows' became a must for my collection!
Listening to this style was new to me and forced me outside my "acoustic only" comfort level. I could not have imagined the utter sensory pleasure I have received from each beautiful & varied track. 'Totally LOVE what I hear!
Already an accomplished producer & sound engineer, Bryan is an absolute MASTER in the electronic musical field. I thank my lucky stars that I followed my instincts and also purchased his two earlier CDs, `Focus' and `Passing Lights.' The music is totally different, yet fabulous!

Added note: Filled with anticipation while loading all the CDs into my player, I grinned when I looked at the three individual labels aligned in the tray. And, thought to myself, "This is simply PERFECT! Bryan Carrigan is not only a total "pro" but has absolute STYLE!"
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