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Inspired

by Bryan Carrigan

A soundtrack for Inspired life.
Genre: New Age: New Age
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1. Elation
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2. Hope
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3. Lemon Drops
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4. Floating Above
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5. Along the Path
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6. Fluffy Clouds
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7. Kaleidoscope
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8. Caravan
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9. Really Fun Song
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10. Exhale
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11. Warm Embrace
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12. Offerings
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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

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George Miler

℞: Inspired
The first time I play a cd I always turn off the Analytical Engine and just “be.” I put the subconscious in the driver’s seat and let the chatterbox go on its vain futile way until it’s overcome by emotion. The dominant feeling I got from the first track “Elation,” with its light, simple piano notes, was a flashback to a simpler, unhurried time. I don’t recall ever consciously experiencing this, although the electric piano was popular in the ‘70s, but it felt as though a childlike simplicity had been recaptured for me.

“Hope,” the second track, starts out, for me, wan, gaunt and a little forlorn. This IS a familiar feeling, one of remoteness). But this track builds up to a more positive vibe as though the sun were breaking through clouds. This is ably supported by a layering of guitar which, however linear, gives the impression of an upward spiral.

By the time I got to the third track, “Lemon Drops,” I was thinking, “Bryan must be feeling good.” It does feel like a day in the park complete with helium balloons and innocence. This track isn’t chill but a happy romp which gets a little reflective and maybe nostalgic. This is another flashback to the joys of childhood remembered, re-experienced, and appreciated all the more for it. (This album is dedicated to his wife Deanna and his daughter Fiona. In gratitude? For his newfound ability to recapture his own childhood?)

“Floating Above” is as ambient as advertised. Birdlike song accompanies a gradual rise through the clouds to the bright empyrean above. About halfway the tone changes with a silvery gong and a muted melody, muffled perhaps, as though by clouds. This cd is a departure for Bryan, whose yen for adventure and epic is making way for decidedly spiritual…not yearnings. He has found it.

“Along the Path” – I think the thing that matters most to me is the effect the music has on me emotionally. I know that’s a trite truism. Thing is that the sweet spot inside me is often difficult to reach – or impossible – after a hectic day when connections aren’t made, items are not found, drivers go demolition-derby, and I’m putting up with tendonitis while the doctor obsesses about public relations and office etiquette and surveys. But it’s all cool, man, all cool. I know someone with legit psychic gifts who can send healing energy across great distances – all right, you can call it anything from “non-local interactions” to the power of suggestion. Last night when I first heard this cd I started feeling that healing energy along about here. Bryan is sharing his peak moods audibly; the effect is the same.

“Fluffy Clouds” makes this feeling stronger. I’m not sure I can break this down and analyze it in terms of tonal effects. This is a gently brisk track that makes it easy to see white clouds change – the pace is fast but you can run those clouds as slowly as you want. This is a lot like guided visualization.

“Kaleidoscope” is pretty descriptive. It’s more like a carousel of bright colors to me. Much lighter in tone but it maintains the momentum nonetheless. I think I hear the synth version of snapping fingers. Won’t swear to it. At the end of it I felt like saying, “All right, Bryan. Whatcha doin’ here, man?” I was pretty angry from a Facebook status but I calmed right down as if there was something subliminal on this track.

With “Caravan” we get some of the old Carrigan style of remote distances and exotica. There’s a phrase or two of jaunty Oriental or better, Indo-Sarecenic (I made that up; actually no I didn’t) in the last few minutes fo it that wind it up nicely. A reminder that people everywhere want to have a good time. (I was warned to stay out of the hookah bar, though.)

“Really Fun Song” – LOL. This is the whole point of the album! No mysteries here, just aiming for feelgood and playfulness. It really is fun.

Track 10: “Exhale” – last night these last three tracks took my breath away. Okay, make your jokes, but I mean it literally. Bryan is allowing himself his full cosmic scope where he can stretch and touch the sky.

“Warm Embrace” somehow manages to maintain this awesome sense with a womblike feel until the harps begin, occurring at intervals until the major theme asserts itself, gives way to the joy gained from this feeling of warm enfoldment…maybe it’s what happens in the heart after a warm snuggle, cozy but somehow magnified, as it music fades, into infinity.

“Offerings” – the final track – has in it a note of gratitude, a good way to end the album considering the subject. It says here the musical category is New Age – Ambient, a genre which is really part spiritual, part therapeutic, perfect for these troubled times. Inspired,indeed.

I feel compelled to add: After opening, store in a cool, dry place to preserve the flavor and potency.

By George Miler 8/29/14
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Michael Foster

Bryan Carrigan Delivers on Inspired
Bryan Carrigan is rapidly building up some very good street cred in the ambient/new age music genres as he continues to release great albums on a regular basis since his release called Passing Lights which came out in 2011. September 1, 2014 saw the release of Bryan’s latest album which is called Inspired and is his 5th album in only a 4 year span. To this reviewer Bryan appears to be making up for lost time and allowing his creative side to run free musically whenever he gets a chance. And since his first solo album didn’t come out until he was 42 years old it is perfectly understandable that there would be a lot of activity when the timing was finally right for Bryan to record some of his own music. Although I have never written a single musical note I know that music runs in my veins as surely as the composers who write the soundtracks that mark the seasons of my life. If the pull of music is that strong in me then I can only imagine that for a musician and composer it’s call must be deafening.

The album title tells you a lot about the compositions that you will find here and what it is that Bryan is hoping to share with his listeners on this latest album aptly called Inspired. This new album was completely composed, performed, produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Bryan so there is no doubt as to how each song was intended to sound as Bryan had his hand on the music from beginning to end. There was no need to explain to an engineer or mixer as to what you wanted to achieve with each song because the song began and ended with Bryan’s touch.

One of my favorite songs on the new Bryan Carrigan album is the very first song on Inspired which is simply called Elation. The song is only 2:29 minutes long but it carries a lot of positive energy with it and even though it is brief it still leaves the listener wanting to press the replay button over and over again just so the warm and sunny feelings the music generates can last as long as possible. It is wonderful to see the way that Bryan has molded these two minutes and twenty nine seconds into such a statement on which to open this album. It begins simply with the keyboards setting the stage and builds with other instruments added every few seconds until it reaches a crescendo of warmth and then begins to taper back down to end with simply the piano that began the ride into the sunny blue sky overhead. Quite a lot to put into a two and a half minute composition but Bryan does it with ease. With that kind of start you know the rest of the ride is going to be good and the listener has incentive to continue onward into the album to see what other surprises that Bryan has in store for them through the rest of the 12 songs that make up Inspired.

Another of my favorite songs that stayed with me after the first listen through the complete album was Kaleidoscope. The synthesizers here took a front row seat and provided the foundation upon which the whole song rests and echoed in and out of the mix throughout the song. The song was uplifting and carried the listener into a realm where cares and worries seemed to melt away replaced by the warm feelings that were generated by the synths that are your constant companion to the very end of the piece. The music dances and swirls around the listener and invites them to enter into the playful nature of the song. It is obvious through compositions like this that Bryan knows what he wants to communicate through his music and that with each album he grows as a musician and a composer making songs like this possible.

The last song that really stands out to me is one called Really Fun Song and that is exactly what I found when I listened to it for the 3rd or 4th time. Again the synthesizer is in the spotlight of this song and it dances and sings delightfully enticing the listener to forget about whatever might have been troubling them before putting this disc on and just spin until the world becomes a blur allowing you to focus on only the good vibes that this song exudes. The beat is the ground that you stand on and it becomes an anchor to the synth which along with the keyboards at the beginning of the song leaps and jumps over the sonic landscape in such a carefree way that you will really find yourself smiling through the whole song.

Inspired is not all just about the light and airy songs because as in life inspiration is not always achieved by those flights above the clouds into a light that is brilliantly clear but it also a subtle event that requires contemplation and times of solitude where you spend time figuring out where your life is going. Hope is the second song on this album and I really enjoyed just allowing its gentle beat and echoing piano refrains to wash over me in a wonderfully relaxing way. The song indeed does tug on the heartstring that resonates with the hope that we have for the future and for our lives in the here and now.

Bryan has done a splendid job on this song and every other song on Inspired and even though I have only spotlighted a few of them in this review I could probably have taken any of the 12 tracks on this album and been able to truthfully say that each one is a well thought out composition of its own which could have also been a featured song in this review. I am always glad to receive the latest music created by Bryan Carrigan because I know that whatever the theme of the album or whatever emotions that Bryan wishes to communicate with his music he will hit the target every time. Ambient Visions recommends this release.
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Daria Murphy

'Inspired' SOARS!
I am listening to ‘Inspired,’ ‎Bryan Carrigan’s latest CD, right now ~ it soars! I fell in love with "Elation" with my first listen!
‘Adding “Lemon Drops” & “Really Fun Song” as favorites the second time around!
Thank you, Bryan ~ ‘Inspired’ totally agrees with my spirit!
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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Reveiew excerpt from Music and Media Focus
I’ve been a fan of Bryan Carrigan’s exquisitely crafted music for some time and was very much looking forward to hearing the latest addition to his ever-expanding catalog – now his fifth solo release. Inspired is filled with musical treasures that evoke a range of emotions and provides a stellar listening experience. The opening track is “Elation,” is a buoyant, upbeat tune that lifts the listener into Bryan’s world of richly orchestrated keyboard-based instrumental melodies. Electronic music can sometimes have a seriousness about it, but the lightness of being that Bryan Carrigan infuses his music with makes Inspired one of the most upbeat albums I’ve heard in a long time. The next four tracks: “Floating Above,” “Along The Path,” “Fluffy Clouds,” and “Kaleidoscope,” continue the vibe in grand fashion. I first listened to the album over speakers, but felt compelled to go back and give it another listen with headphones to discern all the finely detailed nuances that characterize the music. And I’m glad I did. The degree of craftsmanship and the level of production in Bryan’s compositions is magnificent, to say the least.


Inspired is a perfect title for this album. Not only is the music full of inspiration, but it left me feeling inspired after hearing it (inspired enough to hit replay and listen to it again, in fact.) Bryan’s years of studio experience in LA shines through in his meticulously produced music. He is a consummate professional and his skills in composition, arranging, and instrumentation are absolutely first rate. While Bryan’s sound is quite unique, I would venture to say that fans of music by Patrick O’Hearn, Tangerine Dream, and Jean Michel Jarre would enjoy this recording as well. However, one of the things that make Inspired so special is its ebullient joyous quality that is infectious. This is one album I will keep on hand for emotionally cloudy days or whenever I need a serious shot of sonic sunshine.

To read a full length review of this CD, as well as others, please visit www.michaeldiamondmusic.com
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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Inspired" is Bryan Carrigan’s fifth album of original music and he calls it “a soundtrack for inspired life.” Blending the genres of ambient, new age, and positive chill out, Inspired’s twelve tracks take the listener on a sonic journey through hope, joy, contentment, and elation. A producer, engineer, music editor, synth programmer, scoring sound designer, remixer and composer of electronic music, Carrigan’s career has encompassed virtually all music genres while working in the recording, television and film industries, lending his skills to hundreds of diverse projects. His previous release, "Below Zero," was awarded “Best Chill/Groove” album for 2013 by Zone Music Reporter and his album, "Windows," was a nominee for Best Ambient Album in 2012. "Inspired" will no doubt continue this trend! While Carrigan’s music is distinctive and unique, some of this album reminds me a bit of some of Ray Lynch’s classic electronic music - mostly because of its buoyant spirit and masterful musicality.


"Inspired" begins with “Elation,” an energetic piano-based piece that mixes strings, guitar and keyboard sounds with an infectious rhythm and soaring joy. “Hope” expresses how I imagine floating on a cloud would feel with a repeating rhythm pattern behind ethereal washes of sound - very relaxed and soothing. “Lemon Drops” is vibrant and joyful, incorporating world rhythms with guitar sounds, voices, and layered instrumentation. I don’t think it’s possible to feel down in the dumps while listening to this one! “Floating Above” returns us to that sonic cloud and sense of blissful contentment. “Along the Path” is relaxed yet gives the impression of moving forward at a lively pace. “Kaleidoscope” kicks up the rhythm a bit behind montages of sounds that swirl and merge as the title suggests. Bright and in constant motion, it exudes feelings of freedom and joy. “Caravan” becomes more exotic and edgy while “Really Fun Song” just about dances out of the speakers with its high energy and giggling good humor (my favorite track!). “Warm Embrace” returns us to a more ambient, ethereal feeling that surrounds the listener like a lingering hug. “Offerings” closes the album with peaceful washes of sound that gently soothe and uplift, leaving the listener refreshed and feeling positive.


Bryan Carrigan has now established himself as one of the leading artists in the ambient, chill, and new age categories and Inspired will give you a really good idea of why that is. If you are new to Bryan’s music, be sure to check this one out. Fans of his previous releases will love this one, too! Highly recommended!
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