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Threshold

by Crystalline Dream

A spiritual journey of music and sound, reflective and meditational with a "New Age" essence and classically influenced compositional style.
Genre: New Age: Neo-Classical
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1. Threshold
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2. Ethereal Gauze
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3. Solar Flight
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4. Evensong
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5. Inner Peace
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6. West Wind
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7. Crystalline Dream 1
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8. Crystalline Dream 2
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9. Crystalline Dream 3
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10. Borealis
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11. Threshold (Reprise)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Dear Listener:

Somewhere in my dreams’ memories, the idea behind Crystalline Dream and the Threshold album had been haunting me until I was fortunate enough to bring them to life. Most of the music and themes on the album were realized when I was dreaming and jotted down upon awakening.

The Crystalline Dream album is comprised of eleven pieces and are meant to be as an unfolding dream. As you slip from consciousness before falling asleep, you cross the Threshold and then slip into a dream state as you journey through Ethereal Gauze and further into the dream.

My wish is for you to join me on this musical journey to relax and hopefully be taken to a different place of reflection and discovery.
Harmoniously - Richard

Musicians

Richard Ross • Keyboards, winds, percussion, & voice
Korey Ross • Guitars

Instruments used on the Crystalline Dream recording are; flute, alto flute, soprano recorder, tenor recorder, chimes, Tibetan prayer bell, gong, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, voice, piano, various percussion, recorded sounds from the nature, and synthesizer.

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Bio - Richard Ross composer, poet, and visual artist, holds a Masters Degree in Music Composition from the University of Oregon at Eugene. In addition to being a performing musician at the Oregon Shakespearian Festival at Ashland, he also composed music for the Black Swan production of Medea by Euripides on traditional and contemporary instruments. "I Sit and Look Out" (text by Walt Whitman)was premiered by the Sonoma County Chorus, and "Natures Songs" (test by Henry David Thoreau) was premiered by California Choral Artist in San Francisco at St. Agnes Cathedral. “Laughing Moon” CD was released in 2002. Richard was a recipient of the Outstanding New Composition award for A Call for New Music from Fresno State University Music Department and a Merit Award winner of the Second Annual Juried Competition for Original New Music Compositions from Sebastopol Center for the Arts in 2003. Richard is a member of ASCAP and The American Composers Forum.

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ToudorHouseProductions

This is one of the best chill-out albums ever!
This is by far one of the best chill-out, relaxing, decompressing albums ever! If you, like everyone else in the industrialized world, are looking for respite, here is you soundtrack! Don't overlook this one. Threshold is appointed to be a classic.
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K McKinzie

Refreshing!
“Threshold” is the perfect soundscape to relax to in the midst of the chaos! I listen to this album daily as it helps to keep me centered. I especially love the Tibetan prayer bowl and flute that are used in the album. I always feel refreshed after listening to this music; I really cannot get enough of it! Thank you, Richard, for such an incredible work of art!
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becwil

Wonderful calm
A dream of restful music. Excellent musicianship and production. Perfect calm mood throughout.
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Candice Michelle

Review from Journeyscapes Radio
“Threshold” is the debut album from Crystalline Dream, a meditative musical project by multi-instrumentalist Richard Ross. Comprised of eleven tracks spanning fifty minutes, Richard provides an array of flutes, chimes, gongs, Tibetan prayer bells, piano and synthesizer, as well as percussive instruments. Musician Korey Ross also lends touches of both acoustic and electric guitars.

“Threshold” opens the album with low drones and velvety tones, creating a spacious atmosphere full of warmth and light. Subtle shades of pastel are further colorized by gentle flute and chimes, as faint angelic voices emerge forth like sunlight peering through a morning fog. This paradisal quality continues into the next track, "Ethereal Gauze", a mysterious piece characterized by gentle bells and electro-organic textures which evoke the quietude of nature. "Solar Flight" employs gentle keyboard textures, sparse melodies and relaxing drones, as gauzy timbres impart an ethereal quality alongside the composition's more grounding tones. "Evensong" possesses both an underpinning of Celtic nuance and Eastern mysticism, accompanied by subtle chimes, melodic flute and minimal guitar strokes. Harp sounds also lend a Celtic whim to "Inner Peace", a composition that imparts a sense of fantasy wrapped in pure peace. My favorite composition on the album is perhaps "West Wind", where shimmering gossamer textures seem to mimic a light rain-shower as the breeze of a flute dances about like leaves in the wind. A three-part medley ensues, beginning with "Crystalline Dream 1", which opens with the sound of meditative gongs. The mood brightens a bit on "Crystalline Dream 2", with its delicate bells and softly emerging synthesizers conveying pastoral images of natural landscape. Darker tones emerge on "Crystalline Dream 3" along with the added touch of an exotic flute, conjointly alluding to a sacred temple hidden deep in the mists. Another personal favorite is "Borealis", where Tibetan bells and rain-sticks are accentuated by dual flute melodies. Closing out this peaceful journey is a reprise of "Threshold", which concludes the album in an uplifting spirit of subtle motion like clouds moving slowly across the sky.

With its deeply relaxing soundscapes akin to Deuter or Liquid Mind, “Threshold” provides the perfect backdrop for escaping to a place of pure tranquility and inner reflection. Given my own background of working in the Spa industry, I would highly recommend this album as a most wonderful companion for massage and energy work, as well as for any number of other mind-body healing and relaxation therapies.
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