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Alchemy

by Crystalline Dream

Alchemy, nominated for Best Electronic album 2016 by ZMR and Best New Age Album 2016 by OWMR, ventures into the musical realm of sonic spaciousness, percussive polyrhythms, and visionary dreamlike soundscapes.
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1. Alchemy
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2. Pb-Au
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3. Enhormonium
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4. Contrapuntos
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5. Aelous
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6. Sojourn
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7. Echo
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8. Musica Universalis
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9. Sectio Aurea
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10. Alchemy (Reprise)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Dear Friends:

Continuing with the musical tone poems from the preceding Crystalline Dream albums, Threshold and Journeyman, Alchemy ventures into the musical realm of sonic spaciousness, percussive polyrhythms, and visionary dreamlike soundscapes.

My wish is for you to enjoy this next journey in the evolution of the Crystalline Dream story and hopefully be transported to an other worldly place of imagination, reflection, discovery, and solace.

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Candice Michelle

Review from Journeyscapesradio.com
“Alchemy” is the third installment of a five-part album series by Crystalline Dream, a musical project conceived and composed by Richard Ross. Incorporating both electronic and indigenous instruments on the album, “Alchemy” spans styles of ambient, ethno-tribal and electronic-space music variably throughout, as its ten compositions take the listener on an extraordinary journey far-removed from the hustle-and-bustle of daily life.

The album opens with the title track, “Alchemy”, as whistling flutes and ghostly whirling voices are led by echoing electro-tribal drums. Shamanic and ritualistic in nature, the listener is immediately whisked away to an exotic destination – one that I can envision located somewhere deep in the Himalayas. This mood continues into “Pb-Au”, where bubbling synths and buzzing chimes impart a sense of entering a deep cavern encrusted with stalagmites as waters churning below. Electronic sequencing in the style of classic Tangerine Dream takes the foreground on “Enhormonium”, a traveling piece that conveys a notion of traversing the night sky. Kicking things up another notch is “Contrapuntos”, a piece led by a horn-like instrument, which infuses electric guitar and electro-tribal drumming with a bit of psychedelia. The following track, “Aelous”, is quite a stunner and possibly my favorite on the album – once again channeling the spirit of Tangerine Dream (as well as TD protégé Alpha Wave Movement). This classic electronic-space number feels beautifully expansive and majestically nocturnal, with its ethereally melodic chords set upon layers of dreamily rhythmic sequencing. “Musica Universalis” is another particular standout which bears a remarkable similarity to the music of Jonn Serrie. A classic ambient-space piece, it commences with slow-shifting tones and cavernous drones that seem to capture the resplendent mystique of the Aurora Borealis. Ending the album much in the same way it began, the familiar introductory elements return on “Alchemy (Reprise)”. This piece seems to create an impression of venturing through a portal, as if finally having arrived full-circle on our journey to a secret subterranean paradise.

Listening to “Alchemy” felt like entering another realm, with its otherworldly passages seeming to convey the essence of a culture long past and tapping into its ancient wisdom. In fact, while a couple of tracks on Crystalline Dream’s previous release, “Journeyman”, inexplicably made me think of the mythical land of Shambhala, such impressions came to mind even more frequently while listening to this album. At times slightly forbidding and consistently trance-inducing, these beautifully sublime compositions seem to have come together quite organically. Immediately becoming my favorite installment thus far in the Crystalline Dream saga, “Alchemy” is a mesmerizing musical journey simply not to be missed!
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BT Fasmer

A journey to a world far, far away
If you think it is impossible to make gold, think again. Crystalline Dream’s new album proves that it is possible to make lead into gold – or at least the musical equivalent of that wonderful, shiny metal. “Alchemy” takes us on a journey to a world far, far away. It is powerful and relaxing at the same time.
Crystalline Dream started in 2006. “Alchemy” is the third release in this music project. “Alchemy” was nominated for ZMR Best Electronic Album 2016 and OWM Awards Best New Age Album 2016. “Alchemy” is in many ways Crystalline Dream’s breakthrough release. Hopefully this will give lots of attention to the previous albums as well – which are all highly recommended.
Pb-Au
Whenever you have an album with electronic music and the band is named something with “Dream”, it is natural to think that there are at least some Tangerine Dream, Berlin school inspirations here. That is also the case with Crystalline Dream. In terms of sound though, it is just as easy to compare with Steve Roach, Erik Wøllo or Suzanne Ciani‘s more ambient work.
The album stars with the title track. The first effect, a rising, clicking synth chord, immediately sets the mind on track to another dimension. The first half minute is simply incredible sound design. Suddenly we hear a couple of flutes (soprano and sopranino recorders), bringing with them a feeling of melancholy, foreboding even. It is a remarkable image; flutes tend to make you think of forests, streaming water and nature in general. Yet here they are, rising, falling, helplessly lost in space, crying out an ambient, kinda disharmonious melody. It is wonderful and inspiring, like a modern painting where nothing is “right” – yet each part is delicate and beautiful.
On a molecular level, Au is the term for gold and Pb for lead. The song “Pb-Au” has an almost metallic sound, and if Crystalline Dream were to make a music video to this song, a ton of gold – and probably a good deal of lead too – would be needed to capture the song’s atmosphere. It is wonderfully slow and meditative. Then there’s an interesting contrast; “Enhormonium” has a gentle melody built around the structure of chords. There are some nice strings in the background too, adding colors and life.
A counterpoint
My favorite track on the album is “Contrapuntos”. A counterpoint is always a fascinating effect. “Contrapuntos” has both an interesting rhythm and something which sounds like a conversation between the lead synth and a cool electric guitar. Again the magic is in the contrasts; chilled like a tropical beach, lifeless like a planet made of nothing metals.
Even Edgar Froese would have been proud of the next track, “Aelous”. It reminds a bit of his most famous solo work, “Stuntman”. It is, in my opinion, just as good. The ambient melody is impossible not to like, and the song has both speed and drama. “Sojourn” is something quite different. A vocal synth and strings create thought provoking ambiance, if only for a moment.
A planet made of gold
I must mention the beautiful cover by Corey Ford. It is a vision of how a gold planet might look like. Even the sky is golden, colored by the reflection of shiny metal. The cover is also an indication that we are off to a one-way trip into deep space.
“Musica Universalis” picks up where “Echo” left off. The rich pads are like waves, washing over the listener. Fans of Liquid Mind and Ashaneen will feel right at home. The flutes are back on “Sectio Aurea”. They make me think of Deuter, they are that good. The melody is comforting and eerie at the same time. “Alchemy (Reprise)” is a welcome return of the first track. It binds the album together, making it into a consistent work of art.
In conclusion: “Alchemy” by Crystalline Dream is close to a perfect ambient release. The album requires active listening. It is at the same time incredible relaxing, built for reading, thinking or creative work.
In other words; “Alchemy” is gold, 100 % pure and highly valuable.
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