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Ambient Life

by diatonis

The is a 3 CD set of ambient music, organic soundscape of subtle beauty, evokes a sense of wonder and reverence, contemplative, mildly enoesque, the sound is very massive and layered, ambiguously blended deepness
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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1. Structure of Ambient Life
Diatonis
5:49 album only
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2. The Dreaming Sky Priest
Diatonis
8:22 album only
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3. A Strange Motel
Diatonis
7:47 album only
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4. Shimmering Butterflies
Diatonis
8:32 album only
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5. Winding Road
Diatonis
5:03 album only
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6. Over Clouds
Diatonis
11:13 album only
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7. Glass of Starlight
Diatonis
7:47 album only
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8. Formation in the Distance
Diatonis
8:03 album only
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9. Ghost Town
Diatonis
7:45 album only
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10. Light Rain
Diatonis
6:28 album only
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11. Spiral Drift
Diatonis
9:49 album only
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12. Singing Kettle
Diatonis
9:47 album only
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13. Neptune's Erosion
Diatonis
11:13 album only
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14. Last Summer Rain
Diatonis
7:47 album only
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15. Heat Fades
Diatonis
7:15 album only
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16. Dandelion Seeds
Diatonis
7:45 album only
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17. The Seventh Portal
Diatonis
8:59 album only
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18. Remembrance
Diatonis
10:46 album only
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19. Fountains of Hycinth
Diatonis
8:03 album only
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20. Apotheosis
Diatonis
9:02 album only
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21. Spiritus Helios
Diatonis
12:24 album only
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22. White Lodge (Agent Dale Cooper)
Diatonis
6:08 album only
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23. From Beyond the Edge
Diatonis
7:45 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This album consists of three (3) professionally made CDs.

The sounds I recorded came from a variety of acoustic instruments, including trumpet, panpipes, voice, bamboo and clay flutes, strings and even a gong. These sounds are layered with other samples with more personal meaning, like my grandmother's old, slightly more than slightly out of tune upright piano and leaves that blew through my yard one day. The sounds are processed by layering, convolving, inverting as well as stretching them out over time. The electric guitar strains and a bass guitar softly thread though the music now and then. The effect is a very calming impressionistic sound. It's less structured muted quality is like sounds that are remembered so it tends to inspire a state of nostalgia in the listener. From start to finish the album took about two years to create.

diatonis
Los Angeles, CA USA August 2003

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Chuck van Zyl/STAR'S END

Music that is alluring and warm yet remote and reserved
Through tone, Diatonis (a.k.a. Stuart White) intends to capture life. Using the fluctuating forms and boundaries of the Ambient and New Age Music genres, his music reflects the inherent values and natural canons of harmonious proportions, refinement and reverence. With the triple CD set, Ambient Life, he molds disconnected sounds into dramatic gestures (perhaps by refocusing his work in abstract painting as musical exposition). The total of 23 tracks each run their course in a range of five to ten minutes. The pieces seem to play out in a simple manner, but on closer inspection we find that this artist is profoundly manipulating our surroundings - the subliminal arrangements and evocative atmospheres providing each scene with its own unique tint and a connectivity to the previous, the next and that which is external to Ambient Life. Diatonis uses an interesting assortment of instruments. Most identifiable is the guitar, but the majority of sounds and timbres cannot be traced back to their origins as, throughout this album, simple acoustic sources are electronically manipulated and mutated into wonderful auras of tonality. The result is music that is alluring and warm yet remote and reserved - sometimes cool but always keenly expressive. Ambient Life is truly beautiful, forthright Ambient Music. This album serves wonderfully as music on the periphery of perception yet stands up quite well under close scrutiny. Though a high-concept studio album, the music is never mechanistic or vapid. The smooth, shimmering atmospheres and drifting remembrances accommodates the sleeping dreamer as well as it absorbs the contemplative listener.
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