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A Decade Dreaming

by Dreamstate

Introspective and elegiac ambient soundscapes recorded by electronic-duo dreamSTATE with special guests on cello, guitar, trumpet, synths and bowed metal live at THE AMBiENT PiNG.
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Premonition
5:12 $0.50
2. Soundscape for Richard Wright
4:47 $0.50
3. Jharna Revealed
4:12 $0.50
4. Laika's Last Orbit
5:08 $0.50
5. Nocturnal Passage
4:30 $0.50
6. Elinvar
7:31 $0.50
7. Sandstone
5:11 $0.50
8. Universe City Line
5:24 $0.50
9. Processional
4:38 $0.50
10. The Storm Within
4:57 $0.50
11. Premillennial Landscape #1
4:10 $0.50
12. Premillennial Landscape #2
5:03 $0.50
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Album Notes
"a decade dreaming" is a collection of favourite ambient soundscapes from 10 years of dreamSTATE live performances at THE AMBiENT PiNG in Toronto, Canada. It includes tracks recorded with many of the brilliant ambient artists that we have been privileged to play with over the years: Eric Hopper (Sylken) on synthesisers, Alan Bloor (Pholde/Knurl) on bowed metal, Jim Field (spacenoiz/Rhea's Obsession) on guitar, James Johnson on electronic keyboards, Wally Jericho on trumpet, cheryl o (quasiMODAL) on cello and Steven Sauvé (karmafarm) on cello treatments.

"a decade dreaming is an intense, vivid trip through the duo’s history, filled with energy, art and possibility... it’s a CD you must have in your collection." ~ John Shanahan - Hypnagogue

"Listening and experiencing dreamSTATE’s music is a trip into the many dimensions and renditions of space, ranging from the cosmic to the slightly abstract. It sees dreamy and more progressive textural pads shapeshift and evolve along the way, occasionally with foreboding undercurrents and strange field recordings. This is adventurous, freeform ambient music meant for close and deeper listening but most of all an open and receptive mind." ~ Bert Strolenberg - Sonic Immersion



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Paddy L

Somewhere between awake and asleep
Some may think that new age style/electronic music is mere background fodder for sipping exotic peppermint herbal tea extracts while becoming one with your crystal pendant under the moon of the 3rd quarter. And if that's your thing, good for you, but please keep your John Tesh and Yanni CDs to yourself.

Dreamstate could easily be used at a day spa treatment facility, but that would undermine and grossly undervalue the sonic creations contained in this album.

First of all, there's a great concept here - this was done LIVE! Who does that with this music style?! And it's done live over 10 YEARS?! The sounds are created in the moment with the room and audience influencing the song. What a neat thing to create a bio-feedback loop between artist and audience.

Next, you've got really, really tight, atmospheric tunes that put you in a very introspective state without that new agey aftertaste.

Finally, the song titles really give you a wonderful mental landscape to hang your imagination on while you float on this rock we call Earth and hurtle through the cosmos.

Beautiful stuff!

Richard Gurtler

Absolutely exciting and effective listening experience!!!
dreamSTATE, comprised of Scott M2 and Jamie Todd, is one of the leading acts on Toronto ambient scene that is united in The Ambient Ping, a creative community of audio and visual artists. As the title says, this is kind of retrospective compilation featuring tracks from dreamSTATE's live performances through the years 1999-2009. Over these years, Scott & Jamie were teamed with many guest musicians, mostly country-mates like Eric Hopper (of Sylken on synths), Alan Bloor (of Pholde on bowed metals), Jim Field (of Spacenoiz on guitar), Wally Jericho (trumpet), Cheryl O (cello) and Steven Sauvé (cello treatments) plus US ambient musician James Johnson on keyboard. The music of dreamSTATE is based on beautifully crafted multi dimensional space ambient floaters with smoothly evolving and shifting progressive textures. Wide variety of compositions ranges from more gentle aerial pieces like "Premonition", "Soundscape For Richard Wright", "Nocturnal Passage", "Laika's Last Orbit" or "Jharna Revealed" to slightly more experimental or dark industrial works like "Elinvar", "Universe City Line"or "Processional", from spatial guitar ambience on "Sandstone" to more eclectic or abstract pieces like "The Storm Within" and both parts of "Premillennial Landscape", with the second part quietly fading out and closing the album. "A Decade Dreaming" is absolutely exciting and effective listening experience and worthwhile live document showcasing the talent and potential of The Ambient Ping community. Keep on going and all the best for the next decade, guys!!!

Richard Gürtler (Bratislava, Slovakia)