Harrison Edwards | The Undiscovered Horizon

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The Undiscovered Horizon

by Harrison Edwards

The fourth release from Harrison Edwards contains twelve new tracks of powerful, emotive music inviting you to walk among the trees, sing with angels by waterfalls, and pursue undiscovered horizons.
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1. Kilimanjaro
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2. Usambara
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3. The Undiscovered Horizon
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4. Arctic Passage
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5. Eye of the Storm
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6. Peaceful Earth
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7. A Walk Among the Trees
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8. Flight of Fancy
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9. Singing With Angels By Waterfalls
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10. A Prelude & Spanish Dance
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11. The Forest Cathedral
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12. The Setting Sun
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The Undiscovered Horizon is the fourth CD by composer Harrison Edwards. The twelve tracks on this CD were the result of inspiration that occurred over a four-year period while working on a novel. Included in this release are contemporary instrumental compositions featuring lyrical melodies, strong rhythmic lines, and bold percussion. Two songs, A Walk Among The Trees, and The Forest Cathedral, were written in a neo-classical style featuring the sounds of a string orchestra.

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Raj Manoharan (www.rajmanreviews.blogspot.com)

The RajMan Review
The fourth release by composer and keyboardist Harrison Edwards isn't what one might typically think of as new age music, but new age has come to be synonymous with contemporary instrumental music, and Edwards' new CD is a lively and engaging entry in the genre(s).

Although Edwards is the only performer on the album, he has such command of synthesizer technology that he is able to simulate the sound of a full band plus an orchestra, complete with piano, guitars, bass, drums, percussion, and strings. The result is a disc that has the feel and chemistry of a host of players and instruments, all conceived in the mind of Edwards and brought to fruition through his electronic sleight of hand.

Edwards' compositions are dynamic in their diversity, running the gamut from pensive and moody to robust and bouncy. Edwards is certainly resourceful when it comes to musical creativity and expression.

If Edwards remains undiscovered in your catalog of sounds, it is time to change that and give him a few spins.
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Kathy Parsons

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"The Undiscovered Horizon" is the fourth release from Harrison Edwards. An eclectic assortment of musical styles and instruments, the twelve original tracks take the listener on an aural tour of places and cultures from around the world. Using keyboards, digital pianos, sound modules, and “soft-synths,” Edwards has a full range of instruments and effects at his fingertips, painting colorful images with sound and telling stories without words. His music is often powerful and dynamic like a film soundtrack, ranging from stately and symphonic to Techno-Dance with elements of solo piano, light jazz, and classical genres added to the mix .

"The Undiscovered Horizon" begins with “Kilimanjaro,” an East-meets-West fusion of traditional Asian musical instruments and motifs with high-powered electronic wizardry. Sometimes majestic and sometimes lighter and more playful, it’s a very impressive opening! I assume that “Usambara” refers to the mountain range in Tanzania, and the symphonic sweep of this piece is a fitting homage to scenes of breath-taking beauty and grandeur. The title track features piano, acoustic guitar, strings, voices, and other orchestral instruments, starting out simply and building as the piece evolves. “Arctic Passage” is much lighter and more fanciful, dancing on the keyboard as the chilling winds blow in the background. “Eye of the Storm” cranks up the energy to a frenetic level - dark and ominous but also very exciting! “Peaceful Earth” alternates from ambient to more rhythmic, staying gentle and serene throughout. “A Walk Among the Trees” is composed in a very stately classical style that is also very visual. A full string section gives this piece a graceful lilt. “Flight of Fancy” is the Techno/Dance piece, a fun and agitated gem that lasts a little more than a minute and feels like when I’ve had a cup of very strong coffee. Wheeee! “A Prelude & Spanish Dance” is quite different from the other tracks. The prelude incorporates trumpets, drums, strings and percussion in a classical style, and the livelier Spanish dance is mostly guitars and hand percussion. The vibrant closing track, “The Setting Sun,” is more ambient than melodic with an infectious rhythm and a light-hearted spirit.

"The Undiscovered Horizon" is a fascinating listening experience that is sure to put Harrison Edwards back on the charts. Recommended!
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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
Harrison describes the music on The Undiscovered Horizon as “a mix of big, dramatic contemporary instrumental pieces featuring blends of exotic synthesizer sounds, piano, percussion, strings and acoustic guitars.” The album opens with a track called “Kilimanjaro,” which like the mountain it is named after certainly fits the above description as “big and dramatic.” The music grabbed my attention right from the start as bubbling electronic textures and massive analog synthesizer pads create a powerful introduction, which gives way to a more subtle arpeggiated piano pattern punctuated by strings. One thing I noticed in listening to this first piece is that Harrison’s music is extremely dynamic. It doesn’t stay in one place long, as it transits through a series of intricate movements. There is a definite classical influence to this composition and perhaps a bit of his progressive rock background.


An aspect I really liked about the title track, as well as in Harrison’s music in general is that you never know what is going to happen next. This, to me, makes it incredibly interesting and full of surprises, with intriguing twists and turns melodically and instrumentally. It also shines a spotlight on his skill as a composer and arranger. Sections on a track called “Eye of the Storm” brought to mind the 70’s classical rock music of Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, one of my old favorites. The album draws to a conclusion with the appropriately named “The Setting Sun.” This was one of my favorite tracks and I particularly appreciated the contrast of the percolating sequencer and the layers of symphonic synthesizer strings accented by cymbal swells and percussion.

The music of Harrison Edwards is certainly adventurous, taking the listener on a sonic journey through a diversity of exotic soundscapes. Many of these tracks could easily work as a soundtrack for a science fiction film. For me, The Undiscovered Horizon was a stellar listening experience. I have no doubt that this current release will find as much chart success as his previous albums, and indeed, likely even greater success, as listeners become more familiar with this superbly talented artist.

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