Janet Robbins | Carrying the Bag of Hearts Interpreting the Birth of Stars Vol. I

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Carrying the Bag of Hearts Interpreting the Birth of Stars Vol. I

by Janet Robbins

Lunar soundscapes of deep stratospheric symphony; lush, raw, musical compositions to take you beyond apocolypse to beautiful primal beginnings.
Genre: Electronic: Soundscapes
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  Song Share Time Download
1. At the Heart of a Spiral Galaxy (M51's close encounter)
8:41 $0.99
2. Voluntary Exile
5:41 $0.99
3. In the Beginning
8:36 $0.99
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Album Notes
This is a volume series of three song instrumental and vocal CDs to be released every few months. The first compilation is a space/ambient/soundscape musing. Lunar soundscapes of deep stratospheric symphony; lush, raw, musical compositions, take you beyond apocolypse to beautiful primal beginnings. A little bit lo-fi sci-fi, this musical encounter with reverie, dissolution, noise and symphony sounds something like Erik Satie and Brian Eno scoring film for Ridley Scott in a Siberian mine.
Janet lives and writes music in Woodstock New York where this Cd was self-produced and recorded.

Track Description:
Symphonic soundscape space track: 1. At the Heart of a Spiral Galaxy

Minimalist space track: 2. Voluntary Exile

Primordial ambient track:3. In the Beginning



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Chris Armstrong

A lush and enriching sound-world
I discovered Ms. Robbins' music over a year ago in a random Internet Google-quest of atmospheric/ambient music and her music has been amongst my most frequently played tracks ever since.

In this wonderful series, Ms. Robbins has gone beyond the usual limitations of quite a lot of "ambient" or "atmospheric" offerings. Her music has spice and energy born of a bit more harmonic "conflict" and "drama" than are usually found in recordings in this genre, which tend to be very bland harmonically so as not to challenge the ear.

This type of harmonically static music leaves me flat and brings to mind the comment by Frank Zappa that music with no dissonance in it is like "watching a movie with only good guys in it or eating cottage cheese." Ms. Robbins' compositions, however, intoxicate and enliven the heart and mind rather than the usual sobering and quieting effect that many similarly categorized composers seem to strive for.

No sonic cottage cheese here. Rather, this music is like a rich and sultry and warm chocolate bath, but with surprise flecks of garam masala and chunks of ginger to awaken the senses and remind us that this kind of music need not consist primarily of the sonic equivalent of bunnies and rainbows. This music, like "real life," is often joyful but sometimes becomes brooding and introspective on its way back to joyfulness again.

My advice is to get all 3 discs, play them back to back and let them serve as a soundtrack for your creative endeavors and reap the benefits of the inevitable effects, "wondrous and fair," on your heart and mind.


Chris Armstrong

Patricia Duncan

Carrying the Bag of Hearts Vol I.
I'm picky about the music I listen to. I want to be inspired by what I hear. This album does just that for me. It allows me to slip into a deeply contemplative state in which I can move, breathe and dream beyond the parameters of my conscious knowing. Janet Robbins' voice is hauntingly beautiful...she reaches deep into the heart through all the cross currents there and on. Moving then deep into the soul and reflects this shared experience of our humanity back to her audience. I get the sense that she doesn't want to use her voice in an ordinary way. Ms. Robbins uses her voice to evoke an atmosphere and ambiance through her voice and music. At times her voice can stir an achingly sad memory in my heart or transport me to temples of the goddess. I get the sense that Janet Robbins knows exactly where she is taking her audience because she has traveled these terrains before. Through her voice and skillful use of sound Ms. Robbins gives the listener freedom to make their own inner journey. I highly recommend this CD.