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Beyond the Purple Sun

by Jim Ottaway

A floating, intriguing and often haunting space ambient album from international award winning Australian composer and musician... Jim Ottaway. This is the 7th album in Jim's space ambient series.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Celestial Rainbows
6:32 $0.99
2. Lavender Moons
8:09 $1.99
3. Dark Spaces
7:37 $1.99
4. Birth of a Violet Quasar
10:02 $1.99
5. Space Lightning
6:46 $0.99
6. Secrets of the Hidden Stars
7:48 $0.99
7. Beyond the Purple Sun
10:07 $1.99
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Album Notes
'Beyond the Purple Sun' is a floating, ambient, intriguing and often haunting space album. It is the 7th in a series of space ambient albums produced by international award-winning Australian composer and musician... Jim Ottaway. If you like the early works of Tangerine Dream and Edgar Froese you will love this album. Space ambient music at its best! Keep an eye out for the other albums in the series... 'Aurora', 'Orion', 'Centauri', 'Liquid Moon' and the international award-winning albums 'Southern Cross' and 'Deep Space Blue'.

The album features 7 mesmerizing tracks ranging from 6:34 to 10:06 in length, which takes the listener on a journey beyond the purple sun... to the far reaches of the universe, where you will learn the secrets of the hidden stars, pass through majestic celestial rainbows and see the beautiful lavender moons. You will also feel the raw energy of space lightning and witness the birth of a quasar. Enjoy this celestial journey!

'Beyond the Purple Sun' is Jim's first space ambient album since the release of the international award-winning albums 'Deep Space Blue' and 'Southern Cross'. 'Deep Space Blue' was awarded Best Ambient Album at the Zone Music Reporter Awards held in New Orleans, USA in May 2018. It was also nominated for Album of the Year. 'Southern Cross' was awarded a Silver Medal at the 2016 Global Music Awards and was nominated for Best Ambient Album in the Zone Music Reporter Awards held in New Orleans in May 2017. 'Southern Cross' was also nominated for Album of the Year and Best Electronic Album in the 2016 One World Music Radio Awards.

Since 2010 twenty-one of Jim's instrumental electronic/synth tracks have been chosen as a finalist in various Australian music/songwriting awards.

Jim Ottaway is an Australian composer, producer and studio performer of original instrumental music covering many genres including electronic, ambient, space music, dance, new age and music for film and television.

The inspiration for Jim’s music stems from his love of nature and his spiritual connection to the beautiful environment of the Gold Coast hinterland of Queensland, Australia.

Jim’s major musical influences include Tangerine Dream, Edgar Froese, Vangelis, Pink Floyd, Enigma, Johannes Schmoelling, Loom, Christopher Buckman, Tony O'Connor, Christopher Franke, Lisa Gerrard, Code Indigo, Gary Wright and Radio Massacre International.

'Beyond the Purple Sun' is Jim's 12th international album. He has released over 25 independent albums in his homeland, Australia.

Official release date: 12 April 2019

Contact Jim at jim@jimottaway.com.



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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
In the works for 8 1/2 years, Jim Ottaway’s "Beyond the Purple Sun" is a sonic journey to the far reaches of the universe. Ottaway’s thirteenth international release follows his multiple award-winning "Deep Space Blue" (2017), which was named Best Ambient Album by Zone Music Reporter and was nominated for their Album of the Year award. It also received a Silver Medal in the Global Music Awards (ambient) and was nominated for Best Electronic Album by One World Music. His 2018 release, "Yesterday Passing," was nominated by ZMR as Best Electronic Album. In addition to releasing almost thirty albums, Ottaway is a Australian composer, producer and studio performer of original instrumental music covering many genres including space ambient, electronic, dance, new age, relaxation and music for film and television.

The seven tracks on "Beyond the Purple Sun" were recorded, mixed and mastered by Ottaway and all are live improvised studio recordings with minimal overdubbing. The sound quality of the album is incredible and the ambient music evokes visual images in mostly shades of deep blues, blacks and purples with occasional flashes of light. The music also gives the feeling of traveling through vast open space with a steady propulsion on some tracks and slow, free-floating movement on others. The album is a fascinating listening experience that will undoubtedly earn Ottaway a new set of awards for 2019!

"Beyond the Purple Sun" begins with “Celestial Rainbows,” a new arrangement of a piece that has appeared on previous albums under the names “MFF2-Scene 28” and “Rainbow Bridge.” Slow and majestic, it suggests hurtling through space, likely in a vehicle of some sort, taking in the magical sights and sounds of deep space. “Lavender Moons” takes us even deeper into space where we see the shimmering beauty of the lavender moons. This piece moves very slowly, giving us time to observe and study these mysterious orbs. The eerie “Dark Spaces” doesn’t feel like a good place to be with its odd sounds and scary atmosphere. “Birth of a Violet Quasar” and “Space Lightning” are aural expressions of what it could be like to experience these outer-space phenomena first-hand. “Secrets of the Hidden Stars” takes us to a magical place few humans have ever visited, allowing us to fully observe and begin to learn things most have only wondered about while looking up at the sky from Earth. The closing track is the 10-minute title track which is more rhythmic and melodic than any of the other tracks. It is still very definitely ambient and “spacey,” but it is also much lighter and more playful. It is also my favorite track on the album.

"Beyond the Purple Sun" is quite an amazing listening experience that will sound different each time you listen to it. Jim Ottaway is a master of this style of music (and several other genres!).

Steve Sheppard

A tapestry of brilliant compositions
There are few musicians who can take you to the edge of infinity and beyond, one of the few is Australian space supremo Jim Ottaway, whose brand of electronic space styled music, literally paints the sectors of the galactic emporium as we listen.
The opening offering sees us breaking free of our space port and manoeuvring into a high orbit of our home world, as we prepare to break free and enter deep space at a slow, but determined speed. Ottaway on Celestial Rainbows perfectly illustrates for us the beauty of space and its vast realms with some sublime synth work that draws into view for us the miracle of the universe.
The mastery of Ottaway’s modus operandi, is that each track is live and improvised, that talent is a rare gift and on the track Lavender Moons we can hear that methodology in full flow, the stylish construction using synths and keyboards gifts us a stunning sight of twin lavender moons to marvel at.
A completely different colour and texture of dimension now greets our eyes as we drop from warp, the ominous deep and mysterious region of the galaxy that is known to but a few wary travellers as the Dark Spaces. Ottaway’s musical database tell us that this region has barely been mapped and the tones of the performance are ones that warn, there is more here than the eye could ever see. Here lies a powerful and atmospheric offering, one that crackles and rumbles with the intent of a black hole manifesting itself, these swirling synths are absolutely perfect for drawing a musical narrative of a final frontier, perhaps the borderlands of space and time itself!
Now one must bear in mind that the artist has had these compositions in his grip for nearly 10 years now, as they were recorded from 2009 to 2019, but space music is timeless and the production quality on each and every track is faultless.
As we approach the half way buoy, our space beacon tells us we have the opportunity to witness the Birth of a Violet Quasar. This long form offering allows us the room and time to explore this expansive opus. There can be no doubt that this piece is genius, I have listened several times now and I am still in awe of its arrangement. The pulsating motif in the first few minutes could well be the actual birth of the quasar, as the feminine divide finally expels the quasar from her galactic belly; the peace that follows is simply sublime. Ottaway on this track has truly excelled, and I am right there on the bridge of our ship watching this occurrence happen.
We explore the deeper regions of what we are told are the Badlands of space, bright flashes in this region of the sector are picked up on our scanners and even via our view screen, as we watch Space Lightning. Jim Ottaway beautifully narrates this galactic area brilliantly with some simply incredible synth work; his textures are matched with some startling effects, ones that add a layer of tension to the whole composition.
Our mission to explore, record, witness and enjoy the mechanics of space is nearly complete, we must prepare to make the jump to hyperspace, but before we do so, we manoeuvre slowly to port to watch the Secrets of the Hidden Stars reveal themselves to us. One by one, with a twinkling of the eye, stars are born and then disappear; as if in a micro second, life and death have been in a simultaneous and symbiotic partnership. This is portrayed to me with such skill and aplomb; the talents of Ottaway and his composure gift us a piece that is the ultimate arrangement of excellent synth work, and a harmonious rhythmic performance that is sheer class to listen to.
We end our voyage now with the title track Beyond the Purple Sun, this is the blank canvas that the artist will paint for us the over view of the concept of his entire work, this lush and colourful pastiche is a marvel to behold and at times one feels a little energy of a David Wright composition here, the pulsating onward musical movement mixed with sublime eddying synths, manifest the perfect composition to dock our musical space ship with.
Beyond The Purple Sun in my view is one of the best albums I have heard from Ottaway, it’s a tapestry of splendid arrangements are all weaved together in an absolutely beautifully produced collection of quite brilliant compositions. If you’re a fan of electronic space music, you would be remiss in not snagging a copy of this for your collection; it is a true masterpiece of just how good this style of music can be, from an artist who clearly knows his own musical soul.