Jim Ottaway | Southern Cross

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Southern Cross

by Jim Ottaway

The 5th in a series of wonderful spacey, flowing space ambient albums from Australian synth man... Jim Ottaway.
Genre: New Age: Space
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1. Alpha Crucis
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2. Beta Crucis
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3. Gamma Crucis
14:41 $1.99
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4. Delta Crucis
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5. Epsilon Crucis
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6. Southern Cross (Timeless Motion)
11:42 $1.99
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
'Southern Cross' is a wonderful, spacey, flowing space ambient album. It is the 5th in a series of space ambient albums produced by award-winning Australian synthesist, 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' and 'Liquid Moon' (with more to follow!).

This award-winning album features 6 mesmerizing tracks ranging from 5:29 to 14:49 in length, which capture the beauty and mystique of the Southern Cross which is a star formation of the constellation Crux. The Southern Cross is a prominent feature of the southern hemisphere night skies. The Southern Cross is particularly significant to Australians and it is also a major feature of the Australian national flag.

'Southern Cross' is Jim's first space ambient album since the release of 'Liquid Moon' which was chosen as one of the Top 20 albums for July 2015 by Star's End, one of America's leading ambient music radio and internet programs.

'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 and also Album of the Year and Best Electronic Album in the 2016 One World Music Radio Awards.

Jim Ottaway is an Australian composer, producer and studio performer of original instrumental music covering many genres including electronic, space ambient, rock, 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.

'Southern Cross' is Jim's 9th international album and his 23rd independent album in his homeland, Australia.

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

Contact Jim at jim@jimottaway.com.

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Steve Sheppard

Review by One World Music Radio
We adored Invisible Vortex here at One World Music Radio and so did you, the album reached number 1 and is much loved by fans and presenters alike, so it is with glee that I get a chance to review the latest work from the artist called Southern Cross.
I have been listening to a lot of space based music lately, my dear friend Kevin Kendle has so many wonderful albums out and is at last taking his deep skies series on the road, but he wasn’t that artist that I likened this album to when I first listened to it. Southern Cross, starts with such a mellow floating state of ambience it really reminded me of Jonn Serrie. Alpha Crucis is superb, it’s one of those tracks you could listen to for hours, the sheer ambience and sensitivity used here by the artist is beyond sublime.
There are many electronic music artists around these days, but you will have to go a long way to match Jim Ottaway, his touch and delicacy on the keyboards is so creative, but so masterful. Take a listen to Beta Crucis, the atmospheric layers and utter quality of this composition is simply gorgeous, the sequences are subtle and very sweet.
One really feels a part of the whole universe through this album; you can feel a sense of merging with the oneness, especially on this track called Gamma Crucis, which is near on 15 minutes of space themed bliss. This music isn’t the long form drone you may have come to expect from the more dark realms of the ambient music genre, it’s neither positive nor negative, it just, is. Space exists in a realm of zero emotions, and somehow Jim Ottaway, through his immense skill as a musician and as a man who clearly feels his music, has manifested something here so exact and real, but so very encapsulating. There is a superb segment at just over 9 minutes, when the whole arrangement almost goes ethereal and rather haunting, listen out for that.
The shortest piece of the album at just over 5 minutes is called Delta Crucis, this entire album is dedicated to each of the stars in the Southern Cross and the constellation itself, and Ottaway has created something so ancient here in doing so. This piece has a real radiating energy of vastness about it, its essence musically, has slightly more power than the other tracks, perhaps this is the youngest of the stars, and Ottaway’s performance on synths and keyboards here almost creates a level of latent vibrancy within this creation.
Dear reader and listener, when you arrive at Epsilon Crucis, you will have arrived at my favourite track from the album. This does remind me of the work of space maestro Kendle and contains that certain warmth and organic feel too. Ottaway in my opinion has produced just over 14 minutes of music; you will simply never want to return home from. Whilst listening to this piece I was almost drawn into a galactic meditational energy and like the previously aforementioned artist, Jim Ottaway has hit right into the heart of this region of space and in my view delivered perfect composition, one that at times I felt deeply moved by.
We now leave the album with a round up and if you like, a musical over view of the constellation the Southern Cross we can add (Timeless Motion) and we can enjoy a bass that gives us a real universal heartbeat, this track almost seems primeval and through this outer worldly offering we can also feel the life force of the indigenous peoples of our planet. This is truly an exceptional way to leave what is a superb album.
Jim Ottaway mused in his liner notes and I quote “I have tried to capture the beauty and mystique of the Southern Cross in this album” Well Jim, I can tell you that you did more than try, you have manifested in my opinion your best album so far and honoured the elders, ancestors and ancients in the process. Jim Ottaway HAS brought into being THE official galactic soundtrack for this region of space and has illustrated that perfectly. Jim Ottaway is a true genius of the electronic space genre, his music is timeless and a total testament to the honesty, dedication and love that he puts into his work, you really have to get this one.
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Candice Michelle

Review from Journeyscapes Radio
“Southern Cross” is the follow-up to electronic music composer Jim Ottaway’s highly energetic “Invisible Vortex” album. Named for a distinctive constellation in the Southern Hemisphere, “Southern Cross” is Jim’s first intrinsically ambient-space album since “Liquid Moon”, which was originally released in Australia in 2011, and later internationally in 2014. Comprised of six tracks spanning seventy minutes total, the album was recorded, mixed and mastered by Jim, as well as lovingly dedicated to the memory of his mother Madge who passed away in 2015.

“Alpha Crucis” opens the album with a rumbling vibration, followed by expansive chords and a rainstick-type sound, which frequently returns throughout the compositions. Imparting an immediate sense of deep space exploration, it’s fourteen minutes and twenty seconds of pure atmospheric bliss. Alluringly arcane, this mood is carried into “Beta Crucis”, where swirling chimes mimic a galaxy filled with twinkling stars. Moving into the darkest piece, “Gamma Crucis”, linear time seems to dissolve and physical distance is no longer a barrier to the furthest reaches of space. This especially noteworthy piece is permeated by a wonderfully eerie creepiness that’s filled with the sounds of deep drones, ghostly voices, alien signals and glowing pulsars. More traces of light shine through the vast darkness on “Delta Crucis”, as if drifting among a meteor shower – before giving way to “Epsilon Crucis”, the album’s warmest, most ethereal composition. Closing out the album is the phenomenal “Southern Cross (Timeless Motion)”, with its rhythmic pulse beaming like a quasar amidst swirling chimes and a melodious drone, before dissipating into a sea of stardust.

Sitting at the meeting point of both pure ambient and classic space music, “Southern Cross” is easily Jim’s most groundbreaking album to date. I frequently had to remind myself that the many otherworldly sounds herein were actually coming from a recording studio and not some distant location of the galaxy, thanks to the impressive array of state-of-the-art recording equipment and software detailed in the liner notes. An especially rewarding headphone experience, “Southern Cross” is a must-have album for both fans of ambient-space music and astronomy enthusiasts!
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