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Relaxation and Action

by KevOz

14 tracks of innovative instrumentals that are beyond genres. We're talking fun music here, folks...whether you’re listening for relaxation purposes, or action. You decide.
Genre: Electronic: Experimental
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1. Victory at Hand
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2. Waves of Nostalgia
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3. Bongos in Flight
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4. Epic Space Cola
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5. Just You and Me
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6. Magic Wand
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7. Zentronica
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8. Close Enough for Jazz
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9. Panned-a-Monium
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10. Chiptune Delight
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11. Ping Pong Blues
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12. Yoga Worship on Mars
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13. Love You Every Day
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14. Purple Hearts
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Just who is KevOz, you might ask? First off – I’m a husband, a dad to a rescue dog, and a world traveler. Oh – and, I make music! I'm an independent artist who creates instrumental music ranging from softer, relaxing New Age (think: Vangelis, Yanni) to more upbeat Electronic (think, again: Tangerine Dream, Mannheim Steamroller). I like to call it innovative instrumental music that is beyond genres. I’ve always had a deep love of music in all forms, but got hooked on creating my own tunes with synthesizers due to the awesome variety of sounds that they allow one to create. I've been doing this for over 30 years now – but it wasn't until the turn of the millennium when I decided to get my music “out here” for all of you to hear. But before I get into where I’m at now, it’s best to know a little more about my past.

I've always loved music – one of my earliest childhood memories is sitting in a small lawn chair, “rocking out” to Bobby Vinton's “My Melody Of Love” – a 45 that my mom would play every now and then. Sure, a Bobby Vinton polka classic isn't exactly rock out material, but hey – I was like 4 at the time. As the 70s went on, I heard a lot of classic rock – I’ve got 3 older brothers, and they listened to everything awesome: The Stones, The Beatles, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Boston, Foreigner…I can go on and on here, but you get the idea. It was around this time when I thought it would be pretty cool to be a rock star. ☺ I had a lot of fun screwing around with various instruments – a 6-chord organ, a tiny drum set from Sears, and a battery-powered 1-string guitar – I was pretty adept at playing the beginning of “Smoke On The Water” on it!

Then came the 80s – and synthesizers became more mainstream than ever before. Even rockers like Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band used them aplenty (ever listen to “Born In The USA”?). As I entered my teens, I embraced the electronic sounds that only synths and the like could bring. I won’t go through the details of all the “toy” synths I had during these years, but this was the time in my life when I started making my own “albums”…on cassette tapes. It was great fun, and I still have them – of course!

In March of 1990 I realized that I had too many toy synthesizers and I needed to buy a professional one. So, I bought a Yamaha SY77, which was their flagship at that time. I couldn’t believe the quality of the stock sounds it had – so many…and, I could create my own infinite amount and save them! I continued making my own original instrumental creations (saved on 3.5” floppy disks) throughout the 90s…eventually making homemade CDs near the end of the decade.

So now we get to the turn of the millennium that I referenced in the first paragraph. What started out as a hobby in those early years had become a passion. And I’ve now officially released 14 albums. I can’t believe that something I’ve always done for the fun of it has given joy to so many music listeners – my music has been purchased, downloaded, and/or streamed from all ends of the Earth. I mean, iTunes Switzerland? It still never ceases to inspire me when someone new downloads just one of my songs. I'm thankful for it every day.

Apparently, there are others who have taken notice, too. During my musical journey, I've somehow managed to be profiled in Keyboard Magazine as their “Unsigned Artist of the Month”. iTunes actually placed me in their “iTunes Essentials: Yoga” compilation. And, most recently, Tokyo Disneyland® has been featuring my Christmas music over the past several holiday seasons in Tomorrowland - and along with a nighttime laser light show beamed onto Space Mountain. Pretty cool, huh? I think so. ☺

I reside just outside of Chicago...enjoying life, love, and music. And I plan to “keep on keeping on” with this as long as I am able. I'm happy you're here for the ride.

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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Relaxation and Action" is the 14th album from keyboard wizard KevOz (Kevin Osborn) and his first album of all-original material in almost seven years. Not only is KevOz a one-man band with his music, but he also did the clever and dynamic cover artwork. The music on the fourteen tracks is a mix of electronica, new age, ambient, and a little jazz - what KevOz likes to call “innovative instrumental music that is beyond genres.” He started creating his own music on a variety of keyboards more than thirty years ago, going from toy keyboards to professional instruments as his collection, as well as his skills, expanded. Since then, KevOz has been profiled in Keyboard Magazine as their “Unsigned Artist of the Month,” has had his music placed in the iTunes Essentials: Yoga compilation, and over the past several holiday seasons Tokyo Disneyland has been featuring his Christmas music in Tomorrowland.

Many of the tracks on "Relaxation and Action" express a strong sense of playfulness and fun (as do their titles) with driving beats, dancing notes, and a variety of bells and whistles (sometimes literally!). I occasionally find myself thinking of Ray Lynch, Yanni, and even some of Fiona Joy’s earlier electronic music, mostly because of the joy of making music that comes across. A few tracks are much quieter, bordering on ambient, so the album covers a lot of musical territory and reflects a variety of styles and moods.

The album begins with “Victory At Hand,” a mid-tempo piece with a strong beat and a light-hearted spirit. “Waves of Nostalgia” sounds a bit like the synth recordings of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s with a bouncy beat and happy mood. “Bongos in Flight” is much more ambient and “spacey.” “Epic Space Cola” reminds me a bit of Ray Lynch’s “Celestial Soda Pop” - an all-time favorite of mine - and the title suggests a nod to that new age classic. I think it’s the playful attitude more than the sound of the music that resembles the earlier piece, but I really like it! “Just You and Me” has a simple piano melody over a steady beat and spare instrumentation - a sweet and lovely ballad. “Magic Wand” begins with the sound of a chilly wind and light but icy chimes - very dark, mysterious, and vast. As it progresses, flute-like sounds and a gentle beat gradually build to warm things up to a toe-tapping rhythm - also a favorite. “Panned-a-Monium” is mostly rhythms played on a variety of instruments. “Chiptune Delight” is pure electronic fun with a driving beat. The main percussion in “Ping Pong Blues” sounds like bouncing ping pong balls, so you know this piece isn’t overly serious either - although it is very well-crafted! “Yoga Worship on Mars” takes us back to deep space with a catchy beat and layers of instrumentation that include voices, gongs, plucked strings, bowed strings, and many others of a more electronic nature. “Purple Hearts” brings the album to a close with driving bass and drums behind a buoyant and triumphant electronic “ensemble” (for lack of a better word). Great stuff!

"Relaxation and Action" was worth the seven-year wait! Very highly recommended to fans of electronica and music that really doesn’t fit any specific genre!
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Candice Michelle

Review from Journeyscapesradio.com
“Relaxation and Action” is the fourteenth album by electronic keyboardist and Chicago-area resident, Kevin Osborn, who releases his works under the name KevOz. Having composed music for over thirty years, he’s been profiled in Keyboard magazine and his Christmas music has been featured in Tokyo Disneyland’s Tomorrowland. Comprised of fourteen songs spanning fifty-seven minutes, “Relaxation and Action” is his first release in seven years of electronic instrumental music.

“Victory at Hand” is a buoyant and vibrant opener that moves at a traveling pace, with prominent bells providing the lead melody over an infectious rhythm and bassline. Bearing hallmarks of both Jean Michel Jarre and Mannheim Steamroller, one senses they’ve traveled back in time to the set of a 1980’s fantasy-adventure movie. Continuing in this vintage electronica motif is the aptly-named “Waves of Nostalgia”, which enters the stage with groovy tapping percussion, cinematic bells and a sprinkling of chimes. This piece reminds me of winter time, with its whimsical wonder bringing to mind a magical toy land. “Bongos in Flight” is one of my favorite tracks on the album, where spacey chords, airy piano notes and gentle tribal percussion exude a dreamily drifting essence. One particularly amusing track is “Epic Space Cola”, possessing a curious title that was likely inspired by Ray Lynch’s popular 80’s piece, “Celestial Soda Pop”. Beginning in a similar mode to the Lynch tune with its digital bleeps and blips, the song eventually gives way to a space-age motif full of rhythm and energy. Kevin seems to have injected a bit of quirky humor into this arrangement, which he undoubtedly had much fun composing. “Just You and Me” is another highlight, where dreamy piano and violin amidst a leisurely bass-laden tempo convey the carefree relaxation of swaying in a hammock on a summer afternoon. I’m also especially fond of “Magic Wand”, another atmospheric and spacey piece characterized by synthesized flutes and windy gusts with a wonderfully vintage appeal. “Zentronica” is another honorable mention for its East Asian nuances and distinctive techno flavor. This bouncy and colorful, faster-paced tune reminds me somewhat of a Cirque du Soleil performance. “Yoga Worship on Mars” is another favorite, albeit its title was probably intended to be taken in jest. Encroaching synthesizers and spacey chords slowly gain momentum on this exploratory composition, as if moving towards a sci-fi destination. “Purple Hearts” rounds-out the album in a spacey electronic-rock motif, making for an overall celebratory and cinematic conclusion.

While perhaps offering-up a bit more ‘action’ than ‘relaxation’, the compositions on “Relaxation and Action” could be best described as resembling 80’s and 90’s-era electronic new age music. This album infectiously grew on me with repeated listens, with it bearing notable comparisons to the works of Jean Michel Jarre, Ray Lynch, Mannheim Steamroller and even Richard Bone’s “Coxa” and “Electropica” albums. Those, especially, who may find themselves nostalgic for the style of many new age synthesizer albums released during those periods, by the aforementioned artists and others, are sure to enjoy this album immensely.
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