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Terra Incognito: The Space Between

by Richard Dillon

This album is about two life journeys into unfamiliar territory (terra incognito): orchestration and licensing.
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Whalesong (Redux)
3:09 $0.99
2. Green Flash (Redux)
7:47 $0.99
3. The Space Between
1:41 $0.99
4. Dust Devil
2:12 $0.99
5. Ice Dancer (Redux)
1:32 $0.99
6. Color Me
1:59 $0.99
7. In Search of Chocolate
3:44 $0.99
8. Leonardo's Flying Machine
1:12 $0.99
9. Beside Still Waters (Redux)
1:48 $0.99
10. Papillon (Redux)
2:34 $0.99
11. Lead Kindly Night
3:59 $0.99
12. It's All Right (Redux)
2:57 $0.99
13. Cars
1:32 $0.99
14. Voyager
6:00 $0.99
15. Into the Mines
4:58 $0.99
16. He Leadeth Me Beside Still Waters (Redux)
3:23 $0.99
17. A Different Time a Different Place (Redux)
3:28 $0.99
18. Light of Peace (Redux)
3:08 $0.99
19. Goodbye for Now
2:40 $0.99
20. Sea of Forgetfulness
3:32 $0.99
21. Ha Long Bay
4:06 $0.99
22. Missing You
3:24 $0.99
23. January Moon (Redux)
3:05 $0.99
24. I Could Care Less
2:29 $0.99
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Album Notes
We sometimes learn a little about who a musical artist is by listening to a song, more by listening to an album and even more by listening to multiple albums and, if very lucky, a glimpse inside their life body of work. This can be anything from commissioned pieces for a children’s dance group, planetarium or movie sound tracks, special church productions or even radio and TV commercials. And sometimes just for the fun of creating music to stretch the artistic talents for growth and personal enjoyment.
Richard Dillon has given us a glimpse into who he is with the new release of Terra Incognito – The Space Between.

Whether you are a long-time follower of Richard’s many albums or new to his work this new album will give amazing insight into his creative diverse song writing spirit. The work here spans many years of Richard’s composing career. From the simple beauty of solo piano and strings to complex orchestrations with haunting world melodies. From instrumental pieces to vocal numbers, throbbing beats to jingles that just make you smile. Terra Incognito – The Space Between is a small sonic journal into the body of work of Richard Dillon. I look forward to the continuation of the Terra Incognito series.

Michael McDonald



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Dyan Garris

Terra Incognito
“Terra Incognito: The Space Between” by Richard Dillon
Album review by Dyan Garris for New Age CD.com

Richard Dillon has released a total of 11 CDs, with “Terra Incognito: The Space Between” being released in February, 2018. “Terra Incognito” is defined here as: “A place, subject, or situation that you are not familiar with.” In keeping with that, this album is somewhat of departure from his well-known New Age solo piano albums, such as “Irish Mist” and “Land of Nod.”

“Terra Incognito” is a compilation of Richard Dillon’s work from 1984 to the present, which includes his use of various instrumentation and also four vocal tracks he created specifically for music licensing. Guest artists on the album include Julian Catford, one of Seattle’s top guitarists and Seattle area based fiddler, Susan Burke on violin.

The album is lengthy, coming in at well over one hour, and consists of 24 tracks. Interesting, and in juxtaposition to that total album length, some of the tracks themselves are quite short, with, for example, one of my personal favorites, track 8, the beautiful “Leonardo’s Flying Machine,” being only 1:12.

The album opens with “Whalesong Redux,” a soulful instrumental replete with communicative sounds of these resplendent sea creatures. Next up, “Green Flash Redux,” incorporates soothing ocean sounds with a steady, meditative melody line. The title track, “The Space Between,” is spacey and atmospheric as one might expect, albeit a little short at 1:41. However, maybe it says just enough and we can fill in our own spaces as we imagine them.

Some standouts on “Terra Incognito” are: Track 9, “Beside Still Waters Redux,” with its peaceful rainforest sounds and well-constructed piano melody. It’s a lovely piece. And not that there is nothing to enjoy in-between, but track 18, “Light of Peace Redux,” is quite tranquility inducing with its gentle piano and calming synth string vibe flowing underneath. “Ha Long Bay” on track 21, is pretty, uplifting, and angelic, with its ethereal sounding digital voice wrapped around some very nice piano and palliative instrumentation, which all enters into the mix at just the perfect time. Very nicely done.

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
And now for something a little different. “From what?” you might ask. Well, probably just about anything else you’ve ever heard. The title of Richard Dillon’s "Terra Incognito" translates as “a place, subject, or situation that you are not familiar with” (Cambridge English Dictionary) and explores two of Dillon’s life journeys into unfamiliar territory - orchestration and licensing. These two paths emerged in 1984 and continue to the present. Known primarily as a pianist, Dillon has also been been composing music for placement in movies and television commercials. The twenty-four tracks on "Terra Incognito" are an amazing compilation of work from the past 34 years, and what a wildly divergent collection it is! Most are instrumental pieces, but there are a few vocals as well. Some are beautifully melodic, some are whimsical, some are dramatic, some are poignant, and others are just about everything in between. What is consistent from one piece to the next is the exceptional quality of both the music and the recording. More than anything, this album allows us to experience the incredible range of music Richard Dillon is capable of creating. I’ve reviewed several of his earlier albums, but I was not at all prepared for the diversity of this one - what a thrilling discovery!

I don’t have room to tell you about all twenty-four tracks, but I can give you an idea of the musical variety on this album. "Terra Incognito" begins with “Whalesong Redux,” a lovely orchestrated piece that includes the “songs” of at least two whales. That grabbed my attention very quickly! “Green Flash Redux” is an almost eight-minute piece for electric guitar, ocean sounds and keyboard. Slow, hypnotic and very relaxing, I could listen to this one all day. “The Space Between” is dark, edgy space music that is almost magical. “Dust Devil” is Dillon’s most recent orchestration and has a mysterious, otherworldly quality that creates a powerful sense of atmosphere. “Ice Dancer” was Dillon’s first orchestration and sounds very 1980’s - a fun trip back in time. “Color Me” is a playful vocal that could be a children’s song with its catchy rhythm, spirited whistling and sense of lighthearted fun - “be a rainbow!” I love the title “In Search of Chocolate”! The piece itself is much more serious than the title implies, with a poignance that expresses great loss and sadness, perhaps during wartime. “Leonardo’s Flying Machine” is a haunting little piece with a magical quality. “Papillon Redux” must have been inspired by Erik Satie - simple and very sweet. “It’s All Right Redux” is a heartbreaking country song with vocals. “Cars” is a short electronica piece with a driving bass that will have you dancing in your seat. “Into the Mines” was on Dillon’s 2017 release, "Irish Mist" and includes the sounds of antiquated mining equipment dating back to the days when mining was done by hand. “Goodbye For Now” begins as a tender, heartfelt piano solo with occasional string washes. The album ends with an ironic little song called “I Could Care Less,” which features vocals with ukulele.

Okay, that should give you a pretty good idea of what "Terra Incognito" is like, but don’t just take my word for it. It is very likely to be a Favorite for 2018 and I highly recommend it!

Steve Sheppard

Review from One World Music Radio
There is a pleasing movement within the New Age music genre to once more reconnection with mother Earth. Richard Dillon adds to that movement by creating a masterpiece called Terra Incognito and this 24 piece collection of tracks, are as differing in arrangement and composition, as the planet is diverse.
For me the highlight of this offering would be the voyage of musical bliss entitled Green Flash Redux, the use of ocean sounds here were perfectly placed and Dillon’s piano created a truly ambient seascape to float upon, this was also the longest piece off the release at well over seven minutes long.
While Whalesong Redux was a very clever way to begin our journey, the ingenious construction of various short form compositions throughout were as equally as clever and gave us the listener a really varied vista of musical interpretation and colour to enjoy on tracks like The Space Between, Dust Devil, the lively Ice Dancer Redux and the cheerful refrains of Color Me.
Lead Me Kindly was one of my favourite pieces and beautifully sung with such a gentle intent, and after being lulled into a peaceful refrain, we can then drift on the mysterious energies on Voyager, even by now you will see what an amazingly diverse and refreshing release this is.
Thankfully Into the Mines from Irish Mist is also included, one of my all-time favourite tracks from the artist, and as ever the excited seekers of interesting musical opportunities, you will indeed find so much within this release to both entertain you, and allow you to take a blissful journey through this vast but harmonious creation of songs. Terra Incognito by Richard Dillon is a veritable rainbow of musical genius for all to enjoy.

Candice Michelle

Varied, colorful and often experimental
Although Seattle-based pianist and composer Richard Dillon has released several solo piano albums, he broadens his musical horizons substantially on his latest release entitled, Terra Incognito: The Space Between. Comprised of 24 compositions spanning a lengthy 75 minutes, Dillon explores new age, neoclassical, ambient, techno, folk and pop styles of music throughout. Varied, colorful, and often experimental, Terra Incognito effectively aims to highlight Dillon’s versatility as a composer – and as a result, most listeners are likely to appreciate some parts of the album substantially more than others.

“Whalesong Redux” introduces the album with an understated orchestral arrangement featuring the distinct sounds of whale song – immediately bringing-to-mind an old documentary film about the ocean, to which this piece would be well-suited. Slipping into a more tranquil mode, “Green Flash Redux” infuses relaxing ocean waves with drifty piano and electric guitar. One of my favorites on the album, the fluid and dreamy quality of this piece can be likened to sailing down a lazy river. Two outstanding interlude-type ambient compositions follow next – “The Space Between” and “Dust Devil”, which pair together nicely. Conveying a haunting minimalism via suspended strings and sparse piano notes, “The Space Between” possesses an intriguing suspense that pleasantly brings-to-mind some of David Arkenstone’s more minimal-ambient work. Equally compelling, “Dust Devil” incorporates subtle tribal-ambient elements with its fusion of echoing percussion amid a shapeshifting soundscape.

The rest of the album unfolds with oft-unexpected and widely-varying stylistic twists and turns throughout that can result in some of the pieces seeming wildly out-of-place. For example, “Ice Dancer Redux” is an overly cheery and bubbly instrumental piece set to a noticeable drum machine – while “Color Me” is a lyrical vocal piece accompanied by a whistling chorus reminiscent of a radio jingle or children’s show. These along with a couple of other similarly quirky, pop-oriented compositions felt like unnecessary inclusions on this already lengthy album.

Nevertheless, other truly remarkable gems are certain to be found on here, such as the whimsical “Leonardo’s Flying Machine”, with its celestial voices that hover among echoing piano chords, as it seemingly conveys a magical winter fantasy. Likewise, “Lead Kindly Night” is another mesmerizing piece that features a lovely Celtic bent. Here, ethereal female vocals are delicately brushed by subtle strings amid a backdrop of glistening bells. Another notable standout is the cinematically spacey “Voyager” with its minimal ambient-piano arrangement that simultaneously conveys both an awe-inspiring and pensive mood.

After hearing what Richard Dillon is capable of as a musician, I must confess, I’d especially love to hear an album comprised entirely of the more ambient and soundtrack-style pieces that frequent this release, as these moments are certainly among the most compositionally innovative and sonically mesmerizing herein. This is a strong suggestion on my part, as I feel this unquestionably talented artist has tapped into a reservoir of potential brilliance that’s worth further exploring. Yet, the full experience of these stellar compositions is somewhat hindered by the inclusion of rather peculiar and odd-fitting compositions alongside them. On the plus side, Terra Incognito has given me an opportunity to discover a musical side of this composer that I was previously unfamiliar with – and as a result, I look forward to hearing much more of it!