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Desert Dawn

by John Ruskan

Abstract ambient electronic/acoustic quiet music for deep relaxation and going inside, without rhythm or vocals. Lush repeating loops, electronic washes and drones.
Genre: Electronic: Soundscapes
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Awakening in Silence
10:03 $0.99
2. Zen Garden
7:27 $0.99
3. Listening
11:01 $0.99
4. Entering the Circle
6:30 $0.99
5. Red Sands
11:01 $0.99
6. Opening
12:02 $0.99
7. Desert Dawn
10:58 $0.99
8. Ocean Echo
6:01 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
JOHN RUSKAN: Downtempo electronic artist.

John has taken part in progressive pop music since the eighties, working then in the new wave art-rock genre. Based in New York City, he released records on his indie label, 22 Records, which did well on national college radio. He was the owner of a budget 16-track pro recording studio on 22nd street, Crossfire Recording, where a multitude of indie projects were realized in the vibrant artistic environment of that decade.

John has always been interested in the cutting edge, so his musical style is current, evolving from album to album. He has always been involved in multi-tracking, right from the beginning of his career, and composes and plays all the parts on his albums. "I actually feel more like a painter, painting a complete canvas, than a musician," John says.

After the decline of the art-rock genre, John phased out of full-time involvement with music. Turning to another life-long avocation, east-west psychology and consciousness work, he wrote a book called Emotional Clearing, which was released by Random House in 2001. John is now active in furthering this work, ( but still finds much time for art and music, considering it a necessity.

In spite of his connection to the Eastern consciousness field, John does not do "new age music," which he generally finds to be sentimental and insipid. He prefers to explore the integration of darkness and the psychological shadow in his music, seeing this as one of the most important functions art can accomplish.

A few years ago, the artist in John was awakened by the trip-hop revolution, which has built on the foundations laid in the early years of art-rock of which he was a part. Such innovations as the minimal, repeating groove bass line (borrowed from reggae), the narrowing of chord movement often to only one chord, the emphasis of all musical parts playing rhythm with equal importance instead of thinking of the arrangement as a lead voice or instrument backed by a band, the shift from sentimental lyrics to conceptual lyrics, the shift of focus from the artist to the art, the emphasis on steady, repetitive, understatement and away from flashy playing, the ambient concept including drones and textures, all began at that time, establishing the basics of ambient trance which merged with hip-hop to produce trip-hop, and is even now yielding post trip-hop work. These are the elements that characterize John's music.



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Brilliantly arranged and unique in feel and texture.
The title track is my favourite on the CD however all the tracks are essentially beneficial for creating a tranquil atmosphere.
Possibly the best relaxation CD that's been created.

Peter Le Faucheur

John Ruskan
I meant to add that John Ruskan is one of the most 'in-tune" human beings on Earth. A FULL human being lacking nothing.
He's a person who has been through Hell and has learnt how the resolve the problems contained in the human condition.
To fully understand the concept behind his CD's one should purchase John's book "EMOTIONAL CLEARING".
Personally i think that EVERYONE on Earth, particularly in the materialistic West, should read this book whether they feel they need the info or not.
It's easy to read, doesn't contain obtuse jargon.
It opens your eyes as to why we behave the way we do.
You'll then see how John's MUSIC completes the picture.

Emilie Rosanvallon

great music
This CD helps me meditate, as I am a beginner and live in downtown SF, 2 things that make it challenging to concentrate (for me.) It's also a great CD to listen to when just walking around a city or elsewhere; it helps me relax and enjoy my environment rather than feel stifled by it.
Thanks, Emilie Rosanvallon