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The Stellar Sea

by Telomere

Drifting through the shimmering seas of space, this long-awaited third release from Telomere explores the depths of the electronic soundscape with gently evolving musical texture and radiant harmony.
Genre: New Age: Space
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Radiance
8:25 $0.98
2. The Shimmering Sea
7:44 $0.98
3. Bathyal Depths
4:07 $0.98
4. Orion's Field
11:57 $0.98
5. Ascension
3:44 $0.98
6. Through the Gate
6:55 $0.98
7. Drifting
3:29 $0.98
8. The Far Shore
9:16 $0.98
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Album Notes
Chris MacDonald has the great ability to make old ingredients new. Working under the name Telomere, his music grows more sophisticated with each new release. The Stellar Sea (55'41") is a beautiful series of eight electronic tone poems that show their influence - Planetary Unfolding, Angelic Music, Rainbow Dome Musick - and cut their own path as well. The music contains no discernable rhythms, yet is in constant motion. Layers of synthesizer pads brighten then turn dark, just as harmonies climb and recede. Out of this detailed and fluid movement of sound arises a wonderful sustained atmosphere. According to MacDonald, "...the listener is free to build their own journey with the guidance of the music, rather than merely receiving the single, literal message of the composer". MacDoanld's works are expansive, created in a spirit reflecting the true nature of the cosmos, "...to me outer space, inner space, the oceans and forests and all the life they contain, and even the space inside our minds are all somehow associated and related and they all make sense in the context of space music". The Stellar Sea is music encrypted in our being, and becomes more absorbing the longer it goes on.
- Chuck van Zyl/STAR'S END



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Kristian Persson

Drifting & Touching!
This new installment by Christopher McDonald is a highly addictive one. When I first bought and listened to his previous albums I found myself floating in space as I was really there!. And this time he has taken the space genre to a higher level. This blum contains very strong pieces of space music, which in my opinion, are of the highest caliber out there. The music this time is very emotional & moving all the way through, even better than his previous efforts, and that tells alot of how good this record really is! It's a joutney through space & time, and if you loved his other albums (Zoetosis being of the better of the other two) then you'll instantly feel obsessed by this CD aswell. Totally timeless & atmospheric space music! Excellent work!!


The first time I heard the Stellar Sea,I had to have it...Still listening to it a month later.

Robert Lane

Another work of beauty
The artist needs no introduction, if you have heard the other two then you know what to expect. This release is not as purist as the first cd "Astral Currents", which to my ears seemed to be purely (or nearly so) made on the serge modular, and not as melodic as "Zoetosis", which used a bunch of other synths as well as the serge. This is a great example of what this man is capable of, and comes very highly recommended as I hugely look forward to all new works from telomere.

Mirko Ruckels

This album is astonishing. I have not stopped listening to it since I got it a week ago.

I have Telomere's other two albums "Astral Currents" and "Zoetosis". I know his style, and there is always a cynic within me that expects the next album to be a let down, or an attempt to recapture the magic of the past, especially as Telomere's first two albums are perfect examples of their genre, space music. But I was surprised when this album, which is technically quite similar to the first two, took my breath away so completely.

The title track makes me feel like I'm 5 years old again, marvelling at the stars- it actually penetrates inside me, and gets past all of the artifice, built up over the years, and just presses my buttons. It just feels like the genuine article: it seems so un-composed, in that the artist doesn't seem to be trying hard- there aren't many melodies, fragments, ideas- it just seems to hang together magically. The pieces all blend together, and nothing stands out, yet nothing stands back. It's perfect.

Please listen to this, if you are someone who longs to drift off into space, or into their own secret imagination. You may find that you have a new vessel in which to dream.


Bridges the gulf between reality, and imagination!
"The Stellar Sea" dispels with the usual constructs regarding limitless space, and one envisions a vast plane of vibrant activity. The sequencer score is a celestial opus, music to plumb the magnificent unknown, and it carries the listener along on waves of energetic soundscapes. You encounter vast starfields, and celestial anomalies, while you drift along on a journey to forever. This CD should appeal to fans of Max Corbacho, Jonn Serrie, Alpha Wave Movement, and Numina. Nicely done!


It's hard to imagine this kind of music being any better than this. Sometimes it gives tingles down my spine.

Mark W.

Highly recommended!
This is absolutely among the most beautiful and emotionally involving space music available to mankind, and Christopher McDonald deserves the same recognition awarded fellow space musicians Jonn Serrie and Michael Stearns (just to mention two of the top names of this genre). If I could only bring ten albums with me to a deserted planet, I would bring two of this -- one for myself, and one as a thank-you gift in case a friendly alien passes by and picks me up (deserted planets probably aren't that much fun after a while :-)... Seriously, if you are into atmospheric space music, do yourself a favor and check out all three Telomere albums.