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analog horizonings

by Todd Barton

ambient soundscapes for vintage analog synthesizers. slowly changing electronic timbres.
Genre: New Age: Ambient
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  Song Share Time Download
1. drifting
1:46 $0.60
2. being and time
5:51 $0.60
3. metalliton
1:09 $0.60
4. slowEvolution
4:48 $0.60
5. cresting
1:41 $0.60
6. autumnAmbience II
5:08 $0.60
7. stormBirds
1:14 $0.60
8. spaceMetal
2:14 $0.60
9. exponentialSpace
5:44 $0.60
10. horizoning
2:59 $0.60
11. offering
1:20 $0.60
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After four decades of exploration Todd Barton is still delving deeply into the ever-expanding frontiers of musical expression: from his DNA derived Genome Music to his innovative scores for plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; from performances of Zen Shakuhachi Meditation Music to avant-garde music for electronic synthesizers and computers; from performing with luminaries of jazz and poetry to lecturing on music and composition from the Middle Ages to the 21st Century.

Todd's music has been heard on NPR’s Morning Edition, Westcoast Live, and the Curve of Wonder.

Since 1979 Todd has been exploring electronic systhesis and computer-based music. His love for vintage analog synthesisers continues to this day.

Over the years Todd has collaborated with a variety of jazz musicians and poets including Anthony Braxton, Zakir Hussein, William Stafford, Ursula K. Le Guin and Lawson Fusao Inada.

analog horizonings: ambient soundscapes for vintage analog synthesizers.

all music composed, produced and performed by todd barton

1. drifting--evi-2000, steiner-parker synthacon, boss rc-20
2. being and time--steiner-parker synthacon, boss rc-20
3. metalliton--buchla 200e
4. slowEvolution--buchla 200e, metasynth 4
5. cresting--buchla 200e
6. autumnAmbience II--steiner-parker synthacon, boss rc-20
7. stormBirds--buchla 200e
8. spaceMetal--buchla 200e, metasynth 4
9. exponentialSpace--serge modular music system, roland jp-8
10. horizoning--buchla 200e
11. offering--evi-2000, boss rc-20



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Richard Lainhart

Exotic analog synthesizers create beautiful ambient music
Todd Barton, long-time resident composer and music director with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (he's scored every one of the Bard's plays - twice) offers a contemplative new CD of recent electronic music featuring tonalities drawn from his collection of esoteric analog synthesizers. From the expressive, almost Romantic horn lines of the Steiner-Parker Synthacon and EVI controller in Drifting and Offering to the classic Subotnick-ish Buchla 200e excursions in Metalliton and StormBirds, Analog Horizonings overall tone is calm and reflective, with a focus on the beauty of pure sound rather than aggressive rhythms or rapid changes in mood. I'm particularly impressed by SlowEvolution and SpaceMetal, in which the glassy tones of the Buchla are stretched and warped in MetaSynth into a lovely sustained cloud of ever-changing harmonics, but lovers of dark or abstract ambient music will find something worth hearing in every track. Highly recommended.

Bruce Bayard

New analog music is open and spacious
This new recording, using all anolog synths, is extremely open and spacious. The layering in Slow Evolution is particularly compelling. There is a wonderful pulse to this music, not in driving rhythms, but in its wave-like recurrence. The tracks don't have so much a beginning or end as they do a middle, which is, I think, the idea behind "horizonings": the territory beyond the boundary.


Todd has utilized his time ... quite ... oh yes! ... quite well!
The sounds are exquisite, unbelievably pure and creatively graceful. It is, to me, both communication with and as a higher source. I never want it to stop... it makes me happy to be alive.