Tom Parsons | Azure

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by Tom Parsons

Soothing ambient instrumental electronic music. Great for meditation, yoga, or just relaxing after a hard day at work.
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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1. Sparkle On The Water
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2. Jack's Song
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3. Deep Water
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4. Up From The Deep
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5. Christmas Snow
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6. Anchored
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7. Cloud Nine
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8. The Blue Whale
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Album Notes
Homewood, IL composer Tom Parsons comes from a background of classical piano study. After visiting a recording studio in the early 1970’s with a large ARP system and experimenting with a 2600, Tom decided synthesizers were for him. After acquiring an ARP Axxe and a 4-track tape recorder, he decided to compose a collection of songs which reflected his spirit of experimentation. His first cassette release, “Aesthetics” (1986) was the result. “Pink Sounds From The Purple Plain” followed in 1988, a further exploration into sound collage with an emphasis on synthesis and a nod to the minimalist ambient school. “Child Of The Moon” (1992) was his version of a new-age album, and combined all of his previous styles. After upgrading his studio with the latest digital and virtual synths, Tom just completed "Azure" (2007) his first CD release, “a sonic collage of water colours.” The music is dreamy, introspective, relaxing instrumental electronic music.

Tom performed in New Music Chicago’s Spring Festivals in 1985-86 and appeared in the Discoveries column of May 1988 Keyboard magazine. He received airplay of 3 songs from “Pink Sounds...” on Belgium radio station BRT2. Tom met Robert Moog at a John Eaton concert at the University of Chicago in 1990. He has seen the birth of the synthesizer, MIDI, and digital recording in his lifetime. Yet electronic music is still in its infancy, with much to offer and explore...Ars Longa Vita Brevis



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John Izzard

Water Music
Accurately and emotively described in the liner-notes as "a collage of sonic water colours", 'Azure' finds its depth of expression in textures and sounds as much as in the actual musical notes, intervals and rhythms. Titles get as close as they can to describing the sounds and moods contained within - an example being the opening track 'Sparkle On The Water', where cascading, tingling sequences draw the listener to the deeper undercurrents occurring beneath the surface. Although synthesizers and pianos are Tom's instruments of choice, sometimes natural sounds are used, such as on the intense and atmospheric 'Deep Water'. 'Christmas Snow' is every white Christmas you never had, both dreamy and dreamlike, where piano and pads alone are enough to change the mood in the room.

Intelligently composed, 'Azure' is clearly a labour of love. Far from being self-indulgent, this is an album of fresh, inviting, yet coherent, cohesive and ultimately accessible pieces. It's film music which doesn't need a screen. Listening to this album (something I've done several times) images constantly appear in your head, unfurling, expanding and taking you somewhere. This is what great music does.

John Izzard
France, 2008