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Frontiers

by George Wallace

This series of instrumental soundscapes is a fresh, atmospheric mixture of electronic and acoustic instrumentation, with sparkling, inspired musical motifs and natural ambiences artfully blended to create a deliciously unique one-hour musical journey.
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1. The Traveller
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2. Canopy of Exquisite Moments
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3. Forest Rejoicing
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4. Alone at the Holy Frontier
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5. Smiles Down the Indian Moon
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6. Space Airplanes
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7. Last Ship Home/Shenandoah
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Throughout the body of his work, George Wallace has frequently celebrated the natural world. But more than another observation of nature, Frontiers is an experience of travel, of motion through place and time. The series of instrumental soundscapes is a fresh, atmospheric mixture of electronic and acoustic instrumentation, with sparkling, inspired musical motifs and natural ambiences blended so artfully that we are not always sure whether we're hearing pure music...or the music of pure nature.
We become aware from the very opening that we are in for a real ride. Entitled The Traveller (after George's own adopted alter-ego), the opening cut of this amazing trip is our invitation to strap ourselves in and hold on...

As the last strains of The Traveller fade to silence, we touch down a moment later on the floor of a lush, primordial forest. It is here that we recognize how truly alive and joyful the forest is, all by itself. It is also here inside the mantle of this great solitary sanctuary that we may slowly come to understand our own energies.

Then from this earthbound frontier valley we are delivered upwards into the mysterious heights of the Himalaya; now we are on the pinnacle between Earth and Space. It is a lovely Indian moon that smiles down tonight. She shines her sultry light on the dancing figure of a young woman high up on a lonely cliff. Finally it seems that Frontiers has left Earth altogether. As our humble 'Space Airplane' hurtles past the small-talk of local, interplanetary traffic towards the outer reaches (and other such scary unknowns) of our experience, a comforting thought occurs: that no matter how 'far out' the journey may take him, the Traveller can always count on there being a last ship home. We all have our particular Shenandoahs to return to; we need only keep possibilities open to find our way back.

Throughout Frontiers there are the sounds of electric violin, bagpipes, tamboura, gentle percussions, and some not-so-gentle. We can hear at various times the influences of Jan Hammer, Wendy Carlos, Weather Report, and Bill Nelson, as well as renowned space musicians Jonn Serrie, Michael Stearns, and Steve Roach. Whether it be through the sounds of shimmering, interstellar spacecraft, an orchestral passage in full-rejoice, or a simple piano melody played against a wall of stunningly beautiful harmonics, the soaring, visionary music of Frontiers promises to intrigue and enrich us.

George Wallace,the Traveller

An accomplished producer and recording artist, George Arthur Wallace specializes in a fusion of World Music, Progressive Rock and ambient soundscapes. His visionary songs and instrumentals promote enlightenment and positive evolution in a world that could really use it.

George was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, where he first discovered his musical gift around age six. He spent his formative years in-and-out of numerous local bands which found themselves caught in the crossfire between Motown and the British Invasion.

Later he majored in composition and arranging at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he then landed a six-year stint with ‘Fate,’ a busy, successful club act from nearby Worcester.

He eventually moved to New York City to pursue a solo recording career with, as it turned out, CBS/Epic Records and a publishing agreement with Screen Gems. He recorded two albums under that label: Heroes like You and Me in 1980 and What It Is in 1982. Virtually all parts were sung or played by George himself, and both albums enjoyed enviable critical acclaim by numerous respected industry publications.

In 1983 George moved to Bucks County, PA, with new freedom to explore the finer subtleties of his maturing songwriter’s persona. He was now producing recordings completely in-house, writing and recording over an increasingly wide range of dynamic and lyric styles. He occasionally produced other acts and several planetarium show soundtracks, but soon discovered an interest in a more introspective and spiritual writing style, turning away from the standard 3-to-5 minute song format. In 1985 he created his own new studio and production company, AirBorn Music, and produced three landmark instrumental works: Sacred Earth (1985), Communion (1988), and Frontiers (1993). He was soon a featured artist on such nationally recognized space-music radio programs as Echoes, Hearts of Space, and Musical Starstreams.

In the late ‘90s, while performing with a small jazz/pop ensemble in Japan, he wrote a potpourri of instrumentals titled 'If I Had A Ship…' (yet to be released) and a vocal collection which found the name 'Set Free'.

As we entered the new century, George reconnected with his first love from many years before, eventually moving out to Alaska to be with her. With no apparent end to his inspirations, he continued producing from his newly-installed studio there amidst the mountains; first came an ambitious collection of songs christened 'Passion Play', offering a rich, expansive musical ride with a calculated flow of songs laced with spirituality, one’s love for another, and loony-tune political satire, all delivered with a fiery honesty and George’s trademark dazzling production.

And now most recently, a pet project shelved for decades has at last come alive. George’s latest release, 'the Goddess; songs of the Feminine Divine' combines in daring new proportions a fusion of World Music, Progressive Rock, and ambient soundscapes. A technical masterpiece, 'the Goddess' delivers a profound and diverse musical celebration of the feminine in the world as we know it, from one of Her biggest admirers.

George creates comedic satirical pieces on occasion (thereby eliminating what would have probably been therapist bills), and also has plans for yet another project, an experimental venture back into Space Music involving surround sound.

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