Barbara's aim is to paint sound pictures which can take the listener on all sorts of wonderful journeys! You will hear a fusion of genres including classical, ambient and folk music sometimes laced with dance strands or tinted with Barbara's own sampled sounds. The idea is that you are meant to listen to the music and imagine yourself into the landscape, seascape or spacescape.
Apart from her grandfather and one uncle (who was a drummer), Barbara's family were not particularly musical but, at ten, she succeeded in badgering her parents into letting her learn classical piano. As a child she spent hours painting pictures and composing music to describe them. In her teens she sold her paintings to raise funds to buy music and instruments. Though Barbara spent a few college years in a band, she is creatively (rather than performance) driven and her joy is 'painting in sound'.
What others say about this music:
"..this was classical music as I have not heard it before. The composition was excellent and the execution magnificent . . Barbara has thoroughly mastered composition and has displayed virtuosity in the performance and fashioned the pieces so they can appeal to modern people. Modern humans seem to have a short attention span, being data saturated and overwhelmed by the din and clatter of the age of information. Yet, we as living entities still have heart and soul; our inner being needs to be nourished and so the timelessness of beautiful music is more than welcome . . it may be necessary to maintain our sanity. Barbara ranks with Johann Pachelbel, Claude Debussy, Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni, Erik Satie . . . et al. who have given us places to rest and contemplate. No, not endless meandering as New Age often does..just procure Barbara Hills' masterpiece and allow the poetic beauty to permeate and restore you to a better plain of existence. "
- Review of the album 'In the Shadows of Roasting Spring' at Amazon.com
"'..one of those little gems that pop up now 'n then..out of ten, her production techniques are easily eleven.'"
- George Kempson, publisher, producer and musician